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Samitha Fernando the founder of KDC moved to Kalpitiya with his father and since then, for the past 26 years he has been diving and exploring the underwater world in the region. He has over 12,000 dives under his belt and back in 2002 he established a small recreational diving operation under the name “Kalpitiya Diving Centre”, which was the first to take recreational divers below the surface, even before tourism took root in Kalpitiya.

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Based on 237 reviews.
Dasuni S
Dasuni S
2021-02-21
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Happy Bubbles As a famous kite surfing spot in Sri Lanka, Kalpitiya will also surprise you with some fancy diving spots. We managed to go only to a couple of them during our honeymoon but it was pretty amazing. A rare glimpse of an old seasoned turtle (largest we’ve seen so far), an octopus and a few other butterfly fish and angel fish varieties in huge numbers are just some we managed to see. My personal favorite was the unicorn fish which gets its name from the most obvious uni-cone obviously. Been a rookie diver it still amazes me whenever we go underwater. It’s a whole new world that is like a sweet sweet escape from all the unwanted drama above water even for a little while. ???????????? We stayed there for 2 nights and Sam in Kalpitiya Diving Centre was very much helpful in everything we wanted. We even stayed at one of their humble huts with a simple bed and a clean bathroom (which is what every girl looks for ????). They provided all 3 meals during our stay and simply thinking about it is quite mouth watering. We had our first experience eating lobsters and Sam even agreed to send some for us to try at home. Sam is an amazing host who catered all our needs and we enjoyed our stay to the fullest.
Thushara K
Thushara K
2021-02-15
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An amazing experience! Highly reccomend diving with these guys. Sam is an excellent diver and whether you're new to the scene or an experienced diver, you could probably learn new things from him and since he's been diving since the age of 13, you are in extremely safe hands. Will definitely dive with KDC again. Thank you sam❤️
Jeff Hunt
Jeff Hunt
2020-12-31
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Great Sam is the best. Diving with him was some of my best diving ever. All I think about is going back. The hut that I stayed in was a wonderful experience. His wife cooks the best meals. They are very nice people. And I don’t think I have been driving with a more experienced guide ever. He took a lot of pictures and then he sent them to my Facebook page. I still look at them all the time and I am amazed at all the sea life.
felix p
felix p
2020-10-04
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Best diving center and best MSDT instructor. Today i finished my PADI open water course with MSDT instructor samith fernando.he is very good instructor for diving. He teach me how dive correctly. I think best place to joint with kalpitiya diving center that any persons who wish to cover diving courses or fun diving. samith aiya i wish best of luck for you.
makas
makas
2020-10-04
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Best place to dive with kalpitiya diving center Samith fernando is very good teacher for diving .he is very closer for student.i think best place to diving and best diving teacher is kalpitiya diving center and samith fernando...best of luck samith fernando
Avish Jayay
Avish Jayay
2020-09-28
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Looking for a dive centre? Look no further!!! I heard about KDC from a friend of mine and wanted to get myself a PADI open water diving license from there. To be honest it was like a dream come true and the three days i spent there was just another unforgettable experience. To be honest my instructor Samitha Fernando (aka SAM aiya) was probably one of the best instructors I've met so far. His friendly attitude and careful teaching is simply unique. It is a real privilege to have been trained under him, someone who's got enough and more experience underwater. Descending to 18m was just peanuts because Sam aiya was next to me. And i have to thank buddika aiya as well for being behind us throughout my entire training. Words cannot simply express how much i enjoyed and learnt from that three days i spent. If you're reading this post looking for a dive centre to get your PADI licence, then my friend, look no further because for me the best Diving centre and the best dive trainers are here at Kalpitiya Diving Centre and i thank and wish KDC and all their staff all the very best for the future ♥ ???? ♥ ???? ???? ???? ????
Joesboy D
Joesboy D
2020-08-15
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Best dive instructor and dive resort in srilanka. I did my open water course with Sam Fernando at kalpitiya diving center.they are running two season ,north western province and east coast. I really happy with Sam. Sam is very good teacher,he teach very well.i feel first day panic.sam is helpful person.he give push my all course.thank you again Sam.i did my course in trincomalee. Happy bubbles.
BorisL
BorisL
2020-08-13
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Amazing dive center: professional, friendly, and a lot of personal attention. Amazing dive center. Sam is a great diver who is very knowledgeable and professional, as well an allround good guy. Had a beautiful dive with lots of fish, huge rays, nudi branches and other awesome marine dwellers. Would highly recommend this diving center: professional, friendly, and a lot of personal attention.
Ashani_H
Ashani_H
2020-03-21
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PADI Open water course I completed my PADI open water diving course at Kalpitiya diving center and it was an unforgettable experience. I'm truly thankful for my instructor Sam, for his amazing dedication and patience. He is very well experienced and trained, and takes full responsibility at every cost. His immense guidance and support given throughout the days are truly appreciated. He makes sure you are always safe, you are well trained to handle an emergency situation, you are well trained to go for a safe dive and enjoy it to the max. He is always concerned about the health condition of every diver and he makes sure everyone is perfectly safe. I felt very safe and confident to do the course with him, and his encouragement and patience was truly amazing, Thank you very much. The location is very peaceful to hang around, food and accommodation were amazing. I highly recommend this place for any fun diver or anyone who wants to get their PADI.
Alex P
Alex P
2020-03-21
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Nice diving center Had two really good dives with Sam. The equipment was in really good condition. Always felt safe. It was really nice that it was just Sam, me and another aow while diving. There was no one else at the dive sites. Sam takes his cam to the dives and shares the pictures afterwards with you, which is really nice. We saw large schools of fish and also some makro sightenings. And Sam's dog is super cut and impressing. He is swimming behind the boat every day when it is leaving hoping that he can come with us out into the sea.