Coral Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa

1.7
#4 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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  • Immediately I say that I fell in love with Sri Lanka and all beaches I liked! Specifically in this place I liked to wander into the sunset (on the waves shake dozens of boats), looks very nice! In the morning on the beach grounds several large turtles, they can feed the algae and simply enjoy. The only negative-in some places the stones and come have a strip of beach with house reef where many sea urchins! I immediately drew attention to them and almost died at one of them)
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  • The corals are very damaged since the Tsunami. Many fish of all colors are easily visible. Avoid the tourist boats in bottom of glass. It is not much. Preferably rental of snorkelling on the edge of the beach. There are many renters. And that's a real festival of fish of all colors that awaits you
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  • The 2004 tsunami left a strong mark. Very disturbing sin which operated many Botte with kerosene and therefore considerable smell nuisance.
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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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