The first area to be developed fro tourism , this is still one of the most popular of the beach resorts . Hikkaduwa is famous for its coral and sub topical fish .The reef ,which runs parallel to the shore and is only a few meters below the water, can be investigated with snorkel and flippers , or in a glass –bottomed boat. There are several wrecks in the area which offer interesting dives .Scuba equipment and the services of licensed instructors are on hire from PADI centers. A little further down the coast , there is a good surf for board or body –surfing . There is generally a community of international surfers in and around Hikkaduwa .