Sri Lanka Atractions

Snorkelling in Pigeon Island

The national park contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. The island was used as a shooting range during the colonial era. Pigeon Island is one of the several protected areas affected by the Indian Ocean tsunami in 2004. Pigeon Island consists of two islands; large Pigeon island and small Pigeon island. The large Pigeon island is fringed by a coral reef, and is about 200 m long and 100 m wide. The National Park is situated in Nilaveli, by the North East Coast. Visitors can see many species of coral and coral reef fish recorded in the area. Sea Turtles and Blacktip Reef Sharks are also commonly seen in the shallow coral areas while snorkelling.