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Pigeon Island National Park

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Public beach road ,nilaveli, Nilaveli 31010, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 23 October 2018 via mobile

We we went there as field visit from EUSL. The coral ecosystem and reef fishes were so beautiful. It was very useful for the subject 'fish biology' which we study. But my opinion everybody should experience this. Not only students but also others.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Chathuranga Ruw... p, Public Relations Manager at Pigeon Island National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

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Reviewed 20 October 2018

We went over on a Saturday so it was packed. I felt I was in a swimming pool as there were so many people in the small section of the bay on the back beach. As there were so many people the sea was cloudy....More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Chathuranga Ruw... p, Guest Relations Manager at Pigeon Island National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 25 October 2018

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Reviewed 18 October 2018

Get there early! We were on the first boat there at 8am and the crowd didn't show up for another hour or more. There is a snorkeling area that has a protected reef roped off. The water on this side of the island was a...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Chathuranga Ruw... p, Owner at Pigeon Island National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

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Reviewed 14 October 2018 via mobile

I have never enjoyed snorkelling or imagined seeing the creatures we were able to see until this trip. We saw sharks, jelly fish, squid, starfish, sea turtles and many tropical fish. This was an amazing experience and I highly recommend it when in Sri Lanka!

Date of experience: September 2018
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Chathuranga Ruw... p, Owner at Pigeon Island National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 20 October 2018

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Reviewed 11 October 2018 via mobile

Unfortunately many of the corals around pigeon island are already dead, that doesn’t mean that it’s not a beautiful place though. We saw lots of different fishes, one huge sea turtle and many (harmless) sharks. Don’t forget to bring enough sunscreen, a hat and maybe...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank murgolicious
Reviewed 10 October 2018

Pigeon island has small sharks and turtles too. We spent 3 hours there and we didn't regret. Visibility was nice, sharks were there, turtles also. Corals are average, but compared to the price I thing it was nice activity in Nilavelli.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Chathuranga Ruw... p, Owner at Pigeon Island National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

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Reviewed 7 October 2018

A national park consists of two small islands. The reason got this name to the island due to a blue rock pigeon whose nature endangered bird in this island. In this island find best coral reefs of Sri Lanka. During the snorkeling or diving duration...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Chathuranga Ruw... p, Owner at Pigeon Island National Park, responded to this reviewResponded 9 November 2018

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Reviewed 24 September 2018 via mobile

Even without a guide it was easy to spot reef sharks and turtles as well as interesting fish. However the entry fee for foreigners just seems a bit high. We paid 5600, way more than for Kumana. Also the officials explained the fee was higher...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 23 September 2018

I have read a lot of negative comments about Pigeon island, and I do agree that it is really sad that the coral very close to the shore has been damaged. We spent 4 hours on Pigeon Island and most of that time was spent...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed 22 September 2018

Nice half day trip. Easy 10 minutes boat ride from our hotel Anilana. Beautiful water with a lot of fish. Couldn't find turtle. If you stay this area, worth to visit. Though it's a pretty island, it is pitty to see that many tourists stepping...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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