The Arugam Bay sea safari is a community-based ecotourism, owned and operative by the Arugam Bay deep sea fishermen’s cooperative society (Reg. No.KAL 667). Society was established in 1992 to represent Muslim sea fishermen in arugam bay at the local and district level. The Society also operates a saving and credit programme through which money contributed by members, individual’s saving and in come to the Society (such as from the arugam bay sea safari) is used to provide loans to society members.
The Arugam Bay sea safari was designed and developed by the society in collaboration with sewalanka foundation, a national, non governmental organization which works to support marginalized communities throughout Sri Lanka.
The ‘idea’ to set up the Arugam Bay sea safari was originally suggested by raheem the owner of this hotel following the successful promotion of the pottuvil lagoon ecotourism; another community-based eco tour. As a result of raheem’s enthusiasm, the deep sea fishermen’s cooperative society and sewalanka foundation support of both community based ecotourism remains an important feature of their continuing success.
Fishing and watch dolphins
Cost per person $60