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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Beach
“The beach of Hikkaduwa is situated 98 km from Colombo towards the south of Sri Lanka. This fun coastal town, 14 km away from Galle was the first (1960’s) of Sri Lanka’s beautiful beaches to be discovered by tourists. Snorkelling and diving in the clear waters are a major past-time along this stretch and is the most environmentally friendly way to see the colourful fish that dart around. The coral sanctuary found along the coast of Hikkaduwa is a large shallow body of water enclosed by a reef, decorated with layers of multi coloured corals, and is home to countless numbers of vibrantly coloured fish. Off the beach there is a collection of small islets surrounded by beautiful coral formations. Many species of fish and large turtles are found here. There are more than four different shipwrecks for diving enthusiasts to explore along with dive shops offering PADI courses and equipment. With plenty of beachfront accommodation and a reputation as the second best surf spot in Sri Lanka, the reason why so many visit Hikkaduwa is blatantly clear. The resort area has now engulfed two or three villages south of it, and is now a 4km strip of hotels, shops, bars, restaurants and guesthouses. The beaches are lovely and wide and swimming is safe here, though the currents are stronger when it comes to the south of Hikkaduwa. The impressive coral reef runs just offshore and is still populated by exotic fish and sea turtles. Glass bottomed boats are available for visitors wanting to admire the wonders of the deep while keeping their feet dry! After a short distance southwards from the centre of the reef, it diminishes and starts a wider sandy bottomed beach with good waves ideal for board surfing and body surfing.”
  • 24 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
“There is also an off-licence here for beer, wine, spirits (closed on Full Moon)”
  • 10 locals recommend
Lodging
“Possibly the best party night of the week, frequented by party people of all ages young and a lot less young, but not for children. It attracts late night revellers from Colombo the capital city. Friday is their party night (free entry) with music, live drumming band, open air dance floor & bar. Arrive late & leave well after midnight (we have been there until sunrise!). Located road side on the main beach Galle Road. Expect crowds in high season, fire eaters, laser lights. Kebab stall & a table tennis area if you need a short break from dancing & drinking. Friendly atmosphere with tourists happy to chat and get to know one another. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Well , what can I say ... as lovely as ever ... staff as good and helpful as ever .. good food and chilled atmosphere.. good priced rooms etc. .. but the Mambo's party bar next door kept us awake all night with thumping headbanging "music" and didn't stop until 5.30 in the morning .. so unless you join the party or don't mind staying awake alt night I suggest you don't stay there for the night ... but although it's gone a bit busier in day time it's still a good spot to hang out and enjoy ... good chilled music generally ... if you want a bit more quiet beach walk a hundred yards further south ... Lovely and quiet there”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
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“Right on the beach, best for sundowners whilst watching amazing sun set and incredible surfers - whilst chilling with cool music!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
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“Excellent fish restaurant on the beach. The service is excellent and the menu also caters for western foods like pizzas and burgers.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“I think this is one of the best restaurents in Hikkaduwa, is has good atmosphere, service and food. ”
  • 7 locals recommend
Beach
“In the high-season (October-April) this is the place to surf, bodyboard and relax.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stylish beach bar day and night. A lovely beach spot and great for sunset cocktails. Cool chilled out vibe and staff! Good music and a it's own party night, reminiscent of Ibiza in its infancy.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“outside guests can pay to use the pool, and you can see large sea turtles at the beach in front”
  • 4 locals recommend
Cafe
“Only open in the peak season, this has the best coffee, breakfast and lunch you could ask for! Get there early. This place packs out.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The oldest beach bar in Hikkaduwa, catering to the inner Hippy in us all! It always plays great music, and is frequented year on year by an eclectic group of traveling dreamers, musicians and "philosophers" from all walks of life and different part of the world. Graffiti artwork painted walls, and a character building toilet - get loo roll from behind the bar! Busy from sunset until around midnight, or the last customer drinks up. Occasional live bands or someone painting a poem on the wall. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“This is also a popular spot for sunset beers and the place you are most likely to meet Western expats living in Hikkaduwa all year round!”
  • 2 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gorgeous location on the lagoon-arrive before sunset for drinks and stay on to enjoy the handmade authentic Italian food. Very romantic!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Lodging
“Refresh is a long time favorite with an amazing ocean view. They have a huge variety of foods, from curries to pizza or a burger, they are consistently good. The local seafood is amazing and the staff is top notch. ”
  • 5 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Restaurant
“Well , what can I say ... as lovely as ever ... staff as good and helpful as ever .. good food and chilled atmosphere.. good priced rooms etc. .. but the Mambo's party bar next door kept us awake all night with thumping headbanging "music" and didn't stop until 5.30 in the morning .. so unless you join the party or don't mind staying awake alt night I suggest you don't stay there for the night ... but although it's gone a bit busier in day time it's still a good spot to hang out and enjoy ... good chilled music generally ... if you want a bit more quiet beach walk a hundred yards further south ... Lovely and quiet there”
  • 8 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Excellent fish restaurant on the beach. The service is excellent and the menu also caters for western foods like pizzas and burgers.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Stylish beach bar day and night. A lovely beach spot and great for sunset cocktails. Cool chilled out vibe and staff! Good music and a it's own party night, reminiscent of Ibiza in its infancy.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“The oldest beach bar in Hikkaduwa, catering to the inner Hippy in us all! It always plays great music, and is frequented year on year by an eclectic group of traveling dreamers, musicians and "philosophers" from all walks of life and different part of the world. Graffiti artwork painted walls, and a character building toilet - get loo roll from behind the bar! Busy from sunset until around midnight, or the last customer drinks up. Occasional live bands or someone painting a poem on the wall. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Gorgeous location on the lagoon-arrive before sunset for drinks and stay on to enjoy the handmade authentic Italian food. Very romantic!”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
  • 1 local recommends
Restaurant
“A popular beachside bar and nightclub. Saturday night is their party night with international and local DJs. It is the focus of a lot of daytime surfer activity.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Seafood Restaurant
“Amazing place and delicious foods. You can have considerably cheap foods for a whole family. This is highly recommended for any foreigner who is craving to have sea foods from srilanka. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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