Exploring the fascinating world under sea has become immensely popular among travellers from all across the globe. What’s amazing about the ocean is not just its vastness, its awe-inspiring sea creatures and plants. Dive into the sea in any part of the world, and you will unravel unique historical stories and amazing secrets submerged in the hands of time.
Sri Lanka, referred to as the Pearl of the Indian Ocean is a great island nation to explore such historical secrets. With a history that dates back thousands of years, Sri Lanka is located just a few kilometers south of India. The tear-drop shaped island has always been world renowned for its unique location. Set in the crossroads of significant ancient trade routes, the deep seas of Sri Lanka is home to numerous historical relics ranging from gigantic iron ships to ancient wooden hulls. The country’s southern coastal town, Hikkaduwa which is today a popular tourist destination is a wonderful place to explore deep sea shipwrecks and other historical artifacts. Most shipwrecks in this part of Sri Lanka are from the British, Portuguese and Dutch colonial eras. Hikkaduwa is home to nearly 15 accessible shipwrecks, each telling a story of its own. Some must-explore shipwrecks include the Conch, Earl of Shaftesbury, the British wooden sailboat – Alliance, Rangoon, Crispigi Cross and Lord Nelson. Planning a shipwrecks diving expedition in Sri Lanka is simple with specialized tour packages organised by experienced tour agencies such as Jetwing Travels who specialise in organising unforgettable Sri Lanka tours to the south.
While discovering the mesmerising shipwrecks in Hikkaduwa, don’t forget to observe the picturesque reefs and the diverse underwater ecosystems. Just few meters away from the Hikkaduwa beach, you will come across many tiny islets surrounded by stunning coral reefs. It is a mix of all this that makes Hikkaduwa a treasure trove for the diving enthusiast. It is also one of Asia’s safest and cleanest dive sites. Keep in mind that the best time to enjoy a memorable diving experience in Hikkaduwa is from November to April.
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