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Scuba Diving, Colombo Overview

Colombo, the commercial capital and largest city of Sri Lanka has some of the world's best Scuba diving and snorkeling spots. Once you find the right spot, a single scuba dive amidst the coral reefs and shipwrecks could be a life changing experience. Apart from having all the modern buildings and shopping sites, Colombo also has a stunning marine life. From lion fish to stingrays, swimming with these beautiful water creatures will definitely satisfy you aesthetically.

There are many spots for scuba diving in Colombo which include wrecks of big Cargo vessels and small boats, that have now become home to colorful marine animals, thus making the spots popular for snorkeling and diving.

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Famous Dive Spots in Colombo

1. Medhufaru
Depth: 29m
Boat time: 20 min
A Maldivian cargo vessel that sank during the southwest monsoon storm in 2009. It is present on the sea bed in Mount Lavinia, Colombo. It is now a home to many grouper fish, tuna and moray eel.

2. Cargo Wreck 
Depth: 33m
Boat time: 20 min
The MV Pecheur Breton, A French vessel that founded in 1994 while carrying scrap to india now housed by numerous colorful fishes and other aquatic creatures.

3. Nilgiri Drug
Depth: 32m
Boat time: 45min
A harbor tugboat that floundered in a storm in 1997 while trying to assist another ship. Coral growth is healthy and fish life profuse as with most wrecks in colombo.

4. Palagala
Depth 34m
Boat time 35 min
It is just 800m from the beach and is a rocky ridge parallel to the shore with an abundance of nudibranchs, scorpionfish, pipefish and octopi. The seaward edge of the reef is covered in small sea fans, lobsters and stingrays can be found under ledges or overhangs.

Scuba Diving Schools in Colombo

1.Island scuba
Trips vary from Daily dive trip with 2 dives is worth 12375.30 LKR including equipment to 5-day package for 10 dives.
Time: 08:00 AM - 04:00 PM
2. Colombo Divers
Bubble maker course for kids: 7955LKR.
Open water diving course gives in-water skills:61876LKR.

3. Seenigama Dive Centre
Located on 400 Galle Road in Colombo.
Time: 08:30 AM - 06:30 PM
4.International Diving School
Located on Galle road.
Time: 08:30 AM - 06:00 PM

Tips while Scuba Diving in Colombo

  • Prices of scuba diving hike during the peak season so at that time it is advised to go in a group to avail maximum discount.
  • Book well in advance for all your inclusions to avoid hassle.
  • Early in the morning is the best time for scuba diving.
  • Follow the instructions and warnings given by your trainers properly and maintain a safe distance from the marine animals and avoid disturbing them.

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