The impressive Bar Reef is the largest reef in Sri Lanka (at 3 nautical miles in length and 1 nautical mile in breadth). It is located at 8 degrees 23'N latitude and 79 degrees 44'E longitude, and can be reached by boat from Turtle Point Lodge in under one hour (approximately 9 nautical miles). With its tremendous variety of tropical fish (see summarised list), the colourful live coral reef is an ideal location for snorkelling, especially because the water is so clear. Diving is also excellent and can be done at a depth of 2-8 meters (up to 40 meters slightly further out). Due to its vast size, there are numerous different dives that can be done - even a whole week would not be sufficient time to explore everything that it has to offer!
N.B. Due to the wide variety of shallow dives that are possible at the Bar Reef, it is an ideal location for beginners to learn how to dive. After a first morning used as a basic introduction to diving, the 'beginners' could explore the reef in more detail, putting their training into practice.