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Thanks to its geographical shape, Sri Lanka is sometimes also referred to as the Teardrop of India. To complete the visual image, the country’s perimeter consists of beautiful sandy beaches that stretch over a thousand kilometres. Sri Lanka boasts dive sites all around its southwest coast: Bentota, Negombo, Hikkaduwa, Tangalia, Galle, and more. See Sri Lanka’s diverse marine life at Bentota, where a whole variety of tropical fish such as barracuda, clownfish, lionfish and triggerfish can be seen.

Sri Lanka is also famous for its considerable range of adventure activities. Go snorkelling at Hikkaduwa’s Coral Sanctuary, rafting down the Kelani River alongside rich vegetation, or tour the inspiring ruins at Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapur by bicycle.

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Sean September 07, 2017


I would like to undertake a long weekend scuba diving with you guys around the weekend of the 13 & 14 October 2017. Is this something you can accommodate, there will be between 3 to 5 divers.
Can you also recommend a hotel.



katy September 11, 2017

Hi, We ar interested in some wreck diving this coming week, Ideally Wednesday and Thursday.

How are the conditions at the moment and are you diving every day?


Anand October 08, 2017


Wish to learn diving. I reside at Colombo. Could you let me know who to call for details. Thanks.


Richard October 15, 2017

My buddy and I and our non-diver wives are planning to visit Sri Lanka in April and thinking about staying at the Turyaa Kalutara Hotel.

We are both BSAC diver. I am a BSAC dive leader and my buddy is similar.

Is there diving on your side of the island in April?

Is it practical and straightforward to get from Turyaa Kalutara Hotel to your dive business?

Any thoughts or advice generally?




Cody October 20, 2017

Good morning,

I was inquiring about your beginners certification course. myself and three other members would like to get certified at the end of November or the beginning of December. We are currently in Colombo and from what I understand is that you guys are coming to Mount Livinia in November. We are very interesting and I look forward to your response.


johanna October 24, 2017

Hey there. I am going to be at Taprobana Wadduwa hotel mid/end of december. I would like to dive (I have PADI OW license) and/or I am thinking about doing the AOW course.
Are you offering transfer to your diving center / diving site for the metioned hotel ? Could your center be an option to me ? Are you offering AOW course during that period ? I guess, it is still to early to know about possible dates ?
Thanks for coming back to me. Have a great day. Johanna


perry October 31, 2017

Hi Sir:

Which season is best for wreck diving ( calm sea,warm water, good visibility ) ? thanks


Michelle November 04, 2017

Hi! My namne is Michelle and I was wondering about the elearning possibility for the Open Water course.

I live in Sweden and will be visiting Sri Lanka in febuary. Would it be possible to do the elearning before arriving in Sri Lanka?

Kind regards,


Dirk November 09, 2017

Dear Madam/Sir

I am planning to take my vacations in Sri Lanka next summer (July), and as I am a passionate diver I would like to inquire about the facilities at your dive center in Passikudah. I am an Advanced Open Water Diver and would bring my own mask, Fins, BCD, but no respirator. I would probably like to book 10 dives with you. How are the conditions – what can I expect to experience diving with your teams – and what would the dives cost?
I will probably stay at Anantaya Resort or at Uga Bay. Do you accept clints from those hotels?

Looking forard to your reply



Lucy November 13, 2017

Hello! I am travelling to Sri Lanka from the UK next week. We are all PADI OW Advanced qualified and would like to do some diving of your amazing wrecks in Colombo! I am particularly interested in the Taprobane North and East Wreck sites. We arrive on Sunday 19th so are looking to dive either on Sunday or on Monday. Is this something that can be arranged? I appreciate any further information you have. Many thanks.


Timothy November 14, 2017

Please let me know if you are open and if diving conditions are relatively good off of columbo the week of November 20th. Thank you. I would like to book dives


Mario November 15, 2017


Im going to arrive in Sri Lanka on Nov 21 and would like to dive in the area of Colombo or North or 1 or 2 days before continuing my journey.

Do you have any availabilities?

Thank you



Karl November 19, 2017

Looking at a liveaboard dive trip between the 28 December 2017 through 08 January 2018.


Anne November 26, 2017


We are coming to Sri Lanka the 1st week of April 2018 and are looking to dive 3 days on the west coast.
We are a family of 4, all experienced divers.
We are planning to stay in Bentota but are not sure where you are based?
Would you please advise your options and let us know if you are in Bentota? and if not, where we would need to stay to dive with you?
Also, how long is the boat ride to the dive sites?
We like to do 2 dives in the morning with the shortest stop time as possible, so we can also enjoy the afternoons at the beach.

