Hikkaduwa is a charming coastal town located in the South Coast of Sri Lanka which is also known as the pearl of the Indian Ocean. This unique coastal town is well known and loved for its Coral Sanctuary.
The Coral Sanctuary is an enormous shallow body of water that is enclosed by a reef, which is decked by different types and colours of corals and is also the dwelling place for many vibrant coral fish. Away from the beach, travellers can also explore the collection of tiny islets.
Water sports enthusiasts will simply adore this part of the country for its liveliness and diversity. For instance, even a person snorkelling will be able to witness the variety of colourful, tropical fish and turtles that are not too far away from the shore. Hikkaduwa, a haven for the water sports enthusiast offers activities such as Snorkelling, Scuba Diving, Boating, Sailing and Surfing. These activities are also considered a more nature friendly approach of exploring the natural beauty of the clear waters of Hikkaduwa.
Underwater archaeologists will find so much to do with over four shipwrecks to explore under the surface. Furthermore, making it much more convenient and appealing for the diving enthusiast there are dive shops renting out all the necessary equipment to embark upon this voyage.
Yet another interesting leisure activity here is getting on to a glass bottomed boat in order to explore the beauty of the deep sea which has proved to be an extremely popular item amongst tourists.
Apart from the glorious beach and its stunning attractions, travellers can also venture out on a journey to satisfy their taste buds while being in this fine coastal town. There are numerous beachside restaurants, guesthouses, bars and pubs serving delectable food along with so much fun.
For those souvenir collectors Hikkaduwa also features street stalls that sell numerous products. Local handicrafts, batiks, masks, jewellery, gems and many other accessories with a local twist can be purchased from these street stalls.