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Unawatuna, Sri Lanka

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Country: Sri Lanka  Area: Sri Lanka

Water Temp: 24 - 28°C (75 - 82°F)

Depth Range: 10 - 33m (33 - 108 ft)

Whale Shark sightings February & March

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Unawatuna is one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka, it is close to the Unesco site & world Heritage Galle Fort  alond with the international cricket stadium.

The area has many budget & boutique accommodation sharing great beaches with excellent restaurants. Blue whale watching season matches the diving season, possibly the best place in the world, height of season Jan & March. Where else can you dive safari Leopards & Elephants & whale watch in the same day?

 

Climate

Season on the south & west coast is October – April for diving as viz drops as monsoon rains start.  Monsoon season is May/June – September/October with July/August  the wettest months.

Walk on the beach, Credit

Other Year round Marine life

Wrasse,Lion fish, Moray Eels, Reef fish & Turtles.

Under the Coconut tree, Credit

 
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Boat Diving

Good fish life & two magnificent wrecks – Rangoon 1910 stream ship 32m sunk outside Galle harbour. Tango wreck 25m both in very good condition with huge amount of fish life.

No dive is more than 20minutes by boat.

Boat in Unawatuna, Credit

 

 

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How to Get there

With the new highway Unawatuna is 2hrs drive from Bandaranayke International Airport, there are also air taxi’s from Sri Lanka Air.

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Where to Eat & Drink

There are many beachside restaurants to choose from.

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Other Activities

Swimming in beaches & snorkelling. The area is generally safe for children.

Monkey in Sri Lanka! Credit

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Accommodation

Hi we are going this March can anyone suggest a good boutique hotel on or near the beach and near the dive centre thankyou

Whale sharks

Hello ! I'm going to Sri Lanka from January 24 to February 7.

It is my dream to swim with whale sharks. Do you have any information concerning the place where I could see them ? I know the season starts in February but I really really want to have the chance to be swimming with these sharks.

Thank you a lot !

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Naren Gunasekera

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Hi Kelly, Sri Lanka is not a good place to see whale sharks. They are very rare and sightings are very intermittent. Locations like Donsol in the Phillipines and certain areas in the Maldives are much better. Sorry to disappoint but of course there is still much to see in Sri Lanka if you are diving. Also the season started back in November and will run until April. Cheers, Naren

Charlene Hall

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For future trips, consider visiting Utila in the Bay Islands of Honduras. The island is home to the Whale Shark and Oceanic Research Center and whale sharks have been sighted in local waters year round.

Charlene Hall

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http://www.utopiautila.com/utila-dive-sites/whale-sharks.shtml

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