Dive Number: 388 21/10/2012 Swami Rock, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka

Conditions: Average, surgey and hazey vis

Visibilty: 6m

Water Temp: ??c

Bottom Time: 60minutes

Max Depth: 20m

Details: I was attending a mates wedding in Sri Lanka, and thought i’d try to get a couple of dives in. I could find very little information on diving Sri Lanka and most said it wasn’t worth it. October is also between seasons at the start of the monsoon, so conditions weren’t ideal for any side of the island.

Trincomalee sounded like the best bet, a war torn region that had recently been opened up to tourism. We mostly had the resort we stayed at to ourselves, except for the resident samba deer. I managed to track down a scuba operation that would take me out for a couple of dives, in less that ideal conditions.

The first site was Swami Rock. Its claim to fame is the statues littering the site, that were reportedly thrown over the cliffs from the temple above by the Portugeuse. These lay somewhat suspiciously on the rocky boulders, looking a little bit contrived. Interesting all the same, and some nice marine life like, giant morays, numb rays, pipefish and lionfish.

Camera Details: Canon 60mm, 2 X YS-D1 Strobes