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PADI Advanced Open Water Diving Course Sri Lanka

Intermediate difficulty
Instruction in English
Breakfast included
Airport transfer included

Gain new experiences and confidence with a supervised experience that allows you to dive up to depths up to 30 meters. There are 2 mandatory dives: deep and navigation. You can discuss with your instructor which 3 additional adventure dives you want to do. Become an advanced diver - explore diving more!

Meet the instructors

Ranga & Sahan
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Highlights

  • 5 adventure dives
  • Free use of diving equipment
  • PADI Advanced Diver certification after completion
  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour and whale watching tour
  • Koneswaram Hindu Temple and Marble Beach tours
  • Transportation and airport pickup
  • 5 nights accommodation
  • Daily breakfast

Skill level

  • Intermediate
  • Advanced

Styles


4 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$150 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
  • Honesty bar
  • Lobby
  • Meditation garden
  • Picnic area
  • Restaurant
  • Special menu request
  • Terrace
  • Bicycle rental
  • Board rental
  • Car rental
  • Currency exchange
  • Dry cleaning
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Internet access
  • Ironing / ironing board
  • Laundry
  • Parking lot
  • Tour assistance
  • Wireless internet

During this holiday, you have the option of staying in a private room in the villa / resorts or 3 and 4-star hotels in Uppuweli, Nilaweli Road, 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

PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course

You don’t have to be "advanced" to take it. It’s designed to advance your diving, so you can start right after earning your PADI Open Water Diver certification.

The course helps build confidence and expand your scuba skills through different adventure dives. You try out different specialties while gaining experience under the supervision of your PADI instructor. You log dives and develop capabilities as you find new ways to have fun scuba diving.

Requirements

  • Age: 15 years or older
  • Time commitment: approximately 8 - 15 hours course prerequisites
  • Able to swim
  • Medically fit for diving
  • The PADI Open Water or Discover Diver Certification

For each dive, it is required to complete a knowledge review. Reading a small chapter in the manual and answering some questions which will be provided for you here.

Itinerary

Day 1: Colombo International Airport (CMB) - Negambo 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 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 transferred 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 reputed restaurant with a lakeside view for lunch.

You will feel Sri Lanka's nature during the journey like its forest, lakes, and animals (elephants, etc.). Once you check in to the hotel, you can have a rest. When dawn comes, you will travel to visit Koneswaram Hindu Temple located nearby.

At night, you will have a campfire on the beach and dinner will be a Sri Lankan-style barbecue. You can spend the night as you wish or you can take a rest.

Day 3: Two PADI Advanced Water Diving and theory lessons - Two adventure dives

You will begin your day by enjoying a breakfast buffet (a combination of Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily). You will have beginners' diving lessons or professional dive guiding at a diving school near the beach. Then, you can collect your basic equipment and start your practice with the diving teacher.

What you will do?

  • Video analysis education
  • Shallow water dive practice
  • Learn safety and how to use equipment
  • Adventure dive - 2 bottles in 2 spots

You will have buffet for lunch. In the spare time, you may relax on the beach or go snorkeling in the afternoon. If you like, you can go watch the evening sunset locations on the beach till the sun goes down. In the evening, you will enjoy barbecue grilled dinner or Sri Lankan food and take a rest.

Day 4: Two adventure diving lessons - Night dive

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (Sri Lankan and western foods changing daily as you wish). This will be your day two of your diving career, so 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), head to the dive school for either a lesson or guided dive. The afternoon is yours for the taking.

You may explore Trincomalee, shop, relax at the beach, or go for a free snorkeling session. The tour hub will have recommended optional adventures for you to do in the afternoons; as well as visiting natural hot water wells at 5 p.m near Kinnia. Start the night dive at 7.30 p.m. and enjoy the nightlife on the beach. Enjoy your own dinner and end the day with some well-deserved beers and rest as you wish.

Day 5: PADI Advanced Open Water Diver course final exam (theory) - Pigeon Island snorkeling tour

After your breakfast, head to the dive school where you will have a final theory exam (1 hour). After this, all the lessons are finished and hopefully, you will dive on your own at a dive spot with the team.

At 10:00 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 go snorkeling around the island as you like with support of the guide.

The hotel will deliver the pre-ordered lunch to the campsite and you are free to taste your lunch in the camp site. You will stay till 5:00 p.m. at the camp site and you can do whatever you wish like go snorkeling or just resting. Then, you will return to the accommodations around 6:00 p.m. and you will enjoy your evening with dinner and just relaxing.

Day 6: Whale watching tour - Check out - Tour ends

Wake up to a freshly prepared breakfast (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 get in the boat to start the whale watching tour. It will end before 9:00 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 12:00 p.m. Grab some photos at 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

  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour
  • Whales watching 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

Spa treatments

Not Included

What's included

  • PADI Advanced Open Water Diver certification
  • 5 dive lessons (45 minutes in the water)
  • Dive boat rental and pickup - drop to the beach of the day
  • Professional local and foreign internationally qualified instructors
  • Free use of diving equipment
  • Airport pickup
  • 5 nights' accommodation
  • 5 breakfasts
  • Pigeon Island snorkeling tour
  • Whale watching tour
  • 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$150 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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