Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka, April 12 2010
Heading to Galle from Kalutara, we stopped at Hikkaduwa for a cool drink and a short trip out to the reef by glass-bottomed boat.
This takes only a couple of minutes, and once there, we could see the reef in the glass beneath our feet, with lots of small fish darting about in the turbulent water. Our boatman gave us some dry bread, which we threw in the sea to bring the fish to the surface.
Suddenly we saw, feeding over the reef right next to us, a large sea turtle of some sort (at 1 minute in), which was lovely to see, having just come from a turtle sanctuary where we'd held tiny little hatchlings in our hands.
Although the boat was organised and paid for by our guide, it is customary to tip the boatman 100 rupees.
Music: Sri Lankan Drum by malakadew