2-night east coast itinerary
6-night south coast itinerary
The Ocean Diamond 27
The luxe cruising catamaran Ocean Diamond 27 was launched in early 2020 and is one of the most modern boats sailing along Sri Lanka’s coast. She has three decks, features 10 en suite cabins and has a capacity of just 24 guests. The style on board is minimalist luxury. Think crisp white décor, clean lines, fresh foliage, splashes of coastal blue and picture windows in the public spaces; nothing should detract you from the beauty of Sri Lanka’s coastline.
Out on the open decks there are comfortable spots to laze around between swimming stops and overnight anchorages including day beds, shaded cabanas and al-fresco sofas. On the main deck there’s a cool and calming dining room where all your meals are served. The onboard chef and his team will create flavoursome Euro-Asian cuisine as well as a selection of fresh and healthy dishes throughout your trip. Eight of the Ocean Diamond’s air-conditioned cabins feature a double or twin beds and are located on the main deck. They also each have a private balcony. The further two cabins are on the lower deck, have porthole windows and can accommodate three guests.
The waters of the Indian Ocean are incredibly inviting so it’s quite likely that you’ll want to spend some time out exploring on and below the waves. There’s plenty of sports equipment onboard including canoes, stand-up paddleboards, snorkelling masks and flippers and an inflatable pontoon. There are two tenders which will whisk you too and from the shore so you can enjoy wandering along untouched beaches and visiting local communities over on dry land.
There’s plenty of technical features onboard Ocean Diamond 27 but our favourite are the solar panels up on the top deck which provide much of the power for the catamaran. This (along with the main sail that’s used for propulsion when the conditions are right) make the boat as environmentally friendly as possible. The founders of Sail Lanka, the operators of Ocean Diamond, also place a strong emphasis on socially responsible tourism. As part of a movement to build a brighter future for the island’s young people, the boat was built in Sri Lanka by Sri Lankans using locally-sourced materials, and all of the 10-man crew are hired from island communities.
What to expect
3-day east coast sailing
Day 1 Trincomalee Board at 4pm in Trincomalee’s harbour sail out into Koddiyar Bay and around to Back Bay where the boat will be anchored overnight. Enjoy dinner with a backdrop of the hilltop Koneswarem Temple.
Day 2 Sallitivu You can start the day off with a spot of snorkelling, swimming or paddleboarding before sitting down to breakfast. You’ll then be on the move in search of breaching whales and pods of dolphins as you sail south towards Sallitivu Island, the overnight stop.
Day 3 Trincomalee After some morning kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding or swimming, head back north to Trincomalee.
6-night south coast sailing Day 1 Mirissa Board the Ocean Diamond 27 at 2pm and depart the harbour for the journey westwards towards Galle’s Jungle Bay. On arrival you can take the tender boat over to the shore and explore the beautiful city of Galle, one of Sri Lanka’s cultural gems. Wander the jumble of streets inside the fort and pop into shops, cafés or one of the museums. The boat will be anchored in Jungle Bay overnight.
Day 2 Beruwela Anchor up will be early this morning as you continue along the island’s south east coast towards the charming town of Beruwela. There’ll be some time to enjoy the watersports equipment before heading to the overnight spot which is located on Barberyn Island.
Day 3 Talalla The first leg of today’s journey will take us to the southern-most point of Sri Lanka – Dondra. Throughout the day, keep an eye out for turtles, dolphins and whales; if you’re lucky you may even see the largest animal on Earth – the blue whale – which can grow to almost 30 metres in length. Your anchorage this evening will be off the unspoilt Talalla Beach.
Day 4 Kalametiya The morning will be spent sailing east along the coast. On the way, there’ll be the option to visit the traditional fishing village at Mawella Beach or to make the most of the watersports equipment. On arrival in Kalametiya, you could go ashore to explore the village or just relax before dinner.
Day 5 Kirinda The journey eastwards continues at 6am. While you don’t need to be awake for anchor up, we recommend getting up early enough to see the Hummanaya Blow Hole which you’ll pass around 7.30am. Following lunch and a stop in Hambantota harbour, sail onwards to Kirinda for a swim and dinner.
Day 6 Mawella Spend this morning relaxing on board or swimming off the boat before heading back west. Set off from Kirinda for tonight’s anchorage spot, the sweeping Mawella Bay, where you’ll be able to have a pre-dinner swim.
Day 7 Mirissa The final leg of the voyage begins early this morning as you set sail for Mirissa. There’ll be another chance to spot some marine wildlife before reaching the harbour in the early afternoon.
The sailing season along the south coast is November to April while the east coast season runs from May to October.
Tailor made cruises
These sailing trips can easily be added to a land-based holiday at one of our featured hotels or resorts. Speak to your Personal Travel Expert to find out more.