Diving, snorkeling and surfing

Unawatuna has a modest range of watersports on offer – though dedicated divers and surfers are better served at nearby Hikkaduwa. The Submarine diving school at the western end of the beach, offers the usual range of PADI courses, plus single and introductory dives and wreck and deep dives. There are no less than 8 wrecks in the vicinity, including an old wooden English ship – the Rangoon lying at a depth of 30m.

You can also snorkel off the beach at Unawatuna, though there’s not much to see except a few colorful fish. The best snorkeling is about 1 km offshore, hence you will need to hire the Submarine dive school’s glass-bottom boat. Snorkeling equipment could also be hired from them as well as from a couple of cheaper shacks nearby on the beach. Please be sure to check out all snorkeling equipment you hope to hire as there are plenty of dud masks and snorkels in circulation.

A lot of locals surf at Unawatuna, although the waves are not as good as nearby Hikkaduwa or Midigama. Boards can be rented on the beach near the diving school.