Dive Sites In Negombo

Dive Sites In Negombo

  • Wreck Chief Dragon  - (car wreck)  32m  boat elapse time 1 hour and 20 min in smooth seas.  (Fuel sur charge – apply)
  • Taprobane wreck  36m Boat elapse time 1 hour and 20 mins.  (Fuel sur charge – apply)
  • Ula Gala. (Baracuda Reef) (15 mins)

The fist frontier, depth ranging from 3 metres to 12 metre. Situated at a distance of 5 km from the dive centre. Good for snorkelers and for the open water training dive no 1 .Large groupers, Oriental sweet lips, Trvelly, Yellow jack and loads of other fish can be seen. A Part of the wreckage of the ship Asia carrier which ran a ground in 1980 can be seen.

  • The ship wreck (20 mins) _ CHALLINOR

Just 20 mins from thE dive center, the wreck has been resting since 60 years. Max depth 14 m. Full of marine life. An excellent fish breeding site. Often found fish nets right round the wreck. Need some dives to do a good clean up.

  • Derana Gala. (20 – 30 mins in smooth seas)  COUNTRY REEF 

The reef is situated 13. kms from the dive centre. Need 20 mins in smooth seas. Max depth 25 m. A narrow reef patch which is about 10 – 15 m wide and 150 m in length. Excellent marine life. Schools of barracuda, travelly, fusiliers, blue stripe snappers, honey comb moray, Lion fish can be seen.  One of the finest dive sites in Sri Lanka. The best marine life !!

  • Mutian Gala (20 mins)

A very good site for the open water training dive no 1. Depth 10m – 12 m. Two Ooval shape reefs situated on the sandy bottom with a very rich marine life. Loads of lion fish, honey comb moray, blue stripe snappers, fusiliers, many other colorful fish to be observed.  More often marble rays nest in a small cave.


A small rock located a few hundred meters from the Mutian Gala. The sandy bottom is a breeding ground for blue spotted sting rays.  More often North wards of the rock large Leopard rays with  wing span of 2 – 3 m can be seen.  Dive ten times this reef see Leopard Rays about 4 to 5 times. 50% successful. Before the commencement of the dive get a thorough briefing from your instructor.  Main thing if you see them partially buried in sand with a long white tail visible from a distance. stay calm, sink to the bottom, avoid eye contact, get closer like a floating object !!!!!

  • Maha Gala. (25 mins)

A very large reef with a lots of exotic fish including, Lobsters, groupers, snappers, lion fish and loads of many other stuff. Depth 14 m on top of the reef and 16 to the bottom. Large whip type black coral growth is found on top of the reef along with anemones. Good site for various levels of training dives. Need more than one dive to fully explore.

  • Mora wala (Shark pit) 15 mins by boat depth 1-3 m

An excellent spot for snorkeling. A small coral bed with staghorn coral, blue corals etc. Situated adjoining a small ridge of a reef
where small black tips reef sharks can be observed. Everything is dictated by the weather.

  • Uravi Gala. (Grouper rock) 25 mins.

Depth 16m situated just a few kms from the maha gala. Groupers of various sizes can been seen along with snappers, fussliers, Rays and many other types of fish. Drop anchore and descend along the rope to observe the exotic marine life in and around the reef.

  • Mutu paraya. (pearl reef) 16m 30 mins.

One of the most beautiful reefs full of marine life. A very good site for the open water training dive no 3 or 4. Teddy bear coral and over hundreds of different kinds of fish of various sizes to be observed. Time to time anglers can be seen fishing near the reef.Discarded fishing nets as well as fishing hooks are found on the reef.

  • Air craft wreck. (45 mins)

Wreckage of a British twin engine air craft which crashed in the year 1945. The pilots were rescued by a  fisherman who was on a Teppama. A kind of a traditional fishing craft made out of wooden logs. Small sails can be used to cover a long distance. A dual purpose dive. Wreck and a reef. Wreck is situated about 10 m away from the reef. A good site to test your navigational skills.

