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Updated by Joanna James on May 02, 2024
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Water Activities in Bentota - fun activities in the water

A visit to Sri Lanka can include anything from relaxing on beaches and trekking up mountains to getting your adrenaline fix with in water sports. And the best place for that is Bentota!


Hit the beach or lagoon

A popular holiday destination for tourists and local s alike; the scenic lagoon and long stretch of golden beaches means there's always plenty of things to do in Bentota. With many establishments that serve numerous kinds of water sports, it is not difficult to find something to excite you, either on the lagoon or at the beach.


Jet skiing

Jet skiing around the lagoon is a favourite pastime for a lot of people, and there are several operators along the banks, ready to hook you up with one. Hop on a jet ski, rev up the motor, and take off! Whizz past onlookers as you bob up and down on the waves, wind rushing past you and engines roaring.


Banana boat rides

Banana boat rides are something for the whole family to enjoy, whatever the age. These yellow inflatables can accommodate up to six passengers at once, and the ride is safe enough for small kids.


Water skiing

Waterskiing in Bentota is a fun way to experience with its beautiful beaches, and clear blue waters. You can find water ski camps across the town, and it's so easy to pick up that even a novice can learn within a day. The best time water skiing is between October to April.


Speed boats

Enjoy the rush of an exciting speed boat ride along the blue waters off the coast as the salty wind blows through your hair. A great option for families who want something fun, but also safe, speed boating is one adventure that you won't forget.



One of the most electrifying solo sports in the water is windsurfing. You can easily find an instructor who'll teach you how to balance on the board, and channel the wind to have you speeding across the waves in no time.



Board your very own private vessel and cruise along the seas, for an unforgettable view of Bentota beach. Several hotels along the beach, like the Bentota Beach Hotel, organise excursions for guests, plus, there are many tour operators who have full day packages for boats. While on board, you can either relax with a cool drink, stop for a bit of diving, or even learn how to sail.


River safari

A leisurely boat safari along the lagoon and river is a great way to take in the gorgeous scenery and view the wildlife that lives along the banks. The safaris usually start from the mouth of the river, which empties into the lagoon. This is where you will find tour boats are usually anchored in this area; who organize excursions that can last from a couple of hours to a full day if desired. Your guide will lead the boat upstream for a leisurely exploration of the river, natural mangroves, and even a few islands along the way.