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International Diving School

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Address: Coral Sands Hotel, Hikkaduwa, Hikkaduwa 80240, Sri Lanka
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+94 71 725 1024
09:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 09:00 - 17:00

International Diving School, the premier diving school in Sri Lanka offers...

International Diving School, the premier diving school in Sri Lanka offers diving experiences and certification at its centers in Hikkaduwa and Trincomalee.

October to April - Hikkaduwa (Diving Only)

May to September - Trincomalee (Diving & Water Sports)

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I can highly recommend this diving school! Here, I started diving with the open water course. It was very easy to learn, because the stuff and my instructor were patient, helpful... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I can highly recommend this diving school! Here, I started diving with the open water course. It was very easy to learn, because the stuff and my instructor were patient, helpful and responsible that I felt always safe under water. The equipment was also in good condition and clean. I did some further dives and its always fun and even... More 

Thank ali0nt0ur
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Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Me and a friend did our first dive here and it was great! We had a lot of fun doing the "PADI open water diver" and also enjoyed just hanging around at the dive center, chatting with the people and joining a boat tour. When we returned to hikkaduwa we could not resist going for another dive here. The staff... More 

Thank XlubiX
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Paid for a boat to the island and guide only to wait thirty minutes for the guide to tell us he's really sorry but all the boat drivers are drunk (it was 3pm on a Monday!). We ended up trying to snorkel nearby but visibility and waves made it awful. After ten minutes we returned our gear, didn't get money... More 

Thank Shlomit H
Somadasa D, Manager at International Diving School, responded to this review

Firstly thank you for taking time to write a review for us. First of all, we told you that the island snorkeling tours are made via the Wildlife Department of Sri Lanka, not by us. There is no connection with those boat drivers with us. But it was our responsibility that if you arrange that tour with them via us,... More 

Colombo, Sri Lanka
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4 reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Did two dives with them and the facilities are really good. Good briefings and the dive guides are very good and friendly. Looks in to all the safety aspects. Highly recommend them for diving in Hikkaduwa area.

Thank Chanaka M
Kiev, Ukraine
1 review
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Due to IDS and its great team I received my AOWD PADI certificate. Sachin is my favorite instructor, top-level professional, positive, friendly. Every exercise with him was a small adventure. I am very grateful to the team for their care, kindness and quality service! Wish IDS sunny day, good weather and smart pupils :)

Thank Aleka K
Lomma, Sweden
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I did my PADI open water at IDS with Sachin as divemaster. Sachin is calm and professional with a smile. The IDS team help out and make everything run smooth. I chose IDS after some comparing reviews with other diving companies in Hikkaduwa and after I visited IDS on site. I got a professional, fun and agile feel about IDS... More 

Thank Marcus N
Sydney, Australia
1 review
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I did a 10 dive package with these guys and had a fantastic experience. Still a relatively new diver (25 dives), I found all the dive masters and staff very friendly, accomodating and safe. Had no troubles with the gear at all, and the boat and driver were fantastic. They always made a genuine effort to choose the best dive... More 

Thank EdwardGeoffrey
Chennai (Madras), India
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2 reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The instructors were very friendly and helped us with the basics of Scuba (as few of us were first timers). The dive went on well - enjoyed the coral views. Visibility was little less. Would recommend early morning dives for tourists planning a dive in Hikkaduwa. Post our dive, we had lunch and a friendly cricket match with the Scuba... More 

Thank Rameez R
Greater London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Very well trained and accommodating instructors. Really made my first dive a beautiful experience, would highly recommend to all. Would like to than Ishara, and the rest of the team for making me feel safe and for being so kind and patient. Will be diving with you guys soon!!

Thank Katerina F
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Situated just past the beach area which can be accessed from the main beach or if driving you can enter from the hotel. The equipment was in general good condition. All staff were friendly and helpful. No NITROX available. The boat was a decent size but no toilet. A 2x tank dive will cost you $70. T-shirts are $10 Briefings... More 

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