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Polhena Beach, Matara

(3/5 based on 130+ reviews on the web)
Snorkel through 4 km (2.5 mi) of heavenly coral reef at Polhena Beach. You'll see an abundance of tropical fish and sea turtles as you move through the shallow water and beyond to the reef. The sea's gradual increase in depth leaves plenty of shallows for the kids to splash around in, while you make your way out towards the reef. Enjoy the music and frivolity of local visitors to the beach, which also provides a parking lot and restaurants, where you can rest from the sun's rays and grab a bite. Make Polhena Beach a part of your Matara vacation plans using our Matara trip itinerary maker.
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  • Easy access. There are a few sea turtles. Shade on the right side of the beach. It is especially popular with locals.
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  • we tried to snorkel but the corral was dead however there was some small colorful fishes, it is more a local beach i think than a touristic one, we were the only foreigners, a nice experience overall 
  • Off the beaten path, Matara offers a reef break exception and powerful waves. But be careful because it is difficult to find boards in this areas.
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