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February Report - ONE HUNDRED YEAR DIVES!
 
I celebrate the 100th year anniversary commemorating the sinking of the British SS Worcestershire and SS Perseus with a week of multiple dives to these two wonderful wrecks which with I have had a very close relationship over the last 7 years. These two vessels belonging to the British Merchant Navy sank after striking a field of sea mines left by the German mine layer SMS Wolf on 17th and 21st of February 1917. Today these fantastic World War I shipwrecks lie 15-20 km west of Colombo, Sri Lanka at depths of 57 metres (Worcestershire) and 41 metres (Perseus)
SMS Wolf
The German Mine Layer SMS Wolf and Captain Nerger
100 year dives
Anniversary week of diving two of Colombo's deepest and historic wrecks
SS Worcestershire - sunk 17-Feb 1917
The bell of the SMS Worcestershire (1917)
The bell of the SS Worcestershire
SS Worcestershire
Bottom - The first picture of the wreck after it sank
SS Worcestershire
Shoaling trevally at the wreck
SS Worcestershire
At the stern of the wreck
 
A 1 minute compilation of diving at the Worcestershire (1917)
SS Perseus - sunk 21-Feb 1917

SS Perseus (1917)
A Perseus class ship 100 years ago and the wreck today

SS Perseus (1917)
The bow of the wreck
SS Perseus (1917)
The giant high torque 4 blade propeller of the Perseus
SS Perseus (1917)
The steering quadrant
Anniversary dive to the SS Perseus - A 102 minute dive in 4 minutes


January Report - Welcome 2017
All about diving in Sri Lanka
Check out my interview on WORKOUT.LK for a quick intro about SCUBA diving and diving in Sri Lanka!
December Report - In search of little things in life
 
Macro Colombo
   
Hawkfish
Hawkfish at the Pecheur Breton Cargo Wreck
Shrimp
Shrimp at the newly discovered Whip Coral Reef
   
Colombo is certainly known as one of the best places to dive Shipwrecks for sure. But it is also quite a good place for those with a penchant for the little things in life. Many of the shipwrecks such as the Pecheur Breton Cargo Wreck is home to many small and interesting species of life. However there are some reefs, that one can say, specialize in offering the diver a muck diving experience. Formosa Reef, Bora Bora and the newly discovered Whip Coral Reef are such dive sites situated in very close proximity to Colombo where one can, if one has the patience, discover a splendid little nudibranch, tiny blennies or many such macro wonders.
   
November Report - Start of the west coast season
   
The undivable wreck - MV Astoria  
   
MV Astoria
MV Astoria
   
The MV Astoria sank near the Colombo Harbour in 1997 during a storm. Even though resting at a shallow depth of 24 meters it is inaccessible because of its close proximity to the harbour - lying just 500m southwest from the breakwater. Click here for more information.
   
Sep - Oct Report - The World War II wrecks of Kalmunai
   
The tanker SS Athelstand and the HMS Hollyhock  
   
SS Athelstane
Athelstane: Over the hull of the tanker
SS Athelstane
Athelstane: Rear facing stern mounted gun
 

Two of the best wreck dives in Sri Lanka are in Kalmunai, in the east coast. Still very much off the beaten track, special expeditions have to be organized to dive these wrecks (Dive Centers in Batticaloa may organize expeditions on request)

The SS Athelstane lies at a depth of 42 metres (at the stern) to 35 metres (at the bow). About one kilometre away lies the smaller HMS Hollyhock at 42 metres, resting atop a small drop off that reaches 50+ metres.

Best explored by Technical Divers, these are two world class shipwrecks. Read more about the SS Athelstane and the HMS Hollyhock.

   
   
HMS Hollyhock
The HMS Hollyhock
HMS Hollyhock
HMS Hollyhock wreck - amidships
   
August Report - The fabulous Black Coral Wreck in Colombo
   
A fantastic deep dive to a forrest of black coral
   
Black Coral Wreck Black Coral Wreck
   
February 2016 - Just before Ghosts of the Deep - shipwrecks of Sri Lanka goes to print, I find another fabulous shipwreck at 40 meters depth. Just managed to insert two pictures for the page VI and VII of the book! Click here for more pictures.
   
