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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 17 August 2018 via mobile

The island itself is very small but nice. A lot of people everywhere both on the island and in the water. The water was not really clear, the coral not in good shape but in 3 hours we saw four turtles (one quite big) and...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank christophepL922JQ
Reviewed 16 August 2018

All visitors to Pigeon Island go there to admire the sealife on the coral reef. Although we went there during the low season, the place was very crowded; no coffeeshop or bar on the island - bring your own snacks and drinks.

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank Anna D
Reviewed 15 August 2018

I agree with both the good and bad comments on here: it is crowded, but if you're an ok swimmer you can swim beyond the hordes and there's a wide range of fish, some of the coral retains its colour and it's really lovely snorkelling,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank LondonMum
Reviewed 14 August 2018

If you have tried snorkling already, then nothing will impress you here. The reef is practically dead and the visibility is far from perfect. Maybe you'll see a shark or a turtle, but nothing more than that. Place is definitely overcrowded, which kills the pleasure...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank MaciejWwa
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

Such a disappointment. We paid 3500 rupees per person (children too) which was a complete waste of money. But more importantly, this island is being destroyed by tourists. There is dead coral everywhere- all over the beach and in the sea. (If you do go,...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank LeFoodie94
Reviewed 13 August 2018

The island is the target of too many turist and too many boats. Almost all the corals are dead and the island itself looks like a crowd in a city centre. You get the ticket (is a huge paper) at the jetty point and the...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank CiccioR_CR1
Reviewed 13 August 2018

Visited the island on 01/08 with my family. I was aware the place is overcrowded and that we had to arrive early. We only made it to the island at 10AM and my first thought was the placed looked more like Picadilly Circus than a...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank Parripu
Reviewed 12 August 2018 via mobile

A 15 minute boat ride from Nilaveli beach brings you to Pigeon Island. We arrived around 8.45 on a Saturday morning. My family went off with their snorkels round an area cordoned off with ropes and bouys (a protected area) there were only a few...More

Date of experience: July 2018
2  Thank TropicalWanderlust
Reviewed 11 August 2018 via mobile

Overcrowded with people, you can’t even swim without bumping into another snorkeler. The 90% of the corals are dead, you won’t see much more than their stoned carcasses, except for a few of them that still have a touch of color. Even though the few...More

Date of experience: August 2018
1  Thank emsdems
Reviewed 10 August 2018

It's absolutely a nice spot, but not as good as many places in south-east Asia. It will definetely impress someone who has snorkelled only a coulple of times in their life, but if you plan your every holidays focusing on some fantastic places to see...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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