Apr 28, 2015

Sailing & Cruising in style

Surrounded by the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is blessed with breathtaking beaches, hidden coves, beautiful bays and there is no better way to experience the tropical waters than by sailing around the island.

Organize that special memory, plan a whale or dolphin watching tour, explore a shipwreck, plan out water sports such as kayaking, scuba diving, snorkeling, jet skiing, rowing, or simply cruise and enjoy the view. There are many sailing and yacht clubs in Sri Lanka that will help you plan your holiday in the waters.

Charter a luxury catamaran that operates on half sail and half engine. Mooring in a beautiful location in the middle of the ocean, you can make the most of it by relaxing on a comfortable sunbed, sip on a refreshing cocktail, and enjoy the sunset. Alternatively, if you are a thrill seeker, you could rent out speed boats which are rigid inflatable boats with powerful engines. Travelling at 20 knots an hour, feel the wind in your hair and experience a faster and more enjoyable thrill in the waters. You could also go for a swim, snorkel, explore surfing locations while sailing. Don’t forget to take your camera while on the water you wouldn't want to miss out on capturing the memories! Sailing lessons are offered in smaller sailing boats or keel boats. Under the guidance of experienced professionals, learn how to rig a boat, set sail, steer and navigate knots and maneuvers.

Galle and Mirissa are the two popular whale watching sites in the South of the island, and have therefore become popular sailing destinations especially during October to May. When heading towards Galle the first thing you will see as you approach is the Galle Fort which is a UNESCO heritage site. Trincomalee, Kalpitiya, Beruwela, Kalpitiya are several sailing locations which have beautiful dive sites and underwater life to explore.

So next time you plan on heading to Sri Lanka consider a boating adventure for a change. It's the new holiday you should try out in the tropics.