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Would anyone be able to advise us regarding Scuba diving in this area? We would prefer to dive with a PADI diving school if possible. Has anyone been diving around here and can tell us what sort of thing to expect?

Thanks very much,

Kind regards,

Sarah and Ray.

P.S. We were looking at staying at the Mermaid Hotel.

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1. Re: Scuba diving

Hi Sarah & Ray

As far as i know there is not any Padi dive schools in Kalutara area where Mermaid hotel is located, but could be wrong!

But there will be some down south further in and around Hikkaduwa and further still Unawatuna.

This will of course very much depend on what time of year you are planning your trip, between May and December these facilities "may" be rather restriced due to unfavourable conditions because of the monsoon season, and strong undercurrents in the ocean at those times.



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2. Re: Scuba diving

Hi Sarah and Ray,

Dave is partly right - you might need to travel a bit, but the nearest at Bentota is only 20 km from Kalutara so well feasible.

Look at


for a reasonable overview. More googling might give more options, e.g. earlier in the forum we discussed a diving location at Beruwela (the only year-round one on west coast) but that's almost as far from Kalutara as Bentota is.

Have diving fun,

<Erik> & [Sandya]

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