Coral Sanctuary, Hikkaduwa

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#19 of 28 in Wildlife in Hikkaduwa
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. Put Coral Sanctuary on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Hikkaduwa online visit planner .
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  • Walking along the beach near the place where the turtles come, a local came up to us and asked if we wanted a snorkeling tour on the coral reef. Described as there beautifully, there are a lot of big fish and turtles and that this is the best place to snorkel in Sri Lanka. We called a few places from Google on request, they offer the same trip to the coral reef, it costs them $25 per person. Local catamarans (special boats for 2 people) offer the same for 2000 rupees per person, we decided to take from them and agreed on 1500 rupees per person (for 1 hour, masks in this price are not included). It was the worst snorkeling of our lives!! The reef is completely dead, there is not a single living coral, just gray stones in the water, fish near the shore much more than on the reef, on the reef they are small and ...
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  • You need to go and see this it is so full of sea life you don need to be a sea expert to see how much sea life so many different fishes that I have not seen before and makes you realise how much we ca...  more »
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