Thank you,


Patrick November 26, 2017

I am looking at possibly diving in Sri Lanka in either December for 2 days or February for 4. What do you recommend? I am OW certified with adventure deep water. I have been on approx. 30 dives in the last two years. I have regularly gone to deeps of 30 meters. My last dives were in the end of October in Koh Phi Phi.


Laurent November 29, 2017

I will stay in Mount Lavinia for a few days on and off during the next two weeks and I am looking to take a couple of fun dives. I am a PADI rescue diver. I am interested in everything wreck/deep/micro/macro! I have my own diving computer and ABC equipment. I would need to rent a BCD, wetsuit, octopus and air. Since I will be doing quite a few dives I would rather dive with Nitrox. What you be the price per dive?
What sort of dives do you recommend in Colombo? I heard about gorgona near Colombo.


Mark December 03, 2017

Hy. I am in Sri Lanka for a month from 31st of January. I have had 2 try dives & would like to take paddi 3 day course with you. Please can you tell me how much & where would be the best place for me to stay while doing the course. Thank you.


Antoine December 03, 2017

Hi there,

I’m currently looking at visiting Sri Lanka between Dec 26 and Jan 7 as I am in dire need of sun, relaxing and of course diving. PADI Rescue Diver with 300+ logged dive, I am comfortable and easy to dive with.

Can you send an offer including 2x dives / day minimum and affordable accommodation?

Let me know the soonest as I am ready to book my flights.
Thank you,


David December 11, 2017


I’m going to be in Colombo on Thursday and Friday and would love to do a dive. I have my PADI open water but don’t have any equipment and have only done 7 dives. Do you have any suitable trips?




Celine January 23, 2018


We are a group of 4 people, non certified, who would like to dive on Jan 27th morning.
Can you let me know if it’s possible, and what is the cost ?




Esther January 24, 2018

Hi I am trying to arrange a dive trip to the Great Basses when I visit in March and I was recommended your dive company. I will be arriving late on the 27th march so am looking to dive on the 29th and 30th March. Any information or help you can give me would be greatly appreciated!


Marit January 30, 2018

Hi there,

my husband and I are looking for some great wreck diving next week (5/6) of Feb. What kind of tours offered and do you have a recommendation for a beautiful hotel nearby? Thanks and best Marit


Guillaume February 04, 2018

Good evening,

I allow myself to email you because I am planning a trip to Sri Lanka at the end February / beginning of March. And I would of course like to dive !

We are two PADI Advanced divers with around 40 and 80 logged dives.
We also have extensive experience in currents (Komodo, Galapagos).
We would like to dive some wrecks but also enjoy some nice sea life.
We are still working on the program now, so we don’t have specific dates.

A few questions:
1. How many dives / day do you usually recommend / realize ? How much costs one dive ?
2. Could you please tell me what dives sites we could visit if we stay one day in Mirissa ? What can we expect to see ?
3. Do you recommend any dive center to go diving on Great Basses ?
4. Do you recommend any dive center to go diving on Taprobane, Thermophylae, Medhufaru, MV Pêcheur Breton wrecks ?
5. Crazy question: is it allowed / possible to dive with blue whales ?

I thank you sincerely for your time and kind consideration,


Naoki February 05, 2018


My name is Naoki Shirai. I am planning to go scuba dive at Colombo with my friend.
He also has been dive many times before.
We would like to experience wreck diving in Sri Lanka because world class wreck ships are sunk underwater. Off course, we expect to watch various kind of fish and sea creatures as well.

Dive sites where we want to go:
・SS Perseus (Is there any requirement?)
・Pecheur Breton
・SS Worcestershine
・Barracuda Reef
・Pandora’s Box

I would like you to tell me whether it is possible to book during the period, and if yes, tell how we should choose dive course and its price.

I appreciate your earliest reply.
Thank you.


Livia February 08, 2018

Hello everyone

I am reaching out because I will be in Sri Lanka in March and would be interested in a Rescue Diver Course, and some additional fun & easy dives between March 6th and-9th. Also, I would be recuired to dive with Nitrox only. Would that be possible?
Furthermore, do you also offer accomodation?

Thanks & Best


Spotty February 13, 2018


I would love to dive the SS Perseus but am travelling to a very tight budget so will only be able to do this on the 23rd or 24th March (next Month).

Can you indicate if this is available to do and also prices if it is possible.

Cool bubbles



michèle March 09, 2018

Hello, I would like to know if it is possible to dive in April in Pasikudah.

Thank you in advance and best regards,


Elena March 28, 2018

We are interested in visiting Sri Lanka during the first half of August
We are 2 people from Barcelona and we would like to do 2 days of diving with 2 dives per day.
Can you offer us a price including accommodation?


Narelle Kiely August 14, 2018

Hello, me and two friends will be arriving in Colombo on2/11/2018 and will be staying in Sri Lanka for 2 weeks. We all have Advanced Open Water dive certificates and want to explore the wrecks on the west coast. we have no idea how to plan our trip in this beautiful country and are grateful for tips!!


