Voted among the best beaches in the world, the 2 km long golden sandy stretch that lies between Weligama and Mirissa also leads to shallow reefs that are made for snorkelling and undersea rock formations that house a large number of marine life and are treasure troves for scuba divers.
With a large number of PADI certified diving stations scattered along the beach, a diving and snorkelling enthusiast will have an easy time finding the right equipment and crew to assist a great dive.
Among the most celebrated dive sites at Weligama is the Prince Heinrich Patch (PHP), situated within a 30-minute boat ride towards the south of Weligama Bay. A unique rock city that lay 20 meters under the blue ocean, PHP is home to a stunning marine life that includes a large number of giant morays, yellow margin morays and honeycomb morays while mantas and rays also make their surprise appearances.
If you are looking for your fill of Nudibranchs, Bridge Rock, a rocky terrain with swim throughs and rock formed caves that lie 20 meters below the sea surface is the place to head. Situated within a 20-minute boat ride from the Weligama beach, the dive site is the home of a large collection of Nudibranchs and Sea Slugs of varied varieties. The rocky caves also house a wide variety of exotic fish including lionfish, pufferfish, Glassfish and small barracudas.
Yala Rock, a multilevel undersea rock mountain provides an adrenalin pumping dive that expands around 15 meters. A day with good under sea visibility will allow the divers ascend and descend along the rock formation appreciating the marine life that is scattered along the rocky mountain.