less than 5km’s southward around the coast of
Galle, is a beach resort waiting to happen. This 4km
sweep of palm-fringed sand - said by some to rank amongst
the twelve best beaches in the world - would no doubt
already have gone the way of Beruwala, Bentota and Hikkaduwa.
As it is, Unawatuna, even though no longer the well-kept
secret of a handful of die-hard backpackers and divers,
is still far from being over-developed. Attractions
include sheltered waters for swimming, and an accessible,
reasonably well-preserved coral reef for snorkeling.
For scuba divers, there are several wreck dives only
20-30 minutes away from the beach by boat.