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Headline for Unique Beach Activities to Engage in around Pasikudah - Swimming, Whale Watching, Diving and More!
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Unique Beach Activities to Engage in around Pasikudah - Swimming, Whale Watching, Diving and More!

Pasikudah is a beautiful town located on the eastern coast of Sri Lanka. The town hosts some of the most stunning beaches in the entire island.



While swimming certainly does not strike one as a 'unique' activity, what makes it unique is the shallow beaches of Pasikudah. Those who wade into the waters of the Indian Ocean here will notice that the water is very shallow and one can walk into the sea for a considerable distance without a problem. Furthermore, the waters are very calm and peaceful. As a result, swimming in the waters of Pasikudah is a very relaxing experience. While this is certainly not the beach for those who seek an adrenaline rush by swimming against strong currents, it is ideal for holidaymakers who are looking for a peaceful time in the waters. To get the most of your time in Pasikudah, reside at a beach side resort such as Uga Bay so that you can swim to your heart's content without a problem.



Snorkelling is also one of the many beach activities holidaymakers can engage in when in Pasikudah. The waters of Pasikudah are home to stunning coral reefs. These reefs were devastated by the 2004 tsunami but have now recovered to a great extent.



The peaceful waters of the Pasikudah beach also lends itself to peaceful sailing. Many Pasikudah hotels offer patrons the option of hiring a sail boat for a few hours, or if you so prefer, the entire day. The calm waters also mean that you will not have to worry about any current related mishaps while at sea. It is thus a very soothing exercise, and one which allows you to explore the beautiful coastline of Pasikudah from a different angle. Some hotels may even give you the option of hiring the sail boat as well as a packed lunch, so that you don't need to head back to shore any time soon!



While diving itself is certainly not an activity unique to Pasikudah, there are a number of dive sites, including several significant wrecks, that are ideal for diving. The British Sergeant, a British tanker that was sunk during a World War II Japanese air raid can be explored by divers. The wreck is found at a depth of 13 – 27 metres and divers will be able to see colourful soft corals, snappers, groupers and batfish during a dive. Another wreck is the Lady McCullum which sunk in 1926 while sailing from Trincomalee to Kalkudah. The Gladys Moller is a wreck that is found close to the Pasikudah beach – this dive is ideal for beginners. Depending on where you are staying while holidaying in Pasikudah, such diving expeditions can be arranged.


Whale Watching

While many associate whale watching with the seaside towns of Mirissa and Negombo found on the Western and Southern coastal belts of the island, one can opt for whale watching excursions in Pasikudah as well. Many hotels now offer their guests the option of embarking on an excursion to see the famed Blue Whale.