Unawatuna Beach – a treasure trove of activity for everyone
Unawatuna beach is known for its stunning bay, fine white sands and crystal clear water. Bordered with various eateries, surf shacks offering wake boarding equipment and chic hotels, there’s an endless list of things to do in Unawatuna for any traveller. Accommodation in Unawatuna is abundant with something to suit everyone’s budget. Options ranges from humble guest inns to luxurious boutique hotels like CoCo Bay Unawatuna, which features its own strip of private beach which provides spectacular views across the Indian Ocean and magnificent sunsets.
What makes this particular beach so special is the surrounding areas that are enriched with bio-diversity, thus making it a prime location for anyone interested in eco-tourism. Jungle fringed hills surround the bay, with many plants found nowhere else in the country. For the eager adventurer, hike up through the Rumassala forest and climb to the peak for a stunning view of the southern coastline. Bird watchers can also enjoy the spectacle of over sixty species of endemic birds including Egrets, Herons, Sandpipers and Kingfishers and many more that fly around here.
Unawatuna has plenty of water sports options, with surfing and diving being the most popular. The surf conditions are perfect for beginners, as the waves aren’t as rough and the current is pretty mild during season. There are plenty of local instructors to offer assistance, or if you are experienced and willing to head out on your own, simply ask one of the local surfers in the area where the top surfing spots are located. For diving and snorkel enthusiasts, coral reefs, tropical marine life that include parrot fish, moray eels and even the odd barracuda, sea turtles and even a few intriguing shipwrecks can be found under the azure waters off the coastline. Don’t forget, after a long day spent out and about, grab a drink, head down to the water and watch a golden sunset as another day at this beach paradise comes to an end.
Auburn Silver is a travel writer who has a passion for fashion and a deep interest in admiring new and exotic attractions around the world. Google+