So much of sea life- some amazing experiences
Trip Start Sep 19, 2012
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Hikkaduwa lies on either side of the main Galle to Colombo road. There are dive shops, hotels, restaurants and little shops on both sides and buses, trucks and cars roar up and down the road at high speed
When I get into the sea I cant believe how warm it is and also how clean it is. From the moment that you put on your mask and submerged I was surrounded by fish. Unfortunately the coral has been badly damaged. I am told a lot of damage is due to water temperatures increasing and the 2004 Tsunami also caused havoc. It also doesn't help that most other divers are ignorant shits also causing problems as most people seem oblivious to the damage they cause by climbing, sitting and standing on the reefs. I wish I had an underwater camera because they amount and variety of fish was incredible. The water is crystal clear with visibility of at least 20 meters and it is no deeper then 3 meters so it is ideal for snorkeling. At one stage I felt that something was watching me and when I turned around there was a school of fish of at least 1000 all about 30 cm long just behind me
To me it is the same as going to a game reserve. You don't have to rush around like most snorkelers but just stay in one spot for a while and see what happens. You notice camouflaged fish that suddenly move. Big fish chasing little fish. Each time I moved around the reef I was amazed by something. After lunch I spent more time in the water and it was much of the same. At about 6 pm I took a walk along the beach and was privileged to see some newly hatched baby turtles waddling into the sea. By the number of tracks in the sand I had missed most of them but managed to see the last few stragglers make it to freedom. only very few of these will survive. Something really special to see.
Before breakfast went for a swim on the west side of the bay but the visibility was not too good
Back for a great Roti breakfast. There is a little place called the 'No 1 Roti House' . Any filling you want from curry, to bacon, cheese and tomato to sweet fillings like banana and chocolate. Cost about R6 each. My favorite place at the moment. Rested for a while and then back into the water for more snorkeling. Even in the shallows where people are just standing cooling off there is an abundance of small and large fish
Much the same as yesterday and the highlight of the dive was seeing a large Moray Eel swimming around until it found refuge in a rock. Just as I was about to leave the water, I was standing waist deep in water when a turtle came gliding past me. By the time I put more mask back on it had disappeared. Was amazed at how fast it could swim. Second highlight was when I was walking back from the braai man, I acme across two guys arguing. Without warning the older swing a very innocuous punch but it must have landed perfectly because the younger just collapsed and it was a bit 10 minutes before he woke up. Everyone just left him lying on the pavement and went on they way. Sadly this is my last day in Sri Lanka as my 30 day visa expires in two days time