Beneath the sublime ocean that surrounds our tropical paradise, the deep holds treasures of a vastly different kind. Guarding untold tales of glories past and mysteries lain to rest, shipwrecks play host to a vast and wonderful multitude of fascinating sea dwellers.  For the diving enthusiast – amateur or professional Sri Lanka is a dream destination that offers opportunities around the country’s coastline and beyond throughout the year. There are over 200 shipwrecks: many, ancient relics claimed by the seas over 500 years of commerce and conflict – testimonials to the maritime powers of the colonial era. And the more recent wrecks are no less intriguing. The sheer diversity and abundance of marine life and reefs offers perfect scuba diving sites for the devotees of every level. The recreational coral reefs range from depths of 5 metres to 40 metres with underwater caves and unique reef formations. The sites are mainly on the Western, Southern and Eastern coasts and all offer reputed dive centres for equipment hire as well as PADI certification courses for those who wish to explore the wonders under the sea.

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