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Coral Sanctuary

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Ranked #4 of 4 attractions in Hikkaduwa
Type: Reefs
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Camberley UK
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83 reviews 83 reviews
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50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014 NEW 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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Minsk, Belarus
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2014

It was one of the best impressions. During snorkeling we saw a huge turtle. You can swim with them and feed them ashore. Very beautifully, there are no waves, there is a lot of crabs and fishes. But unfortunately it isn't a lot of corals remained.

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Galle, Sri Lanka
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014

actually it was an amazing and unforgettable experience although it was little scary.we went to watch corals by glass bottom boat.i was lucky to watched various types of colorful fish and corals.it was amazing!!

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Valdemarsvik, Östergötlands Län, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Very nice place in the world!! You can swim with turtles and many diffrent kinds of fish. The reef make it nice to swim because there is no big waves. Of the corals there is not much left to see. You can go by glassbottom boat and catamaran and snorkle.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 7, 2014

We loved the beach, it was nice enough to swim in and clean. But one did get bombarded by the boat boys to take the glass bottom boats - they will not leave you until somehow they know your party has already taken one. There are other locals who walk along the beach to try and sell their wares -... More

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Ennis, Ireland
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 10, 2014

My boyfriend and I visited this place a few days ago to go and snorkel. THIS PLACE IS NOT A SANCTUARY! When we arrived the first thing I noticed was lots and lots of beach boys and boat drivers wanting to sell you tours and glass bottom boat rides. There is no official office to buy tickets, or at least... More

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Bucharest, Romania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

this place is the only place where you can swim in the ocean whitout the waves to drawn you... there is a nice small beach, you can swimg of feed the turtles ( 2 big turtle whicha re comming there fro over 15 years- please do not disturb them) the coral itself is not spectacular- as other reviewers said before,... More

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