Things to Do

Shiny Lakeside is a perfect place to explore the natural beauty of the lagoon environment; you can take a personal boat safari or a private canoe. Or if more adventurous try water skiing or wakeboarding. A short drive and you will be in Hikkaduwa which is a perfect place for water sports such as snorkeling, scuba diving, surfing, and glass bottom boat rides.

While glass-bottomed boat rides are ever so popular and commonplace, the serene Hikkaduwa Lake offers canoe rides that are splendid for couples and those who simply wish to spend a few undisturbed moments amidst the tranquil natural habitat herewith. With numerous aerial species flocking in, this lake truly is an ornithologist’s paradise, along with monitor lizards and monkeys making random appearances every now and then.

Prawn fishing is routine here at this freshwater lake, and if you’re present at the right timing, you may even get to catch a glimpse of fishermen casting their nets out into the water with hopes of a bountiful catch!

But of course, where there’s a beach, there are water sports right? Indeed, and water sports in Hikkaduwa are no exception to this rule either! Exclusively famous for scuba diving and snorkelling in Sri Lanka, November to April presents a peak season to do so as the monsoons have receded by then and skies are sunny and clear. What’s more, numerous PADI certified diving schools around the township offer easy to learn courses at affordable prices! The most enjoyable option you can settle for in order to obtain a closer glimpse of the colourful coral sanctuary, scuba diving/snorkelling can account to be one of the best things to do in Hikkaduwa overall! For those of you who are more experienced, getting up close around one of the many shipwrecks in the area is much intriguing too! Two notable sunken ships from the mid to late 19th centuries, The Earl of Shaftesbury and The Rangoon are popular dive sites to bring out the explorer in you!

That’s not all, though – several other water sporting activities such as surfing is equally in trend as well, with up to 4 breaks available during peak season. Surf boards can be conveniently rented from any water sports centre to make the most of the waves while here.