SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
I finally arrived in the very south of Sri Lanka to Weligama Bay. The last 7 days cruising down the west coast has been one heck of an adventure, from palm tree rope swings in Dalawella to surfing at Midigama Beach. These are just some of the things I have been up to and there is a lot more to come.
Now, where is this Secret Beach I speak of?! Well, it’s a little hidden gem just around the corner from the main beach in Mirissa, which is on the south-east tip that makes up Weligama Bay.
EXACT PIN LOCATION OF THE SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
Right now you are probably thinking, ‘If it’s a secret beach, why is it on the map?’ Well, my only answer to that is, I believe that at some point this was a secret spot only the locals knew about and they could only keep it a secret for so long. Of course with the new influx of tourism in Sri Lanka, spots like these become an opportunity for the locals to turn it into an attraction and somehow try to make money from it.
Furthermore, they give Google a call to get their name put on the map! So I guess now you could say it’s a not-so-secret beach but it’s definitely worth a visit.
The great thing about the Secret Beach Mirissa is that you don’t have to pay an entrance fee to visit the beach. Instead of the locals charging an entry fee there is an established beach bar and they will promptly try to sell you drinks and food. They also have snorkel sets and day beds for rent for 500 Rupees. This is their way of making a little bit of money and for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.
The blue lagoon at Secret Beach Mirissa
Snorkelling at Secret Beach Mirissa
THE THREE BEACHES – SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
There are actually 3 beaches at this Secret Beach location.
1. Blue Lagoon
Directly in front of the bar, there are hammocks and day beds overlooking a blue lagoon beach. A tidal rock pool, perfect for a lazy swim without the disturbance of crashing waves.
2. Palm Cove
Around the corner from the blue lagoon is where the jungle meets the sea and here you’ll find a picturesque cove with golden sand and coconut palms. This is the best spot to go snorkelling and exploring along the rocks.
3. Shelly Beach
This tucked away paradise is a sight for sore eyes! If you are in the blue lagoon looking out at the horizon, head to the right along the rocks and keep following it around until you come across the shelly beach. Swim in the crystal clear rock pools and get sprayed by the blow hole!
Blue Lagoon at Secret Beach Mirissa
Palm Cove at Secret Beach Mirissa
Shelly Beach near Secret Beach Mirissa
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
There is lots of exploring to do around the Secret Beach and it’s a great spot to get some epic photos. I have been back twice now to see what else I could find in the area.
There is an abundance of wildlife around, making themselves known, including black monkeys, squirrels, peacocks, fruit bats, birds and land monitors. Sri Lanka is also home to 5 out of 7 species of turtles in the world, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re swimming or snorkelling because chances are high that you will spot a turtle.
Weligama Bay is a very busy beach town and can get overwhelming at times, so go and discover the Secret Beach for yourself and spend half a day getting salty and listening to the birds.
Looking down at Shelly Beach – Secret Beach Mirissa
Shelly Beach – Secret Beach Mirissa
The bar at Secret Beach Mirissa
Weligama has countless accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favourite places to stay that caters for luxury travellers to budget backpackers. See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
Mid Range: GG Lodge Mirissa
Budget: Unique Surf Farmhouse
OTHER POINTS OF INTEREST NEAR SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
Be sure to read my 2 week Sri Lanka Itinerary Guide to discover all the best locations that Sri Lanka has to offer.
I hope you enjoyed this article, and if you have any questions about Secret Beach Mirissa please drop me a comment below.
Happy Adventuring 🙂