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Fun Activities to do in Hikkaduwa – Beachside Bliss

The south coast town of Hikkaduwa in Sri Lanka is the perfect place for some fun in the sun, sand and surf. Here are just a few of the many activities that you can look forward to enjoying.


Spending time on the beach

The thing that put Hikkaduwa on the map is its amazing beach area. An enchanting sundrenched shore bordered by azure waters, this coastal stretch has become quite popular amongst locals and foreigners alike. While sunbathing or taking beachside strolls may not be a typically considered a "fun" activity, for those looking to just soak up the sun and the island vibes these activities can be most enjoyable indeed! For a change of pace, you could always look to play a game of beach volleyball or cricket or enjoy a swim in the ocean.



For more action packed fun there is always surfing. Beginner and experienced surfers will find some great breaks here which offer exciting rides on the waves. The period in between November and March is generally considered the best time for surfing in Hikkaduwa. Main Peak, Beach Break, Locals Break and Hansa Surf Break are amongst the popular surfing breaks here and one should look to stay at Hikkaduwa hotels in the area that offer easy access to these spots. If you haven't brought your surfboard with you fear not, for you can easily find surf shops from where one can rent the needed gear.



Hikkaduwa is blessed with a rich marine and coral life and is home to one of the island's two marine national parks. Natural phenomena such as coral bleaching as well as human encroachment have led to the decrease of corals though there is still plenty to see. Snorkelling is an ideal way to witness these beautiful landscapes beneath the waves and is a fun activity that can be enjoyed by the entire family.



For more in-depth exploration of the seas around Hikkaduwa one can look to try diving. Certain hotels in the area such as Hikka Tranz by Cinnamon offer excursions to well known dive sites and provide the needed training and PADI certification for beginners. The best time for diving is generally considered to be from November to May. Apart from getting a chance to see a wide range of coral and fish species, divers can also explore submerged wrecks which add to the mysterious allure of the ocean depths.



Dining is definitely a fun activity when you are in Hikkaduwa! This coastal town offers visitors an eclectic array of dishes to try be it spicy Sri Lankan cuisine, freshly prepared seafood sensations or international favourites. You will find many small restaurants and quaint eateries in and around the shore offering the perfect setting to kick start your foodie tour. Not to be missed is a chance to visit a local roti restaurant or cafe where you can sample some delicious sweet or savoury roti fillings.

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