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A quiet and small beach good for chilling out and snorkeling

We were to Polhena beach because we heard that there the sea is calm and the water is not deep so... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
Ciprian A
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Mirissa, Sri Lanka
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went to polhena beach with the family

we went to polhena beach matara with my family, nice beach nice location, very sunny beach, mostly... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Harshana J
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Galle, Sri Lanka
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We were to Polhena beach because we heard that there the sea is calm and the water is not deep so it's good for snorkeling. And that proved to be true.  However the beach is small and you don't find many facilities like in bigger...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Ciprian A
Reviewed 1 week ago

I and my son had a rewarding kayaking experience to an island in the Indian ocean. The uninhabited island was rich with exotic fish and crustacians. Also ruins of an ancient Pagoda was seen.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

we went to polhena beach matara with my family, nice beach nice location, very sunny beach, mostly this is crowded and very famous among the local people, also diving and watch sea turtles also available, can drive to the beach directly and vey near to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Harshana J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Polhena beach was in uncleanest place in Sri Lanka we have seen. There was enomous amount of litter everywhere. Also far too much people and cars in the beach. Locals have parked their cars ca 2 meters from water. We did not see any other...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Marju S
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Lovely beach which seems to be really popular with locals. The water is calm so it was great for younger kids and it's really pretty. There is a small shop to get some cool drinks from. The only downside is that there is not much...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ClintSpeed
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The main Polhena beach is really crowded. But the Polhena Bay Resort offers a very small but a much calmer beach. You must definitely take the snorkelling tour with Nirosh (0775481252). He has 29 years experience and very sharp eyes. Although the corals are unfortunately...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed November 25, 2018

use to go to this beach every time we visit Matara. The beach is full of crowd in the week ends. Free access to the lovely beach. not deep at all.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank lakshansilva
Reviewed November 15, 2018

This is quite a crowded beach for the locals, and I was not very comfortable in my swimsuit there. Don't go too far into the sea because the currents can take you away!

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Huette94
Reviewed November 5, 2018

I saw turtles from the shore and up close when I was snorkelling! I stayed at Polhena Bay Resort which was right on the beach and they have the equipment available for customers.

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank traveltheworld2019
Reviewed October 24, 2018

I had such a great time snorkeling, I saw three turtles, a couple Mantra (tiny sting ray looking fish and many tropical fish). i went in October 2018, and the sea was pretty clear. i rented my snorkeling gear from Aja Snorkeling center. (green turtle...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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