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Top five water sports in Sri Lanka – Action packed island holiday

One of the great things about holidaying in an island like Sri Lanka is the fact that there are water sports galore! Here are some of the best of such activities where thrills in the sun & surf await.

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Snorkelling

Snorkelling is an activity that can be enjoyed by young and old alike, and the waters of the Indian Ocean that surround Sri Lanka provide some great opportunities to witness the beauty beneath the waves. Down South locales such as Hikkaduwa and Weligama are great spots for snorkelling, while Pigeon Island on the East Coast is another hotspot for this activity. While some coral reefs that can be found offshore have unfortunately been damaged, there are still areas where you can witness fascinating coral formations and vibrant fish species that call such habitats home.

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Diving

Those in search of more in depth underwater exploration can try their hand at diving in Sri Lanka. You will find some dive centres around the island that offer the needed training and dive certification as well, while hotels on the South Coast such as Earl's Reef Beruwala will arrange diving tours where you can visit some of the best underwater sites. Apart from a wide range of corals, divers can also look forward to seeing an array of marine life. For a totally different experience, you can sign up for a diving expedition that lets you explore one of the sunken wrecks that can be found in the waters around the island.

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Jet Skiing

If you want to add some speedy thrills to your adventures, then jet skiing is an ideal option when it comes to water sports. For the best areas to try this activity, a locale that always seems to top the list would be Bentota. Beach hotel options in and around the locale are not hard to find, so you can easily plan to get in some jet skiing, and fulfil your need for speed as you zip along the water.

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Surfing

Sri Lanka has become one of the most popular destinations for surfing in South Asia and for good reason; you will find some amazing waves set amidst truly breathtaking backdrops that make laidback island living that much more fun. Arugam Bay is undoubtedly the most popular spot on the island for surfing and this East Coast destination is a must visit for surfing enthusiasts. This is not the only surfing hotspot you can find here, however, with destinations such as Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa being among the other areas where one can enjoy some surf-worthy waves.

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Waterskiing

Another water sport which offers plenty of speed infused thrills on the water, waterskiing is an activity that should definitely be tried out for those who are looking for some action packed adventure. Hikkaduwa and Bentota are once more the popular South Coast locales where one can enjoy such water sports, while those heading to the West Coast can look to try waterskiing at destinations like Negombo.

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