Located 98 km south of Colombo, Hikkaduwa is one of the most popular beach resorts of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka’s only marine sanctuary is located here. It is an ideal place for nature lovers with its abundant corals and tropical fishes. Hikkaduwa has something to offer to everyone-coral for snorkelers, waves for suffers and white pristine beaches for those who want to relax and enjoy sun and sand.
The large shallow body of water is enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi colored corals it is home to countless number of colorful coral fish, lobsters, large turtles and microscopic marine creatures. Approximately 200 m away from the beach there is a collection of tiny islets that are surrounded by beautiful coral formations. The four different shipwrecks waiting to be explored are a treat for the diving enthusiasts. The corals are located only 4 m below water, therefore can be easily accessed by novice divers; however if diving is too adventurous visitors could take a trip on a glass bottomed boat to enjoy the beauty of the coral sanctuary.