Located along Sri Lanka’s western coast, the coastal town of Negombo has become one of the island’s most popular destinations. Conveniently located within easy reach of the international airport, the town provides visitors with a picturesque getaway by the ocean in which to enjoy the sand and surf as you bask in tropical sunshine. While the beaches in the area are ideal places to sit back and watch the world go slowly by, Negombo also offers plenty of thrilling water sports that are sure to literally take your breath away!
One of the best water sport activities that can be enjoyed by the entire family is snorkelling. No prior training is required and those who can swim can easily take up this enjoyable activity which gives you a chance to view the colourful and fascinating coral and marine life that lie beneath the waves. Those wanting to further explore this world beneath the ocean surface can take to deep sea exploration by way of scuba diving. There are a number of well known dive sites off the coast which give divers a chance to see a wide array of marine species including moray eels, emperor angel fish and blue triggerfish.
Those after more adrenaline pumping excitement can try their hand at surfing. Surfboards can be rented out and soon you will be riding the waves with nothing but the sea in front of you and the wind in your hair. Waterskiing and wakeboarding are also popular water sports and let you ride the waters while being pulled along by a high-speed motorboat. Generally the best period for waterskiing is from December to March.
If you prefer less strenuous pursuits, you can always take up the sport of sailing. Apart from sailboats which can be hired out, there are also boats that can be chartered and which let you enjoy a relaxed day of family fun, out on the ocean.