6 Water Sports in Bentota Every Traveller Must Try

Bentota being the holiday paradise in Sri Lanka is known for its beaches, marine life, mountain top excursions and most importantly its water sports. The water sports in Bentota are world-renowned, and there is something for people of all ages. 

Water sports in Bentota include a cruise on the river as well as other water sports activities such as water skiing, windsurfing, banana ride, wakeboarding, jet-skiing, tube rides, sea diving, snorkelling and surfing. If you are new to the world of water sports, there are courses offered by various water sports centre’s to guide you through your stint with the waves. Bentota is generally a town filled with tourists, especially as they come for the water sports that are offered by almost all the resorts that are present there. The city thrives on its wide variety of water sporting activities along with its top of the notch facilities that they offer tourists and local visitors as they partake in the games. 

The types of water sports on offer in Bentota: 

1. Water skiing

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Experience the water beneath your feet and feel the wind run through your hair by learning how to water ski in Bentota. The beach here is the ideal location for safe and secure sea skiing experiences. With the lack of large boulders and patchy waters, the incredible stretches of water become an addiction for adrenaline lovers. If you are a water sports enthusiast, this is the time for tourists to show off their tricks in a calm and safe environment. Not to worry as if you are a first-timer, the support teams around will train and monitor the tourists to ensure a safe and enjoyable time.                     
Company: Viator
Price: LKR 2000 

2. Snorkelling and Diving in Bentota

Diving in Bentota

Whether you are an expert or a beginner Bentota offers you a diving experience to remember. Over here you can swim in the warm Indian Ocean with tropical fish, the magnificent coral reefs and try to manoeuvre through the seaweed that floats is very predominant underwater. It’s an experience that everyone should try out.                              
Price: The prices start from LKR 9717 and extend up to LKR 98946 for an open water course for four days.

3.  Banana Boat & Tube Rides

Banana boat ride in Bentota
A banana tube is like its name implies, it is shaped like a banana and is attached to a speed boat by a rope. The trip guarantees an adrenaline-filled experience that includes vast waves that come crashing over your heads. While it is suitable for any age, tourists can select from single ring rides and sofa rides as well in Bentota.       
Price: Banana rides cost LKR 1766, and doughnut rides/ sofa rides cost LKR 2480 in the resort town.

4. Windsurfing

Windsurfing in Bentota
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Windsurfing on clear water is something you cannot experience just anywhere, but Bentota is the place for you if that’s what you want. It’s got the perfect atmosphere throughout the year. Tourists can choose to hire equipment or can bring their own to use. Bentota offers you classes as well as solo sessions for tourists to either learn or experience windsurfing.                                                                                                                         
Price: The prices for single lessons start from LKR 1800, and the instructors charge LKR 22,800 for eight classes to certify the individual as a certified windsurfer.

5. Jet Ski

Jet Skiing in Bentota
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Jet Skiing is one of the most performed and adventurous water sports in Bentota. Almost every visitor to Bentota would ideally rent a jet ski and spend their mornings and evenings riding it around the beach. It is a perfect sport for thrill-seekers, and people who are new to it can ride with an instructor till they get the hang of it. It’s an activity for all ages and can be done with friends, family and loved ones in Bentota.                                                 

Price: to rent a jet ski with 700cc for 30 minutes is LKR 5300 and to rent a jet ski with 1100cc for 30 minutes is LKR 7000. But if tourists would like to rent them out for longer than the offer prices change depending on the resort.

6. Water polo

Bentota resorts have water polo as one of the sports that they offer to their visitors and customers. The tourists can compete against one another in a mini-field that the beachside resorts set up. The tourists can decide the number of people they would want in the teams, and they generally conduct tournaments so everyone can play together.                                          
Price: Prices vary from resort to resort, but it is usually LKR 1200 to LKR 3000

Tips and Precautions

1.       Beware of mosquitoes during the night if you decide to go for a stroll. Pack mosquito repellent cream and long clothing articles.
2.       Follow the rules at the beach about entering the water at night as the tide may get very high.
3.       Keep an ample amount of cash with you at all times as Bentota being a small town has very few ATM’s and it could be a problem.

This post was published by Subhash Movva

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