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A lively and active beach town
In a nutshell
A sunny and sandy Sri lankan beach resort.
I have just returned from a fantastic 10days being looked after by Mambo and the boys from A frame surf shop. They were well natured boys with a passion for surfing who are all creating a supportive environment for Sri Lankan Tourism.
Its true that they do know how to have a good time and put on a good party, they also know how to treat western women. And all the women i met enjoyed spending time at Mambos place. Many of Mambos boys have western wives or girlfriends so ladies, you can feel safe going here and knowing you wont be harassed or made to feel uncomfortable. Gentlemen is all you'll find.
There is usually a good mix of house, dub and sometimes regge music, great lighting and lots of energy. This place has a fantastic vibe so if you want a good night on the beach - head down to Mambos.
Cheers to Mambo and the boys and the future of Sri Lankan surf!
keep your hearts and minds open
take advice, but most of all seek for yourselves
Dress Code: beach wear
Written Sep 29, 2009
Address: 434 galle rd
These guys will have the fillings from your teeth. They are con men and shoud be avoided at all costs, by simply saying no. Sometimes this needs back up of saying it several times, but avoid them. They are constantly talking about the tsunami and how it has financially crippled them, but this is not the case, a lot of people from nations who they are trying to rip off helped them, they just want more. Dont ask the beach restaurant owners to help you, they wont tell them to go away and are just as bad. Buddes Beach Bar (added 1000rps to our bill) and Blue Note hotel (Waiter asked for operation money) are prime examples of this, with even the waiters doing the same. If you want a massage, souveniers or anything they sell, go to the shops or centres and buy there.
Along the main road they also walk as well. For example, we paid 1600rps for some Aloe Vera Oil, then 2 days later saw the exact bottle in the super market for 150rps.
You will hear stories of needing rupees for operations for their mother or children, health care is free; 1% of cases need private referrals. You will be invited for lunch at their houses, this is a trap, the kids will be coughing and looking ill and you will end up paying more than a restaurant for your meal.
Simple solution is dont start a conversation. They ask where you are from, what work you do and where you are staying. Not to be friendly, just weigh up your financial situation. Tell them you are unemployed and from Russia is some advice given to us. Once contact is made they will not leave you alone, i had 5 of them sitting on my lounger at one stage.
Keep cigarettes hidden, they just help themselves.
Unique Suggestions: Just say no to them. I said "i work hard in the UK and rarely see my girlfriend, so i want to make the most of my holiday" this reduced the harrasment to once every three days instead of three times a day.
Fun Alternatives: Find a hotel where you can use the pool, with out cost, just buying some lunch there.
Updated Aug 1, 2007
Poseidon Dive Station in Hikkaduwa is the oldest one in Sri Lanka.
The diving in the area is great, and the atmosphere in the Dive Station is one of the best I've ever encountered - the staff are all really really friendly, etc.
Equipment: You can rent your diving kit there
Written Jan 21, 2004
Address: Hikkaduwa Town