Nilaveli Beach Hotel
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We arrived here quite late on Sunday and it was already past sunset (6:15pm) and with nowhere already booked, we relied on everybody's friend - our tuk tuk driver for help. Becki & Josh went off in their own tuk tuk to find their own accommodation too. He drove us up and down the coast looking for hotels and they were all full.
In the end he took us to ...
... and clear waters and not only did we get to snorkel in the coral reef but our guide also took us to swim with some reef sharks. On our last day at Uppuvelli we decided to go diving. I did Discover Scuba Diving, a beginners course which taught me the relevant skills and then we went out on two dives to about 10m. Although we didn't spot any turtles, we saw stingray, flounder and huge moray eels as well as many beautiful fish and coral. Photos/videos to come! ...
... drinks and treats to travellers. In one town, one of our drivers, Oscar, was pulled over by a stern looking police officer. He thought he was about to get a ticket, but instead everyone in the van was given cookies and orange soda. Before leaving Kandalama we had split the group, so that one van would head directly to Nilaveli, while the other van was doing a side trip to ...
... piling in to a coverless boat.
The sun was hot but the water was totally calm, like glass.
We asked a fishing boat if they'd seen any whales, admired a huge tuna caught by another group of fishermen, then kept heading out to sea.
Then, the dolphins came.
Throughout the day, we easily saw hundreds of dolphins.
The first pod stayed a bit further away, and unfortunately Rob jumped in the water first ...
... some of the time I was looking up a bit too much to double check where everything was. We didn't spend too long out as couldn't rest as much, and also we had both got burnt the day before so were trying to minimise the sun and water exposure. Originally we had been going to get the over night train back to Colombo then the bus to Horana, but after speaking to the guys in the dive place they said a bus would be a lot better, and that we could book one as well, as ...