My better half and I have arrived at Unawatuna beginning of June. So it was well off season for diving what was one of the main activities I wanted to do while visiting Sri Lanka, furthermore I wanted to get my Open Water Certification. Many locals have advised that this was now not possible etc, but after a nice stroll on the beach to the very east corner right before the pagoda temple I have med Shirley - the most helpful and experienced diving instructor.
The whole team has made it all possible and after successful training and dives I am now a certified open water diver. The visibility was not as good as you'd expect, but learning the hard way was even better experience and will definitely count towards my future diving experience. As it was off season I was one on one with the diving instructor all the time, took me to some really beautiful underwater places where we saw many beautiful and large coral fish, visited a ship wreck as well. All in all it was a fantastic experience and I would highly recommend Shirley and his team to any diving enthusiast. It's the only diving center run by local people, the other two are overseas investors owned so the atmosphere is slightly different. Shirley has 22 year experience in diving and by now has done more than 7000 dives. Losing his brother and father (who also was a diving instructor) and having all his home and diving shop taken away by tsunami in 2004 you won't see a fancy diving shop on the beach, but look a little deeper and you will have yourself the best experience and memories for many years to come. The certification celebration party on the beach was great as well..:)
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