Our Story in Detail


South Coast Diving


Open 15. October to 10. April, daily 8 am to 7 pm

Our UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE was opened in 1999 and was PADI accredited in 2005 as a PADI Dive Resort as the first PADI Dive Centre in Unawatuna.

After nearly 10 years operating time, in 2014 the Diving Centre was upgraded into an PADI 5 Star Dive Resortand in 2016 into a PADI 5 Star IDC (Instructor Development Centre) Dive Resort. Since 2015 the Dive Centre managed by an international and local team of competent PADI Dive instructors.

The spacious Diving Centre has a large inside and outside sitting area, a school equipment room, a private equipment room where you can store your private dive equipment, a school room for teaching PADI courses, a compressor room, a equipment repair room, an office, a kitchen, a washroom, a private shower area and upstairs of our diveshopbuilding two large staff rooms with terrace &sea view. We have a large cleaning basin for your equipment and afterwards your suit can dry perfectly in the shade. You can see that all is taken care of.

First class compressors (made by BAUER, Germany) speedy fill our eighty 12 Liter Aluminum Diving Tanks with DIN or INT connectors. For children we provide also four 8 l Aluminum Diving Tanks. We are also filling NITROX at our compressor room and provide this for our divers free of charge. We have around 30 complete sets of rental dive equipment (BDC, regulator, mask,fins, belts, weight) of all different sizes in stock.

There are five diving boats available, witch bring you yo the desired diving locations.It takes around 5 to 30 minutes boat ride depending on the dive spot. Every boat contains a maximum of 5 divers and one dive guide (Dive Master or Diveinstructor).

At our Diving Baseyou have the possibility to practice mostly boat dives with all grades of difficulties suitable for beginners and experienced divers. We offer Reef, Rock, Deep, Wreck &Night Dives at our 16 different Unawatuna and Galle Dive Sites with different depth from 6 up to 32 meters.

Our morning dives, two dives with a surface interval on the diving boat starts every day at 9 am.You have to be on our Dive Centre at 8.30 am for registration, assembling the dive equipment and the briefing. You will be back at our base at around 12 noon to 1 pm depending on the dive sites. Our afternoon dive(s) one or two dives with a surface interval on the diving boat starts every day at 2 pm. You have to be on our Dive Centre at 1.30 pm for registration, assembling the dive equipment and the briefing. You will be back at our Diving Base at around 3.30 pm or around 5 pm depending on the dive site(s).

Our Diving School offers PADI Diving Courses for beginners and advanced divers, e.g. “Discovery Scuba Diving, DSD” (minimum age 10 years), beginner courses (PADI Scuba Diver, PADI Open Water Diver, continue to PADI Adventure DiverPADI Advanced Open Water Diver.and PADI Rescue Diver up to PADI Pro Level, PADI Dive Master & PADI Dive instructor. We are the only PADI Dive Resort in Sri Lanka with an own PADI Course Director who teach one times a year students up to PADI Dive instructor.

You can also improve your diving skills with us if you take one ore more of our offered PADI Speciality Course like Deep Diver, Wreck Diver, Night Diver an so on.

We also offer Snorkeling Trips and Boat Tours to the Unawatuna Rocks and to the Jungle Bay every morning at 9 am and at 2 pm. You have to be at 8.30 am or 1.30 pm at our Diving Centre.

Since the beginning of the UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE security is of greatest importance to us. First we introduce you to all details of our Dive Centre and provide a detailed briefing for the dives and chosen Dive Spots. In addition our diving base has a StationaryOxygen Supplyand portable DAN Systemsfor our diving boats. The boat guides, diving guides and dive instructors are all trained in first aid assistance. Regularly the crew practice Rescue Training where you can participate on request.

After the Fun Dives or PADI Diving Courses all divers and non divers sit together, enjoy a cup of Ceylon tea and exchange their impressions and experiences. For recreation there are in front of our Diving Centre some beach beds, tables and chairs with sun umbrellas. An open air restaurant next to our base offers refreshments, snacks, lunch and dinner. In the evening we can sit together and chat by a beer while watching the beautiful sunset.

We also offer first class accommodations (Beach Cabanas &Rooms) at our ROCKSIDE CABANAS HOTEL & RESTAURANT, 2 km south of our diving centre in Mihiripenna, directly at the calm Dalawella / Mihiripenna beach where you can watch every evening the the sea turtles from our beach restaurant.

At the UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE and also at our ROCKSIDE CABANAS HOTEL & RESTAURANT we speak at least English, German, Sinhala and Tamil.

We are looking forward to welcome you at our UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, PADI 5 Star IDC Dive Resort, S-36133.

Everybody is welcome!! Diving is FUN!! Meet the Professionals!! Dive with US!!


Be sure that you enter the real UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, “The Original” since 1999, PADI IDC Dive Resort, S-36133, presented by Hans the owner and Andi the base leader (both German). Ask for Hans or Andi then you are at the right place.

You will find a sign board outside and above the entrance at the street side and a blue dolphin in our Diving Centre Logo.

See the difference!!!

The Original since 1999:

www.unawatunadiving.com , info@unawatuadiving.com

The Copy since 2012, “rebranded to Pearl Divers now”