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Top 7 Water Sports to do in Sri Lanka - Surf the Paradise

One simply cannot come to a paradise island like Sri Lanka and leave without trying at least one of the following water sports.



This is another popular sport. There are two types; kneeling paddle-boarding and stand up paddle-boarding or SUP. SUP is a variation of surfing, but unlike in surfing, the rider uses a paddle which allows the rider to propel themselves through the water. The advantages of it are that you can see the marine life while doing so.


White Water Rafting

A popular recreational activity that uses an inflatable raft to glide through a river. It is a great team building exercise and aims at dealing with different degrees of rough water. A popular spot for this in Sri Lanka is the Kelani River in Kitulgala.



An old-school water sports that are quite addictive and remains the most popular one to-date. Surfing is becoming quite the trendy hobby amongst many youngsters. Surfing may seem very challenging but with the right guidance to learn the basics and a few practices, you are all set to conquer the waves. In Sri Lanka, luxury resorts are found in abundance as the tourism industry is one of the major incomes. Some resorts, like Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, offer exclusive classes on surfing for beginners. The beaches in the area are an ideal spot for any versatile surfer. So, take this opportunity to tick off your bucket list!


Jet Skiing

A great sport to have fun and improve your balance and coordination skills! It is very much similar to a motorbike, but instead of revving through the roads, you'll be speeding through the crashing waves and race against them. It is also a great workout as it involves the use of your core muscles to help maintain your balance. Besides, the adrenaline pump is much higher in this one.


Scuba Diving

Did you know that "scuba" stands for Self-Contained Underwater Breathing Apparatus? Well, now you do. Scuba diving only requires an oxygen tank, a mouthpiece and a pair of flippers and goggles. Usually, the equipment is provided by the host and an experienced diver accompanies the beginners as a guide. This is one of the best ways to explore the deeper side of the underwater and the marine life.


Kite Surfing

This is an activity that incorporates certain aspects of windsurfing, paragliding, snowboarding and even a little bit of gymnastics, all into one. A massive power kite is attached to a kiteboard on which the surfer stands, with the help of foot straps. The kite harnesses the wind power and directs the surfer accordingly. Kalpitiya is the most popular spot in Sri Lanka and also has many kitesurfing schools in the area.


Deep Sea Diving

Want to be more adventurous or merely challenge yourself to push the boundaries? This may be a great activity to try it. Explore the depths of the Indian Ocean. It is recommended to always have a guide by your side, just in case!