Pigeon Island National Park, Nilaveli

3.8
#1 of 14 in Parks in Eastern Province
Pigeon Island National Park features white sands, coral reefs, and plenty of rocky outcroppings. Pay a visit to the protected area, one of only two marine parks in the country, and explore its myriad selection of vibrant ecosystems. Bring your snorkeling or diving gear for a chance to observe some of the nation's finest coral reefs, bursting with underwater life. Alternatively, wander the shoreline or kick back on the sand and enjoy the view of the Indian Ocean stretching out as far as the eye can see. Make Pigeon Island National Park a part of your Nilaveli vacation plans using our Nilaveli trip itinerary maker app .
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  • There were 9 of us so we split in two boats and each of them charged Rs.2000. After dropping us, they even asked us for the return trip time for them to come back. In addition a permit needs to be obt...  more »
  • We arrived here by accident and does this not so. If you will be in Sri Lanka we highly recommend this beautiful place. A lot of savagery, and nature here is not repeatable. Diving has made us a large fun, and this beach, which had exclusive! We recommend!
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  • This place is a little paradise with clean white sandy beach. You would be able to see corals and wide variety of beautiful fish just 5m to 10m away from the beach if you go snorkeling.  more »
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  • The most beautiful corals in the world exist right here under the water surrounding Pigeon island. With fish, coral, sharks, turtle and an absolutely majestic beach Pigeon Island is a treat unmatched. The one suggestion for everyone is to go there as early as possible in the morning to avoid the rush. Nothing like a peaceful snorkeling session under the rising sun.
  • Beautiful little island, you can snorkel on two sides. One is just fish and coral, the other is also turtles and sharks! Saw a few sharks while there, including a baby one swimming right next to the beach. Big turtles too. It was pretty crowded though, better get here first thing it opens, that's when you see more sharks too.
  • Beautiful island. Quite commercial. You can see some coral here and if you are lucky you will snorkel with sharks! There are allegedly more then 30 of them. One minus point for owercrowdines.
  • Snorkelling is phenominal, saw turtles and sharks. Nice cash cow, national park staff sit there watching videos on there phones. Bring flip flops as the amount of dead coral is staggering. Wont be the same place in 5 years
  • Beautiful little island with an amazing variety of fish. Snorkelling in the early hours of the morning is much easier with less tides and current, perfect for watching fish. More varities of sea life to see on the to left to where the boats land rather than on the other side.

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Nilaveli's lodgings lie between the coastal Nilaveli Road and the sea. Looking to outdo one another for sea views, the hotels here have plenty to offer by way of location, with none situated too far from the sand. Additional facilities vary depending on price, with some particularly well appointed retreats offering private pools, spas, and veranda restaurants, while the humbler options let the coastline speak for itself.
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