HIKKADUWA has been a tourist destination since the sixties. At first it was the beautiful and untouched coral reefs just off the shore that amazed the tourists. Today there are more people that come to play in the waves in the many surf breaks in the area.
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It is really affordable to hire a surf instructor in Hikkaduwa. It´s good to learn or refresh the basic skills before you get out in the waves. Make sure you get an instructor, that is a dedicated surfer. Ask around!
There is also a good selection of PADI-dive centers in Hikkaduwa. You can get a test dive with an instructor, or go “all the way” and get a PADI Open Water dive certificate.
You can rent simple snorkel equipment in small “shacks” on Hikkaduwa beach, and go snorkel on your own. You can spot giant sea turtles just 15 metres from the beach!