By now there are several dive centres in Unawatuna. Some of them of smaller size. Pearl divers is one of the two more established and bigger ones. Both of them are situated next to each other on the eastern side of the bay. I had contact with both of them before I arrived and the night I came it happened that Pearl divers office was still open. So I walked in. I had a good first impression and as the prices are cheaper than the competition I decided to dive with them. Finally I went diving on three executive days. The staff was always very friendly and helpful. The level of service was excellent. I assume also because of the competition so close. The dive centre is large and has bathrooms, showers, a bar, several offices and you can walk straight to one of their many boats. You dont have to carry your gear yourself. I prefer to set up my equipment myself. I had my own equipment but what I have seen from the other divers there was no complain regarding the dive centres gear. I could also witness how much care the instructors took to make a nervous russian couple feel comfortable for their dive. Several students did their Open Water Padi course during these days. There is (somewhere) a swimming pool for the initial trainings. There are plenty of dive spots in the area (the quality of which I dont want to comment as I am spoiled by the Red Sea and it is something the dive centres can't influence ;) all dive the same spots int his area. I liked the ship wrecks (close to Galle) the most). The briefing provided was always good. Most important hand signs were explained each time. And after the dives complimentary tea is offered. I felt so secure about the place that I always left my equipment there over night for the next days dives. One remark (to all dive centres): Divers should be encouraged to perform each time a buddy check in form of the BWRAF formula. I find it very inconvenient to team up with someone and not having performed that security check. Final conclusion: I can highly recommend Pearl Divers.
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