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2014 - December Report - The magnificent Panadura wreck graveyard
Over the centuries a submerged rock has claimed the lives of many ships
Nilkete wrecks
The larger south-wreck
Nilkete Wrecks
The bow of the south-wreck
22/11/2014 - In 2010 a brief survey of this location led us to believe that there was only one ship. Further exploration recently reveals that the site off the coast of Panadura actually has 2 ore more ships that has run foul over a huge rock known as the Nilkete rock. Dive Sri Lanka has recently found that one of the ships here was a steam ship known as Justitia Click here for more information.
November Report - A new wreck find + authorities crack down on spearfishing
Historical records lead to the discovery of skeletal remains of 4 barges
4 Barges
One of four barges
4 Barges
Two of four barges
15/11/2014 - Investigation of old historical records yield a surprising find a the bottom of the sea. Click here for more information.
Spearfishing is illegal in Sri Lanka - do it and get deported.
Spearfishermen arrested
(Pictures - Sri Lanka Coast Guard)
Spearfishermen arrested
One case of many where tourists are detained for breaking the law
26/11/2014 - Dozens of local and tourists have been arrested, jailed, fined and in some cases deported after engaging in the extremely destructive fishing practice of spearing which is illegal under the wild life ordinance of Sri Lanka. More information here...
October Report - From the days of the Double Sunrise flights
A remarkable discovery of a World War II Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A crash site from Sri Lanka
Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A
Type of plane found at the wreck site (from Wikipedia)
Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A Wheel
The signature PBY-5A Wheel

21/09/2014 - 18/10/2014 - In 2013 a fisherman in Kalkudah named Wasantha Kumara discoveres a strange piece of metal in his fishing net. This leads to the discovery and identification of a remarkable and iconic World War II air craft at 42m depth off the east coast by DiveSriLanka. Click here for more information.

Investigations continues. Also watch our video documentary on this find.

