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5 Day Beginners' Snorkeling and Diving Camp in Pigeon Island and Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Explore Beginners Fun Diving Sri Lanka

All difficulty levels
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

Join Sri Lankan Tour Hub on an amazing adventure camping tour that will have you travel across the lakes, Pigeon Island National Park, and beaches of Sri Lanka! Sri Lankan Tour Hub will guide you through this magical journey where you will have the perfect opportunity to escape yourself from the daily mundane life. On this getaway, you will have the chance to spot Sri Lanka's adventure sites such as Trincomalee diving and snorkeling, underwater safari at Pigeon Island National Park, camping, and whale watching tour while discovering the history, culture, beauty, and adventure of Sri Lanka.

Meet the instructors

Ranga & Sahan
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Highlights

  • Free use of diving equipment
  • PADI discover diving certification
  • 2 dive lessons (45 minutes in the water)
  • Dive boat rental and pickup - drop to the beach of the day
  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour and whale watching tour
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • Airport pickup
  • 4 breakfasts

Skill level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


3 days with instruction in English
The organizer also speaks: Sinhalese, Spanish
Airport transfer included: Bandaranaike International Airport
Airport transfer available:
Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$100 per person)
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Accommodation

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

Facilities

  • Hot spring
  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Bar
  • Barbeque facilities
  • Café
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Yoga deck
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Conference room
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Medical assistance
  • Meeting room
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you have the option of staying in a private room in villas / resorts or 3 / 4-star hotels in Negambo and Uppuweli, Nilaweli Road, and Trincomalee depending on your budget or needs.

  • 10 private rooms with AC and no AC
  • 10 luxury private rooms in villas

Included facilities

  • Air-conditioned rooms
  • Barbecue facilities
  • Dining area
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Garden
  • Honesty bar
  • Kitchen
  • Lounge
  • Luggage room / storage
  • Multilingual staff
  • Restaurant
  • Terrace
  • Yoga deck
  • Board rental
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Laundry
  • Tour assistance

Program

Course

This four-day course includes theoretical learning, skills in the swimming pool, and four open water dives in the ocean. You will be given all the skills and knowledge to become a competent diver at a slow and relaxed pace that suits you. You will be provided all equipment and materials needed to complete the course, and you can even choose which language you’d like to learn in to make your experience more enjoyable and comfortable.

What you get

  • You may be able to get college credit for the Open Water Diver course.

Requirements

  • Age: 12 years or older
  • Time commitment: Approximately 8 - 15 hours course prerequisites
  • Able to swim
  • Medically fit for diving

The PADI Open Water Diver course consists of three main phases:

Knowledge Development

Knowledge development (online / independent study / in a classroom) to understand basic principles of scuba diving.

Confined Water Dives

Confined water dives are to learn basic scuba skills.

Open Water Dives

Open water dives are to use your skills and explore.

Itinerary

Day 1: Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) - Negambo Beach

Once you arrive at Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), Sri Lankan Tour Hub’s guides will pick you up from the airport. Then, you will directly be transferred to the hotel at Negambo Beach, Sri Lanka.

Today, the guides will show you the city and beach around Negambo. You will check-in and you will enjoy seafood beach barbecue local foods and Sri Lankan style cocktails. Afterward, you can visit a beach or take a rest as you wish.

Day 2: Negambo - Trincomalee - Konesvaram Hindu Temple

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet (a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily). Today, you will be transfer to the diving school and villa located at Trincomalee's Uppuveli Beach. The journey will take around 7 hours and 250 kilometers. You will have your lunch during the journey and you will stop at a reputed restaurant with a lake side view for lunch.

You will get to feel the nature of Sri Lanka during the journey like the forest, lakes, and animals. Once you've checked into the hotel, you can have a rest. When dawn comes, you will be traveling to Koneswaram Hindu Temple located nearby. At night, you will have a campfire on the beach and dinner will be Sri Lankan style barbecue. After that, you can spend time as you wish or you can take a rest.

Day 3: Snorkeling camp around Pigeon Island

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish). At 9 a.m., you will start heading to Pigeon Island by boat with your snorkeling equipment along with a mobile tent. The 20-minute journey will take you to the island and you will set up your camp at the beach according to your selection. You will have a snorkeling guide and you can be snorkeling around the island as you like with the support of the guide.

The hotel will deliver the pre-ordered lunch to the campsite and you are free to taste your lunch at the campsite. You will stay till 4 p.m. at the campsite and you can do as you wish (like snorkeling or resting). You will return to the accommodation at around 5 p.m. and you will enjoy your evening with dinner while relaxing.

Day 4: 2 diving sessions at Suwami Rocks and Cave - snorkeling at Marble Beach

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish). This will be day 1 of your diving career. The diving class starts at 9 a.m. for beginners while intermediate or advanced divers will be transferred to the diving spot directly. Take your theory and practical lesson on the beach and shallow water. At around 12 p.m., the session will end for the day and you will be back to the accommodation for lunch.

In the evening, you will have a tuk tuk tour to Marble Beach and you can have snorkeling sessions at the beautiful beach. Then, head back to camp and you will enjoy a barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 5: Whale watching tour - tour ends

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (of both Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish). Today, you will have an early bird tea with some fruits. At around 6:30 a.m., you will take the boat to start the whale watching tour. It will end before 9 a.m. and once you return to the accommodation, you will have your late breakfast. This will be the last day of your diving career with the team. Check out is by 12 p.m. Grab some photos in the surf camp 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

  • 2 dives - Suwame Rock and Cave
  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour
  • Koneswaram Hindu Temple tour
  • Trincomalee city tour
  • Hot water wells tour
  • Whale watching tour
  • Marble Beach tour

Instructors

Ranga Shrimal

Sahan Damayantha

Location

Sri Lanka is a great place to learn to dive with the PADI Open Water Diver course. 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 Trincomalee beach's diving center in Uppuveli, Sri Lanka. The camp is located near the beach that will give you easy access to the diving spots. It is also less crowded, giving you a hassle-free time to learn properly or enjoy the waves to the fullest. As well as sunrise dive, the sunset snorkeling is the most awesome experience to do. This is also one of the best places to go dolphin watching during the whale season: April to October.

Distances

  • Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (HRI), 7 hours 17 minutes (370.5 kilometers) via Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Trincomalee Highway / Ambepussa - Trincomalee Highway / Kandy Road / A6
  • Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), 5 hours 16 minutes (233.3 kilometers) via Ambepussa - Kurunegala - Trincomalee Highway / Ambepussa - Trincomalee Highway / Kandy Road / A6

Food

On this dive camp, you will be served daily breakfast (included in the price). For the rest of the meals, you can have the best local food experience as well as Western and Sri Lankan 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
  • Other dietary requirements on request
If you have special dietary requirements it's a good idea to communicate it to the organiser when making a reservation

What's included

  • PADI discover diving certification
  • 2 dive lessons (45 minutes in the water)
  • Free use of diving equipment
  • Dive boat rental and pickup - drop to the beach of the day
  • Professional local and foreign internationally qualified instructors
  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour
  • Whale watching tour
  • Airport pickup
  • 4 nights' accommodation
  • 4 breakfasts
  • Free coffee, tea, and king coconut every day
  • 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 5 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 Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB) 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 available: Mattala Rajapaksa International Airport (US$100 per person) Additional charges may apply. 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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