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HIGHLIGHTS

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.

CRUISE INFORMATION

What to expect

DAY-BY-DAY ITINERARIES

1-night/2-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 Start the day off with a spot dolphin and whale watching. Later in the morning you will return to Dutch Bay where you can take part in a number of water activities such as snorkelling. Disembark at 1pm.

2-night/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.

1-night/2-day south coast sailing
Day 1 Mirissa to Weligama Bay Board at 4pm at Mirissa Fisheries harbour and enjoy some evening water activities such as snorkelling and paddleboarding off the coast of Snake Island. Later, sail to Weligama Bay, the yacht's overnight anchoring spot.

Day 2 Weligama Bay to Mirissa Start the day off with a spot dolphin and whale watching off the coast of Dondra Bay. Following another opportunity to take part in some water activities, lunch will be served. You will then disembark back in Mirissa at 1pm.

2-night/3-day south coast itinerary
Day 1 Mirissa to Weligama Bay Board at 4pm at Mirissa Fisheries harbour and enjoy some evening water activities such as snorkelling and paddleboarding off the coast of Snake Island. Later, sail to Weligama Bay, the yacht's overnight anchoring spot.

Day 2 Weligama Bay to Jungle Beach, Galle Start the day off with a spot dolphin and whale watching off the coast of Dondra Bay. Following another opportunity to take part in some water activities, lunch will be served. This afternoon, you will sail westwards towards Jungle Beach, a beautiful bay near the city of Galle. There will be time for more water activities before dinner.

Day 3 Jungle Beach, Galle to Mirissa Begin the journey back to Mirissa following a tasty breakfast on board. Enjoy some more swimming, snorkelling and paddle boarding in Weligama Bay before diembarking at 1pm.

DATES AND INCLUSIONS

Cruise dates

The sailing season along the south coast is November to April while the east coast season runs from May to October.

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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.