Unawatuna, one of the pristine sandy beaches off the southern coast of Sri Lanka with its turquoise blue waters offer visitors a quiet and relaxing atmosphere. The beach is also ideal for safe swimming, sunbathing and snorkeling.
With mouth watering dishes of fresh seafood offered at all restaurants along the beach, this is the perfect place to grab a beer, enjoy some batter fried prawns while getting a natural tan!
Mirissa is your own private beach – sort of. With no guest houses or restaurants on the beach itself, you have the white sandy beach all to yourself except for an occasional thud from a falling coconut. This middle of the secluded crescent shaped beach is the perfect place for a swim while the more adventurous can snorkel to the left of it and surf to the right of it or you can relax on the beach and watch the sun set in the horizon.
Mirissa is the "capital" of fishing in the southern coastal belt where people from all around the region come over at dawn to make their purchase. An early morning stroll with a camera in hand will help you capture the make shift "market place" on the beach. An auction of sorts, people will be haggling and arguing over the price of the freshest seafood that has just been brought to shore.
Whale and Dolphin watching off the coast of Mirissa has been the most popular activity in town and has been bringing in visitors from around the world. Home to a variety of Dolphins, there are many planned excursions from the beaches of Mirissa. Large Blue Whales have also been spotted in the deep seas and some of the same operators offer journeys to capture the singing Whales!
Surfing/Snorkeling: Both Mirissa and Unawatuna are known for surfing just off the main stretch of beach where the waves break. While both beaches are known for snorkeling, the reef around Unawatuna does not offer as exciting as marine life that are seen in Weligama bay – a 10 min drive up north from Mirissa. For those in and around Unawatuna, the best snorkeling reef is around Jungle beach accessible through Rumassala hills or by boat from the main stretch of Unawatuna beach.
Scuba diving: Unawatuna offer deep dives and wreck dives including an old wooden English ship, lying at a depth of 30m. Weligama Bay offers many options for divers amidst the coral reefs and exciting fish life. Night dives are also offered by the PADI diving schools in the area.