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Poseidon Diving Station

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Location of Poseidon
Poseidon Scuba Diving has its hub at the southern bay beach of Hikkaduwa, home to Sri Lanka’s first ever marine sanctuary. Hikkaduwa is located 80km south of Colombo on the southwestern costal belt of Sri Lanka.
Poseidon Diving Station, 304 Galle Road, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka [South western Coast of Sri Lanka-season: November to April]
Poseidon Diving Station, 9th mile post, Nilaveli, Trincomalee [North Eastern Coast of Sri Lanka-season: April to October]

PADI scuba diving courses at Poseidon Hikkaduwa
Poseidon is the first five star scuba diving center in Sri Lanka. PADI scuba diving courses at Poseidon has 2-3 diving trip to local shipwrecks and Reef & rock formations. All diving trips are guided by local divemasters with many years of experience in diving. PADI scuba diving team at Poseidon: 3 PADI Diving instructors and 4 divemasters.

Poseidon Diving Station, Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Safe diving with Poseidon at Hikkaduwa
Poseidon Scuba Diving Station is the prime dive center in Sri Lanka. The ship wrecks, reef and rock formations are all within an easy boat ride where the visibility is up to 25m in safe, warm water.

Scuba Diving at Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka

History of Posiedon Diving Station at Hikkaduwa
In the year 1973, Sven Holmberg and Bertl Magnusson [of course, Swedish nationals], while looking for a beach to enjoy diving, bumped, to their delight, on S. K. Nandasena [Leslie], a skin diver at Hikkaduwa. Such were the outstanding diving skills of Leslie, Sven Holmberg and Bertl Magnusson invited the skin diver to train in scuba diving in Sweden. The formidable trio closed ranks to establish the very first diving center in Hikkaduwa. They tasted success: the divers from all over the world began to arrive in Hikkaduwa year after year owing to the professionalism at the Poseidon Diving Station. Leslie went on to make history: he discovered no less than 4 ship wrecks off the beaches of Hikkaduwa: Conch, Arcturus, Earl of Shaftesbury, Alliance Orestes and Rangoon.

Poseidon Diving Station, Hikkaduwa

Poseidon Diving Station Hotel at Hikkaduwa
To follow scuba diving courses at Poseidon, though all of your are welcome, it is not necessary to secure lodging at Poseidon Hotel. The scuba diving enthusiasts may arrange their accommodation in any of the numerous guest houses or hotels at the beach resort of Hikkaduwa. Poseidon would be pleased to pick you all up, free of charge of course, at your hotel or guest house in Hikkaduwa.

Poseidon Scuba Diving Station, Sri Lanka Holidays
Poseidon Hotel consists of 12 rooms in a two story building. The balcony upstairs brings in views of sea. The restaurant at Poseidon Hotel is open to all.

Hikkaduwa, Sri Lanka Holidays

Excursion from Poseidon Diving Station Hotel
Poseidon Diving Station arranges a day trip to Galle [ home to VOC Galle Dutch Fort ], another diving site with wrecks and to the nearby magnificent palm fringed bay beach of Unawatuna once a week

Season for diving in the southwestern and southern coastal belt: November to April.
Season for diving in the North Eastern coastal belt: April to October.

Scuba Diving, HIkkaduwa, South western Coast, Sri Lanka

Diving sites off Hikkaduwa Bay Beach: Shipwrecks
Conch [depth: 12-21m]; Earl of Shaftesbury [depth:14m]; Alliance [depth:23m]; Rangoon [depth:30m]; Arcturus [depth:18m]; Crispigi Cross [depth:16m]; Orestes [depth:16m]; Lord Nelson[depth:18m]; Nosra [depth:15m]

Poseidon Scuba Diving Station, Hikkaduwa

Diving sites off Hikkaduwa Bay Beach: Reef and Rock Formations
Wallduwa [Coral Garden Rocks] [Depth:3-10 m]; Cave [depth:8-16m]; Hikkaduwa Rock [depth:5-18m]; Sunil Gala Rock [depth:6-18m]; Kadavara Gala [depth:5-18m]; Teli Gala Rock [Barracuda Point] [depth:12-28m]; Napolean Point [depth:24m]; Black Coral Point [depth:16-30m]; Kirala Gala [depth: 21-38m]; Thapara [depth:32-36m]

Images are reproduced herein by the kind courtesy of Poseidon Diving Station, Hikkaduwa



Med 1

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Med 1 First Responder Services in Sri Lanka. 

First thing first: get trained in First Aid and CPR
Sri Lanka: here is an opportunity for Sri Lanka Holidays Tourist Guides and travel trade and hospitality professionals to get trained in First Aid and get accredited with a World Class Certification at Ratmalana, Colombo. Med 1 trains all: from Sri Lanka Police to the Sri Lanka Holidays bloggers. Med 1, Ratmalana, Colombo, Sri Lanka offers a full line of training from basic First Aid through advanced cardiac courses to save lives and minimize the effects of injuries.

CPR training at Med1

CPR training at Med1

What is Med 1?
Med 1, Ratmalana, Colombo, Sri Lanka is an EMS [Emergency Medical Services] First Responder Services company established in 2011 following the approval by Sri Lanka Board of Overseas Investments. As at present Med 1, Sri Lanka is engaged in medical and First Aid training, a public access defibrillation program, and a 24-hour, trilingual [Sinhala, Tamil and English] First Aid advice line- No. 1990.

