Scuba diving and snorkeling Tangalle,Srilanka





The south coast towns of Ahangama, Weligama, Mirissa, Matara, Dickwella, Tangalle and Kahandamodara can be easily reached travelling from across the island. Those travelling from the hill country head directly south past Uda Walawe game park. From Colombo the southern coast can be reached via the Southern highway up to Galle and thereafter along the Galle road which hugs the coastline. The southern railway can take you from Colombo to Matara (second-class seats only). When operational, the Air Taxis provide air transfers from Colombo to Dickwella.

Useful drive times include: 
Airport to Tangalle (4 hours)
Colombo to Tangalle (3 hours)
Galle to Mirissa (45 minutes)
Galle to Tangalle (2 hours)
Tangalle to Yala (2.5 hours)
 Dickoya to Tangalle (4.5 hours)


There are a number of sites ranging in depths from 14-25metres, offering superb diving opportunities, whatever your diving experience. Running time to the sites is about 20-30minutes. Visibility is typically 7-10 metres, but expect 15-20 on a good day. We dive from November to April when Tangalle is blessed with calm seas and visibility should be at its height.



What you’ll seeNestled among the rainbow of coral are angel fish, puffer and porcupine fish as well as lion and scorpion fish and shoals of barracuda. You may also catch sight of the hump-headed parrot fish, which makes it home in this particular area of the Indian Ocean. Shoals of yellow fin trigger fish, Indian groupers and fusiliers are also regularly seen. Of course, there’s always the odd surprise guest – we recently enjoyed a visit to the waters by the awesome whale shark.

As well as fish you can see lobsters, octopus and turtles – no surprise with the most important turtle conservation site in Sri Lanka just minutes away.

Those with a particularly adventurous spirit will be excited by the chance to dive in such a relatively unexplored area – with many stories of shipwrecks, caves and coral tunnels there is the potential for would-be pioneers to discover many more underwater treasures.



  • From November to April all the Southern beaches can meet your needs & Tangalle also find but like to suggest Unawattuna for your scuba diving location.
  • Discover the spectacular underwater world off Tangalle Bay, in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean
  • Learn how to scuba dive with our expert PADI-qualified guides 
  • See angel fish, lion fish and puffer fish, as well as octopus, barracuda and more among a rainbow of fish and coral
  • Take the experience home: We have underwater cameras available to record your marine adventures
  • Daily dives 10am and 1pm or by prior arrangement 
  • Please allow 2 hours for your dive
  • Snorkelling gear hire



Even the journey here is breathtaking, Tangalle is about a two-hour drive from Galle along the spectacular A2 coast road - but takes longer if you stop to stare!


Snorkelling – hire the equipment from us and you can arrange for local fishermen to take you out to the best sites. TDC also hires out snorkelling gear ¬– and they provide it free of charge to partners of divers whilst diving.

Surfing – there are two good surf breaks in the area, just ask us for directions

Fishing – beach casting or boat fishing

Boat trips – admire the beautiful coastline accompanied by a local fisherman




Don’t Miss
Surfing in Mirissa

Scuba diving in Dickwella

Sailing and deep sea fishing at Mirissa Water Sports Centre

Weligama’s stilt fisherman

Whale & Dolphin-watching from December to April

  Turtle night safari in Rekuwa Turtle night safari in Rekuwa



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