Underwater Museum in Sri Lanka
First Under Water Museum in South Asia
Have you heard about the newest addition to the museum collection of Sri Lanka? The newest addition is the Underwater Museum in Sri Lanka. It was opened on 17th June 2020 in Galle which is the capital city of the Southern Province of Sri Lanka.
This special museum is located off the shores of Galle, which attracts a large number of both local and foreign tourists. There is a large collection of artifacts and sculptures. All of artifacts and sculptures are made by Sri Lanka Navy.
The museum designed and created by the Navy utilizing sculptures and other artifacts. This also serves as an underwater structure built which promotes below.
- Promote marine life
- Control erosion
- Block ship passage
- Block the use of trawling nets
- Improve surfing
The special thing about the underwater museum is coral reefs built using objects that are built for other purposes. It’s been created by sinking oil rigs, dredging ships, or using construction remains.
Other artificial reefs made using PVC or concrete. Shipwrecks can become artificial reefs when stored on the seabed. Artificial reefs generally provide a tough surface where algae and invertebrates grow well. The buildup of marine life inherent successively provides complex structures and food for fish assemblies.
Here are some information you should know about before you visit the underwater museum in Sri Lanka.
Information about Under Water Museum
- The Location – Nearby Galle Harbour
- Depth of the museum – 50 Feet / 15 Meters below
- Opening hours – 365 days
- Best time to visit – November to April (It is not recommended to visit from May to September as it is off-season to the south coast of Sri Lanka.
- Things to see – different types of maritime and historical related sculptures
- Designed by – Navy sailors by using cement and eco-friendly material
- Possibility of doing Fishing around the underwater museum – No fishing can be performed
- Possibility to see live specimen – Possibility of seeing many underwater flora & fauna species
- Chances to see fish and coral reef – High chance of spotting fish. Less possibility of seeing coral reefs as they have not developed yet in this area
- Access to the museum – The area is a high-security zone which is under Southern Naval Command of Sri Lanka Navy and must access this area with a registered boating company or diving school
- Approved age limits for diving to underwater – Above 11 Years
- Arrival to the Museum – Can come on a boat with required diving types of equipment through any registered boat company located in Galle / Hikkaduwa Unawatuna areas.
- The entrance fees of the underwater museum – No entrance fees required. But required to pay for the diving center.
PADI License Requirements for Underwater Museum
- Before you visit – Must be properly train by a recognized driving school and must be a PADI Open Water license holder.
- PADI License – PADI represents “Professional Association of Diving Instructors”. These courses are performance-base. Also, at the introductory level focus more practical knowledge, safety, and motor skills. The fundamentals of diving physics and physiology are introduce during entry-level programs.
- Type of PADI License required – PADI Open Water License
- Possibility of visiting the museum after the Discover Scuba Diving course – No possibility of visiting as Discover Scuba Diving course covers the only maximum depth of 12 Meters.
This could be one of a lifetime experience for you. We Vogue Lanka Travels is here to arrange you the best ever experience.
So make sure to train by a recognized diving school to visit the under-water museum and must be a PADI Open Water license holder.
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