Hikkaduwa is the most famous beach spot in Sri Lanka. It offers the tourist the complete commercial beach holiday. For those looking for fun in the sun and fun when the sun goes down Hikkaduwa is the place to be. Spend your days on the beach and nights at the many beach bars and clubs. For those who are into snorkeling and diving Hikkaduwa is a good place to go to.
For the tourist the beach hotels that line up the coastal belt of Hikkaduwa and around will give the traveler everything that they are looking for in a typical tropical beach holiday. It is the perfect setting for working on your tan, playing in the surf, body boarding and surfing. The area was famous for its coral and further up the reef you can see plenty of coral. There are also diving facilities available as well as instructors. In addition there are also plenty of glass bottom boats where one can see the wonder and beauty of the marine life further on. Schools of barracuda, fresh water sharks and other types of fish have been spotted. A must see are the turtle hatcheries where if lucky you can actually see the turtles been released into the ocean.
At night there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Hikkaduwa and the areas around are famous for its fresh sea food. There are also Italian, German and Chinese cuisines that can be found and not to mention the famous Sri Lankan rotti shop. After dinner stroll down the beach and find the open beach bars before heading towards the night clubs.
Hikkaduwa offers the tourist a complete beach atmosphere so besides enjoying the sea and the beach life there is not much else to do around here. There are few small boutiques that sell beach wear and precious stones. It is not what you would call a modern city. It is more of a beach village that makes its living through tourism which is very rampant in Hikkaduwa. For a complete beach vacation Hikkaduwa is definitely the destination.