Coral Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa

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#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. 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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  • August 4, 2017
    this placer is best for snorkeling. sea water is very clear. always bring ur goggles or snorkling equipments. cheers  more »
  • July 22, 2017
    Corals are dead. The locals killed them with their tourist boats. Of course they would tell you that the tsunami killed the corals, which is a lie. Everything here is made to extract money from touris...  more »
  • July 1, 2017
    The sea is beautiful, but very big waves along the coast, while in the water thought to die, has turned in water 3 times, full head of sand. Very dangerous even if you know how to swim, please be careful with small children do not get close to the water as the waves come in unexpectedly huge and zatjagivajushhimi in water. Swim in the hikkaduve can be on the beach with a coral reef, on which waves break. There is also a beach where the famous sail tortal big turtles. Ibid. learn surfing beginners.
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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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