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Top 5 Most Thrilling Water Sports in Sri Lanka – Heart pounding excitement in the water

The Tropical island of Sri Lanka is a water sports lover's paradise as it has lots of beautiful beaches and great weather all year long. Listed are the most exciting water sports to try in Sri Lanka.


Jet Skiing

Also known as water bikes, jet skis provide adrenaline junkies with a heart racing experience. You can feel the raw power that the jet skis generate as you glide over the surface of the water at high speeds. The beaches around Bentota and Negombo are some of the best places to try out this sport while also exploring the surrounding area and the attractions that they offer. People of all ages can explore this sport as long as they follow proper safety precautions are followed.


Banana Boat Rides

This sport involves the participants jetting over the water in a boat shaped like a banana. These boats can accommodate between 3-10 people, making it the perfect water sport to try out if you're visiting with your family. While you'll have to wear a safety vest when taking part in this sport, knowing how to swim isn't a must as banana boats aren't powered by an internal motor or need the rider(s) to steer the boat. The motorboat to which the banana boat is attached will drag it to over the water at moderate speeds just enough to get people but excited but still makes sure the riders are safe.


Paddle Boating

Renting a paddle boat is one of the best ways to explore the rivers, lagoons and lakes that can be found all over Sri Lanka. The docks of rivers and lagoons are lined with paddle boats shaped like swans and ducks most often and can be hired for a period of half an hour. The attractions and things you can see depend on which body of water you visit. The Beira Lake in Colombo, for example, lets its visitors visit the Sima Malaka Shrine which is located the centre of the lake.


Kite Surfing

Kite Surfing is a water sport that is offered to tourists booking adventure trips in Sri Lanka through a travel agent similar to Silvertree Travel. It requires the participant to be in control of the parachute using a rope while making sure their feet are balanced equally on the board. Once you can perfect the art of balancing the parachute and the board you venture into trying tricks like jumps and flips. Compared to surfboarding and other popular beach sports Kite surfing requires a lot of practice and patience. But once you get the hang, it becomes one of the most rewarding and entertaining water sports. The coastal towns of Negombo and Kalpityia are 2 great places to try out Kite surfing.


Scuba Diving

The beauty that is found above the seas of Sri Lanka cannot be compared to the beauty you'll find underneath it. Scuba diving gives you the chance to visit the depths of oceans and swim among large schools of multi-coloured fish and see them in their natural habitat. As you dive deeper towards the sea beds you'll see many types of fish that don't venture towards the surface. If you're not travelling with your own equipment you can rent it from a surf shop on the beach for a nominal price. If you're new to the sports you can even learn the basics of the sport and get your diving certification.

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