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Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

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Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

Planning a trip to Sri Lanka Nov/Dec. After touring the island visiting cultural and scenic sights, we will spend 5-6 days at the beach,

As much as we love to be close to the ocean , lying at a sandy beach are not our top priority

We`d like to find a place where there is possible to go snorkelling at this time of the year. Great sunset views are also on the wishlist, as is a few more things to do - not too far away from a town or village where we can soak up some local atmosphere

We have been suggested

KOggala (the fortress)

Unqaatuna - Coconyt Bay resort

Bentota - Avani Bentota or Club villa

So what is your opinion, would any of these be good, or do you have other suggestions

Thanks in advance

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1. Re: Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

Hi there,

Until Dec-15: none for snorkel. Sorry. Sea outside the reefs will be too rough obscuring the sight. After dec-15 a reasonable chance, and also more chance for sun. Bentota is chanceless as it has no reef. Both Koggala and Coconut (which is not the main U'tuna bay but Jungle Beach which to our knowledge has a worse reef) are within 2 km of decent reefs.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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2. Re: Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

Hikkaduwa is also an option.

Hans

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3. Re: Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

Yes but then Chaaya Tranz is about sole upmarket place close to the snorkel. Other Hikka places like Lavanga or even Aditiya again are a few km at least from the reef area.

All the best,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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4. Re: Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

Also not an abundance of upmarket places in Koggala and Unawatuna;-)

Hans

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5. Re: Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

And as for the hotels,

Avani is better choice than Club Bentota.

The Fortress is a fine hotel.

There are other options close to the Unawatuna reef. Mostly villas and small hotels.

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6. Re: Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

Oki, snorkelling seems to be off.. Thanks for your replies!

Follow up question

Which off the suggested hotels would be better for other tour options in the vicinity?

The major sightseeing would be done with, so we just think of somewhere to visit for a few hours a day

Any suggestions?

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7. Re: Where to stay for snorkelling, sunsets etc

The Fortress is in Koggala. Kogalla and Unawatuna is not that far apart, and as far as day trips are concerned you can consider them both as "Galle".

Bentota is further up north. As to which base is best, will depend on the specific activities you have in mind

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