06 Maret 2012

Holiday Pleasures - Water Sports in Bentota

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Bentota is a year round water sports location like no other, with access to some very good water sports options by virtue of its location on the Indian Ocean as well as on the Bentota River just where its estuary meets the sea. Water sports don’t stop in the town of Bentota even when Sri Lanka’s southern seas are churned up by the monsoon from April to November each year. Although not suitable for swimming, the safe waters of the lagoon are the ideal place for visitors wishing to try their hand at wake boarding, windsurfing, kayaking, river fishing, any motorised water sport and also have family fun with banana boat rides, donut rides and cruising the many interesting water ways of the Bentota River. When the sea is safe from November to March swimming in the warm ocean, surfing, body boarding, deep sea fishing, snorkeling and diving are popular activities. Twelve dive sites ranging from four to thirty five meters in depth are just 20 minutes’ speed boat ride away from the coast. These sites host a rich collection of marine flora and fauna. Rock formations with flower corals, caves, canyons, plenty of coral fish such as parrot fish, angel fish, butterfly fish, fusiliers, snappers, lobsters, octopus, groupers, stingrays, jacks, tuna, barracuda and turtles and the occasional manta ray, whale shark, sea fans, nudibranchs are all part of the colourful ocean life found here.

As one of the most established resort towns in Sri Lanka, Bentota has excellent infrastructure including PADI certified diving schools, PADI certified instructors and trained instructors in other water sports. In additional to the hotels, there are several independent fully quipped water sports centres which hire out a range of water sports equipment for adults and children. Instructions are provided in English, French and German. For those interested in showing off their newly acquired skills, a valid certificate in windsurfing can be acquired after undergoing a short training course.

Just 67 km off Colombo, visitors can chose to stay in the many excellent beach hotels in the area and enjoy several days experiencing the range of water sports or travel down just for the water sports and get back to the big city.

Take time off for a relaxing beach holiday at Avani Bentota Resort and enjoy fun filled days trying out a range of water sports, just lazing on a soft white sandy beach, indulging in rejuvenating spa treatments and tasting its range of delectable cuisine.

In addition, this Bentota hotel offers a selection of comfortable rooms and public spaces that exude a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere. Enjoy great offers at one of the well known Bentota hotels.