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Top 7 Water Sports in Sri Lanka – Aqua Adventures

Surrounded by the vast Indian Ocean and a myriad of waterways in land, Sri Lanka is a veritable paradise for those who love water sports.

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Scuba Diving

From Negombo to the southern coast, there are many scuba diving spots in Sri Lanka. While it is advisable to rent gear from a reputed place and hire an instructor as well, diving into the turquoise depths around Sri Lanka will definitely be worth your while. Dive into the salty depths to encounter vibrant sea life and check out the many shipwrecks that hide secrets of long ago.

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Surf

While Arugam Bay is Sri Lanka's most sought after surfing spot, there are plenty of other surfing spots scattered across the island. If you are considering surfing in Sri Lanka visit the island during the peak period from November to April or from July to August if you wish to brave the waves of Arugam Bay. The crescent-shaped Mirissa bay surf point is the ideal location for beginners and a number of resorts such as Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort offer surf centres at their properties. For decades Hikkaduwa has attracted visitors who wish to surf a bit and then plunge into a bohemian existence.

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Kayaking

Paddling across a body of water be it the fresh waters of a river or the salty depths of a lagoon is a wonderful experience. If you enjoy kayaking across a river, consider visiting Bentota and Kalutara regions in Southern Sri Lanka. Puttalam lagoon on the East coast offers visitors a chance to admire the intriguing eco-system built around mangroves. Kayaking in Sri Lanka is not only an opportunity to seek an aqua adventure but also a chance to witness the interesting lives of bird species and fish.

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Jet Ski

When in Sri Lanka, adrenaline junkies can enjoy the thrill of skiing across the water while water droplets assault with a vengeance and creamy foam entice them to cruise onwards. Visitors to Bentota area, in particular, can enjoy jet skiing in the sea as well as the River Benthara. Take along a friend or an instructor on your thrilling ride.

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Snuba Diving

A cross between scuba diving and snorkelling, snuba diving allows you to combine the two different experiences and enjoy the world under the sea. Snuba divers can dive up to six meters and as long as they follow the instructions, they need not worry about the dangers of decompression.

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Whitewater rafting

The most sought-after place for this exhilarating adventure in Sri Lanka is Kitulgala. The Kelani River beckons visitors to brave its currents in groups of 4 or 5 people. Experienced organizers provide safety gear and instructions to embark on this adventure and the rest is up to you.

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Boat excursions

An early morning boat excursion in an area such as the Negombo lagoon will allow you to soak up the natural beauty of the surrounding that inter-mingles with the slow-paced lifestyle of the locals in the area. A boat safari across a river will let you observe the island's rich water-based bird life, mangrove swamps and much more.