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torbay
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Does anybody know if there is snorkelling in this area? Also any good accomodation? Thanks Michele

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1. Re: snorkelling

Hi,

Yes, snorkeling is quite good in the bay most year. May-November the water can be unclear due to currents whirling up sand.

Hans

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Thank you do you think early April will be better?

Also are there any other areas that are good for snorkelling. My partner has rhumatoid arthritus and just loves to snorkel which is good for his joints. Dont know Sri Lanka never been so just trying to see what its like. Many thanks for any info you may have. Regards Michele

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3. Re: snorkelling

Hi Michele,

I've spent time snorkeling at Polhenna, Mirissa, Unawatuna and Hikaduwa.

The best I've found is at Hikkaduwa over the coral reef, which in places , such as right in front of the Coral Sands Hotel, starts only a few feet out from the sand and in shallow water , only getting deeper very gradually.

Hikkaduwa is the only place that I know of where you can swim wth some huge turtles right at the southern end of Hikkaduwa Reef beach. I can't guarantee the turtles will be there but they have been everytime I've bee for quite a few years.

Hikkaduwa is about 30 minutes on the bus or train from Galle.

Rod

Edited: 7:44 pm, July 02, 2011
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4. Re: snorkelling

Hi, I was very disappointed with the snorkelling but the conditions weren't great (it was an usually cloudy and grey day in early jan. But that was the only let down rest of stay was just lovely! Would strongly recommend making the extra couple of hours trip from airport. Flower garden hotel was fantastic,happy to answer any q's!

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5. Re: snorkelling

Hi Caroline!

How long does it take to walk to the beach from Flower Garden, please?

Thanks BeccaBoo

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6. Re: snorkelling

Hi there,

10-15 mins along Welledewala Road. Not aware of a shortcut but the area around Flower Garden is a bit of a maze, would not be surprised if there would be a shortcut path.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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7. Re: snorkelling

Agreed with Rod

Two months ago I sow that huge turtle at near the Coral Gardens hotel you can even touch him.

You can see some more turtles at any time behind the Jayalath restaurant at Hikkaduwa.

Nikama

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8. Re: snorkelling

hi michele

there is a nother two places to snorklling, where is the village boys collecting fish for export , weligama and ahangama but this is not tourist trap , private places , cheers rohan

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9. Re: snorkelling

Thank you

Rohan weligama and ahangama for snorkelling? Where is the best place to stay around here?

Cheers Michele

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10. Re: snorkelling

hello torbay

weligama ,place to stay bay beach hotel,weligamabay inn , samaru beach house ,crystal villa , jaga bay resort, raja guest house,

ahangama place to stay ,villa gaetano,hotel club lanka, ahangama easy beach ,

all the best

rohan