Diving & Snorkeling Trincomalee
The East Coast of Sri Lanka is rated as one of Asia’s top dive sites and offers outstanding experiences for all skill levels. As the island essentially sits atop a huge sandbank that drops 3000m into deep ocean you’ll usually find shallow sand or rock bottoms, but you can also dive on walls and drop-offs. Because you’re seldom far from deep water, opportunities for encounters with pelagic, sharks and other inhabitants of the open ocean abound.
Wrecks are a particular attraction of on the East Coast. The island has long been on international trade routes – including the spice and tea runs between Europe and East Asia – and over the centuries its treacherous coastline has claimed many ships. Among the best-known is the British aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, sunk off the east coast during World War II. Many of the wrecks you’ll dive on have virtually disintegrated, partially as a result of their age, the natural action of the sea or persistent salvage attempts by local divers. But the remaining hull fragments are often still interesting to divers for the abundant marine life they attract.