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Snorkeling in Hikkaduwa

AVAILABILITY: From December to April

Best Snorkeling Duration : Between 9:00 am and 11:00 am

ACCOMMODATION OPTIONS: (Do we really need to add this?)

Hikkaduwa is beautiful coastal town on the southern coast of Sri Lanka. It is famous for snorkeling, surfing, and turtle conservation. Just a few hundred meters off the coast of Hikkaduwa is a majestic coral reef that stretches for miles and is home to countless colourful reef fish and turtles. The Hikkaduwa National Park is home to 60 species of hard coral, 170 species of tropical reef fish and multiple species of turtles.

The Turtle Conservation Park in Hikkaduwa is an important location in turtle conservation in Sri Lanka. Here, you will see many rare and injured turtles. The conservation park plays an important role in protecting turtles and their eggs. You will find many hatcheries in the park with hundreds of scuttling baby turtles. Remember to handle them with care!

Hikkaduwa is one of the islands best surf locations and has different stretches of ocean for professionals and amateurs. Learn to surf with one of our guides or venture out on your own to catch the waves or go snorkelling in Hikkaduwa’s rich coral reef ecosystem.

Hikkaduwa is full of luxurious resorts, coastal hideaways and backpacker retreats. There’s something for everyone on the serene Hikkaduwa coast and one of the best things you can experience is just relaxing by the beach while watching a beautiful island sunset.


  • Swimming wear
  • Sun protection lotions
  • Waterproof camera