International Diving School

International Diving School

International Diving School
5
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
International Diving School, the premier dive center in Sri Lanka offers beginner diving experiences and certifications at our 2 centers based in Hikkaduwa and Trincomalee (Nilaveli). October to April - Hikkaduwa (Diving Only) May to September - Trincomalee (Diving & Water Sports)
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Awards
Travelers' Choice
2023

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Ela
8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
I decided on the offer of International Diving School based on opinions from Trip Advisor. It was a very good decision. I dived in mid-January for 3 days and it was the most enjoyable part of my stay in Sri Lanka by the ocean. Yes, the reef is almost dead but the impressive numbers and variety of fish, turtles and other creatures compensate for this. Besides, the variety of rock formations creates a very interesting scenery and the warmth of the ocean allows for incredible relaxation. I wish I had more time for wreck divers.
A very strong point of my dives was Lahiru, who was my guide both in the water and on land since I came to the dive center. His professionalism, courtesy and attention to all details made my time before, during and after the dive very pleasant and interesting. He provided me with good equipment, full and clear instructions, interesting dive sites for me (he consulted my expectations). He was very cordial in natural way and I felt very safe. Great relaxation and interesting dive sites. By the way, watch out for aggressive fish defending their eggs - one dive gave me a new experience.
Lahiru, thank you and I strongly recommend you to others.
Written February 3, 2020
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Kiara W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022 • Couples
There are a few stalls offering snorkeling experiences outside Coral Sands Hikkaduwa but we went with the International Diving School because they offered a guide (essential for first timers I reckon) and looked more professional with good adherence to safety.

It was our first snorkeling experience and we were nervous at first but our expert guide Ravindu quickly put us at ease with his patience and reassurance. He was generous with his time and even walked us over to the next beach to see a turtle because we didn't see one while snorkeling. Overall, it was a surreal and super experience! Thank you to Ravindu.
Written December 27, 2022
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PhantomTraveler79
Dubai139 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
I came to Hikkaduwa specifically and exclusively to dive and was not dissapointed. As an avid diver, I conducted my due diligence on all the options, of which there are many. I chose IDS after speaking with the owner Sachin on the phone before my arrival. I chose it based on location, pricing and TA reviews. What I did not anticipate the level of personalized service over the course of eight dives and three days. The Dive Center has two boats and on some of the dives it was just me and the Dive Master Amila - who is a legend and can spot a nudi branch from 20 meters away. He helped me spot sea life large and small and was extremely accommodating with taking photos. The entire staff was helpful, friendly, and professional. The team has a great attitude and runs an excellent operation. I will gladly come here again for the diving and hope to do soon. Wrecks, reefs, awesome rock formations at a fracyion of the cost you would pay anywhere else. Diving was the reason I came, and Im glad I did it with IDS.
Written January 21, 2024
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Z4guero
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
This diving center was really fantastic. They gave us really good instructions, diving felt save and we had lot of fun diving with them.

A cherry on top was when we saw a whaleshark after coming back to the surface. Then we snorkled with the whaleshark for a few minutes.

This center is medium priced in Hikkaduwa area. They have really chilled atmosphere at the center and they make you feel welcomed.
Written January 9, 2020
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_kat_s_pk
Vienna, Austria3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I can highly recommend the diving school, I did the Open Water Diver with them and I was constantly guided and got explained everything very detailed. The staff was extremely nice and my diving teacher Sachin was also super experienced and helpful and I felt always safe with them around me. 100% recommended :)
Written March 6, 2023
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kkaramchandani
Germantown, IL305 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
Did 2 dives here with Amil my dive master and buddy. What a great experience with the amazing sea life. Amil kept an eye on me while I was busy doing photography and videography. The organizer Ishan was very accommodating, he sent me out solo with Amil so we did not have to worry about anyone else
Bottom line: highly recommend
Will be back
Written January 13, 2024
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Rangadog T
Ayr106 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Solo
I have made several dives around the world but always on a ‘try it’ basis. Finally I decided to do the PADI open water course with IDS and I wasn’t disappointed. My instructor was Sachin, he was professional and thorough in his briefings both with the equipment and the dives we were to make.
I felt very comfortable under the water with Sachin and he made the course easy and enjoyable. I highly recommend both Sachin and the International Dive School if you want to learn to dive because the staff were all professional, helpful and very friendly.
Written March 9, 2022
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Si B
Reading, UK31 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022 • Couples
Couple diving for the first time. For our first experience we decided to do a beginners introduction half day before we “dived in” to the full PADI course and thank goodness we did as it turns out diving isn’t really for us!

Having said that the school were really friendly, they threw in some snorkelling while we were waiting for the boat, and our dive master (Ravi) was really excellent - reassuring, patient, and took great care of us.

We probably won’t be going diving again but that’s due to not liking the pressure and the swaying of the boat, and not a reflection on the school who we would definitely recommend for beginners looking to give it a go before committing to a full PADI course (we hope it suits you more than us)

We’ll stick to land based activities!
Written March 31, 2022
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Bethany L
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
I had the best diving experience with Ravi & the crew when I got my PADI Open water certification last week. They were friendly and flexible with my dive times and the course material completion which I appreciated. Their instruction was great and I felt very safe diving. Ravi was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about diving, and made me feel comfortable in the water. He always asked if I was okay and kept an eye on tank levels and was very responsible. Having an instructor that made me feel comfortable was very important to me because I have anxiety and had only ever snorkeled once in my life. But the whole experience went smoothly! And everyone there was very friendly and helpful. Some examples of their kindness are that I am recovering from a herniated disc and they helped carry my gear to and from the boat. I also found one of the regulators a little stiff/hard to breathe from, and Ravi even let me use his own regulator. I would recommend this team & Ravi for any foreigner (I am American), solo female traveler included, for instruction in diving. Thanks again!
Written February 25, 2023
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Jarno P
Helsinki, Finland1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Friends
I had done few dives before getting here Hikkaduwa so i am beginner.
The place's director manager Sachin did welcome us in with a happy face and great humor. Staff at the diving school was speaking good english and they were precise with intructions. Dive's were excellent, masters calm and helpful especially divemaster Lahiru, he helped me when i had problems with my ears and he were very calm. He guided dive with patient and checking that everybody did feel safe at the hole dive.

Big recommendations!
Written January 13, 2020
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