Hikkaduwa which is situated 98 km away from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka has been a firm fixture on the Sri Lankan tourist map since 1970. It is one of the first of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches to be discovered by tourists. Snorkeling and diving in the clear waters are a major past-time along this stretch and is the most environmentally friendly way to see the colorful fish that dart around.
The coral sanctuary found along the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi-colored corals, and is home to countless numbers of vibrantly colored fish. Off the beach, there is a collection of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral formations. Many species of fish and large turtles are found here. There are more than four different shipwrecks for diving enthusiasts to explore along with dive shops offering PADI courses and equipment.