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Coral Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa

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#1 of 7 in Nature in Galle District
Reef Wildlife Area
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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  • My boyfriend and me visited Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa in April-May, 2017. This vacation was too exotic (in a good sense) and highly enjoyable, and happened to be the best adventure in our life! Why am I wr...  more »
  • 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 »

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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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