Kayankerni Reef is a shallow coral reef, off Kayankerni, ideal for snorkelling and shallow diving. Branching corals, coral bommies and table corals provide an interesting seascape populated by colourful tropical reef species such as surgeonfish, angelfish, butterflyfish, wrasses, and damselfish.
The Bar Reef, Sri Lanka’s largest reef, is a great place to snorkel and dive, spanning an impressive 3 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in breadth. All underwater activities are conducted by well-trained UDI and PADI instructors giving you the confidence, safety and enjoyment. Diving and snorkelling is generally best during April – September when they are at their calmest.
Pigeon Island is located north of Trincomalee, it is a paradise of turquoise-coloured waters with coral life and abundant fish, making this beautiful island a stunning underwater experience. A 20 minute boat ride transfers you to an Island that is watched over by rock pigeons and surrounded by white sand. The beaches resemble a bit of heaven while the shallow reef offers ideal conditions for snorkelling.
Batticaloa offers a wonderful fusion of culture. Explore the ancient architecture of the Batticaloa Dutch Fort, which remains resolute against the test of time. Or visit Fort Frederick in Trincomalee. The Koneswaram Kovil dating back almost three millennia is one of the most important kovils on the island. Witness bygone splendour at the Magul and Muhudu Maha Vihara in Pottuvil or Neelagiri Stupa. Experience the religious fervour at the Kudumbigala Monastery and Okanda Kovil in Panama.
Watch exotic and endemic birds, witness reptiles and travel through beautiful forest landscapes. Kumana National Park and Lahugala National Park are some of the best places to discover the East’s wildest. On the borders of the province are Gal Oya National Park, Maduru Oya National Park and Somawathiya National Park.