Good comm in arranging before arrival. Quick on water after arrival, nice instructor. Fins in particular are worn out ( broken) for me and my dive mate. Visibility not perfect , abt 10-12 m, so I gave up with the night dive, although they said it is feasible. No, water, no snacks between dive, there is a return to shore between dives, which might be of help for those with sea sick, as the dives are from rather small boats. On the way back daulphins accompanied us and the captain was kind enough to slow down and let us enjoy the company.
I went there on 25th December 2018 with a family members of my few friends for snorkeling with prior bookings. Shirley and the staff are friendly, helpful.They gave a very good support. But I understood that the particular place is not good for snorkeling. Hardly you will be able to see corals and no much fish also could be seen. that particular place may be better for diving. My idea is better not to undertake the customers for Snorkeling and if any inquiries regarding snorkeling they should direct them to where the proper places available around rather than letting them to be disappointed. Anyway they didn't let my team to be disappointed. they took us to an area where the two rocks in the sea somewhere about 750 meters away from the beach. There our children have had another experience like adventures and they were happy. The short coming of the diving center are we were not supplied fins at all and some of our members were given life jackets which cannot fast properly, in the middle of the see the jackets were floated little over the head and that interrupted our effort in swimming and my air way and the mask detached. I hardly swam to the beach. But Shirley was with the boat for the safe guard. And also better to have a covered place for shower for the ladies. Finally I can say the the team is fairly OK bot no proper facilities for snorkeling.
My girlfriend and I just completed the PADI Open Water Diver Course at the Submarine Diving School. It was our very first diving experience and we are thrilled we have done it there.
Very clear and honest communication before the start of our course about the terms of the course and the conditions of the sea. Once arrived, they were very helpful and flexible in the planning of the course. We did it in 4 days.
Although conditions were rough (bad weather, poor visibility at times), the course was thaught very professionally and we never ever felt unsafe. Our instructor, Wisni, was considerate and always put us at ease. We definitely recommend him! We finished the course as planned and during our final open water dive we saw hundreds of beautiful fishes and some colorful corals.
Since we can't compare to any other dive sites, I can't provide any feedback for the more experienced diver...
Overall, professional, helpful instructors, good equipment & multiple dive sites to choose from. Recommend!
If you really end up in Unawatuna you have many diving centers to choose from. I asked around a bit, and finally ended with the Submarine (although it was located at the very end of the beach near the temple) - and didn't regret it at all: they gave me a fair price (without much haggling), the equipment was good, the party small enough (4 customers and 2 guides). The guides were nice and professional, and the other guests had some experience, so we had two very smooth and interesting dives. I did one wreck dive, and one at a big block of corals, both just a few minutes from the beach on the boat. Some bigger fish at the wreck, nudibranchs on the second dive. Since Unawatuna was too busy with tourists for me, this was a fun day to spend before moving on.
We heard about Submarine from the rave reviews here and decided to try diving here. Talked to Wishni (I hope that's correct) and we signed up for 3 dives. I passed my open water just the weekend before, so I was more than stoked for these dives. True enough, Submarine didn't disappoint. The dive sites were amazing to me. There were alot of macro life on the reefs and the wrecks. The crew was really nice and funny. It was quite funny to see them shivering from the cold wind after the dives. We had an enjoyable time. Will definitely visit them if I am ever in Unawatuna again.