Dive the Basses (www.DiveSriLanka.com)
The twin sentries of the last bastion

Inter Monsoonal Diving - Mid March to Mid April


The magnificient Great Basses Light House
Smaller, but no less grandiose, the Little Basses Light House

(This is an Extract from our article which appeared in the Sri Lankan airlines in-fliht magainze Serendib in March/April 2008 )

In the vast expanses of the mighty Indian Ocean, about ten kilometers away from the south east of Sri Lanka, there exists a place of great mysticism & romance. A place shrouded with a sense of wonder, adventure and perhaps even trepidation. Here, cursed souls have crossed over to the after world, whilst a lucky few have discovered treasure in silver or in the bounty of nature's generosity and beauty.

Spanning almost Forty Kilometers and being the last frontier for an island against the merciless forces of a massive ocean which only ends at the frigid wastelands of Antarctica, this is the magnificent Basses Ridge, the great barrier reef of Sri Lanka .

For the intrepid SCUBA diver, this is a rare glimpse into an underwater paradise and adventure diving in its finest form. Few sounds in life are more evocative than the reverberating boom created by a massive wave crashing over the Basses Ridge. Few experiences in life are more violent than being sloshed in the surge under the cloudy form of a wave break while diving beside the ridge. Few sights in life are more beautiful than the underwater formations carved into limestone and the rich marine reef life that greets the eye.

Basses. It is one of those few places in life where you feel alive.

  Site Name
Boat Time
Our Rating
Worth mentioning...
  Great Basses


2M - 15M
45-60 Min

Some of the best diving in Sri Lanka. Ancient Ship Wrecks, Limestone Caves, prolific reef fish, passing pelagic's, fierce surge and strong currents. For experienced divers only.

  Ship Rock


90 Min
Not Evaluated

The visibility at Ship Rock was 2 meters on the day we dived! Please await further updates.

  Little Basses


120-150 Min

Far far away from civilization and many miles away from the Great Basses Lighthouse, this is the smaller Little Basses Light House. The diving is not as great as Great Basses in terms of terrain but the fish life could be prolific at times.


(Boat times are from Kirinda Harbour). More information on shp wrecks unexplored by www.DiveSriLanka.com can be found at special reports on Marine Archeology.