Consolidated Catalnia PBY-5A engine bay
Engine bay
Consolidated Catalina PBY-5A mid wing
Amid wing
September Report - The Flower Class
New evidence adds to circumstantial evidence to believe that a mystery wreck is the HMS Hollyhock
HMS Hollyhock (K64)
HMS Hollyhock
Siemens Brothers London  Admiralty Pattern M318
01/09/2014 - Careful cleaning of an artifact found in our June 2014 Expedition III to the wreck believed to be the HMS Hollyhock reveals startling new evidence supporting the "Hollyhock" theory. Click here for more information.
August Report - Flowers at the place of their fathers
The story of Henry Walker and Leslie Fenton at the HMS Hermes
Flowers at Hermes
The flowers and messages
Henry Walker and Leslie Fenton
Harry Walker and Leslie Fenton
19/06/2014 - On request by two daughters who lost their fathers at the HMS Hermes on the 9th April 1942, we lay Flowers at the place of their fathers
July Report - World War II - Tec Wreck Marathon - a week in the East
Expedition VIII - Diving the HMS Hermes carrier group sunk in April 9th 1942
HMS Hermes superstructure
HMS Hermes superstructure
HMS Hermes toilets
Forward toilets of the HMS Hermes
19/06/14-24/06/14 - After a hiatus of 4 years we return to the wreck of the worlds first purpose built Air Craft Carrier HMS Hermes (53m) lying off the shores of Batticaloa. Under excellent conditions we conduct four dives and explore the entire ship from stern to bow. Click here for more information about Expedition VIII to the HMS Hermes
HMS Hermes divers
Divers near the superstructure of the HMS Hermes
HMS Hermes light
Amazing forests of Black Coral on the HMS Hermes
HMS Hollyhock ray
A massive Bull Ray rests near the HMS Hollyhock
HMS Hollyhock light
A diver at the bow of the HMS Hollyhock
26/06/14-28/06/14 - After diving the Hermes we dive south to Kalmunai, the home to the two of the ships belonging to the Hermes carrier group, the flower class corvette HMS Hollyhock and the tanker RFA SS Athelstane. Blessed with conditions much better than last time where we encountered ripping current, we conduct long technical dives in the two ships. Click here the diving expedition details to HMS Hollyhock and for RFA SS Athelstane.
Athelstane gun
The stern gun of the tanker RFA SS Athelstane
Athelstane wreck
Diver entering the wreck of the RFA SS Athelstane
June Report - World War II - Tec Wreck Expeditions to the East
Expedition 1 - Vakarai and Kalmunai - Sri Lanka Sub Aqua Tec Expedition
RFS Athelstane
Tanker SS (RFS) Athelstane
RFS Athelstane
The bow of the sunken SS (RFS) Athelstane
5/29/2014 - 5/31/2014 - The Sri Lanka Sub Aqua Club, in association with organizes the first ever Technical Diving Club trip to the East Coast of Sri Lanka covering three World War II wrecks sunk on the same fateful day of April 9th 1942 during the second Japanese attack of Ceylon. The SS British Sergeant at 24m (Vakarai), The Flower Class Corvette HMS Hollyhock at 42m, the Royal Navy Tanker SS (RFS) Athelstane at 42m (Kalmunai) are explored during this expedition of five dives over 3 Days. The conditions are excellent at the SS British Sergeant with over 40m visibility and no currents. However, in Kalmunai at the HMS Hollyhock and SS (RFS) Athelstane, while the visibility is just as good, the currents are ripping. On both days we see Eagle Rays gliding over the wrecks and other prolific fish life in these historic wrecks.
HMS Hollyhock
Flower Class Corvette HMS Hollyhock
HMS Hollyhock Eagle Rays
Excellent visibility and ripping currents at the HMS Hollyhock
British Sergeant
British Merchant Navy Tanker SS British Sergeant
British Sergeant
The sunken wreck of the SS British Sergeant
May Report - Diving Passikudah & Vakarai
The splendid reefs and ships of Vakarai
Batfish of British Sergeant
The Batfish at the British Sergeant
Herd of stray cows greet dawn at the beach
30/4/14-3/5/14 - We explore the the splendid ships and reefs in Vakarai conducting 11 dives at the very beginning of the East Coast season. We have some great dives at the world War II oil tanker the British Sergeant, the older Lady McCallum SS that sank in 1926, the fabulous Leather Coral reef with its prolific Anemonefish and Groupers and finally the absolutely lovely, yet shallow, Irrachchal Reef. This region is still off the beaten path and is considered frontier diving. Good news is that several dive centers will start operating in this area providing access to the eager diving populace.
British Sergeant
From inside the British Sergeant
Lady McCallum SS
Sadness - The Lady McCallum SS (1926) shrouded in the mists of time.
Irrachchal Reef
Dusk at Irrachchal Coral Reef
Dawn beach
April Report - The time of Intermonsoons
Another name to a wreck - The SS Orestes in Galle
SS Orestes
The SS Orestes
SS Orestes
What is reffered to as the Tango Wreck is most probably the SS Orestes.
04/04/2014: For the first time we dive a popular wreck dive in Galle known as the "Tango Wreck". It has amazing marine life. Based on several circumstancial pieces of evidence we think this is the SS Orestes that sank in 1875 when it struck the Gindura Reef. Read more here!
Diving the amazing & unique Basses Geological Formation
Great Basses RidgeA Giant Trevally races along the ridge
Great Basses Light House
The Great Basses Light House - built in 1873

05/04/2014: As part of a Sri Lanka Sub Aqua Club trip, we conduct four fantastic dives at the amazing Great Basses Ridge 20KM off shore in Kirinda. Accessible only during a brief period of 1 month during the inter monsoons (monsoon season change) this amazing place should be in everyone bucket list of places to dive. Lush marine life, beautiful limestone geological formations, remnants of ancient wrecks make this a very unique place in the world.

Find out more information about both Great Basses and Little Basses.

Bottle Wreck
The ancient "Bottle Wreck" on the land side of the basses
Great Basses Formations
Caves of limestone provide for fantastic swim through experience
Spear fishing tourists arrested by the Coast Guard and deported
Spear fishing is illegal in Sri Lanka. The newly established Coast Guard unit has been given a mandate to crack down on illegal spear fishing activities. Recently a group of foreign tourists were arrested spear fishing in the protected Great Basses Zone and deported from the country.
The undivable ship - Astoria Report
MV Astoria
MV Astoria as MV Inanda
Mv Astoria
The bow of the ship we believe to be the Astoria
10/03/2014: On a survey dive with the department of Maritime Archeology, we investigate the ship thought to be the MV Astoria. Unfortunately this ship is not open to the general diving public and special permission is needed to access the location which is very close to the Colombo Harbour
March Report - The bell of the S.S. Worcestershire
Finally the ultimate proof that this was a kill of the wolf
SS Worcestershire
The SS Worcestershire was sunk off Colombo in 1917
SS Worcestershire Bell
The bell inscribed "Worcestershire"

12/03/2014 - is happy to announce the recovery of the bell of the long lost SS Worcestershire. The bell was found by Editor & Underwater Photographer Dharshana Jayawardena while exploring the ship on a 100 minute technical dive yesterday. The ship lies at 57 meters of depth and is a great place to observe marine life. The bell will be handed over to the Sri Lanka Maritime Archeological Unit (MAU) based in the Galle Fort and funded by the Central Cultural Fund for safe keeping and probably will be placed in a museum as soon as preservation process is complete.

