Nilaveli Diving Centre – Nilaveli | Trincomalee

This is the official page of NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE, PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort, and Sri Lanka’s premier PADI Dive Resort, S-23912, and your gateway to the excitement and adventure of the underwater world!

The Dive Centre is open every year from 15. March to 15. November from 8 am to 7 pm. The rest of the year, during the north east monsoon, with rough sea, high waves and bad visibility, we are closed. Good conditions can be found in the south of Sri Lanka at our UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort, 5 km south of Galle, at the Unawatuna beach.

The NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE is a fully authorized PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort. It offers the perfect holiday under and above water. The Diving School is located around 12 km north of the city of Trincomalee, directly at the beautiful Nilaveli Beach, opposite of the famous Pigeon Islands, at the property of the HIGH PARK HOTEL. You can follow our road sign boards, Holidays & Diving in Sri Lanka, NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE, from Trincomalee to Nilaveli.

The Nilaveli Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches of Sri Lanka. The white sandy beach is wide and long stretched. Here you will find our Dive Centre.

All our Diving Centres are PADI Green Star awarded and also PADI Award Winner 2016, 2017 & 2018 for “Outstanding Contribution to the Diving Industry”. They are currently the number 1 with the most PADI certifications in Sri Lanka.

The NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE is 100% Project Aware and donate monthly 250 AUD to protect the marine environment in our oceans.

 

We offer:

SCUBA DIVING FOR BEGINNERS, FUN DIVES, PADI COURSES, SNORKELING TRIPS and WHALE & DOLPHIN WATCHING.
We conduct the basic levels of PADI Courses like DSDs, PADI OWD and also the advanced and PRO levels like PADI AOWD, PADI RESCUE DIVER & PADI DIVEMASTER.

We can teach in English, German, Czech, Sinhala & Tamil.
We also do daily Fun Dives (reef dives, rock dives, deep dives, night dives) at our different dive sites in Uppuveli, Trincomalee and Nilaveli.

In general we are diving in small groups with max. five Fun Divers and one Dive Guide (Divemaster or Dive Instructor).

We also offer Snorkeling Trips by boat to the Swami Rock, the Navy Island and Whale & Dolphin Watching Tours from our Diving School.

Everybody is welcome!! Diving is Fun!!!

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Diving On Sri Lanka’s East Coast

NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE

(Open Daily: 15. March To 15. November, 8 Am To 7 Pm, rest of the year closed because of north east monsoon)


When is Sri Lanka Diving Season?

The best time for diving at the east coast is from mid of April to end of October. Sun is shining, sea is calm, visibility is good. From mid November onwards the diving on the east coast is influenced by the north east monsoon. The sea becomes rough and heavy rain influences the dive conditions.

Due to these conditions our NILAVELI DIVING CENTRE will be closed from 16. November to 14th March. Usually the north east monsoon blows continuously from the north east and carries more humid air from the Indian Ocean. Sometimes there are strong winds and rain but on average never longer than an hour or two. Daily sunshine is even during the monsoon period in average 8 hours a day. Day temperatures are around 30 to 32 Degrees Celsius and night temperatures 26 to 30 Degrees Celsius. Water temperature is the whole year between 26 and 30 Celsius.

Mid of October till mid of April we operate our UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE at the south coast of Sri Lanka. Here the south west monsoon ends at around the mid of October and the dive season start.

At the Nilaveli Dive Center we speak English German Czech Sinhalese Tamil

We are looking forward to welcome you at the Nilaveli Diving Center.


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Client Testimonials

Reviews from our valuable clients about Nilaveli Diving Centre.


Friendly, safe and efficient


I booked here because I had used the same company in Unawatuna and was lucky enough to get the same Divemaster, Arne. Not expensive compared with diving in many other places. Easy to find. The best thing was the flexibility that they offer two take two snorkellers, one advanced and one discovery diver in the same boat with no other tourists so it was a nice family trip. The snorkellers saw some sharks – big enough to be interesting but not too scary. For the dive, it was just enjoyable and relaxing even though no amazing sitings.

Clients of unawatuna diving center

Julian S

A great dive base with great dive sites!


I mainly selected this diving centre because of the great reviews on tripadvisor (and a few other things) and I was not disappointed. It was absolutely awesome!

I pre-booked a package of 15 fun dives over the internet (10% rebate) and stayed for a week in the adjacent High Park Hotel.

The diving center is very well run, clean and well staffed, from instructors & Dive masters to the compressor boys who will also help you carry your gear to the boat. Everyone was very friendly and helpful from the start.

Clients of unawatuna diving center

Atheil MannHamburg, Germany

High quality dive centre and staff


Having been diving with many dive centers around the world, Nilaveli Diving Centre (NDC) immediately sparked our confidence in their operation when we arrived there to ask about diving with them. On first impression the Centre’s facilities are well organized, the equipment seems to be in good condition (we have our own gear so didn’t test these) and the staff is plentiful around to help you.

Clients of unawatuna diving center

Hannu SScarborough, United Kingdom