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Unawatuna Diving Centre

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Address: Unawatuna, Galle 80600, Sri Lanka
Phone Number:
+94 91 2 244693
08:00 - 19:00
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Sun - Sat 08:00 - 19:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

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The official page for UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE, PADI 5 Star Dive Resort, Unawatuna and Sri Lanka's premier PADI Resort, S-36133, and your gateway to the excitement and adventure of the underwater world! UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE is a fully aoutorized PADI 5 Star Dive Resort located on beautiful Unawatuna Beach, in the Indian Ocean. German ownership, European managed, we conduct all levels of PADI courses from DSD through to Divemaster Level and also run snorkel tours.We teach in English and German.As the longest running and most established Diving Centre in the region we offer quality diving courses where safety and PADI standards are always paramount. We also offer fantastic accommodation or very close by at our ROCKSIDE CABANAS HOTEL & RESTAURANT. With friendly and professional staff, UNAWATUNA DIVING CENTRE guarantees you the best time both in and out of the water. At our centre we have a secure private equipment room for divers with their own equipment. All our rental equipment is new, with Scuba Pro regulators and Scuba Pro BCDs that are regularly maintained. Our tanks are filled onsite by trained staff using our Bauer compressor in a clean and designated room wit a well maintained filter system. We pride ourselves on our friendly staff who are always happy to help and answer any questions and our renewed and insured PADI Divemasters and Instructors. With over 16 dive sites all accessible within 20 minutes on one of our five dive boats and with depths ranging from 5m to 30m our beach front dive centre is the place to head to further your education or see the wonders of the underwater world for the first time.

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We sadly only had time to dive once with Pavel who was fantastic. We hadn't been diving for about 10 years and Pavel kindly gave us a quick refresher prior to going into the... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 9 December 2016
London, United Kingdom
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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 December 2016 via mobile

We sadly only had time to dive once with Pavel who was fantastic. We hadn't been diving for about 10 years and Pavel kindly gave us a quick refresher prior to going into the water. Very professional team who are passionate about what they do! Highly recommended.

Thank lucysutcliffe1
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 November 2016 via mobile

We were here for 4days and did our PADI owd and we hat really great time diving and hanging out with the team! Our instructor Gunnar was professional, explained everything very well and tought us all we need to know about diving! He was especially patient with me, because I first had some trouble getting under the water!:) but wit... More 

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Andover, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2016

Great experience doing diving for the first time. I had no diving experience and hadn't even done much snorkelling, but decided to see what they could offer. Their prices were very reasonable and we each had a guide which never let go of our hands throughout the whole experience. They took us for a short practice in shallow water and... More 

1 Thank Alex K
London, United Kingdom
2 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 April 2016 via mobile

I completed my PADI advanced open water dive course here. The team and centre are great - there is plenty of equipment which is all very well maintained. I dived with Georgi who was great. Very knowledgable and kindly explained areas when I had queries.

Thank maddysmiles22
Kuwait City, Kuwait
1 review
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 April 2016

I completed theOWD course with elearning. The course was straight forward and easy to follow. When I got to the dive centre I was met with welcoming smiles and people who were super kind and willing to review things with me. I had a great three days there getting certified and enjoyed it immensely. I would recommend UDC to anyone... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016 via mobile

Had a two tank dive with the centre and overall found them to be professional and helpful. Pickup from the hotel worked smoothly and was on time. The dive master did proper check of the groups experience and took his time in going through the dive, basic theory, buddy checks etc., which was comforting. I brought my own equipment, but... More 

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Prague, Czech Republic
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 April 2016

I can really recomend this company. We borrowed all equipment there = everything without any problem. (in contrary to Srí Lanka Diving Tours where we considered the equipment as rather dangerous and decided not to do further dives with them). They are also focused to multilanguage so the dive masters are recruited from whole world = it amazed me to... More 

Thank krotilf
Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 April 2016 via mobile

I recently booked a 2 dive day with Unawatuna Diving Centre. I turned up in the morning, filled in any extra paperwork and waited for other to arrive. I was sized up with bc, wetsuit (not needed), regs and fins. All the equipment were good brands, but very tattered and old. All up there were five of us. Three were... More 

1 Thank Andrew M
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2016

I came here to UDC purely to do my PADI Wreck Spec course and it did not disappoint. The dive shop is well setup with decent, well looked-after equipment and good albeit small boats. My instructor for the course, Andreas, was a lot of fun and extremely knowledgable about diving and instructing with diving experience from all over the World.... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2016

Dived for 3 days at the UDC with family. Not having dived for 2 years, we took a refresher before starting the first dive. For the first dive the dive master did not make us comfortable. No buddy checks done. The refresher at bottom was very brief and then he took off leaving us to chase him underwater!! Few occassions... More 

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Renate K, Inhaber at Unawatuna Diving Centre, responded to this review

Dear Kochi - Wanderer, Thank you for your review! We have discussed your review and matter with our complete team. Unfortunately after some weeks and a lot of divers without your exact name we can not identify who was your first dive master who did the refresh and the first dives with you. Thanks again for your comments. We will... More 

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