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Coral Sanctuary

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
0094 776 476 362
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Aloha's the best!

My boyfriend and me visited Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa in April-May, 2017. This vacation was too exotic... read more

Reviewed 4 June 2017
Liza R
via mobile
No corals at the Coral Sanctuary

The name is very misleading and if you go here just to see corals you will be terribly sorry... read more

Reviewed 1 April 2017
Marcus N
Lomma, Sweden
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Reviewed 4 June 2017 via mobile

My boyfriend and me visited Sri Lanka, Hikkaduwa in April-May, 2017. This vacation was too exotic (in a good sense) and highly enjoyable, and happened to be the best adventure in our life! Why am I writing all this on Aloha's page? Because one of...More

1  Thank Liza R
Reviewed 1 April 2017 via mobile

The name is very misleading and if you go here just to see corals you will be terribly sorry because here is noooo corals at all. The tsunami 2004 and el nino has killed all corals here. I have given this place a 1 because...More

Thank Marcus N
Reviewed 12 March 2017 via mobile

Did a day trip from Galle to Hikkaduwa and was sorely disappointed by the "coral garden." Coral was dead (as per other reviews) and fish underwhelming. There wasn't that much variety or visibility and the coral was an ugly sight. We paid R1500 per person...More

Thank KiaOrafromABS
Reviewed 18 February 2017

If you want to visit the coral reef and want to snorkel I would suggest that you have done that before going here. This was the first time snorkeling for me and I could not enjoy it as much as I would have if I...More

1  Thank binaohlsson
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Would like an official view on what is happening here with these turtles, is it sustainable ? Too many people, not enough supervision here, people touching turtles and touching them under its shell, what are people thinking? Yes enjoy observing them, but NOT crowding and...More

Thank derekLeicester
Reviewed 4 February 2017

Yea the coral is dead, the fish are barely around. Beach area is nice enough. The coral itself is located a short boat hop from the beach and it's just a bunch of rocks, not an island. Don't recommend.

1  Thank Thiago N
Reviewed 18 January 2017 via mobile

We rented masks, tubes and fins from international diving school for 5$/person. The coral area is locationed in front of a big hotel, water level was low so it was really easy for every age! We saw a lot of different fish and a turtle....More

Thank Kaisa L
Reviewed 12 January 2017

The entire corals are bleached and dead except a few trying to recover .. very very few places we could see some live corals ... theres no signs of any action taken ... atleast a part of the area should be protected and help corals...More

Thank Hemanth R
Reviewed 2 January 2017

If you are planning to go on a boat ride to see corals and fish, should go direct to the wild life /marine life operated place, where the big board is located (IT SHOULD BE MADE VISIBLE TO TRAVELLERS FACING THE MAIN ROAD CLEARLY). so...More

2  Thank edemel2017
Reviewed 2 January 2017

it was nice to snorkle around for a bit (near the beach) and mainly see lots of fishes. you can see the coral is recovering but most of it is dead. therefore not the best snorkling spot. we brought our own snorkles but there are...More

1  Thank kirstenvg9
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Sajida A
27 October 2016|
Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
There a various sizes of boat with different passenger numbers for each trip. It's best to ask a few boat operators and negotiate the price. If your party is small , ask others in your hotel to share with you.
Alex H
11 July 2016|
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Response from David P | Reviewed this property |
Tide was strong in March when we were there. Suggest you look also at the websites for weather and advice for the region. Always take local advice before going into the water for anything.
22 April 2016|
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Response from MrLDGCA | Reviewed this property |
Once the sun is up, they come around. The locals have been feeding them, so the visit is kind of habitual. Them sill being wild animals, the visits are not guaranteed. While you wait walk down the beach, past the Chaaya... More