• Lagoon Fishing in Negombo

Lagoon Fishing in Negombo

Quick Facts

  • Availability : throughout the year.
    arrival and departure transport from any location could be arranged on request at an additional cost.
  • Start time : 8.30 a.m. (a suggested time as exploring Negombo is a 5 to 6 hour programme which can be cut short to suit your travel plans).
    Safety briefing and orientation will be done prior to the excursion.
  • You will be picked up from any city hotel in and around Negombo.


Why should you book this trip?

  • Close proximity to the Bandaranaike International Airport (15 kilometres), makes it easy to

  • add lagoon fishing in Negombo to your bucket list – either at the start or end of your stay in Sri Lanka.

  • The great stretches of beach and colonial sites are additional “things to do in Negombo”.

  • Within short distances, you can enjoy the tour getting about in a tuk tuk.

  • You can sail in a catamaran with local fishermen and experience traditional ways of lagoon fishing.

  • Visit the well known ‘Lellama’ fish market and buy fish of your choice and enjoy lunch with your catch/fish bought at ‘Lellama’ which will be prepared at a a reputed restaurant.

  • You will be able to explore the famous Negombo Lagoon where varieties of crabs, lobsters and fish are aplenty.

  • You will get to observe the lifestyle of the local fishing community people making their livelihood in fisheries, working collectively and individually.

  • Enjoy experiencing the coastal belt Negombo alongside her lagoon wetland with a unique biodiversity of fauna and flora.

  • An experienced and knowledgeable local guide will be with you for the entirety of the tour.


Included in the price

  • Lifejackets and all necessary equipment for boat rides and fishing

  • Boats/catamarans charges

  • Tuk tuk charges

  • Well experienced local guide to accompany and assist

  • Special seafood lunch

  • Water and snacks

  • All applicable Government taxes

  • All Government and other stakeholder approvals



  • Transportation to and from starting point

  • Extra food and beverages consumed

  • Any tips to the staff


Tour in brief

  • Starts with a thrilling catamaran ride into the Indian Ocean and watching traditional ways of fishing and experimenting with lagoon fishing.
  • This will be followed by a visit to the busy Negombo fish market called the ‘Lellama’ located close to the Dutch Fort. Take in the vibrant community singing, shouting and getting on with business which starts from around 3.00 a.m., and indulge in buying your own selection of fish - to add to the lunch seafood platter.
  • Come lunchtime, you will be taken to a restaurant where you can either watch the chef prepare the seafood platter for you or you can join him in cooking the fish yourself.
  • Your city visit will be done during this time as well.
  • After a sumptuous lunch, you will set off for a boat ride in the Negombo Lagoon, which is a labyrinth of rivers and a canal system. The lagoon has an expansive mangrove swamp with its inhabitants of water birds such as herons, terns, cormorants and shorebirds.
  • Transfers in between sites are done in a tuk-tuk giving you the chance to see and interact with the local communities.



  • Personal effects for warm, windy, rainy conditions should be carried.

  • Sunscreen lotion and insect repellant are recommended items to carry.


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Hotline : (+94) 70 222 8 222
Office Address : 20/63, Fairfield Garden, Colombo 08, Sri Lanka


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