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Address: Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Different kind of adventure

If you want to visit the coral reef and want to snorkel I would suggest that you have done that before going here. This was the first time snorkeling for me and I could not enjoy... read more

Reviewed 18 February 2017
binaohlsson
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Stockholm, Sweden
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Lomma, Sweden
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The name is very misleading and if you go here just to see corals you will be terribly sorry because here is noooo corals at all. The tsunami 2004 and el nino has killed all corals here. I have given this place a 1 because it is so misleading. BUT the animal-life as in fish, seaturtles and squid is pretty... More 

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Thank Marcus N
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26 reviews
14 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Did a day trip from Galle to Hikkaduwa and was sorely disappointed by the "coral garden." Coral was dead (as per other reviews) and fish underwhelming. There wasn't that much variety or visibility and the coral was an ugly sight. We paid R1500 per person to get rowed out on a outrigger and to use mask, snorkel and life jacket.... More 

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Thank KiaOrafromABS
Stockholm, Sweden
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2017

If you want to visit the coral reef and want to snorkel I would suggest that you have done that before going here. This was the first time snorkeling for me and I could not enjoy it as much as I would have if I known how to. But if you know how to snorkle or dive I guess this... More 

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leicester
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6 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Would like an official view on what is happening here with these turtles, is it sustainable ? Too many people, not enough supervision here, people touching turtles and touching them under its shell, what are people thinking? Yes enjoy observing them, but NOT crowding and mailing them, was quite horrified one afternoon when crowds of people there.

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Thank derekLeicester
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Yea the coral is dead, the fish are barely around. Beach area is nice enough. The coral itself is located a short boat hop from the beach and it's just a bunch of rocks, not an island. Don't recommend.

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1 Thank Thiago N
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15 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We rented masks, tubes and fins from international diving school for 5$/person. The coral area is locationed in front of a big hotel, water level was low so it was really easy for every age! We saw a lot of different fish and a turtle. The coral itself is dead, pretty much the whole west coast is damaged but we... More 

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Thank Kaisa L
Tirupathi, Andhra Pradesh, India
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89 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 129 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2017

The entire corals are bleached and dead except a few trying to recover .. very very few places we could see some live corals ... theres no signs of any action taken ... atleast a part of the area should be protected and help corals recover You could watch good fish ... a lot of them and in big groups....... More 

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Thank Hemanth R
Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 January 2017

If you are planning to go on a boat ride to see corals and fish, should go direct to the wild life /marine life operated place, where the big board is located (IT SHOULD BE MADE VISIBLE TO TRAVELLERS FACING THE MAIN ROAD CLEARLY). so first time travellers get caught to these touts and small hotels around that area. Hotel... More 

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Westerlo, Belgium
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 January 2017

it was nice to snorkle around for a bit (near the beach) and mainly see lots of fishes. you can see the coral is recovering but most of it is dead. therefore not the best snorkling spot. we brought our own snorkles but there are lots of places renting out snorkling gear so no need to bring your own. we... More 

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1 Thank kirstenvg9
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28 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

There are plenty of colorful fish in the shallow water - very good for small kids. The corals are however destroyed. Down the beach you can meet 2-3 large sea turtles. There are a lot of hazzlers but it is still a must see

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