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For watersports in south Sri Lanka you are spoilt for choice. 1,340 km of coastline, the sea never falling below 27 degrees. The country is a mecca for water based activities. In the South West of Sri Lanka the monsoon season is May to August so depending if you are after waves, wind or visibility there are different activities that have a weather advantage all year round.
The official peak surf season in the south-west, around Welligama, is from the end of October to early April. Winds are offshore making clean waves, swells are consistently good and rain is at a minimum. The season then shifts up the south east coast towards Arugum Bay from April. Waves cater for all surfing abilities. You can rent long and fish boards both locally – handy as it is unlikely they will let you on your plane with you long-board. Outside the official surfing season you still get some fantastic days in the water or you can jump in on the kite boarding season when the consistent winds trump the consistent swells.
Stand-up Paddle Surfing (SUP)
Stand up surfing on a paddle board is ever becoming more popular in Sri Lanka. It’s been revived by Hawaiian big surf chaps Laird Hamilton and Dave Kalama and is great for improving balance and core strength. SUP is fast to learn and like long-boarding gives you a much better chance of catching a ride. You also have a much better vantage point watching the sets roll in so make sure you don’t drop in on someone else’s wave.
The kite boarding / kite surfing season in the south west is between May to the end September when the winds are consistent and swell is on the east coast. Just think free air and eco-friendly. The wind is a consistent 18-20 knots, so kite boarding paradise really. Good beach destination in south Sri Lanka is Ahangama-Kabalana (The Rock surf break) and Mirissa bay. One thing about kite boarding is to ensure you learn with IKO certified instructors, it can be pretty unforgiving if it goes wrong.
Scuba-diving, free diving and snorkeling in the south west coast is generally best from November to mid-April. The region around Weligama has a number of protected dive sites and many places to swim out and snorkel. Cristal clear waters and shallow depths ensure that the vivid colours of the coral and abundant tropical fish are at their brightest. Hikkaduwa and Unawatuna are also superb protected coral reefs, with the PADI dive center infrastructure you would expect from busy tourist centres.
Whale & Dolphin Watching
Take a boat trip in south Sri Lanka between September to April and you have a very good chance of hanging out with some of the largest known marine mammals. Cetacean watching is a fairly magical and awe inspiring experience. The International Whaling Commission established the Indian Ocean as Sanctuary in 1979 and has set guidelines for hanging out with these intelligent sea beings. Make sure your boat guide adheres to the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society code of conduct. Expect to see blue whales, sperm whales and spinner dolphins. Mirissa or Dondra are popular launch sites.
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