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There is much marine life to be seen off the beaches using a snorkel, fins and mask. However there are uncertain currents and many of the exposed beaches are dangerous for swimmers, therefore it is often best to engage a local snorkelling guide who knows the best and safest snorkelling reefs. This provides additional income for local fishermen. Sometimes they will guide from the beach or take tourists out to the nearby reefs, swim with them ensuring their safety as well as guiding the snorkellers around the most spectacular parts of the reefs.

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Snorkelling Dickwella Reef, Sri Lanka


Red Octopus Dikwella Reef Sri Lanka


Fishing boat at Weligama taking out snorkellers. This type of day time trip provides extra income at non fishing times e.g. much of their fishing is at night. Below are just a few glimpses of the varied rich marine life.