Want to snorkel with turtles in Hikkaduwa?
Ever wanted to get up close to one of natures most beautiful creatures? In Hikkaduwa you can snorkel alongside giant green turtles that are not at all bothered by your prescence. People here have been collecting sea weed off of a shallow shelf the huge turtles cannot easily reach for a while and feeding them. The sea turtles in Hikkaduwa have since grown very accustomed to this service and are so unfazed by human interaction, it’s still best to keep your distance though as they are wild animals and need room to breathe.
The Best Place To Snorkel in Hikkaduwa
Head down to the most southern point of the beach outside the Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon hotel, in a small area between a shallow seaweed shelf and rocky wall live three enormous green turtles. Grab some seaweed from the spots they can’t reach and feed them a snack! For a beautiful coral reef to snorkel over head opposite the Beer Garden pub and restaurant. In between the fishing boats, locals and tourists can be found floating around in the waves. You can see blue spotted rays, moray eels and maybe even another turtle or two. Make sure to use the best snorkel equipment to get the best experience instead of a foggy mask and blisters!
Hikkaduwa isn’t the most happening town in Sri Lanka but if it’s a drink and some live music you’re after Mamas Coral Beach Hotel is the place to be. Sun Set Coffee Bar is one of a few cafes on the front where you can get a drink and watch the sun go down over the Indian ocean. They also serve traditional Sri Lankan food at very reasonable prices. Bansei Hotel is popular among tour companies, but even if you’re not staying here you can use the pool and facilities as well as mingle with other tourists.
Dive shops and entrepreneurs along the beach offer snorkelling trips by catamaran out to the rocks offshore. But don’t be surprised at the time taken as they are paddle powered and slow going in the waves.
Head down town to the Nordic Burger house for meaty and veggie delights made with love. Bookworm Library Restaurant serves local vegetarian rice and curry dishes. Many say the best in Sri Lanka! Certainly the best in Hikkaduwa.
It can be hard finding something small for lunch here as every meal seems enormous. Perera and Sons solves this problem with mouthwatering pastries, curry puffs and cakes. We practically lived here and even got takeaways for breakfast!
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