Trincomalee, Sri Lanka is a popular diving spot with a large sandbank that drops 1500m/4921ft deep into the crystal-clear water. Trincomalee Sea has a large number of shipwrecks scattered all around, sunk during Second World War. The options are endless when it comes to diving around Trincomalee - research is encouraged before you start your journey in order to choose the ideal spot best suited for your aptitudes, here are some of the well-recognized dive sites in Trincomalee that offer amazing diving opportunities.
Fort Rock - With a depth of 25 - 30m and spectacular dive-through rock formations, this site is most suitable for experienced divers. Among other marine life, barracudas, trevallies, snappers, bat fish, big rays and tuna can be seen often. If you’re lucky, you might even spot one or two whale sharks here.
Swami Rock - Next to the oldest recorded temple in Trincomalee, down a sheer cliff of 300 feet is Swami Rock Dive Site. It is a very interesting dive with old statues of God Shiva, Cali, Ganesh and ruins to be found 22m deep in the sea, surrounded by big schools of fishes, turtles, stone fish and an incredible variety of eels.
Fort Frederick - This site offers a wide range of coral reef, turtles, sting rays and a huge variety of tropical fish and anemones, as well as rare sightings of giant frog fish. (10-19m Depth)
Uppaweli Reef - This a 9m deep shallow coral reef grown around ruins of an old colonial bridge. The Trincomalee reef is well-known for stingrays and turtles.
Few other curious spots found around Trincomalee beach are Two Islands, Eel Rock, Navy Island, Dutch Bay Reef, Hermes Wreck and Shark Point, offering not only marine life but historic values with fascinating old temple ruins to WWII wreckage and ruins, which attract divers of all levels of experience.