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Top Adventure Activities in Negombo – Adrenaline Pumping Action on the West Coast

Negombo is not just sun, sand & surf; it is a marvellous holiday destination for tourists seeking thrills and plenty of action. Get set for kite surfing, diving, touring mangrove swamps and much more.

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Diving in Negombo

Diving in Negombo

Negombo contrary to many beliefs is an excellent hotspot for diving. Hook up with the right dive club and they will take you to almost 40 varied dive spots around the region. As always the warm waters of the Indian Ocean are teeming with a myriad of marine life and diving in Negombo is no exception; for you will be treated to sights of many different species of fish. Many Negombo hotels will easily set you up with reputed dive clubs for making the maximum of your dive tour.

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Snorkelling in Negombo

Snorkelling in Negombo

Snorkelling is another marvellous excuse; for enjoying the warm ocean, gorgeous sunshine and wonders below the waves. Snorkelling is an activity that adventure hungry parents can indulge in with their children. Take along you own gear, hire or buy equipment from the nearest sports shop. Again the sea around Negombo is excellent, for enjoying the colours and shapes of marine life hiding just beneath the waves.

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Kite Surfing in Negombo

Kite Surfing in Negombo

A definite adrenaline pumping sport – kite surfing is quite popular in Negombo. Whizz across the ocean as the wind whips your hair. Go ahead and get in touch with one of the kite surfing schools in Negombo and they will hire out quality equipment – and give lessons to beginners. A highly thrilling adventure too, kite surfing can be mastered by relatively anyone. A three day course is probably all you need to be skimming the ocean like a pro. Located near Negombo Beach is the Amagi Lagoon Resort & Spa Negombo an ideal base for water sports.

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Tour Muthurajawela Wetlands

Tour Muthurajawela Wetlands

The Muthurajawela Wetlands are the largest in western Sri Lanka. Sitting towards the southern corner of the vast Negombo Lagoon the wetlands are only 20kms from the city centre. Well worth exploring, the wetland tours - operated by the government - start from near the Old Dutch Canal. You will be taken across verdant mangrove forests where the odd toothy crocodile may swim past. Watch out for giant monitor lizards scuttling into the water and practise your bird identifying skills. In fact Muthurajawela is well known for its local and migratory bird population – so take along the binoculars folks.

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Boat Tours and Fishing Expeditions

Boat Tours and Fishing Expeditions

Organise a boat tour or fishing expedition with either the Negombo resort you are staying at or recommended local guide. Likewise if you head over to the famous Negombo Fish Market, chances are you will be able to round up a friendly guide or local fisherman who will take you on a tour. Hire a boat with or without a skipper and enjoy a marvellous fishing adventure. The waters around Negombo are known to reward many an enthusiastic fisherman with a bountiful catch. Or you could opt to soak up the sun and simply relax in the middle of the deep blue ocean.