Coral Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa

1.7
#3 of 7 in Nature in Galle District
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. Put Coral Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hikkaduwa online visit planner .
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  • The coral reef is worth barely a note: it was, and still is, of people and boats destroyed and accordingly it looks also. You can see some fish, so it is maybe worth to take a mask, if you are on the beach anyway. But this isn't a really good snorkeling experience. However, suddenly blows away the whole Tristesse, is the possibility of the turtles feeding on Turtle Beach in the South of the beach (before the "dive for you"). The green sea turtles live apparently for 15 years in the water in front of the beach and are accustomed to people through continuous feeding. You can collect the seaweed itself on the beach (early morning) or in the water. You can discover the animals the best from the observation deck on the beach from. You get really close to the stones, and the beach. Crazy, the animals are like huge! I have taken in the morning (around 9: 00) time me, to find them, and swam after about 10 minutes alone with them in the water. Through the day, often many tourists come by when the turtles come up. I ask all tourists to respect the freedom of the turtles. Neither should you drive the animals against the rocks or the beach, completely enclose nor do they with a crowd. The animals come willingly to the tourists and should also be free, to be able to swim away again at any time.
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  • Hikkaduwa beach offers the best corals in the west coast of srilanka. If you bargain a little bit, you can get better prices for water sports like surfing,snokerlling and diving  more »
  • this placer is best for snorkeling. sea water is very clear. always bring ur goggles or snorkling equipments. cheers  more »

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Where to stay in Hikkaduwa

A popular tourist spot for swimming and surfing, Hikkaduwa offers a good selection of mid-range beach-oriented lodgings. Boutique-style luxury resorts, inexpensive guesthouses, and even beach huts will put you close to the water. A number of diving centers offer their own basic accommodations. For those wanting more privacy and tranquility, a number of hotels cluster around nearby Hikkaduwa Lake, with scenic views and serene balconies.
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