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Exciting Water Sports to try in Negombo – Colonial Seaside Resort

Negombo is the closest seaside resort to the international airport. Experienced as a first or last fling in Sri Lanka the place has much to offer in terms of water sports and beach activities.


Boating in Negombo

In Negombo, you can hire a fishing boat and explore the coast. Ideal for families of individuals the boats take a scenic trip around the coast; along the way you will pass rustic fishing villages where the fresh catch is put out to dry on the sandy beach and wave at the smiling children. You could opt to sail around the lagoon and take insights of local wildlife such as monitor lizards and varied species of migratory birds.


Diving in Negombo

Negombo is well noted for its diving allures. Negombo Beach is home to Jetwing Thalahena Villas, which faces the majestic Indian Ocean. The area houses many dive clubs offering tours to popular spots at sea. The best-known dive site is located 12 miles off-shore and features a sandy ocean floor. The site is home to a variety of marine life as well as invertebrates. Rich is colourful coral formations this area is graced by vibrant coral fish, blue and puffing starfish, stonefish, emperor fish, sea cucumbers, blue triggerfish, moray eels and beautiful Christmas tree anemones. Negombo beach is probably the best place to choose a holiday villa in Sri Lanka.


Snorkelling in Negombo

If you book accommodation at a Negombo beach front villa, setting off on a snorkelling tour is a breeze. Ideal for the entire family, snorkelling is open to all ages. Just off the shores of Negombo, the waters reveal a kaleidoscope of colours and experiences for you to enjoy. Tours to popular snorkel points at sea can be organised via a reputed tour provider; check with your hotel or travel guide.


Surfing in Negombo

Protective gear is not necessary when surfing in the warm waters of Negombo. The welcoming embrace of the Indian Ocean is ideal for professional and amateur surfers to try the waves. Boards can be rented from water sports operators who will also update you on weather conditions, tide and dangerous undercurrents. The best part is you only need to rent the board; hoods, gloves and paraphernalia needed at other destinations are not required when surfing in Negombo.


Waterskiing and Wakeboarding in Negombo

The sea off the coast of Negombo often has excellent conditions for wakeboarding as well as surfing. Although the water ski course in Negombo is only about 1500 feet in length the conductive water conditions have made barefoot water-skiing one of the most sought after fun activities in the area. If it's strictly water-skiing you are interested in there are plenty of water skiing camps located in the area. December to March is the best season for the sport while skilled instructors and easy lessons at the camps help amateurs get the hang of this fun sport in next to no time.

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