Kalpitiya is home to the Bar Reef, Sri Lanka’s largest living coral reef, making it a snorkeling haven. Snorkeling trips in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka are usually coupled with dolphin watching excursions and make for a great family outing.
What are the best snorkeling spots in Kalpitiya?
The Bar Reef: The Bar Reef is a two hour boat ride from our resort and offers one of the finest snorkeling opportunities in Sri Lanka. It has the greatest biodiversity of coral in the region, with a vibrant colored underwater paradise of over 150 coral species. Spanning 3 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in breadth, Bar Reef is the largest reef in Sri Lanka and has lovely, clear water that is perfect for viewing underwater delights. Among the pristine coral you can see over 280 species of tropical fish, mollusks, manta rays, reef sharks and even sea turtles!
St. Anne’s Reef: Those looking for a snorkeling experience closer to the resort can head to St. Anne’s Reef, which is just half an hour away by boat. This is perfect for snorkelers with little to no experience and is suitable for families with kids.
When is the best time for snorkeling in Kalpitiya?
The best time for snorkeling in Kalpitiya, Sri Lanka is between late November and early May, when the southwest monsoon has subsided. During the monsoonal period (May to November), it is not possible to go out to sea due to choppy waters. The underwater currents off Kalpitiya are not strong, but are influenced with small tide changes. The best time for snorkeling is between 10 am and 2 pm, when the sun is directly above the water for maximum visibility of the wondrous corals. The underwater temperature is warm, so wetsuits are not required.
How can I go snorkeling in Kalpitiya?
During the peak season, we arrange snorkeling excursions on a daily basis from the resort beach, depending on weather and sea conditions. Usually, dolphin watching excursions and snorkeling are combined in one trip. We work with operators with licensed boats, safety equipment and top quality snorkeling gear, who are familiar with the best locations for snorkeling. The instructors will guide you on how to use the equipment, and give a basic understanding of what to expect on the way and safety advice. We can recommend professional diving companies for those looking to go scuba diving around Kalpitiya. Only PADI qualified divers with a valid diving license can opt for scuba diving.