Sri Lanka, being an island, of course invites diving. There are a number of coral reefs around the island, with a lot of different kinds of coral and marine life to go with it, to pick from. And, because it has been a natural harbor located on several trading routes through the ages, there are plenty of shipwrecks that make diving an even more interesting activity.
Most of the shipwrecks are off the south-west coast, but also some in front of the other harbors of the island, like Batticaloa and Trincomalee. The ships carried iconic names such as the Earl of Shaftsbury (a four mast sailing ship, from 1820), Avondster (Evening Star, from 1659), VOC Hercules (VOC being the abbreviation of Verenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, the first multinational cooperation ever, founded by the Dutch, from 1661), Silver Junk (from 1792), and the ship that has been nicknamed the ‘Bottle Wreck’, for the lemonade bottles that can still be found in its vicinity.
The three hot spots for diving on Sri Lanka are Hikkaduwa in the south-west of the island, Trincomalee on the north-east coast, and Kalpitiya in the north-west of the island.