Sri Lanka is in the process of developing underwater museums to promote tourist attraction towards the country.
Most international travel journals have been declared Sri Lanka as one of the best destinations in the world for travel. Being an island, Sri Lanka is having a great opportunity to develop maritime-based tourism development.
Also other important objective of underwater museums is to the formation of artificial coral reef over time while enhancing the marine life of the area.
Sri Lanka’s second underwater museum was declared open on Friday (10), of the Sandy Bay beach in Trincomalee by Commander of the Navy, Vice Admiral Piyal De Silva.
The island’s first ever underwater museum was constructed earlier this year in the Galle Harbour.
This second underwater museum was built off the Sandy Bay beach under the close supervision of the Commander of the Navy and the construction work was carried out utilizing the manpower of the Sri Lanka Navy, and the museum is located off the Sandy Bay beach area which catches the attraction of both local and foreign tourists.
All the statues placed here have been handmade by naval personnel and these unique sculptures have been produced from concrete and eco-friendly materials.
The site will promote the formation of corals which will be an added beauty to the site with the passage of time.
The whole underwater story has been set at a depth of around 60ft within an area of 150ft length and 85ft width, closer to Sandy Bay beach area providing a unique sightseeing experience for anyone who swim or dive in this area.
The main aim of this project is to promote the regeneration of corals and fish breeding.
The fishery community is advised not to engage in fishing at this site during the initial stage, as once fish breeding to take place the fishers could reap its maximum benefits in the future, said the Sri Lanka Navy.
Further, another underwater museum of this nature is planned to be constructed in Tangalle area in the future.