Wreck diving ‘to be developed as a major Sri Lanka adventure tourism attraction’ says top travel website


Top travel website TTG reports that Sri Lanka tourism bosses are throwing their weight behind plans to capitalize on the amazing wreck diving to be found around our island coast.

Feizal Samath writes that veteran diver Thilak Weerasinghe, boss of Lanka Sports Reizen (LSR), has been appointed by the country’s prime minister as a Tourism Task Force member.

Samath notes that Sri Lanka has more than 200 possible dive sites and shipwrecks, including the aircraft carrier HMS Hermes, which was sunk by Japanese dive bombers in 1942.

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Meanwhile, the Sunday Times reports “a considerable growth in the shipwreck diving segment of the adventure travel business, with about a 6 per cent growth in 2017 against 2016”.

It add that the private sector “is increasingly involved in the exploration of shipwrecks and has taken on the responsibility of providing travellers tours of the sights are currently following international rules and regulations”.

These are under the auspices of the internationally accepted diving authority Professional Association of Diving Instrutors (PADI) that provides licenses to operate in this field.

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PADI notes that “Sri Lanka has an abundance of great sites to discover including great wreck dives which are scattered off the coast. Local divers are still discovering new wrecks as they explore the waters of this island nation”.

Many of the wrecks are covered in marine life, soft corals, macro critters and large aggregations of schooling fish. With incredible diving, friendly locals, amazing food and top side treasures, Sri Lanka truly offers it all.

Of the many wrecks, it highlights the Hermes; the British Sergeant, sunk with Hermes, but lying in shallower water and therefore more accessible to novice divers; and the massive cargo carrier Pecheur Breton.

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