AquaCreed Scuba has a selection of great dive sites located a short boat ride away from our PADI Dive Centre in Nilaveli near Trincomalee on the east coast of Sri Lanka
The name says it all… Just a 10 minute boat ride from the dive center Big Reef is a shallow beautiful garden of soft corals with low lying ridges running parallel it looks like a major train junction. Great relaxing dive morning or afternoon and very colorful. We think this is the best coral reef off the coast of Trincomalee and often see common fish, Moray’s, Torpedo Rays, shoals of Yellow Snapper, Fusiliers and the occasional Turtle dining on Bubble coral.
This site is great for everyone and a hot favorite for new divers and students, especially for the whole family to experience diving together for the first time.
Very close to the dive center Fraggle Rock can be seen peeking up above the surface. This large rock with its swim throughs and circling Moonfish/Silver Batfish is just a short boat ride away. We see a lot of fish swimming freely around the main rock Scorpion fish hiding among the rock, coral with beautiful colours and Sweetlips lazing around the edge of the sandy bottom that often play hide and seek with us. Great place to see Cuttlefish and turtle from time to time. Great for Scuba Reviews, DSDs, training and any Certified Diver wanting to play through the boulders and swim throughs.
Diving along a straight ridgeline of rock, you suddenly see a tall shadow looming ahead. As it comes into view, this rock structure gives the impression of a sunken castle or cathedral reaching towards the surface. Surrounded by big boulders the main tower is circled by different Snappers and Sweetlips. As you explore the boulders you can spot different Morays, Torpedo Rays, Lobsters, Boxfish, and Lionfish. We even see friendly Golden Jacks and Pilot fish passing by to take a look at us. There is also a bunch of macro critters found here, from Pipefish to cleaner shrimps.
This reef is interesting with the maximum depth of 18 meters this is perfect for certified divers and Open water diver students on their last day of training and you’ll almost certainly be the only divers there.
SS Ava Wreck
This is an old steamship that sank circa 1858. Used as a mail/passage ship between China and India, it was carrying Gold and was being delivered to Trincomalee. It had some important British families on board who were escaping one of India’s first military revolts against British Rule. (The Siege of Lucknow) There are only a few interesting parts remaining but how often would you get the chance to dive on a wreck 158 years old!! We love diving this for its history and age, especially to see the old prop.
Read the SS Ava’s story and diaries of the passengers on the fateful night all those years ago.
This is a shallow dive so ideal for any certified diver to visit.
This is a popular dive site set below a cliff with its ancient Hindu Temple looming above. Local fisherman come here to thank the gods for their catch. The site itself houses many old Hindu statues; no one really knows how or why they are there and this adds to an interesting dive. Starting from a big rock standing proud above the water we descend into a large boulder field, zigzagging through and around the rock, passing statues and small canyons following fish playing. We see many Torpedo Rays and macro life as we drift along.
This site is suitable for any certified diver and can dive shallow or go as deep as 30 meter.
Trinity is one of three-dive site situated to next to each other all linked by three pinnacles breaching the surface. This is a very colourful dive site starting close to a very large square shaped rock with swim throughs. You can get lost looking for creatures living in every nook and cranny all around this site. Our Divemaster Mark is sure to show you some interesting things while diving Trinity, Mantis Shrimp and perhaps a few surprises.
This site is ideal for all divers certified or in training.
Stretching away from Trinity this canyon travels to another large rock looming in the distance, with coral growing either side, you will see fish traveling back and forth from one rock to the other. We’ve seen shark cruising around here occasionally and turtles from time to time.
This rocky formation gives an impression of a Pyramid, not home to Egyptian Kings but Morey Eels, crustaceans, Scorpion Fish, Trumpet Fish, Puffer fish, Pyramid Boxfish, Cuttlefish and Nudibranchs. We have seen five different types of Morey here including the Giant Moray!!
These are some of the dive sites we’ve discovered and visited on a regular bases. There is so much more to discover in Trincomalee. Visit us! And dive one of the best places in Sri Lanka for coral reef diving.