Diving, snorkeling and surfing – Unawatuna

has a modest range of water sports on offer – though dedicated divers and surfers are better served at nearby Hikkaduwa. The diving schools nearby the beach, assist visitors for single and introductory dives and wreck and deep dives. There are no less than 8 wrecks in the vicinity, including an old wooden English ship – the Rangoon lying at a depth of 30 m.

You can also snorkel off the beach at Unawatuna. The best snorkeling is about 1 km offshore, hence you will need to hire the Submarine dive school’s glass-bottom boat.Snorkeling equipment could also be hired from them as well as from a couple of cheaper shacks nearby on the beach. Please be sure to check out all snorkeling equipment you hope to hire as there are plenty of dud masks and snorkels in circulation.

Cozy Unawatuna Bay is great for surfing during the low season when the sea is getting a bit ruffed and even windsurfing has become more popular. A lot of locals surf at Unawatuna, although the waves are not as good as nearby Hikkaduwa or Midigama. Boards can be rented on the beach near the diving school.