Drop anchor on top of the reef and swim to the top most point of the reef which looks like the cock pit and turn to a heading of 130 degrees on your compass. Reach the edge of the reef and turn to a heading of 060 degrees which will bring you straight to the wreck. This is a good dive site to test the navigational skills. A fish/sea cucumber collector fisherman diver had accidentally come across the air craft wreck and removed the Ribs part of the wings, the battery, the air cleaner of he wreck and sold those items as scrap iron.

Lots of different parts of the air craft is scattered around the fuselage and the two engines. Parts of the wing a petrol tank and many other parts as well as the engines can be identified.

  • Kammala coral reef. (50 mins) Depth 22 m

Large loud speaker looka like corals(therbineria) with full of exotic fish can be seen. More often large marble rays, fussliers, snappers travelly and loads of other kinds of fish to be seen. One of the many breeding grounds for cuttle fish. Pairs can be seen.

  • Kammala coral patch.

Just a few kms away from the Kammala coral reef, Traditioally known as the 9 fathoms reef. (nava bambe gala)Similar in size of the kammala coral reef.

  • Diyamba Gala. 26m 45 mins drive in smooth seas.

Another very good site for a deep dive. Bottom of the sea bed is 26m. Top f the rock sabout 22m. More than four rocks with small caves can be seen. More often Honey comb moray and a giant green or black moray can be seen in one hole together shareing one spot.

  • Hipolis pits. 26 m 45 mins.

Reef looks like pits are full of cleaner shrimps, fussliers, rubber lips, sweet lips and loads of other fish cn be seen. A very good site to test your navigational skills.

  • Diyamba Suda.  (LAST FRONTIER) 20 kM Boat drive one hour.

Mistakenly named as the 3rd reef by some divers. The last fontier before the depth of the indian ocean is reached. Actually the 10th reef if the reefs are counted on a straight line. About 15 to 20 different rocks and reefs are found enroute to the site.

The reef has a lots of LOBBED PORE   corals  on which Christmas tree worms can be seen with different colors. Usually   excellent visibility.  The shallowest is about 17m and goes down to about 25 – 30 m. Strong currents can be encountered. A few pet fish collectors have gone missing. Need reliable boats more than one.

  • Maha Kabaru Gala. (Giant travelly Reef) In Katuneriay Wennapuwa. (45 mins) depth 18m

One of the most richest reefs, full of exotic fish, loads of blue stripe snappers, marble rays, fussliers, Travell, lobsters, cuttle fish and much moer to see. Reef is situated 5mins away from the air craft wreck. Good for macro photography. Plenty of nudies to be seen. Vis – 10 – 15 m.

  • Eleven fathoms Reefs.

Off Katunriay – Wennapuwa. (45 mins by boat) depth 21m Loads of blue stripe snapprs, lobsters, travelly black corals, Honey comb morays and much more to be seen. Visibility 10 – 15 m. Current moderate. Occational visitors like black tip reef sharks, spotted eagle rays, Marble rays, and other stuff to be seen.

  • Wellamankarai diyamba gala.

Boat time 30 mins. Very long reef bed. 20m in width and a few hundred metres in length. depth range from 6 m tothe top to 16m to the and bottom. Reef is very rich from marine life and an anglers paradise.

    • Wade sitham pruwa.

16m 20 min boat drive from Negombo. The only reef on which divers have seen sea horses. Lobsters, snappers, nudies and much more to be seen.

    • Dakune Gala.

Situated south of maha gala, depth 18m, Loads of lobsters, travelly, rubber lips, and much more to be seen.

    • Kantiri Gala.

A reef where you find different varieties of Nudibranchs. Depth from 14 – 16 m. 20 min boat drive.

    • Leena Gala.

The deep site. Ideal for deep diver training. Plenty of fish. Barracuda, Travelly, fussliers and other stuff. 34 m to the bottom 28 on t top of the reef.

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