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Hi everyone,

Just wandering if any of you would know if I can snorkel/ dive in Bentota?? Or where is the closest place for snorkelling/ diving & is it any good around Sri lanka?


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1. Re: Snorkelling

Hi Sunny,

Yes you can. More of snorkeling than diving; there is a lagoon and a shallow sea but no coral, so not much marine life. Better places are Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna and some more places on South coast. And Nilaveli on East Coast.

West and south swimming is ONLY possible during east monsoon, which is November-March. And Nilaveli ONLY during west monsoon, which is May-October. When monsoon winds hit a coast the currents become very strong, making swimming - including dive/snorkel - dangerous (bathing is usually still possible).

Have diving fun,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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