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Address: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

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Coral reef in Hikka

Nice place to go snorkeling in the morning, Can see quite a few types of fish without having to go too deep into the water.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 17, 2015
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

Nice place to go snorkeling in the morning, Can see quite a few types of fish without having to go too deep into the water.

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New Delhi, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

We saw a lot of cabbage corals and various other corals. Hikkaduwa is a paradise of coral and marine life watching. Have ample time, and good money. You will not be disappointed.

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

Yes it busy here, shallow and rough, you have to look out for the 'glass bottom boats', worth a look, the coral dark but there is sea life if you stay still. I was drifting around when suddenly a turtle swam towards me, followed by a number of snorkelers. The beach is small, no sun loungers or showers etc.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

For the sake of the environment all tourists should boycott this reef. It is pretty much dead unfortunately after the tsunami and with the locals/and government lack of education and conservation this once amazing place has little or no chance of recovery. With many people walking and standing on reef coral, feeding fish food like bread and biscuits, and surrounding... More 

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Bonn, Germany
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

Took a boat trip in the Hikkaduwa beach and it was amazing. we saw live corals and also many varities of fish. it was a nice experience.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

This is one out of many places to snorkel in Sri Lanka. The best period is from December to April because of the south-west monsoon from May to November. There are so many species found here including sea turtles. Try to snorkel during mid day if you want to swim with turtles. You can rent out snorkels from the small... More 

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Camberley UK
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 via mobile

We very much enjoyed our glass bottom boat trip you can buy your official ticket from the small wooden booth on the beach it's a st price so you don't need to pay an inflated price some locals will charge. It was a beautiful day the sea was clear and calm with only a very slight swell when we got... More 

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Doha, Qatar
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2014

Reefs are still damaged unfortunately and the visibility wast great. Worst was that the current was so strong in the boundary marked area, that it kept pushing me over the reefs and left me with a bleeding knee that took more than a week to recover + I had to cling on to my son so the current wouldnt take... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 via mobile

I was very skeptic about the possibility to actually swim with turtles but was proven wrong. There are four turtles that made this beach their home, probably they are constantly fed by the locals. So don't expect a sanctuary of any type, the locals walk on the corals, pet the turtles and feed them weeds. No need for the expensive... More 

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Mangalore, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

If your are in Hikkaduwa then one must try the glass boat ride. As you reach the beach early you are surrounded by a few boat operator, bargain is possible. Just ask the right price at the hotel you stay. Its a half hour ride when one can see various coral, fishes and a big turtle. Being the first time... More 

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