I had the pleasure of diving with Sri Lanka Diving Tours over the Christmas break….the centre was in the middle of a re-furb, but that didn’t stop the Owner/Operator Feli from providing an excellence service during my few days diving.
Communications with Feli prior to diving were prompt and all information requested was provided, similarly the centre arranged my travel to and from the centre on diving days via a local Tuk Tuk driver (who was always prompt when collecting in the morning).
The boats were hard boats catering for about 6 divers comfortably with 3 available for use depending on the numbers diving. The boats were crewed by very capable skippers and crew who took time to make the journey as comfortable as was possible…all crew helping to kit up and helping divers back into the boat (I would caution anyone prone to seasickness to take tablets prior to going out as we had a few choppy days and a couple of cases of seasickness)….most dives required a 45 min journey to the site.
The dive sites were appropriate for the area (as in there are no big coral reefs, it’s largely flat coral covering an area of the sea bed with quite a lots of life), we saw a lot of honeycomb eels (some of the size of the giant moray’s found in the red sea), massive cuttlefish (mating), plenty of large octopus and the usual reef fish….the guides taking time to point out interesting life.
If you are in the area and looking for a great experience, then check out Feli and Sri Lanka Diving Tours and you won’t be disappointed.
Diving with Sri Lanka diving Tours was pleasant experience. The staff are friendly and helpful. E-mail communication was good and questions answered promptly. The dive center is under construction and should be completed next session. Hence the loss of one star. The accommodation upstairs looks beautiful with view of the ocean. Central location for restaurants. I would recommend securing one of the sea-view rooms if you plan diving with this dive center. The diving was good. The boat ride can be somewhat rough for the 8-16 Km out. The marine life is good but sadly the coral has disappeared and was disappointing. We had our own equipment so can't comment on rentals. Overall enjoyable dive weekend with Sri Lanka Diving Tours
We dived with the team at negombo I had regular email contact with Renuka I found her very helpful and informative. Due to an oversight on my behalf I needed to change the booking last minute and this was accommodated without and issues. Thank you.
The dive shop was in the process of refurbishment and as you can imagine it was a work in progress but still easily accessible for the office, toilets ect.
Renuka was kind enough to show me the development that was taking place including the new beach client accommodation being built. I will most definitely be coming back to stay there.
The equipment was fine some of the wet suits and fins had clearly been well used but still did the trick.
The staff were friendly and knowledgeable. We were collected from our hotel and drive to the dive shop.
The boat ride to and from the site was rough and they dive shop recommended taking a nausea tablet for those who were more sensitive.
The dive itself was good saw plenary of fish, corals ect it was my nieces first ever dive and the location was ideal.
Overall a good dive shop, staff and equipment. Would use again.
I have been diving during this holiday in The south coast of sri lanka Unawatuna and in Hikkaduwa, diving was just a business good for some beginners. All dive boats were full. more divers than fish. But since the trip adviser reviews about Negombo was so great I was tempted to try out a dive.
I met Renu the only female padi instructor of sri lanka functioned as the manager logistics who gave me prompt information. signed me up arranged gear requirements, paper work done.
Following morning I returned at 0830 hrs my gear was ready, boat guys loaded the stuff to the boats.. In many other places you have to carry your own gear.
Pre departure briefing was done by Sashaa a very young padi staff instructor.
Emeregency oxygen carried on board with demand valve as well as continuous flow system. In the south we just departed with out a safety demo !!
The detailed briefing was really done in professional manner.
Boat boys were really helpful while kitting up on the board. Pre dive safety check is a must unlike other places. Used acronyms like in our padi course !!
Dives were well planned and exactly as they briefed us the dives were conducted.
The last frontier Moray ell rock the best dive site. Excellent visibility 30 m plus.
Many Honey comb morays in pairs and giant morays many in each hole.
cleaner shrimps cleaning the teeth of giant morays. Plenty of christmas tree worms.
We did the same again though they have more than 25 dive sites. It was really worth. The boat dive was a bit bumpy but it really worth the long boat ride,
Next day in calm seas we dived the car wreck which is off colombo.
Although i'd read some reasonable reviews on Trip Advisor local tour guides did their best to put me off saying the vis was poor and not much to see and diving much better in the south. As it turned out the diving was really good despite the general opinion that the bottom was badly damaged by the Tsunami and is only just recovering. The currents were strong and the vis near the surface poor though at depth vis improved greatly and the range of fish and plants etc was great.
Boat was very small, more of a speedboat than anything i've been on and only really room for 4 which probably accounted for it being relatively expensive. Ride out to the dive area was fun if you don't mind a harsh lumpy ride. Did 2 dives with about an hours break in the middle. Dive master very professional and good value. Sadly our new GoPro Hero didn't work so no photos.
Went by Tuck Tuck from Marawila which is about 25km. Driver stayed with us all day including running my wife around various places as she didn't dive and we all went to eat and shop before going back to hotel. All of which for an excellent price.
Overall a fun day out which i'd highly recommend!