Snorkel with 200 species of tropical fish and turtles on Pigeon Island National Park– Trincomalee

3 Hours

Wander the mysterious waters of the island’s Marine National Park, and encounter anything from 200 species of tropical fish, to Blacktip reef sharks and Hawksbill turtles within the reefs of Pigeon Island.

Why should you book this trip?

  • One of the most popular things to do in Trincomalee.
  • Pigeon Island National Park is one of the most popular marine national parks in Sri Lanka. It is brimming with some of the country’s most breathtaking coral reefs and is also home to a stunning array of exotic marine species.
  • It is called Pigeon Island due to the thousands of Rock Pigeons that use it as their breeding ground.
  • It is located just a few km off the coast of the famous Nilaveli beach in Trincomalee on the eastern coast of the island.
  • Pigeon island National Park has become famed for snorkelling and diving as it is a hotbed of hundreds of species of coral and around 200 species of dazzling fish.
  • The spectacular Blacktip Reef Shark and several kinds of turtles including the Hawksbill Turtle and Green Turtle often visit this island.
  • A must-do activity in Trincomalee.
  • Guided by a well-experienced local guide.


Indulge in the best things to do in Trincomalee with our exhilarating snorkelling adventure at Pigeon Island National Park. Meet the SLDT team at the designated location, where your aquatic journey begins with a scenic boat ride to the island.

Pigeon Island, a gem in Trinco, offers a breathtaking underwater tour of Sri Lanka's most beautiful corals and tropical fish. Spend two hours exploring the splendour of the island's reef amidst the crystal-clear blue waters and pristine white sandy beach—an ideal backdrop for this relaxing activity.

For those seeking activities in Trincomalee, this snorkelling adventure is a must-do. The best time to snorkel is between 9 am and 2 pm, taking advantage of peak visibility when the sun is directly above. Our all-inclusive tour package ensures a hassle-free experience, covering essential equipment, boat fees, and marine park entrance fees.

Discover the wonders of Pigeon Island National Park with confidence, as all underwater activities are guided by fully trained UDI and PADI instructors, prioritising your safety at all times. Elevate your Trinco experience with this unforgettable aqua adventure, combining the best of marine exploration with the beauty of Pigeon Island.

Pigeon Island – its diversity and importance

Discover the enchanting allure of Pigeon Island National Park, a must-visit gem for those seeking exciting things to do in Trincomalee. Situated just two kilometres off Nilaveli beach in the Indian Ocean, this national marine park is a paradise for scuba divers and snorkelers, offering one of the most iconic and important tourist attractions along the eastern coast of Sri Lanka.

As the second marine sanctuary in the country, Pigeon Island captivates visitors with its two islands, diverse marine life, and pristine coral reefs. It's not just a haven for underwater enthusiasts; the park is also home to the beautiful blue rock pigeons, making it a unique national park in Sri Lanka.

Boasting approximately 100 types of coral reefs and 178 species of fish, Pigeon Island promises an immersive aquatic experience. Encounter Black Tip Reef Sharks, turtles like the Hawksbill, Green Turtle, and Olive Ridley, and explore the island's rich history as a former British army shooting practice site during World War II.

For those contemplating things to do in Trinco, Pigeon Island National Park offers an ideal escape. Opened for tourism in 2002, the park draws large groups of local and foreign visitors eager to explore its natural and historical wonders. Climb the island's rock through a nature trail to witness the charming rock pigeons, enjoy breathtaking views of small fish around the island, and indulge in a sea bath amid the crystal-clear waters.

Pigeon Island seamlessly blends natural beauty, historical significance, and recreational opportunities, making it a standout destination among the myriad things to do in Trincomalee. Immerse yourself in the splendour of this marine sanctuary for an unforgettable experience in Trinco.

Includes & Excludes

Our Services Include

  • Professional locale instructor
  • Boat fees
  • Entrance fees to the Pigeon Island National Park
  • Hire of snorkelling equipment
  • Government tax

Our Services do not Include

  • Any transportation up to the point
  • Any tips to the staff
  • Any extra equipment hired beyond what we provide
Overall Trip Rating:
- Based on 3 travel reviews
Very Good
  1. Crystal-Clear Waters and Abundant Marine Life
    By Ben Peterson
    from Sri Lanka
    September 13, 2023
    We had a remarkable snorkeling experience at Pigeon Island National Park. The Marine park boasts crystal-clear waters with superb visibility. This allows snorkellers to marvel at a kaleidoscope of marine life, including colourful tropical fish, majestic rays, graceful sea turtles and reef sharks. Our snorkelling instructor was well experienced and he took us to the right places for snorkel. The morning trip was the best.
    Date of Experience: August 25, 2023
  2. Stunning Coral Reefs and Underwater Caves
    By Family Broadbear
    from Netherlands
    July 31, 2023
    Our family with 3 kids had a great time at Pigeon Island National Park. It was great and the kids enjoyed a lot. This is a child friendly experience and they provided us with perfect gear to suit for kids. The instructors were very friendly and helpful, ensuring a safe and enjoyable snorkelling experience for us.
    Date of Experience: July 18, 2023
  3. Unforgettable Memories
    By Stephane
    from Sri Lanka
    May 19, 2023
    Pigeon Island National Park is an exceptional snorkelling destination that offers a unique and unforgettable underwater adventure. Its crystal-clear waters, diverse marine life, and stunning coral reefs make it a must-visit for snorkelers of all levels.
    Date of Experience: May 04, 2023

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Snorkel with 200 species of tropical fish and turtles on Pigeon Island National Park– Trincomalee
From $105
/ Adult - Single Person(SOLO)
From $105
/ Adult - 2 Persons
From $105
/ Adult - 3 Persons
From $105
/ Adult - 4 Persons
From $105
/ Adult - 5 or More people
From $60
/ Child - Price per child
  • SLDT/2404/SSD01
  • Morning at 8.30am and afternoon at 1.00pm
  • Nilaveli Beach
  • 24 Hours
  • 3 hours
  • Best from May to October


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