The SS Worcestershire was sunk by sea mines laid by the infamous German Raider SMS Wolf on the 17th of February 1917 during the height of World War I. The legendary journey of the SMS Wolf is aptly described in the great work of non-fiction "The Wolf" by Richard Guilliat & Peter Hohnen.
The Sri Lanka Sub Aqua Club - Kalpitiya Photo Competition
01/03/2014 - Sixteen divers from the The Sri Lanka Sub Aqua Club head to the remote town of Kalpitya for a day of diving and snorkelling in the world famous Bar Reef Marine National Park. Based on the first day of diving, a friendly photography competition was held and we are happy to announce the winners as Anouke Wijeyratne, Michele Giraudo as the best picture winning photographers and Ramzi Reyal and Diyath Gaminda as the winners of the funniest underwater picture category!
February Report - The season finally settles down in the West Coast
Romancing with the sea - on valentines day, a gift from the ocean!
Toilet Barge
The rudder and the propeller of the "Toilet Barge" off Colombo
Toilet Barge
What names the ship! - Amidships aft side Toilet!

14/02/2014 - And to think that we just announced a new ship to dive in Colombo just two weeks ago! (See Thermopylae Sierra below).

On Valentines Day, the ocean gifts us with another jewel from the sea. For several days we had been scanning countless locations on the ocean bed for for miles and miles searching areas given to us by fishermen for possible wrecks. Almost all had turned out to be fields of debris, rocks or rock divesites. Then finally we scored on Valentines Day! Click here to read more!

A Tec Dive to the massive power plant of the World War I SS Worcestershire
Fish Life at SS Worcestershire
The collapsed hull of the World War I SS Worcestershire

SS Worcestershire Steam Engine
The steam powered Quad Expansion Engine

15/02/2014 - Just over a year ago DiveSriLanka proved the identity of this ship beyond doubt. A year later the exploration continues with a survey of amidships and specifically the engine area. Read more about this fascinating ship here.
A Tec Dive to the World War I SS Perseus (?)
Bullray at SS Perseus
Bullray at SS Perseus
09/02/2014 - A 100 minute Tec Dive to 40M depth at what could possibly be the World War I Armed Merchant SS Perseus. Magnificent fish life surrounds us as we explore this ship. A massive Bullray keeps close watch very remarkably following us all the way around the ship. A huge shoal of Blue Striped Snappers occasionally reduce the visibility of the gin clear blue water to almost zero.
Trapped between two worlds - the Thermopylae Sierra the newest wreck in Colombo!
Thermopylae Sierra
The new playground for divers
thermopylae sierra
A diver near a mast of the Thermopylae Sierra

04/02/2014 - On the 4th of February, while the rest of Sri Lanka watches independence day ceremonies to celebrate our freedom from the British over 60 years ago we are busy diving the brand new ship wreck of the block, the Cypriot owned Thermopylae Sierra that sank over one and a half years ago!

Click here to read more about this amazing dive of a very large and new ship!

This wreck can be dived with Island Scuba based in Colombo, who first introduced this wreck for recreational diving.

thermopylae sierra
thermopylae sierra - today
January Report - Welcome 2014!
Scuba Sri Lanka launches new dive centers in Bentota/Beruwala and Trincomalee

Scuba Sri Lanka Bentota Beruwala
River Bank Bentota & Beruwala

French Garden
A true paradise in French Garden, Uppaveli, Trincomalee
One of the oldest and most experienced dive centers in Sri Lanka, Scuba Sri Lanka (Bentota, Beruwala, Trincomalee) launched new dive centers in River Bank, Bentota and the paradise club of French Garden in Uppaveli. See the best of Sri Lanka and explore Bentota, Beruwala and Trincomalee today!
Last year we had a great year of diving and exploration! See the Year 2013 report
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Welcome to Sri Lanka! 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