Charlin August 16, 2018


We are 3 friends wanting to do the open water course ( 2 of us have book). We want to know where are the prices (full prices, we do not have euipment), and if you have, also accomodation prices. we will arrive in sri lanka about 12 sept.

Thanks and kind regards.


Narelle September 16, 2018

I let you know our dive holiday plans:
We are a party of three (all PADI Advanced Open Water Divers) who will be visiting Sri Lanka on a 2-week diving holiday (for the first time) at the beginning of November and your diving centre has been recommended to us! We would like to dive with your diving centre for several days (arrival on 2 November 2018 in Colombo) as well as in Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna. We understand we are coming right at the end of monsoon season so may start in Unawatuna and head north in the 2nd week. Can you please tell me how many days you would recommend staying in Colombo for a dive trip? Does your dive base also recommend certain accommodation closely? Lastly, do you require any further information from me/us for diving/booking purposes?
We are very excited about the dive holiday and look forward to hearing from you!
Best regards


Hannah November 18, 2018

Hi! Me and my boyfriend are possibly staying in Mount Lavinia at the end of december – if we do, we would like to dive wih you. Do we need to book in advance, or can we show up on the same day early in the morning and book a dive?

Best regards,


Andrew November 27, 2018

Where will you be diving on the morning of Saturday 8th December. I am AOW with 500+ dives and would like to book something.


Vineet December 18, 2018

Need information on Scuba diving


Jane January 02, 2019

I will be visiting Colombo in January and hope to dive the Pecheur Breton Cargo wreck and barracuda reef. What is your dive schedule for Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd of January?
I am a PADI certified Instructor, I will have my own mask and computer but will need full set of equipment as I am travelling light.
Kind regards,


Pedro January 05, 2019

Bonjour,je vais faire un séjour au mois de mars a a Waskaduwa, je voudrais connaitre les formalités pour plonger avec votre centre.


caroline January 13, 2019

Hello, I am visiting Colombo next month and would like to get my PADI open water qualification. I arrive on Thursday 21st February and leave on Monday 25th February. Is this enough time? Please let me know what the total cost would be. Many thanks, Caroline


Andie January 25, 2019

We are staying in Kalkudah in July next year and are keen to do some scuba diving. We would look at either doing 2 days with you of 2 tank dives or possibly my son doing his Advanced open Water with you and I could just do the dives also?
My son will be 13 and has his open water qualification. I have my advanced (50+ dives) though have only done a handful of dives in the last few years.
Would this be possible and what are your costs etc for easy coast diving?


Thomas February 25, 2019

Dear Sir/Madam,

On 20/21 April my professor and I are planning to dive near Colombo/Negombo to study the local sponge fauna. We would like to collect sponge material, especially the giant barrel sponge (if they are present at your dive sites). We are in the process of obtaining all the permits and proper documentation thorugh NARA, the Sri Lankan National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency.

Would it be possible to dive with you on those days? Is it possible to visit sites where Giant Barrel Sponges are present?

Kind regards,



Adityavikram April 09, 2019


I am Aditya. I am an Indian based in Colombo.

I want to start diving. Looking for a beginner’s course with certification. Do let me know what options i have for the months of May or June. Do you have any batches starting around this time?

Best Regards


Jay May 13, 2019


We will be in Pasikudah on July 9-11. My son has done his classroom and pool training through SDI. I will have is paperwork. Could we schedule open water certification dives with you?


apsara August 01, 2019

I need to know about your diving events.
please reach me


Bertrand August 13, 2019

Hello, I will be in Nilaveli from August 16th to 20th, and I would like to dive with you. I am CMAS level 3 (air and nitrox) with 500 dives.
Can you give your disponibility and your price.
Thanks, Bertrand


fiona October 12, 2019

We just completed our open water certs and are planning a christmas trip to Sri lanka. The youngest member of our family of 4 is 13yrs so he can only dive to 12 meters. This leaves us with the dive option of Pandura wreck. I’m not clear on what the prices are for us to dive. We would also need full gear rental.
We would be looking at Dec 23 or 24. We would fly out on Dec 25 at 6:45am.


MAGDALENA November 04, 2019


Me and my partner will be in Sri Lanka from 12th of December and we are both interested in upgrading our skills in diving. I would be interested in Advanced Open Water when My partner would be interested in Rescue diver. I was wondering if you would be able to offer us any discount if we will book it together in your center?

I am looking forward to hearing from you.
Many thanks,



Aman February 02, 2020

Hi Team,

I want to enquire about try dive in Columbo. We are two people and would like to experience scuba diving. We don’t hold PADI certification. Can you let us know more details about it? We would like to do the try dive on 11th Feb 2020.



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