Hikkaduwa is one of the best surfing spots in Sri Lanka, offering a clear hot water base. The waves vary in size from 4 to 11 feet. Surfing in the Hikkaduwa area is fairly well known and gets the best surfing during its dry season, Scuba diving and diving in clear waters are a major past-time along this stretch and is the most ecological way to see the colourful fish that dart around. The coral sanctuary along the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water surrounded by a reef, decorated with layers of multicoloured corals, and is home to countless colourful fish. Off the beach, there is a collection of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral formations. Many species of fish and large turtles are found here. There are more than four different shipwrecks for diving enthusiasts to explore as well as diving shops offering PADI courses and equipment.
The impressive coral reef lies just offshore and is still populated with exotic fish and sea turtles. Glass bottom boats are available for visitors who want to admire the wonders of deep while keeping their feet dry! After a short distance south of the centre of the reef, it decreases and begins a wider sandy beach with good waves ideal for board surfing and body surfing. There are many shops selling masks, jewellery, jewellery, batik, antiques, etc. with several Buddhist temples, all of which add spices to life in Hikkaduwa.