Scuba Dive

Scuba diving, free diving, and snorkelling on the southwest coast are best enjoyed between November and mid-April. The Weligama region has several protected dive sites as well as many places to swim out and snorkel. The crystal-clear waters and shallow depths ensure that the vivid colors of the coral and abundant tropical fish are at their brightest. Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are also superb protected coral reefs, with the PADI dive center infrastructure you would expect from busy tourist areas.

Sri Lanka has some great dive points. Hikkaduwa, Unawatuna, and Weligama are the main areas in the South West and visibility is best from December to February. Not all the dive schools are up to European standards, so you may see tanks filled a little too close to the highway or not be asked the right questions when you arrive. If you are experienced, this shouldn’t matter too much, but it may not be suitable for learning.

Surf South Sri Lanka has a good relationship with Pearl Divers in Unawatuna. If you are looking to learn to dive with a PADI Open Water, PADI Advanced, or PADI Rescue dive course, we would recommend this outfit and can arrange courses, day or introductory dives for you. PADI Advanced is a great way to get some dives and do some more interesting diving.


Perl Divers in Unawatuna, Summith, the Sri Lankan owner, has 24 years of experience running the school and over 15,000 logged dives. They have mostly new Scuba-Pro and Mares equipment, and a tank room by the sea. If you have a Go Pro, get the tropical water filter, and your videos will have better visibility than you remember from the dive.