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Top 5 Water Sports to Try Out in Bentota – The Watersport Capital of Sri Lanka

Located 2 hours away from Colombo and overflowing with lodging options Bentota is known as the water sports capital of Sri Lanka. Here are 5 water sports you should try while in Bentota.


Snorkelling and diving

Whether you've never tried these sports or you're a pro, snorkelling and diving are two water sports that everyone can take part in and enjoy. While the seas in Bentota retain consistent warmth of around 27 degrees almost all year-round the best time to go snorkelling is from November to April.

Take a dive under the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean and explore the beauty of acres and acres of colourful coral reefs, submerged shipwrecks sites that will delight many pro snorkellers, wild seaweed and almost 500 varieties of fish that Sri Lanka has to offer. Snorkelers have the option of either swimming from the shore or renting a boat and venturing into the middle of the ocean for a deep dive.


Banana boat

A Banana boat, just as the name suggests is a tube shaped like a banana, which is attached to a ski boat by a rope. The ride, which can be enjoyed by people of all ages, will ensure that you feel huge waves whipping over your heads as you race across the water. Tourist can select between a single ring or sofa shaped banana boat and the ride can be booked via the hotel or resort you're staying at or through an agency that conducts water sports activity for a nominal price.


Wind Surfing

Windsurfing is a water sport that combines fundaments of sailing and surfing. The wind surfboard is made up of a board normally 2.5 to 3 metres long and a sail that is powered by the wind. The wind patterns and atmosphere in Sri Lanka are perfect for windsurfing all year round. You have the option of bringing your own equipment or hiring it from a resort in Bentota that offers equipment similar to AVANI Bentota Resort & Spa.


Jet Ski

Imagine riding a highspeed motorbike but instead of feeling the road beneath you, you're racing on the surface of the sea and creating waves in the process; that's what riding a jet ski feels like! Jet Skiing is one of the most adventurous and exhilarating water sports that Bentota has to offer and although it's mostly thrill seeker who normally indulge in this sport it can be enjoyed by anyone as long as the proper safety precautions are followed. Beginners have option learn this sport with the help of an experienced instructor. Tourists can choose from riding the Jet Ski through the sea or the river and lagoon that are located in Bentota.


Water Skiing

Water skiing is a water sport that involves a person wearing either one or two skiis on their feet as there are being pulled by a boat using a cable rope. It's a great way to enjoy the beach and it's a unique experience for any adventure lover. While the thrill of this sport is being in the middle of the ocean and maintaining your balance at high speeds as you glide across the waters even visitors will find watching this water sport amusing.