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Welcome to Kirinda in down south Sri Lanka and explore endless underwater treasures and marine life! Kirinda is a coastal village located in the Southern Province of Sri Lanka. It is both beautiful and attractive; popular with both foreign and local visitors.
During this dive holiday, you have the option of staying in a private room in Kirinda Beach Front Resort (2-star), The Campers Lodge Yala Luxury Camping (3-star), or Eco Safari Thissa (4-star).
Once you arrive at Colombo International Airport (CMB), Sri Lankan Tour Hub’s guides will pick you up from the airport. Then, you will directly be transferred to the Dive Camp in Mount Lavinia Colombo, Sri Lanka via E01 Express Highway.
This day, the guides will be going to show you the city and beach around Mount Lavinia. You will check-in and meet the team. There, you will enjoy seafood, barbecue, local foods, and Sri Lankan style cocktails. Afterward, you can visit a beach or take a rest as you wish.
Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish. This will be your day two of your diving career. Slap on the sunscreen, take your theory and practical lesson at the theater (the theory is every day and can be before or after the dive session), jump in a vehicle, and head to the dive school for either a lesson or guided SLCG divers in Endless Under Water Treasure Around The Basses.
After dives, you can chill in the afternoon with some beach games and act. You may explore Kirinda more, relax at the beach, or choose one of the optional adventures for you to do in the afternoons if you don’t feel like getting tired again.
You will have your dinner on the beach of the adventure dive camp sites. You can have your rest or go to enjoy the DJ music as per your choice.
You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet, a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily. You will have a discover diving lessons or professional dive guiding at the diving school near the beach for almost three hours. You can collect your basic equipment and start your practice.
You will have your lunch after 12 p.m. At 2 p.m., you will start the safari. Here, you will have the opportunity to see wild elephants, leopards, water buffalo's, alligators, bears, deer, and various kinds of birds. You will have a jungle camp experience by going on a safari with the wild life guide and team (transport: 4x4 off-road Jeep).
Safari will end at 7 p.m. Go back to the hotel and you will have your dinner on the beach of your adventure dive camp sites. You can have your rest or go party as per your choice.
You will have a traditional Sri Lankan breakfast with local foods. After that, all the lessons are finished and hopefully, you will have had an amazing marine life experience. Check out is by 11 a.m. Grab some photos in your dive site to show off to your friends. Make sure you’ve got everyone on Facebook and say goodbye to your surf camp family. They miss you already.
Ranga Shrimal is a host, the founder, and managing director of Lankan Tour Hub (Pvt) Ltd. He loves to meet friends from all around the world and make them as his good friends for a life time. He was born in Negombo in 1988. He has always liked to surf and live near the beach and nature. His home now is also located within the mountain range. There, he always finds peace through his meditation sessions. Ranga looks forward to welcome you very much, and to talk and relay the many things that he has learned in life, and at the same time learning too.
Sahan is a PADI Diving Instructor (License S407801). He was born in Weligama, a local Sri Lankan who knows all about the local scene and the diving instructing. He will make sure that everything is perfect for you to enjoy a great diving holiday in Sri Lanka. Currently, he is a diving instructor of a 5-star dive center in Weligama and your dive host as well as diving instructor since 2015. He loves to teach clients how to practice diving, offering great company at his place and an insight into my breathtaking culture.
Sri Lanka is a great place to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Divercourse. The PADI Advanced Open Water Diver, PADI Enriched Air Diver, PADI Deep Diver, and PADI Wreck Diver courses are popular to dive many of the sites and wrecks off the coastline of Sri Lanka. You can also become a PADI Divemaster or PADI Instructor from this island paradise.
This dive camp will take place at Kirinda Sri Lanka Coast Guard Diving Center in Kirinda, Sri Lanka. The camp is located near the beach that will give you easy access to the surfing spots. It is also less crowded, giving you a hassle-free time to learn diving properly. As well as sunrise, the sunset is the most awesome experience to do. It is one of the best places to go dolphin watching during the whale season (November - April).
There is a rocky outcrop from which one can enjoy a magnificent view of this desolate coast with its long stretch of golden beach and sand dunes with the great blue ocean beyond. On a sunny day, the lighthouse on the Great Basses Reef appear like a needle in the far distance.
Kirinda is an ideal place to experience scuba diving during the inter monsoon period. The archaeologically important diving spots, caves, and the Long Basses reef with crystal clear water, vertical walls, shallow water soft corals, and also the long sandy beach gives any recreational diver a mesmerizing inspiration to enjoy an unforgettable experience in the pristine waters of Kirinda.
The geographical and geological conditions of the area around the Great and Little Basses reef resulted in many unknown sailors going down with their ships and belongings in these blue waters. Hence, there are many identified archaeologically important old ship wreck sites around the Basses site and there also exists many unknown sites waiting to be discovered.
This is a shallow site very close to the reef opposite the Silver Coin wreck. Mr. Peter Throckmorton and Dr. Arthur C. Clarke found this wreck of the early British period. According to history, a ship had docked at Port of Galle in its eastward passage to collect a shipment of soda bottles from a company by the name of "Clarek and Company" which supplies pointed - bottom soda bottles.
The remnants of the mysterious bottle wreck lies on the land side of the Great Basses ridge. This wreck is very badly deteriorated because of the shallow water and residual surge conditions.
The wreck is almost integrated into a reef and the only well-defined objects are two large anchors. Only a very few bottles from its original cargo remain as most bottles have been taken away by treasure hunters. The two large anchors also face danger of being removed by treasure hunters.
The Basses reef is the best place to go cave diving in Sri Lanka. The magnificent natural features like ravines, pillars, pinnacles, caves, and sand pockets surrounded by high wall corals and crevices created by the heavy currents and surge conditions though out the year entice divers to tirelessly discover its wonders and surprises. Even during the annual season, this place tends to contain some current. However, if one wants to enjoy cave diving in Sri Lanka, this would be the ideal location to have a life time experience.
This is the place to see varieties of fish like groupers, moray eels, lobsters, tuna, angelfish, rays, napoleons, coneys, red hind, snappers, parrot fish, and millions of other denizens of the ocean. While moving through these waters, you can see festoons of black corals and deep water sea fans. Watch out for sea turtles at the Basses. Hawkbill turtles and green turtles are frequently observed here resting in the protection of a ledge.
Coast Guard Diving Center takes action towards protecting underwater archaeologically valid dive site and other wrecks around basses reef. These significant areas marked with buoys allow underwater photography only in limited areas.
Foreign and local recreational divers are allowed diving only under the supervisions of SLCG divers to ensure no treasure hunting and vandalism.
Seasonal averages: 22°C/72°F in winter and 33°C/93°F in summer. West coast diving is best from around October to May, and the east coast is best from around May through to October.
On this camp, you will be served with daily breakfast included in the price. For the rest of the meals, you can have the best local food experience as well as the western foods in the local restaurants.
Bandaranaike International Airport
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
Please book your flight to arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) or Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI). Transfer from either of these airports is included. Sri Lankan Tour Hub will pick you up from the airport.
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