Just southeast of Galle and northwest of Unawatuna on the southwest coast of Sri Lanka, the snorkeling at Jungle Beach is popular due to the secluded cove. There is a reef located about 30 feet offshore of this protected cove. The reef may seem dead, but there are many small reef fish and plenty of sea turtles.
The Jungle Beach snorkeling cove is only about a 30 minute walk from the bus stop in Unawatuna. While most people do the scenic walk, you can rent a scooter in Unawatuna. Also, there are plenty of tuk-tuk drivers, but negotiate the rate first. If you walk, make sure not to talk to any of the people along the way to avoid con-artists known to frequent the route.
When walking from Unawatuna to Jungle Beach, start walking northwest on Wella Dewalaya Road. Then, turn right on the next paved road called Yaddehimulla Road (if you see Hot Rock Restaurant you’ve gone too far on Wella Dewalaya Road). The walk along Yaddehimulla Road passes through a residential area. There are printed and man made signs guiding the way. The paved road transitions to a jungle path which even crosses a creek. Look for the Jungle Beach sign on the right leading to the cove and beach restaurant.
To avoid monsoon season, the best time of year for Jungle Beach snorkeling is November to April.
To reach the snorkeling in Sri Lanka by air, fly into Bandaranaike International Airport (CMB), which is also known as Colombo International Airport or Katunayake International Airport. It is located in the middle of the western coast.
Overall, Jungle Beach is the 8th most popular snorkel dive spot of all 8 snorkeling dives in Sri Lanka.