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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 31 August 2018 via mobile

Two friends, my wife, litte son and I went on a snorkeling trip to Pigeon Island. We did the trip from Uppuveli and it last from 8.30 am to 12.30 pm. Deducting the travelling time and waiting time for the national park tickets, only 2...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Chris318i
Reviewed 29 August 2018 via mobile

If I could give this place less than 1 star I would. It was heartwrenching to see how they treat the marine life in Sri Lanka. This is a national park and nothing is done to conserve the corals or fish. They had one small...More

Date of experience: August 2018
2  Thank charlottewN1927DR
Reviewed 28 August 2018

I visited this place with my friends. You need to take a boat to this place and you can rent the snorkeling goggles. When you reached the island you have to cross and go to the other side of the island. There you can take...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank Ragul J
Reviewed 25 August 2018

There is plenty of marine life to be seen here. I saw 1 turtle, 1 black tip reef shark and a multitude of fish. Our issue is with how it is being run. There does not appear to be any control over the numbers. We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank TonyM719
Reviewed 23 August 2018 via mobile

Get there early in the day and it’s great. Heaps of fish and coral to see. Go to the leeward side of the island for best snorkeling.

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank SouthAsiaWander
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Very expensive trip for three hours. Snorkeling equipment is in bad shape. Entrance fee, transfer and equipment altogether cost 8500 rupies for two people (2000 is transfer and equipment, possibly negotiated). More than 5000 rupies is fee but do not expect anything. In a weekday,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Maki18th8
Reviewed 22 August 2018 via mobile

A nice visit but there isn’t that much to see if you are expecting world class snorkeling. Still nice clean beach. Take your own food and drinks though. We spent 2hours there and that was plenty.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Y1435QVandrews
Reviewed 22 August 2018

Set just off the beach - around a 15 minute boat ride away - is this VERY small island, which you can only get to 2 places. Most of it is barred - so don't expect to be able to wander all over it. We...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank 405marki
Reviewed 21 August 2018 via mobile

Great snorkelling. Safe cove. Water was clear. Very clean beaches. The coral is being preserved by areas being cordoned off. Outside of this area you can see cuttlefush and basking sharks and a fellow traveller saw a turtle. There doesnt appear to be a lifeguard...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank the_finchley_lees
Reviewed 18 August 2018

I was puzzled by the contradicting reviews of Pigeon Island with some rating it 1 and others 5. So here's the explanation: 1. The bay where everyone heads to is small, massively overcrowded (00's of people) and any coral within 20 metres of the shore...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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14 February 2019|
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Rs 2000 from public beach nilaveli but park close during sea rough
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