Hikkaduwa

Trip Start Jul 02, 2008
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Trip End Jun 19, 2009


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Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Hello everyone and Happy 2nd Anniversary David & Wendi!!!Finally I got a chance to dive! Unfortunately it wasn't worth all the trouble. The visibility wasn't that great, the reefs were not very nice, and there wasn't too much marine life to see. I did two days of diving, two dives per day. The morning dives were nicer than the second dives each day, probably because your first dive each day is always the deeper one, but they still weren't all that great. I saw a bunch of lobsters, one grouper, quite a few nudibranch (extremely small, colorful, and wormlike), and some moray eels. I assumed that pre-tsunami the diving was much better, but the divemasters from the diveshop said that the tsunami hasn't changed the diving very much. I'm very surprised because I always thought Sri Lanka had some really good diving. Luckily, I consider diving like sex or pizza....even when it's bad it's still pretty good.I decided to stay a couple more days in Hikkaduwa to see some things that I missed when I first arrived in Sri Lanka and because there are other travelers here and it's a chill place to hang.About 20 km east of here along the coast is Koggala and it's famous stilt fisherman. Early in the mornings and in the afternoons when the tides are right, these men climb up on their stilts that are planted into the sandy bottom close to the shore and cast their fishing lines and nets hoping to catch some fish. Pretty cool thing to see...I also went to Kosgoda, about 25 km north of here on the way to Colombo. Here there are a couple turtle hatcheries. In this area the turtles come up to shore in the evenings to lay their eggs and after about 4-6 weeks the eggs hatch and the baby turtles make their way back to the ocean. That is if the eggs or baby turtles aren't eaten by birds, fish, or even humans (turtle omelette anyone?). So a few turtle hatcheries have been developed to take the eggs from the beach, incubate them until they hatch and then release the baby turtles into the water after a few days. They also had a few older and injured turtles that were never released back into the ocean for fear of their survival. You might be wondering why I'm not sharing any photos of the beach here in Hikkaduwa. Well, there's not much beach here. The guesthouses and restaurants have all built their places so close to the water that there isn't even much dry sand where you can take a stroll along the beach. Very unfortunate.Next you hear from me I'll be in the Andaman Islands starting my Divemaster internship. Woohoo!!!peace,Jen
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