Located 64 kilometers south of Colombo, Bentota is a charming rural town with leafy landscape sheltered with tall coconut trees majoring on sandy tropical beaches. Bentota can be reached through the Colombo- Galle main road and also by the Colombo Matara Southern Railway.
Bentota is a popular beach resort in Sri Lanka with a wide selection of luxury resorts together with budget and mid range resorts offering the visitor all amenities required for a comfortable stay and it is known to offer the lovers of water sport all facilities with a tried and tested infrastructure.
Bentota is renowned as an idyllic destination for snorkeling between the months November and April and blessed with calm seas that are ideal for snorkeling and is geared to meet the needs of the visitor. A simple stroll around the town will fetch many outlets hiring out diving/snorkeling equipment that are mostly managed by industry professionals with PADI certification.
It is a well- known fact that Bentota’s undersea spectacle is as spellbinding as the inland topography. Underneath the Indian Ocean waters lie acres and acres of colored coral, tropical fish and submerged ship wrecks which will activate the diehard visitor to take up a memorable and everlasting snorkeling adventure. The seas of Bentota are warm and maintain a consistent warmth of almost 27C almost throughout the year.
Various species of fish are in plenty off the reef of Bentota. Almost 500 varieties of fish can be found in Sri Lanka. Your snorkeling adventure will find you a spectrum of fish from small damselfish to large parrot fish, jacks and groupers. It is believed that the good locations to see hoards of fish are in places where commercial fishing does not take place. The main dive site in Bentota is the Canoe Rock, where one will come across sandy belts together with segments where formation of coral takes place. Snorkelers have the preference of snorkeling from a boat or from the shore and Bentota will not disappoint even the die hard enthusiasts of snorkeling.
Avani Bentota Resort is a Bentota hotel which is unique because of its design, radiating an invigorating minimalistic character enveloped with its leading edge style offering a dreamy getaway for the family or the individual traveller. It is one of the best resorts in Bentota with well- appointed comforts, thought provoking atmosphere and just right place to wind down, chill out and let go.