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globe th CopySri Lanka, known in ancient Persian & Arabic, as "Serendipity" ... lies southeast across a sea channel from India, while the Maldives are located to its southwest.  Its documented history spans 3,000 years, with evidence of human settlements dating back to at least 125,000 years .... perhaps up to 500,000 years.   Its geographic location and deep harbors gave it significant strategic importance from the time of the ancient Silk Road through to World War II and its waters are littered with ill-fated wrecks from diverse maritime disasters & wartime eras.

Serene Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka Aggressor ceases operation

On March 8, 2017 we received the following notice from Aggressor Fleet:

"The Sri Lanka Aggressor has faced numerous challenges on several fronts and the franchise owners have concluded that they will not be able to deliver consistently the Aggressor experience that our guests have come to expect.   Today, we have been notified by the owners that the Sri Lanka Aggressor yacht will cease operations effective March 11th, 2017."   ... 

We at Dive Advice Travel are now looking for other options to offer you in Sri Lanka.  It's a fabulous destination ... I had an incredible 3-week trip there in 2016 and would like to continue to recommend it as one of our destinations.  Will keep you posted on developments.    Dominick Macan

Sri Lanka diving  ...  the essentials

  • sperm whales, blue whales, brydes whales, short-finned pilot whales
  • bottle-nose dolphins, spinner dolphins, striped dolphins
  • wreck diving & tech diving
  • up to 200 wrecks from various eras ... several of which are classed Excellent or World Class

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Whales & Dolphins

Sri Lanka gives visitors the opportunity to snorkel with whales in their natural habitat.  The species of whales known to reside around the island of Sri Lanka include blue whales, sperm whales, humpback whales, beaked whales, melon headed whales, pilot whales, orcas and false killer whales.  

Needless to say, what you see will depend on the season, climatic conditions and being in the right place at the right time!

This is adventure and exploration ... and can have great rewards.  Like the inimitable Sardine Run in Africa ... the animals do what they do, when they do it ... and we humans count ourselves lucky when we visit their territory and have the opportunity to observe Nature's spectacles when & as they happen.

Two of the predominant species of whales that are resident in Sri Lanka are the sperm whale-  which averages 40 - 60 feet - and the blue whale - which averages 60 - 100 feet & weighs up to 200 tons.  The Bryde's whale is also very common.  Chances of seeing these 3 species are highly likely.

Tech & Wrecks

There are also some world-class wrecks such as the HMS Hermes aircraft carrier, HMS Hollyhock and RFA Athelstane.  The HMS Hermes is the first ever British-built aircraft carrier which sadly lies in Sri Lankan waters (at 54 meters) surrounded by 3 support ships in 20 to 40 meter depths.

Add a safari

The country is blessed with a fascinating (and sometimes difficult) history, glorious geographic landscapes & captivating wildlife, making add-on land trips a must before or after your diving.

You'll find world class wildlife parks full of large game animals; leopards, sloth bears, elephant, water buffalo, jackel, wild boar, deer, marsh and mugger crocodiles and 492 species of resident or migratory birds.

And, Sri Lanka's amazing heritage sites date back to the 3rd century BC.

When visiting the wildlife parks, visitors experience big game adventures with the possibility of seeing leopards, elephants, bears, buffalo, deer, crocodiles, jackels and many other animals and birds in their jungle habitat.

In addition, you can visit Sri Lanka's world heritage sites, including the 3rd Century BC ancient city in Anuradhapura and 5th Century AD Sigiriya Rock Palace.

Contact us for details on liveaboard and land programs.

Watch this space for coming options !