lundi 2 juin 2014

NE-49. Pigeon Islands (Two islands plus an islet)

Pigeon Islands
Two islands plus an islet

Eastern Trincomalee Kuchaveli
Lattitude:  8°43′20″N
Longitude:  81°12′15″E
Total surface: 0.01 km2

The three Pigeon islands, image google Earth
Located medium East of Sri Lanka, the small oval islet is about 1300 m from the mainland and measures approximatively 80 m at its widest. The two other linked islands are at about 2000 m of mainland and measure together 500 m wide. The three islands are uninhabited; all are included in one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka.

If you want to scuba dive in exotic ocean waters or sun-bathe on palm fringed beaches, Trincomalee is the place to be. Fringed by a coral reef and 1km off Nilaveli beach in Trincomalee is Pigeon Island, one of the two marine national parks of Sri Lanka.
The reason that makes pigeon island National Park unique, is that it harbours a colony of the most beautiful blue rock pigeons.
The national park also contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Many of the 100 species of corals and 300 coral reef fishes recorded around Trincomalee area are found in the national park. Juvenile and adult black-tip reef shark are seen around the shallow coral areas whilst, hawksbill turtle, green turtle and olive ridley are the visiting sea turtles of the coral reef. This adventurous yet breathtaking tour of the Island´s National Park should undoubtedly be a highlight in your itinerary.

Recommended review time for sightseeing: 3 h

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