Underwater Museum in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka first underwater museum has opened 17 th June 2020 in Galle Coastal area, the capital city of Southern Province of Sri Lanka. Galle is one of the top tourist destinations of Sri Lanka. This underwater museum project has been completely carried out by Sri Lanka Naval Force under the guidance of Government of Sri Lanka. Underwater museum Sri Lanka was declared open by the Commander of Sri Lanka Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva. This underwater museum is the latest addition of the museum collection of Sri Lanka.

Underwater Museum in Sri Lanka


Purposes of the Sri Lanka Underwater Museum

  • Primary objectives of the Sri Lanka Underwater Museum are to develop the tourist attraction towards the country. Most international travel journals have been declared Sri Lanka as one of the best destinations in the world for travel. Being an island, Sri Lanka is having a great opportunity to develop maritime based tourism development.
  • Also other important objective of this underwater museum is to formation of artificial coral reef over the time while enhancing the marine life of the Galle area.

Underwater Museum in Galle Sri Lanka

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Underwater Museum Galle Sri Lanka


How deep Sri Lanka Underwater Museum ?
Underwater museum of Sri Lanka Galle located 50 Feet / 15 Meters deep sea

Where this underwater museum is located?

underwater museum Galle located close to Galle Harbor

Opening hours or when can we visit underwater museum Galle ?

This is open for public now and open 365 days. But It is not recommended to visit from May to Sep which is off-season for southern coast with rough sea. Recommended to visit Galle underwater museum from Nov 1 st to 30 April each year.

What we can see in this underwater museum or what are the Sculptures available in Sri Lanka Underwater Museum in Galle ?

All sculptures of the underwater museum in Galle were designed and sculpted by Navy sailors with the use of cement and ecofriendly material. Entire constructions work also were carried out by Sri Lanka Navy Team under direct supervision of Naval Commander of Sri Lanka. You can see different types of maritime / historical related sculptures at the underwater museum.

Fishing activities around the underwater museum in Galle Sri Lanka

No fishing activities can be performed within the underwater museum in Galle Sri Lanka.

Who is managing the underwater water museum of Sri Lanka?

This was constructed by Sri Lanka Navy but now this is open for the General public and no direct naval administration is involved. But make sure that you must access this area with a registered boating company or diving school since this area is high security zone which is under Southern Naval Command of Sri Lanka Navy.

How to visit underwater museum in Galle?

This museum is located under 15 Meters deep sea and you must be properly trained by a recognize diving school to visit the under-water museum and must be a PADI Open Water license holder.

What is the PADI License ?

PADI stand for “Professional Association of Diving Instructors”. PADI courses are performance based diving training courses and at the introductory level focus more practical knowledge, safety and motor skills. The basics of diving physics and physiology are introduced during entry level programs.

What is the type of PADI License required to visit underwater museum?

This museum is located 15 meters deep and you must be obtained “PADI Open Water License” to visit the underwater museum.

Can we visit the museum after Discover Scuba Diving course ?

No, DSD or Discover Scuba Diving course covers maximum depth of 12 Meters and this museum need 15 – 20 Meters dive which PADI Open Water License is required.

How many days need to obtain PADI Open Water License ?

3 – 4 days required for training

Is Ceylon Expeditions provide Underwater museum diving package?

Yes, we offer during season from Nov to April each year. Contact Ceylon Expeditions Travels.

What are the other types of diving courses available ?

COURSES Depth & Sessions
Discover Scuba Diving (2 hour) One 2 meter dive + one 12 meter dive
Discover Scuba Diving (1 day) One 2 meter dive + two 12 meter dives
PADI Scuba Review 1 review dive
PADI Scuba Diver 2-3 days/2 dives max depth 12 meter
PADI Open Water 3-5 days/ 4 dives max depth 18 meter
PADI Advanced Open Water 2 days/ 5 days max depth 30 meter
PADI Rescue Diver 3 days
Emergency First Response 1 day / First aid and CPR

How much is the entrance fees of the underwater museum of Galle Sri Lanka?

No entrance fees and its free but you need to pay for the diving center charges.

If I have PADI Licenses, can I get equipment / boat & assistance from Ceylon

Yes we do provide. Contact Ceylon Expeditions Travels

Can Ceylon Expeditions arrange Photo or video shoot for underwater museum visit?

Yes we arrange underwater photography session. 10 USD per dive will be charged.

Can I get printed photos on site ?

No, we issue only softcopies of photos

How much charge
 by dividing centers for beginners & PADI License holders?

Charges may vary from one diving school to another.

Can beginners visit underwater museum within a day?

No. 3 days require to obtain PADI Open Water License

Can we hire a boat from Hikkaduwa and visit underwater museum?

Yes you can access the sea but you must be PADI licensee holder

Can we book Underwater package through Ceylon Expeditions for December?

Yes can be booked. Contact Ceylon Expeditions

Contact email [email protected] or call our general Hotline +94 717 88 44 99

Is Ceylon Expeditions provide underwater museum packages with diving facility for

Yes we do provide underwater museum package for both PADI licensee holders and beginners.

What are the documents require for diving in Galle underwater museum through

Ceylon Expeditions?
Answer for all foreigners – If you are on a round tour with Ceylon Expeditions, most of the important documents we receive before your arrival including travel insurance etc. Apart from your travel insurance, you need to submit PADI license copy and signed wave-off document of Ceylon Expeditions.

For all foreign beginners – PADI Open Water License to be obtained after 3 days training session.

Any live specimen can I see except statues in underwater museum in Galle?

Yes you can see many underwater flora & fauna species

Can I visit this museum but I can’t diving?

No, you must train and dive.

Can I see fish and coral reef ?

You can see many species of fish, but coral reefs have not been developed yet in this area

What is minimum ages or what is the approved age limits for diving to underwater

museum in Galle?
Above 11 Years

Any group packages for Sri Lankan local people ?

All visitors including both locals & foreigners should have PADI license or need to train through registered diving school before visit underwater museum in Galle.

How to get the location of the underwater museum?

You need to come on a boat with required diving equipment’s through any registered boat company located in Galle / Hikkaduwa Unawatuna areas.

Can arrange for pickup from Colombo and drop ?

Yes possible, contact Ceylon Expeditions Travels

Can we purchase only underwater museum package only from Ceylon Expeditions?

Yes you can purchase this package separately. Contact our adventure expert through

Ceylon Expeditions Sri Lanka Office

No. 8 2/1, Rodney Street,
Cotta Road,
Colombo 08,
Sri Lanka
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