Sri Lanka, the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’ has around 1600km of coastline and is home to an incredible range of marine life. The diverse range of species includes whales, dolphins, sea turtles, moray eels, many species of rays, barracuda and other fish. Many of these reside close to the shorelines and coral reefs, making it a perfect destination for scuba diving.
At this time of year until April, the diving season is on the West Coast of Sri Lanka, and Taprobane Divers has now moved to its’ West Coast location in Negombo. Negombo offers a great variety of dive sites – for the best – you need to visit the ‘Third Reef’ which is a very good place to see different species of Rays, and the huge range of reef fish, shoaling fish and coral. Closer to Negombo, but equally enjoyable, are the first and second reefs which have a range of depths from 7 to 30 metres, and are between 20 and 40 minutes away. It is also possible to visit the remnants of a World War II Fighter Aircraft that lies alongside another natural reef mound. Colourful schools of fish can be seen with species such as snappers, cuttlefish, bullseyes glass fish, sweetlips and groupers.
A couple of other wrecks in the area include a sunken boat and ship which sank around 60 years ago. Also accessible from Negombo are many wreck dives including barges, steam ships and the cargo ship, the ‘Pecheur Breton’ which sank in 1994.
So what are you waiting for?! There is so much to see in this underwater world, that why not come and visit us this season to experience for yourself! We look forward to welcoming all divers, beginners to advanced, and have fun diving packages and PADI courses to suit all requirements!