Nilaveli Beach Hotel
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Well what seemed impossible a few weeks ago has finally happened. We are opening a dive shop in Trincomalee. We have signed the lease on a house and land beachfront in Trincomalee town on Dutch Bay. Poised to be the first dive shop in the actual town we have high hopes of the area. The bay we have landed on house a multitude of dive sites and all of the dive shops in the northern communities of Niavelli and Uppaveli make the 10+ km trip to our bay for diving each ...
... we saw a plethora of fish living amoungst the corals, that to be honest looked a little worse for wear but still beautiful. Feeling a bit water logged we returned to shore for some snacks and watched two boats filled with none other then a group of Aussies (we really do stick out like sore thumbs). Their excitement was bubbling in hope of see the famed reef sharks that were said to live there. We had been told by locals there were black tip sharks living on the reef but ...
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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! ...
... 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 ...