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West Coast Diving - December through April

     
 
 
 


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The beaches of Negombo are beautiful! It's not too far from Colombo either. Just 35 Km or an hour and a half away. The stretch of beach or the "strip" is located just a few miles north of the Negombo town. For many reasons we really love this place. It's spotlessly clean, has a well maintained road leading to all the major hotels in the area and really FUN diving! If someone asks us to put our Negombo experiences in a nutshell, we'll say "Raining Fish!".

The dive locations in Negombo are segregated into two locations. The closer dive sites about 5 to 8 Km away from the shore and the further "third" reef (about 22 Km away).

The Third Reef - The Last Frontier

Good things are hard to get. For the best diving in Negombo visit the beautiful Third Reef 22 KM into deep sea from where no land can be seen.

The closer dive sites (Second Reef).

 

  Site Name
Type
Depth
Boat Time
Our Rating
Worth mentioning...
  Diyamba Gala Reef
Fish
25M 45 Min Excellent An excellent off shore site with a pristine reef and full of reef fish. One of the best dives in Negombo
  Derana Gala

Reef
Fish
25M
45 Min
Excellent
One of the deeper and far dive sites in Negombo; it is also one of the best dives with loads of reef and shoaling fish.
  Muttiyan Gala Reef
Fish
14M
30 Min
Good
Small rocky barrier reef with loads of reef fish and Stingrays
  Thanthiri Gala
Reef
Fish
15M
30 Min
Good
A shallow site full of fish life and ideal site for Macro photography.
  Lobster Reef
Reef
Fish
16M
30 Min
Excellent
A cluster of rocky boulders forming a long reef. Abundant fishlife from small things such as Nudibranchs to occasional big animal action in the form of a Ray
  Standard Reef
Reef
Fish
15M
40 Min
Good
A reef patch that starts shallow at 11M and descends to 15M at the sandy outer areas. A busy city of fish life.
  Ahas Yatra Gala (British FIghter Aircraft)
Reef
Fish
15M
45 Min
Good
Remnants of a World War II Fighter Aircraft that lies alongside another natural reef mound. Great fishlife
  Bandara Rock
Reef
Fish
15 M
20 Min
Good
Quite a fun dive site. The coral is rather drab but lots of fish such as Sweetlips, Lionfish (including a albino species), Scorpionfish, Morays and Sting Rays of various sizes.
  Barracuda Point
Reef
Fish
15 M
20 Min
Good
Again a fun site with Predatory Cardinalfish, Lionfish, an occasional Grouper, Star Fish, and Sting Rays. Click here for pictures.
  Hanova
Reef
Fish
15 M
20 Min
Excellent.
A lovely dive site despite the abundance of abandoned fish nets! Snappers, Cuttlefish, Bullseyes (Glass Fish), Sweetlips, Groupers. Sometimes the visibility is bad because there are so many of these Bullseye dudes around. Carry a torch even during the day time. You can "conduct" the Bullseye school with a wave of your torch! It's cool! Click here to see the huge Grouper we met there one day!
  Adams Peak
Fish
15 M
25 Min
Good
Not a spectacular site in terms of natural formations and coral. But really rich in fish. Click here for pictures and other information.
  Route 66
Reef Fish
15 M
25 min
Excellent
Route 66 is a oceanic highway heading North West. Sticking to the speed limit is recommended due to heavy traffic. Click here for pictures.