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Getting there

Kirinda/Yala is the ground base for excursions to the Great Basses/Little Basses Reef. Kirinda is about 268 KM from the Capital City Colombo (See Map) Along the coast the drive is rather long and is generally a 6 to 7 hour affair.

Using the Dakshina Lanka Distributor, Sri Lanka's first high way the time could be cut down to about 4 to 5 hours.

Public Transport is available on both of the above options

Flying to Sri Lanka: The only International Airport in Sri Lanka is the Bandaranaike International Airport situated about 30 KM north of Colombo.

Dive Operators

There are no Dive Centers in Kirinda so dive trips are by special arrangement. Best time to dive the Basses is during mid March to Mid April (a short window between monsoons).


Despite its distance to Colombo; the environs of Kirinda has some good options for accommodation strictly on the basis of prior reservation. The world famous Yala National Reservation is also close to Kirinda.

Where to eat

Not many options available. We advice you arrange for meals at the hotel or guest house you stay at.

Transport within Kirinda

Public transport is cheap but may not be readily available. You could however use the omnipresent Three Wheelers (Tuk-Tuks). Always agree on the price before you get in. Prices vary and it is best you get advice from your hotel about prices before you hail one. The hotel you stay at will also be happy to organize transport

Road to Basses
The journey to the Basses reef is along the beautiful coast of Sri Lanka.

.Emergency Numbers

Hambantota is the closest major town. Keep these emergency numbers readily accessible before diving.

Hambantota Police: 047-2220222
Hambantota Hospital: 047-2220266, 047-2220261