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Pigeon Island National Park, Nilaveli

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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. Use our Nilaveli vacation planner to arrange your visit to Pigeon Island National Park and other attractions in Nilaveli.
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  • I was snorkling with my 7 year old son and he loved it. We saw sharks, seaturtles and many different coloured fish.  more »
  • I loved it too visit this national Parc, but it is a small island and full with tourists, the coral was also not beautiful, I saw other places with very beautiful coral, a lot is destroyed here, very ...  more »
  • My family and I went to the Pigeon island last week and riding on the boat was probably the best part of this whole experience. If you decide to go there, our advice is that you go there really early ...  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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Where to stay in Nilaveli

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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