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4 Day Adventure Dives Down South in Kirinda and Yala, Sri Lanka

Coast Guard Diving Center, Tissa - Kirinde Road, Kirinda, Sri Lanka

Diving Adventure Sri Lanka

Intermediate difficulty
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

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.

Meet the instructors

Ranga & Sahan
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Highlights

  • All the diving equipment
  • 2 days with 4 discover adventure dives
  • Yala National park safari and Kirinda Historical temple tour
  • Professional dive photographer joining you with some lesson
  • 3 buffet breakfasts with coffee, tea, and king coconuts
  • Transport for the whole tour
  • 3 nights accommodation
  • Airport pick up

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


2 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Spanish
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport
Airport transfer included: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport
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Accommodation

Check-in Time:
12:00
Check-out Time:
11:00

Facilities

  • Swimming pool (outdoor)
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Fireplace
  • Garden
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Free parking
  • Internet access
  • Medical assistance
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

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).

Kirinda Beach Front Resort.

  • Facilities of Kirinda Beach Front Hotel Great facilities!
  • Outdoors
  • Beachfront
  • Garden
  • Pets are not allowed.
  • Activities
  • Beach
  • Water sport facilities (on site) Additional charge
  • Bikes available (free)
  • Cycling
  • Foods & Drink
  • Sri Lankan & Western Foods.
  • Bottle of water
  • Good coffee!
  • Internet
  • Free! WiFi is available in all areas and is free of charge.
  • Parking
  • Free! Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).
  • Secured parking
  • Services
  • Shared lounge/TV area
  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Car hire
  • Packed lunches
  • Room service
  • General
  • Designated smoking area
  • Air conditioning Additional charge
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms

The Campers Lodge Yala Luxury Camping

Most popular facilities

  • Free WiFi Family rooms Free parking Bar
  • Outdoors
  • Outdoor fireplace
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Sun terrace
  • BBQ facilities Additional charge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Pets are not allowed.

Activities

  • Live sport events (broadcast)
  • Themed dinner nights Additional charge
  • Walking tours
  • Badminton equipment
  • Evening entertainment
  • Entertainment staff
  • Cycling
  • Bicycle rental (additional charge)
  • Fishing Off-site Additional charge

Food and drink

  • Fruits Additional charge
  • Bottle of water
  • Wine/champagne Additional charge
  • Kid-friendly buffet
  • Kid meals Additional charge
  • Special diet menus (on request)
  • Breakfast in the room
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • -Internet
  • Free Wi-Fi is available in public areas and is free of charge.

Parking

  • Free private parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).

Parking garage

  • Secured parking

Transport

  • Airport drop off Additional charge
  • Airport pick up Additional charge

Wellness facilities

  • Yoga classes
  • Full body massage
  • Hand massage
  • Head massage
  • Couples massage
  • Foot massage
  • Neck massage
  • Back massage
  • Spa Facilities
  • Open-air bath
  • Massage
  • Spa and wellness center Additional charge

Reception services

  • Private check-in/check-out
  • Tour desk
  • Currency exchange
  • Express check-in/check-out
  • 24-hour front desk

Entertainment and family services

  • Indoor play area
  • Books, DVDs, music for children
  • Board games/puzzles
  • Babysitting/child services

Cleaning services

  • Daily housekeeping
  • Trouser press
  • Shoeshine
  • Ironing service Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning Additional charge
  • Laundry Additional charge

General

  • Shuttle service
  • Grocery deliveries Additional charge
  • Airport shuttle (additional charge)
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Shuttle service (free)
  • Designated smoking area
  • Non-smoking throughout
  • Car hire
  • Packed lunches
  • Bridal suite
  • Family rooms
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Newspapers Additional charge
  • Room service

Languages spoken

  • English
  • Russian

Eco Safari 4 Star Hotel - Thissa

Most popular facilities

  • Swimming pool Outdoor pool Free WiFi Free parking Spa and wellness center Restaurant Bar
  • Outdoors
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Pets are not allowed

Food and drink

  • Bottle of water
  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Good coffee

Internet

  • Free Wi-Fi is available in all areas and is free of charge.

Parking

  • Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is not needed).

Pool and wellness

  • Swimming pool
  • Shallow end
  • Pool bar
  • Pool with view
  • Outdoor pool (all year)
  • Outdoor pool
  • Spa and wellness center Additional charge
  • Sauna Additional charge

Reception services

  • Luggage storage
  • Currency exchange
  • 24-hour front desk

Cleaning services

  • Trouser press Additional charge
  • Ironing service Additional charge
  • Dry cleaning Additional charge
  • Laundry Additional charge

Business facilities

  • Fax/photocopying Additional charge

General

  • Shuttle service
  • Shuttle service (additional charge)
  • Air conditioning
  • Safety deposit box
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Newspapers
  • Room service

Program

Qualifications / requirements

  • PADI Open Water Certification
  • PADI Discover Diver Certification
  • Age requirement: 14 years or older
  • Time commitment: Approximately 8 - 15 hours course prerequisites

Itinerary

Day 1: Colombo Airport - Kirinda Beach

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.

Day 2: Diving - Endless underwater treasures (2 dives)

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.

Day 3: Kirinda - Caves around the Basses / marine ecology - Yala National Park Safari

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.

Day 4: Kirinda - Tour end

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.

Included excursions

  • Yala National Park safari
  • Kirinda Historical Temple tour

Instructors

Ranga Shrimal

Sahan Damayantha

Location

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).

Kirinda

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 beach and diving

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.

Kirinda dive sites

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.

Wreck sites around the Basses

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.

Caves around the Basses

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.

Marine ecology

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.

Wreck sites conservation

  • Site monitoring
  • Updating and maintaining a registry wreck
  • Collecting of wreck site data including photography, video, and physical source
  • Conservation of artifacts if found necessary under guidance of experts
  • Safe rendering of unexplored explosive and other hazard
  • Management and entry control to under water wrecks
  • Local Police and Archaeological Department will be informed that SLCG approval is required for any diving expedition in Basses reefs
  • Foreign and local diving expeditions are allowed only under SLCG supervision to ensure no treasure hunting

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.

Distance

  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - 4 hours 33 minutes (295.1 kilometers) via Southern Expy/E01
  • Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI) - 1 hour 11 minutes (55.4 kilometers) via Tissamaharam Road

Food

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.

The following meals are included:

  • Breakfast
  • Drinks

The following drinks are included:

  • Coffee
  • Tea

The following dietary requirement(s) are served and/or catered for:

  • Vegetarian
  • Seafood
  • Whole food
  • Ayurvedic
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

Things to do (optional)

  • Night dives
  • Surf and yoga classes

What's included

  • Explore 4 dive sites in Kirinda - 4 bottles diving in 4 dive sites in Kirinda
  • Free use of diving equipment
  • Yala National Park safari
  • Kirinda Historical Temple tour
  • Professional dive photographer joining you with some lesson
  • Airport pickup
  • 3 nights' accommodation
  • 3 buffet breakfasts
  • Free coffee, tea, and king coconuts
  • Transport for whole tour (4 days)
  • High-speed Wi-Fi

What's not included

  • Airport transfers to Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Flights to and from Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB)
  • Lunch and dinner for 4 days
  • Massage and spa treatments
  • Optional activities

How to get there

Recommended Airports

Arrival by airplane

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.

Airport: Bandaranaike International Airport Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.
Airport: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport Airport transfer included: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport No additional charges. You can request this in the next step.

Cancellation Policy

  • A reservation requires a deposit of 25% of the total price.
  • The deposit is non-refundable, if the booking is cancelled.
  • The rest of the payment should be paid on arrival.
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