Med 1 certification

Gotabaya Rajapaksa awarding Med 1 certifications

Where is Med 1?
Med 1 is based in Ratmalana 13km south of Fort, Colombo. Immediately south of Ratmalana is legendery Moratuwa, a major suburb of Colombo district. Immediately north of Ratmalana is Sri Lanka Holidays Mount Lavinia, home to the sole tourist class beach in Colombo. Ratmalana is home to a major domestic airport and a major base of Sri Lanka Air Force. Prior to the construction of CMB Bandaranayake airport at Katunyake of Sri Lanka Holidays Negombo, Ratmalana airport had been the one and only international airport of Sri Lanka. Ratmalana airport is being reconstructed with a view to operation of international flights.


FALCK Med 1, Sri Lanka Holidays

Med 1 by the end of 2012
Med 1
, with its hub based at Lumbini Avenue, Ratmalana 2km north of Ratmalana domestic airport has closed ranks with Falck to launch world class emergency ambulance service in Sri Lanka by the end of the year 2012. Med 1, 26 employee stong today will become 100+ strong by the end of the year 2012.

What is Falck?
Falck based in Copenhagen, Denmark is the world leader in ambulance service: 1800+ ambulances in operation in 35 countries responding to over 2 million emergency calls each year. Falck, that acquired 50 percent stake of Med 1  in the year 2012, has a history running as far as back to 3rd October 1884, when the Danish fire fighter Sophus August Falck [1864-1926] took part in the rescue work during the fire of Christiansborg Palace in Copenhagen. In 1906 Sophus August Falck  founded the Falck Rescue Corps (Danish: Falcks Redningskorps).

AED from MED1

AED from MED1

AED [Automated external defibrillator] is a portable electronic First Aid device that is used in cardiac complications such as heart attacks. CPR [Cardiopulmonary resuscitation] combined with AED has a higher percentage of success. CPR  is an emergency procedure performed manually on a person  to restore the blood circulation and breathing in a cardiac arrest. Med 1 trains you all in CPR and the use of AED.

Med 1 First Aid helpline No. 1990
Call No. 1990 Med 1 for questions on First Aid on emergencies ranging from a heart attack to a vehicle crash.

Contact Med 1 now for International standard training in First Aid with certification.
Mr. Tuan Jamalon, Training Institute Manager          +94 777 846 174



Palm Beach Hotel

Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Colombo

Location of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Palm Beach Hotel is located at the coastal town of Mount Lavinia,10 km south of Fort, the heart of Colombo. Colombo, the capital city of Sri Lanka is 1.5 hours drive south from CMB Bandranayake Int’l Airport at Katunayake, Negombo along A3 Colombo-Negombo main motor road.

Setting of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Mount Lavinia Beach: Palm Beach Hotel is mere 50 meters inland from the beach.

The zone of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Palm Beach Hotel is located in the well sheltered and shaded sea side of the main zone of the township of Mount Lavinia. The zone studded with flowery avenues and lanes that are well shaded from the tropical sun by giant topical trees, has a cluster of tourist hotels. These avenues and lanes crisscross one another to find ways to the southern railway track and Mount Lavinia beach to west of the zone and to the A2 Colombo-Galle main road to the east of the zone.
Still more, with the multitude of tourist hotels and guest houses sandwiched between A2 Colombo-Galle Road and the southern railway line, this zone at suburb Mount Lavinia is the most convenient accommodation option in the suburbs of Colombo.

Palm Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

Most of all, this zone of Sri Lanka Holidays Mount Lavinia is home to the closest tourist class beach of Colombo.

The coastal tropical garden of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Palm Beach Hotel is well set in a tropical garden rich with tropical trees. The courtyard of the Palm Beach Hotel, with a swimming pool and the pool bar, is well shaded with large tropical trees and a couple of towering mangrove trees.

Sri Lanka Holidays Sustainable tourism (Green i.e., eco) credentials of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia:
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The architecture of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
The architecture of Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia seemed to have derived much from the colonial era architecture of the British Ceylon. Wide verandahs run along the rooms of the main building.
Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Accommodation at Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
All rooms, i.e. Pool View Rooms, Superior Rooms and Family Rooms are air-conditioned and fitted with ceiling fans and furnished with double or twin beds.

Palm Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka Holidays

In Room facilities at Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Cable TV, telephone and wi-fi internet facility

In house facilities at Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Dining; indoor at the Summer Time restaurant; outdoors at the Atrium restaurant located by the poolside; on the roof top restaurant and bar with ocean views.
All restaurants serve Sri Lankan and western cuisine.
Alcholic beverages are served at the s Palm Beach swimming pool side bar as well as in the Night Club.
Health and recreation: Fitness Center, Billiard Pool, Table Tennis, Outdoor Swimming Pool
Services: Room Service. Meeting and Banquet Facilities, Business Center

Palm Beach Hotel, Sri Lanka

Excursions from Palm Beach Hotel, Mount Lavinia
Sri Lanka Holidays Kelaniya Royal Buddhist Temple at Kelaniya, magnificent murals of which narrates the milestones of Aryan Sinhalese Buddhist history of Sri Lanka.
Bellanwilla Royal Buddhist Temple , which houses beautifully sculpted serene Buddha statues and murals.
Dehiwale Zoological Gardens



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