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Watersports near Galle – Experience the overwater thrill and underwater wonders around Galle!

Uniquely placed on the southern coast of Sri Lanka, the city of Galle embodies an important era in the colonial history of Sri Lanka. Complementing this are the natural treasures of beautiful beaches enticing visitors to enjoy the sun, sea and pristine sands around Galle.


Enjoy riding the waves

There are many beaches in Galle providing great waves which are ideal for surfing, thus attracting surf lovers to the shores of popular surfing spots like Mirissa. It is a beauty to watch professional surfers riding the waves around Galle. Those who are amateurs to surfing from hotels in Galle can easily sign up for surfing lessons during their stay and experience the thrill of surfing at beaches safe for them.


Explore a world of wonder

Snorkelling opens a wonderful world to those who enjoy seeing and learning about marine life. This experience of swimming with a diving mask brings one close to varieties of fish and other forms of life. Breathtaking colours and shapes of various marine life give an almost surreal experience, and once you experience the wonder, you like to do it again. This is endorsed by many visitors from Fortress Resort and Spa. Popular spots in Galle for snorkelling are Unawatuna and Hikkaduwa.


Exhilarating banana boat rides

Enjoyed by many visitors this exciting activity is full of fun. Riding an inflatable boat in the shape of a banana by several people, usually, about 5 to 7 in a row. The fun is when the speed boat gathers momentum into the sea, and you try to keep holding on without falling off as the banana speeds along. Even if you fall into the water, which is part of the fun, the trained crew will ensure your safety as all riders have to don a life jacket before the ride starts.


Try a scenic canoe ride

Canoe rides are ideal for two people to enjoy a thoroughly harmonious and memorable ride along with paddling. The best location for a canoe ride in Galle is at Unawatuna as it is blessed with many natural beauties such as scenic lagoons, canals and rivers nestled amidst lush greenery providing a feast for your senses.


Thrilling jet skiing

If you love the rush of adrenaline this is an ideal water sport for you. An aquatic motorbike to which skis are attached zooms on the turquoise water at high speed. As jet skiing is done against the tide when waves raise the aquatic bike the sea spray keeps rushing at you giving a sense of thrill and euphoria. An experience of a lifetime.


A unique whale-watching tour

Take a private tour to watch one of the rare marvels of Sri Lanka whilst you are in Galle. Whale-watching tours take you deep into the waters off Sri Lanka's southern coast to pre-identified habitats of blue Whales, Humpback whales, pilot whales and more with trained guides who explain their movements and habits. As these are small group tours you get personal attention from the guides.

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