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Cici8181

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Sri Lanka 10 June - 17 June
« on: 15 Feb 16, 09:30 »
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  • Hello everyone

    Me and hubby are flying to Colombo, Sri Lanka on 10 June. (Sri Lankan Airlines) and returning on 17 June. - Price is around $450 now.

    We are looking for a dive center at Trincomalee. Any recommendations?

    So far we have heard of
    1) Aquacreed
    2) Posidon

    Anyone who is interested can PM us to go together. =) safety in numbers! (and can share van cost from Colombo to trincomalee which is not cheap... =p)

    Cheers all!

    sunkissed

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    Re: Sri Lanka 10 June - 17 June
    « Reply #1 on: 13 Mar 16, 02:24 »
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  • What kind of diving is it and visibility range?

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    Re: Sri Lanka 10 June - 17 June
    « Reply #2 on: 03 Apr 16, 01:36 »
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  • Hi, the transfer for 2 person by car should not exceed USD 150 each way especially if you do not have alot of bulky gears. By car takes about 5-6 hours.

    Alternatively, 20miles from the airport there's another domestic airport shared with the military. Not tried that but there's a flight that takes you from Colombo to Tricomalee.

    I am not sure if I still have the contacts for transportation. I used them for Merissa late 2015.

    Cici8181

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    Re: Sri Lanka 10 June - 17 June
    « Reply #3 on: 06 Apr 16, 09:05 »
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  • Thanks for the reply =)

    We have approached several dive centres and decided on aquacreed because they were the most comprehensive and helpful. the owner Jeremy blake, replies my enquiries and emails within a day and they have been extremely helpful in a few areas, despite the fact that we have not actually paid them any deposit or anything like that.

    Hired car (with help from Jeremy) USD $200. Driver follows us on the WHOLE TRIP. We understand this is a special offer and might not be applicable in other instances. This helps ease our mind about travelling from airport and back to airport on the last day (we have experienced bad jojo where our driver didn't turn up for the return trip!) plus... this means we travel in comfort from hotel to dive centre and also get to do other stuff like dolphin and possibly whale watching when we want to.

    as for the dive sites, please refer to aquacreed's website for possible dive sites. From what we saw, it looks like a lot of possible wreck diving etc. We have not confirmed the dive site as we trust Jeremy to help us choose the best ones from the weather conditions and diving competency.

    The water temp seems to be comfortable for 3mm.

    =) Ci


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    Sri Lanka Trip Report (Apr 2016)
    « Reply #4 on: 11 Apr 16, 11:20 »
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  • I was in Sri Lanka for a 8-day holiday and decided to take half-day to do 2 fun dives at Unawatuna (south-west of Sri Lanka and about 4km from Galle). The dive season in the south-west part of Sri Lanka is during the dry period from November to April.

    We dived with Submarine Diving School which was professional and had well-maintained dive equipment (there are about 7 dive shops at Unawatuna). I noticed that most tourists were there to either do a Discover Scuba program or to complete their Open Water Course so we had the luxury of a 2:1 guide ratio and the boat to ourselves for the fun diving.  It costs USD$55 for 2 fun dives including all equipment. The dive sites are a short 10 - 15min boat ride from the beach and you return back to the dive centre after each dive. Water temperatures were very warm at 31'c and you probably don't even need a wetsuit! Visibility can be affected by the surface surge and the tides; visibility at the first dive in Napolean Reef was about 5m, while the second site at Galapitagala had a good 15m.

    The diving at Unawatuna was surprisingly good but perhaps we really didn't expect much. There is decent macro especially nudibranches. We also saw larger predators like moray eels and trevallies. I wouldn't go to Sri Lanka specifically for a "pure" dive holiday but if you are there for a land-based holiday or business trip, then it certainly is worth spending a day or two diving the local sites. Some pictures taken with the Olympus TG4: