Dive Sites Around Hikkaduwa
Reef & Rock Formation | Shipwrecks
Reef & Rock Formation
Wallduwa (Coral Garden Rocks) | 3 -10 m
Ideal for beginners and SCUBA reviews. A nearby spot just in front of Chaya Tranz Hotel, good for small reef fishes and turtles.
Cave | 8-16m
A small but beautiful cave, near Wallduwa, again great for turtles and nudibranches. Next to a reef with lots of soft corals
Hikkaduwa Gala | 5-18m
Beautiful rock formation with many reef fishes, ideal for beginners and experienced alike.
Sunil Gala | 6-18m
Dive starts with a large rock near the surface, following this down to the rocky bottom where you can see reef fishes, groupers and moray.
Kadavara Gala |5 -18m
A pretty rock formation similar to Sunil Gala.
Goda Gala | 8-26m
Stunning large rocky area with lots of friendly moray to be found. Also good for big groupers, rigger fish and schools of small fish.
Teli Gala (Barracuda Point) | 12 -28m
Large rocky area good for sting ray, barracuda and groups of small fishes.
Napoleon Point | 24m
A combination of rock and reef, well known for finding big Napoleons, groupers and also for colourful reef fishes.
Black Coral Point | 16 -30m
Deep dive for experienced divers where you can see lots of beautiful black coral as well as many reef fish and soft corals.
Kirala Gala | 21 -38m
Amazing deep dive. Dive starts at bottom of large conical rock formation and spirals around to the top. For advanced divers there are plenty of reef fishes, soft corals, groups of trigger fish,barracudas, travellys and groups of batfish to be found.
Pathapara | 32 -36m
Near the Conch, this site is a very long reef with big rocks, good for big barracuda, seer fish, groupers and can see spotted eagle rays.
Silva Point | 12 -30m
Dive site for advanced divers with lots of large rocks, shoals of Fusiliers, Sweetlips and other reef fishes.
Banda Point | 22 -36m
Large rock formation for advanced divers with shoals of small reef fishes and groupers.
Tunaththa Rocks | 6 -15m
Soft and hard corals, shoals of silver bat fish and fusiliers
Shipwrecks Dive sites
Conch | 12 -21m
The Conch is a steam-powered oil tanker. One of the first oil tankers in the world, it was built in 1892 in Stockton for Shell. She weighed 3555ton and was on a journey from Novorossisk to Madras when on 2nd of June 1903 she hit a rock and sank. The wreck is well preserved, with penetration possible into the cabin which is filled with cave-dwellers. Visibility is stable because of the rocky bottom. Good for groupers, napoleons, queen angelfish and all other reef fishes.
Earl of Shaftesbury | 14m
One of our oldest wrecks this ship dates from the 1820s, a steel 4 mast sailing ship it sank ollowing a fire on board. It is lying on a sandy bottom, very interesting wreck. You can see some special native sweetlips and stingrays, groups of silver batfish and schools of Fosters barracuda.
Alliance | 23m
The Alliance is a British wooden sailboat that sank carrying a cargo of charcoal. Lying on a sandy bottom it is ideal for all kinds of reef fishes.
Rangoon | 30m
The Rangoon is a steam ship built in 1863 by Samuda Bros, London. It was part of the P & O fleet and did regular trips from Suez to Calcutta. The ship weighed 1776 ton and had 400hp engines, it was captained by GF Henry. One of our most beautiful wrecks, the Rangoon is upright in full sailing position. Teeming with marine life with anything possible to see. Trips are done as part of a day trip to Galle.
Arcturus | 18m
The Arcturus is a British steam ship wreck built in 1870. Lying on a large rocky bottom area called Mada Gala, the wreck has some beautiful marine life and lots of soft corals.
Crispigi Cross | 16m
This is a boat from Panama carrying rice and paint that sank in the 1980’s in front of Galle hospital. Penetration is possible into the stern. The massive engine is still in place and there are lots of fish to be seen.
Orestes | 16m
British steam ship that sank carrying a cargo of bricks. Lying on a sandy bottom near Galle harbor. It is possible to find wine and soda bottles around the site.
No name II | 24m
We have not been able to find any information on this ship, other than that it belonged to the Ocean steam ship Company in Liverpool and built in 1866. It is lying on a sandy bottom in front of Galle harbor. Lots of reef fishes and possible to see eagle rays.
Lord Nelson | 18m
Modern boat that sank in a storm in 2000. Was carrying a cargo of cement. Penetration is possible in most of the wreck and lots of reef fishes.
Norsa | 15m
Steam ship from 1889 lying on Passi Gala, near Conch and Earl of Shaftesbury.