July Report - Another small underwater paradise found
   
New Wreck - Lotus Barge in Colombo
   
Colombo Lotus Barge
The delightful Lotus Barge off Colombo
Colombo Lotus Barge
Bannerfish and snappers at the Lotus Barge
   
February 2016 - In the sea of barges, I find another small but beautiful wreck. A great dive for sure! Welcome to the Lotus Barge in Colombo.
   
June Report - A new wreck in Colombo and Coral Reef Survey in Vakari
   
Coral Reef Survey - Vakarai
   
Kayankerni Beach
   

10/06/2016 - 12/16/2016 - Dive Sri Lanka in associate with the Sub Aqua Club of Sri Lankaconduct a video survey of the dive sites in Kayankerni, Vakarai.
Because of El Nino, it was feared that many of the lush reefs of Kayankerni would be terribly bleached. We were glad to find out that the bleaching was minimal and overall all was well. Click here to view the survey video.

We also dived the World War II British Sergeant and and the Lady McCallum SS that sank in 1926

   
SS British Sergeant
SS British Sergeant (1942)
SS Lady McCallum
A Panther whipray near the SS Lady McCallum (1926)
   
Ghosts of the Deep - A book review by David Strike NEKTONIX
   
Ghosts of the Deep - Book Review
   
14/06/2016 - Happy to see a positive review by pioneer diver David Strike about my book Ghosts of the Deep! containing my underwater photography of Sri Lankan shipwrecks
   
The Cardinal Barge - One more wreck discovered off Colombo
   
Cardinal Barge North Colombo Cardinal Barge North Colombo
   
13/02/2016 - Based on information by a fisherman I discover another wreck at 29 metres. Click here for more information and read "Ghosts of the Deep - Diving the Shipwrecks of Sri Lanka"
   
May Report - The deepest wreck dive in Sri Lanka
   
MV Tricolor 1931
MV Tricolor (1931)
MV Tricolor 1931 shipwreck
At 65 metres, this wreck is probably the remains of the MV Tricolor
   
Far out in the sea off the coast of Beruwala, lies a mystery deep shipwreck at 65 metres of depth. Based on several investigative dives conducted at the site, I believe this to be the Norwegian vessel MV Tricolor that was lost in 1931 after a catastrophic explosion. Click here for more information
   
April Report - At ADEX 2016 - International Dive Convention Suntec City Singapore
   
Ghosts of the Deep - ADEX 2016 Book Festival Sri Lanka - ADEX 2016 TekDive Conference
At the launch of Ghosts of the Deep at ADEX 2016 Suntec City Singapore Author/Editor speaks at ADEX 2016 TEKDIVE Conference
   

April 14-17: As a underwater photographer in Sri Lanka and a wreck explorer I was privileged to represent Sri Lanka at the ADEX 2016 International Dive Convention/Exhibition at Suntec City, Singapore once again and make two presentations: "Informed Wreck Diver - The art and science of unravelling deep mysteries" and "Diving World War I and World War II shipwrecks in Sri Lanka". I addition I was happy to launch "Ghosts of the Deep - Diving the shipwrecks of Sri Lanka" at the ADEX 2016 Book Festival. The book is now for sale in most Vijitha Yapa stores. International customers can order online at http://www.vijithayapa.com/product/view/30446

Watch the 90s promotional video on the book

   
Ghosts of the Deep
Finally hot off the print and now available at VY book shops
Ghosts of the Deep
For sale at the Vijitha Yapa book store at Bandaranaike Int. Airport.
   
   
March Report - One more wreck and the book is almost ready!
 
Ghosts of the Deep - Available for sale by May 2016
 
Ghosts of the Deep
Working on the cover - A sample print
   

12/03/2016 - My forthcoming book on shipwrecks of Sri Lanka with hundreds of underwater photos of Sri Lankan wrecks is almost ready. The book will be published by Vijitha Yapa and printed by Gunaratne Printers - both leaders in the publishing and printing industry in Sri Lanka. If you wish you may pre-order a copy of this limited edition book through http://www.vijithayapa.com/product/view/30446 . The book will be only available for sale in Sri Lanka but you can order it on-line with an additional shipping charge.

Also have a look at our short video promo - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMBGrJ1EMds

   
Another fabulous wreck - The Black Coral Wreck
   
Black Coral Wreck - Colombo Black Coral Wreck - Colombo
The bow The stern
   
20/02/2016 - I locate another wreck at 40m depth off the coast of Colombo. What a beautiful place! This age of steam wreck is about 50-60m long and lies at a depth of 40 meters. I am happy that I was able to get two pictures into my forthcoming book - Ghosts of the Deep, just before it went into print! More information on this wreck soon!
   
