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Dive Review of Unawatuna Divers in
General Travel/Other Locations/Sri Lanka

Unawatuna Divers: "expected more", Jan, 2017,

by Michael Joest, Kehl, DE (Sr. Contributor Sr. Contributor 28 reports with 14 Helpful votes). Report 9447 has 1 Helpful vote.

Reporter and Travel

Dive Experience Over 1000 dives
Where else diving worldwide
Closest Airport Colombo Getting There 2 h transfer

Dive Conditions

Weather sunny Seas calm
Water Temp 29 to Fahrenheit Wetsuit Thickness 5
Water Visibility 5 to 10 Meters

Dive Policy

Dive own profile yes
Enforced diving restrictions
Liveaboard? no Nitrox Available? no

What I Saw

Sharks None Mantas None
Dolphins Schools Whale Sharks None
Turtles 1 or 2 Whales None
Corals 3 stars Tropical Fish For Subscribers Only
Small Critters For Subscribers Only Large Fish For Subscribers Only
Large Pelagics For Subscribers Only

Underwater Photography 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Subject Matter For Subscribers Only Boat Facilities N/A
Overall rating for UWP's For Subscribers Only Shore Facilities For Subscribers Only
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Ratings and Overall Comments 1 (worst) - 5 (best):

Accommodations For Subscribers Only Food 4 stars
Service and Attitude For Subscribers Only Environmental Sensitivity For Subscribers Only
Dive Operation For Subscribers Only Shore Diving For Subscribers Only
Snorkeling N/A
Value for $$ For Subscribers Only
Beginners 5 stars
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Comments There never ever started a vacation with that many calamities than this one. First Air Sri Lanka stopped it´s service out of Frankfurt, had to go via London to catch the direct flight. Heathrow had a foggy day, no flights out or in, they changed my booking onto Emirates with a 6 h lay over in Dubai, reached my destination at midnight. The Aggressor cancelled it´s cruise only 2 days prior to my departure, had to find some alternative in the last minute. On my way home, a foggy day in Abu Dhabi (the first they said), 2 h delay, my train home was long gone reaching Frankfurt. Shit happens it seems question or meaning stop your traveling?
One would think a destination in the neighborhood of the Maldives would provide the same abundance and variety of coral and fish life than the Atoll. This however proved to be a wrong idea.
I spent my first week at Rockside Cabanas Unawatuna, a sweet small familiar run place right at the beach 2 h away from Colombo to the south. A nice garden area with Cabanas gives you the chance of awesome sunsets. I got a big room on the 2 nd floor with huge terrace on the sea view side. The restaurant offers lovely local curry specialties but also some more westerly tuned dishes. Their staff is very friendly and will help you with all kind of advice for sightseeing or doing things around. At night a ready bed with mosquito net entry is waiting for you. Dreamlike awesome beaches stretch along to the north and south. Right in front is a place for surfers, next to it a protected bay, where no surf reaches the beach, ideal for kids to play in. To Unawatuna dive center it´s only 2 km, they arrange free Tuk Tuk transfers. It´s run by a German Hans, who operates a neat and efficient business. Dive guides from all over the world work here and I very much enjoyed my dives with these guys.
My very first impression when I hit the water, was ups, more rocks. There was some fish life around, small schools of baby barracuda, octopus, surgeons, angel, vis less than 10 m water temperature 29 degrees. Second dive was a wreck which was ripped apart and scattered all over the place, vis worse here, th ... Subscribe to get the full story. For Subscribers Only  Active subscribers continue reading here
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By Dasarath Gunasekerain CA, US at Aug 03, 2017 18:56 EST  
Kalpitiya and Unawatuna both have quite boring diving. The Aggressor focused on the wrecks in Colombo and rightly so. You would have been better served diving those, even with low vis most of them are very interesting dives.
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