Coral Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa

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Reef · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
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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  • We did snorkeling for 2 days by ourselves. This area is very safe to swim or dive. Pleas try yourself. There are some shops on beach to hire equipment for snorkeling.  more »
  • This is managed by the government. Their rates are reasonable. Don't get cheated by the cunning brokers over there. Park your car in a safe place little far away and walk to the ticket counter. Some.....  more »
  • You need to go and see this it is so full of sea life you don need to be a sea expert to see how much sea life so many different fishes that I have not seen before and makes you realise how much we...  more »

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