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Coral Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa

(1.6/5 based on 140+ reviews on the web)
Encounter the underwater world at Coral Sanctuary, and admire a reef rich in colorful coral formations. You can explore the water by boat, or snorkel and swim with turtles and vibrant fish. Because of the 2004 tsunami and poor management, some coral and fish in the area have died in recent years. However, the sanctuary still shows plenty of magnificent flowering coral formations, and you can see the turtles year-round. You can rent snorkeling equipment on site, but strong waves mean you should take extra care when swimming and snorkeling around the sharp formations. Work out when and for how long to visit Coral Sanctuary and other Hikkaduwa attractions using our handy Hikkaduwa trip itinerary builder.
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  • The name is very misleading and if you go here just to see corals you will be terribly sorry because here is noooo corals at all. The tsunami 2004 and el nino has killed all corals here. I have given ...  more »
  • Did a day trip from Galle to Hikkaduwa and was sorely disappointed by the "coral garden." Coral was dead (as per other reviews) and fish underwhelming. There wasn't that much variety or visibility and...  more »
  • All of the coral is dead. Barely any fish. Poor visibility (2-3 meters). I can't understand that the marketing of Hikkaduwa claims that there is a fine coral reefs and great diving/snorkeling. It may have been fine for 20 years ago, but after the tsunami, and El nino is all coral death. Those who claim that the diving/snorkeling is good has never seen a living coral reef.
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