Polhena Beach, Matara

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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. Arrange to visit Polhena Beach and other attractions in Matara using our Matara trip builder app .
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  • Best if you love turtles in the wild :) It gets a bit crowded so get there early and wear lotsa sun screen.  more »
  • We did snorkeling with Aja who accompanied us to swim with turtles. We also saw a stingray manga! He knows the lagoon. We shared a great moment, Aja also explained his involvement in the cleaning of the seabed, in short a great morning.
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  • From Tangalle, we went there one morning in the week hoping to see turtles! It is very easy to approach them and rental lend masks and snorkels if you are not equipped. Finally, we stayed all day and even returned the next morning to enjoy good visibility in the water: before 10 h, it is the ideal! After it is very cloudy, but it does not to see. Surprised not to see this mentioned in the Lonely Planet Beach...
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  • Shallow waters. Famous for snorkelling and scuba diving. Peaceful atmosphere. Blue waters. Crowded on holidays. Top attraction. Best of down south
  • Beautiful beach, you can watch turtles. Early morning view is eye catching. The cleanliness of the beach is okey & week ends gets crowded. Good place to visit with your family and have water fun. Not much food options available there, but you can try local snacks.
  • Ideal place to get a sea bath. It has a shallow water around the beach. No hard sea waves around the area. If you need you can get air inflated tube to float on water. There are many restaurants to get meals. Contain vehicle parking facilities.
  • Good place. Can have fun. A little dirty and crowded though because one time I saw a man urinating publicly to the beach water but still I go there and have fun!
  • Lovely beech. Good for a swim and snorkelling. A little crowed though on the holiday that we went.
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