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Water activities in Negombo - Top Water Sports Activities in Beach Paradise Negombo

Tipped to be the island's most accessible water sports hub the beach holiday Mecca of Negombo is a hotbed of activity all year long. Here are the top water sports in the area for holidaymakers.
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Dive

Dive
Frequented by diving enthusiasts the world over Negombo is home to some of the most intriguing diving sites in all of Sri Lanka. Popular among local and foreign divers due to its convenient location close to the capital Colombo Negombo has been a thriving Mecca for deep sea explorers since time immemorial. As a venue that boast a large number of dive sites within one geographical space some of the must- explore highlights of Negombo's diving scene include Barracuda Reef which is occupied by marine species such as Travellys, Oriental Sweet Lips and Yellow Jacks. Other includes Pearl Reef, Mutian Gala, The Shark Pit and Derena Gala where lion fish, blue stripe snappers and goldline spinetreks are frequently spotted. The Kammala Coral Reef on the other hand is ideal for beginner divers as well as snorkellers. Several shipwrecks including as the Asian carrier that sank during the 1980's is another coral reef and marine life haven for divers. Visitors based in water sports friendly hotels in Negombo such as Club Hotel Dolphin will enjoy easy access to the sites and the diving schools in the area. Official diving season in Negombo falls between the months of November and March.
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Surf

Surf
Official surfing season in Negombo falls between the months of May and October when surfers from around Asia and the world at large head down to the seaside hamlet to experience killer breaks and massive waves. Boasting idyllic weather and wind conditions for engaging in the adrenalin pumping sport surfers can abandon safety gear such as hoods, wetsuits, gloves and special boots when surfing in Negombo. Consulting local surfers on the best surf spots and the undercurrent trends in Negombo is recommended before stepping in to the water as the tide conditions of various areas off the coast of Negombo differ during periods of the year.
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Wind Surfing

Wind Surfing
Named after its central lagoon one could hardly conceive of a more conducive location for windsurfing than the windy seaside hamlet of Negombo. Blessed with sunny weather conditions, calm waters and strong winds for most of the year windsurfers heading to Negombo will enjoy a thrilling holiday among the waves at this local windsurfing Mecca. The months from November to April are regarded as prime Windsurfing season in Negombo as this pre-monsoon season offers the best climatic conditions for the sport.
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Water Skiing

Water Skiing
The best time to go water skiing in Negombo fall during the months from December to March although the period between November and April as well as July and September are also ideal for engaging in the activity. It is during this period that the undercurrents and wind conditions prevalent in Negombo are conducive to water skiing excursions. Gear rentals are available on the beach while those who wish to take up the sport while on holiday can learn the basics at The Pearl Center.
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Sailing

Sailing
Tipped to be one of the most exciting as well as rewarding water sports activities in Negombo sailing tours are a popular way to spend the evening among seasoned vacationers in the area. The brightly coloured boats include those used for fishing purposes as well as more sophisticated vessels with fibreglass hulls. Proas are at time 30 feet long. Visitors can charter a boat for sailing excursions in Negombo and enjoy the adventure of a lifetime.