February Report - More new wrecks
   
Lotus Barge Colombo
Thrilling first glimpse of the Lotus Barge
Lotus Barge Colombo
Snappers, Cardinalfish and beautiful black corals at the Lotus Barge
   
07/02/2016 - Based on information by fishermen I find two more barges. The Cardinal Barge (named becaues of the abundance of cardinalfish on the wreck) is a badly broken up wreck north of Colombo. The second barge - named as the Lotus Barge is a very beautiful place! Amazing marine life including a huge baitball lives there. Both wrecks are at 30 meters of depth. More details here soon!
   
Cardinal Barge
At the stern of the Cardinal Barge
Cardinal Barge
A haze of Cardinalfish
   
January Report - Happy New Year - 2016!
   
The year starts with our discovery of a new wreck in Colombo!
   
Moratuwa Gun Boat Moratuwa Gun Boat
   
10/01/2016 - Based on a tip by a fisherman I go in search of a small barge that is supposed to be close to the shore. A brief sonar scan reveals a strong signature in surprisingly shallow depths. The water is so clear that I snorkel over the point and am surprised to see a small but fully intact wreck. Diving in we are surprised to find a beautiful dive site. Along a rocky reef rests, what appears to be a, navy gun boat / patrol craft. At 14 m depth this is a great dive site for divers all levels. Await more information soon!
   
Coming soon - The Ghosts of the deep - a book about the shipwrecks of Sri Lanka
 
Ghosts of the Deep - Sample
A sample proof of Ghosts of the Deep - Diving the Shipwrecks of Sri Lanka by Sri Lankan underwater photographer Dharshana Jayawardena
 
07/12/2015 - OK so I missed the December deadline for publishing the long awaited book on shpwrecks of Sri Lanka, but happy to inform fans of Dive Sri Lanka that the book is almost ready! Seriously writing a book is hard. Don't try it at home. Please be patient - hoping to get enough copies to book stores near you soon.
 
Last year we had a great year of diving and exploration! See the Year 2015 report
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Dharshana Jayawardena is a leading Sri Lankan Underwater photographer, a wreckographer and Welcomes you to Sri Lanka! It is the best location in the Indian Ocean to Scuba Dive in the warm tropical seas and wonderful beaches. Sri Lanka offers some great Wreck Diving experiences such as the H.M.S Hermes, SS Rangoon, H.M.S Conch, The Earl Of Shaftsbury, H.M.S Diomede, and some Surat Silver Coin wrecks at the Great Basses & Little Basses Lighthouses off Kirinda and Yala. Sri Lanka offers many courses such as PADI Open Water, Advanced, Rescue, Dive Master but yet to offer NAUI, PSAI, TDI, SDI, Nitrox, Trimix, Heliox, Solo Diving Technical Dive Courses or Liveaboard Diving. Shore diving is a possibility. Sri Lanka also is famous for whale migration, dolphin watching and very occasionally for sightings of Tiger Shark, Black Tip Reef Shark, White Tip Reef Shark, Manta Rays. Reef fish such as Moray Eels, Puffer Fish (Fugu), giant turtle, Lionfish, Snappers, Sweetlips, Trevally, Barracuda, Fusiliers, Anemonefish are very very common. Some dive sites are better than Maldives, The H.M.S Hermes is a fantastic and exciting dive in Batticaloa. The H.M.S Vampire which accompanied the H.M.S Hermes is yet to be found. Surat Silver Coin treasure was found by Sir Arthur C. Clarke and Mike Wilson at the Great Basses Ridge. The coins were minted by Aurenzeb, the son of Shah Jehan who built the Mumtas Mahal (Taj Mahal). There are also wrecks of Japanese Zeros in the China Bay and Marble Beach area. The statue of lord ganesh can be seen at the Swami Rock dive in Trincomalee. pigeon Island in Trincomalee is also famous for great diving and snorkeling. This site features original photos and stock photography of the ocean and the under sea. You will also be surprised abou the diving opportunaties in Colombo. Colombo diving and colombo wreck diving is some of the best wrecks in the world