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  • Snorkel the clear Sri Lankan waters
  • Discover colorful underwater life
  • Relax on paradise beaches

Snorkeling Sri Lanka is the ideal activity to explore the magical underwater world, a great alternative to diving. The teardrop-shaped island just south from India is known as the ‘Pearl in the Indian Ocean’ for its stunning natural beauty. Above the water you’ll find ancient ruins, tropical beaches and even rainforests with jaguars and elephants, and in the ocean there are schools of tropical fish, magnificently colorful coral reefs and fascinating shipwrecks.
Sailing Sri Lanka is a great way to move between diving and snorkeling sites. There are two main snorkeling hotspots in Sri Lanka – the south coast offers several, and Mirissa is a perfect starting point to explore them all. You can head to the famous snorkeling sites around Weligama and Hikkaduwa, explore beautiful colorful reefs and swim surrounded by fish and turtles.
If you’re after a longer escapade, head to Sri Lanka’s east coast, the best kept secret in the country. This 7 day snorkeling cruise starts from the pristine bay of Trincomalee and covers some of the best Sri Lankan seascapes, with plenty of opportunities for underwater exploration.

Read more to find out about snorkeling in Sri Lanka!  

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“And always it is the same: the slender palm trees leaning over the white sand, the warm sun sparkling on the waves as they break on the inshore reef, the outrigger fishing boats drawn up high on the beach. This alone is real; the rest is but a dream...”