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Water Sports and Beach Activities in Sri Lanka – The Best an Island Can Offer

Sri Lanka as you all know is not just a tropical island paradise, it's a tourist hot spot, a modern hub and top water sports destination. Keeping up with the latest trends, here are top water-based activities in Sri Lanka.


Surfing in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka offers the serious surfer a chance to surf all day to their heart's content. Sand bottomed point breaks under gorgeous sunny skies are not the only lure, although its more than enough for the simple surfer; the island offers a varied range of surf points for the professional, intermediate or novice swimmer to enjoy. Tangalle for instance, located in the deep-south offers some of the most pristine and wild beaches together with fab breaks, for surfers to savour. Home to some of the best Sri Lanka luxury resorts the hotels in Tangalle offer easy access to surf points, especially those like Anantara Peace Haven Tangalle Resort, sitting on a rocky peninsula overlooking the Indian Ocean.


Jet Skiing in Sri Lanka

Offering one the thrills of motorbike riding, on water; jet skiing is a very popular sport in Sri Lanka. Perfect for an adrenaline rush even novices can enjoy the thrills of jet skiing with the aid of an instructor. Available on the east, south and west coast of the island, jet skiers can be easily rented for loads of revved up fun. If you are staying at a hotel in Tangalle and are an efficient jet skier, the conditions are perfect for a bit of adventure. Look forward to riding over the choppy waves, practising your jumps and letting the fresh salty air rejuvenate mind, body and soul.


Snorkelling and Scuba Diving in Sri Lanka

The best way to discover the rich marine life, thriving off the coast of Sri Lanka, scuba diving and snorkelling tours are very rewarding. You can plan a tour via a dive company, such as Master Divers or check with your resort in Sri Lanka, as most have their own dive clubs and instructors. The south coasts, especially, is noted for its verdant reefs and snorkelling amongst them are quite the adventure where not only fish but huge sea turtles too swim past you.


Kite Surfing in Sri Lanka

This is one of the most famous water sports that the active tourist hankers for. A combination of gymnastics, snowboarding, surfing, paragliding and windsurfing; kite surfing is a pretty hot sport across various points of the island. There are kite surfing schools set up in areas like Tangalle, Kalpitiya and Puttalam.


White Water Rafting in Sri Lanka

Leave the beach and head inland for this awesome adventure. White water rafting on the Kelani River is quite the experience. Make it just after the rainy season and you can enjoy the adventure of a lifetime managing grade 3 and 4 rapids. Tours are organised by agents who provide all equipment, safety and the expertise of seasoned instructors. Ask your hotel in Tangalle for details as most resorts are happy to organise these tours which are also perfect for exploring the inner regions of the country.