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Best Dive Sites in Galle – Explore the corals, fish, and the wrecks

Once you select southern Sri Lanka to spend your coastal holiday, the multiple attractions of Galle and the suburbs with a colonial touch are not the only ones to explore. Try out a good diving session to find out the hidden treasures, and here are the best places for that!


Jungle Beach

During your stay at one of the best hotels in Galle the likes of Fortress Resort and Spa, you will surely head to the beautiful beach of Unawatuna. Enjoy this tourist-friendly beach and head to Jungle Beach which is just 25 minutes away for a great diving session. You can start diving from 1-2 meters and this means it's a great place for beginners. The beach is located very close to the Rumassala Mountain, so you'll be indeed blessed with great views as well. It would make for a fantastic hike along windswept jungles and beaches.


The Ralagala Wreck

To dive at a point where waves break is a rare opportunity, and here in this diving spot, you get this chance. In addition to the many corals and other marine life, there is also a shipwreck resting under 20 meters from the surface providing the divers a memorable diving moment. Explore the parts of the ship (the hull and oil barrels) which are still there and be amazed by how they have become perfect shelters for fish and other creatures.


Talpe Reef

Here you find a naturally built coral reef that is home to much beautiful marine flora and fauna. You don't need to dive into the extreme depths to find these hidden treasures and these treasures include snappers, moray eels, and many more!


The Rangoon Wreck

The harbour in Galle has been one of the most significant ones since ancient times, and many international ships have come here for trade purposes. Rangoon also has been one such ship to come and unfortunately, has not been able to complete her journey. 32 meters down the surface, this shipwreck still stands proudly and her elegance is still there to be explored. Grey snappers, jellyfish, and Javanese rabbitfish are some of the rare fish species you find here during your diving moments.


Lord Nelson

Locals call this diving spot as 'Goda Gala'. Although most of the shipwrecks in Sri Lanka are from very ancient days, this one is not, Lord Nelson has been carrying a cargo of cement and has sunk in the year 2000. This shipwreck is also located closer to the Unawatuna beach and is also a place in which multiple sea flora and fauna can be explored with much ease.


The Napoleon Reef

This reef provides great moments for the divers because it lets them meet Napolean Fish who is more than 40kg in weight. The diving experience starts from 06 meters and goes up to 18 meters under the surface making it an ideal diving spot for both the beginners and the skilled.

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