DISCOVER SECRET BEACH MIRISSA!
Secret Beach Mirissa is by far one of the best beaches in Sri Lanka!
I have put together this guide to help you plan your visit to Secret Beach Mirissa including how to get there, how much it costs and what to expect when you arrive at Secret Beach Mirissa!
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WHERE IS SECRET BEACH IN MIRISSA
Now, where is this Secret Beach Mirissa that I speak of?
Well, Secret Beach Mirissa is a little hidden gem just around the corner from the main beach in Mirissa, which is located on the south-east tip of Sri Lanka that makes up Weligama Bay.
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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 Secret Beach Mirissa was a spot that only the locals knew about, though they could only keep it a secret for so long.
Of course with the new influx of tourism in Sri Lanka, spots like Secret Beach Mirissa become an opportunity for the locals to turn it into an attraction and ultimately try to make money from it.
Furthermore, they gave Google a call to get Secret Beach Mirissa 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.
SECRET BEACH MIRISSA ENTRANCE FEE
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, down on the sand is an established beach bar (Mirissa Secret Beach Bar) and they will promptly try to sell you drinks and food.
Secret Beach Bar Mirissa also has snorkel sets and day beds for rent for around 500 Rupees. This is their way of making a little bit of money and for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings down on Secret Beach Mirissa.
Blue lagoon at Secret Beach Mirissa
Snorkeling at Secret Beach Mirissa Sri Lanka
THE THREE BEACHES AT SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
There are three beaches to be discovered at Mirissa Secret Beach:
1. Blue Lagoon
Directly in front of the Secret Beach Bar, there are hammocks and day beds overlooking blue lagoon at Secret Beach Mirissa. 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 at Secret Beach Mirissa is where the jungle meets the sea and here you’ll find a picturesque cove with golden sand and coconut palms. Palm Cove is the perfect spot to go snorkeling and exploring along the rocks. This is one of the best beaches in Mirissa!
3. Shelly Beach
This tucked-away paradise at Secret Beach Mirissa 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 Shelly Beach. Swim in the crystal clear rock pools and get sprayed by the blowhole!
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Blue Lagoon at Secret Beach Mirissa
Palm Cove at Mirissa Secret Beach
Shelly Beach near Secret Beach Mirissa
WHAT TO EXPECT AT SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
There is lots of exploring to do around Secret Beach Mirissa and it’s a great spot to take some photos. I visited Secret Beach Mirissa on two separate occasions to see what else I could find in the area.
There is an abundance of wildlife around Mirissa Secret Beach, including black monkeys, squirrels, peacocks, fruit bats, birds and land monitors.
Sri Lanka is also home to five out of seven species of turtles in the world, so keep your eyes peeled when you’re swimming or snorkeling because chances are high that you will spot a turtle cruising around the shallow waters at Secret Beach Mirissa.
Weligama Bay is a very busy beach town and can get overwhelming at times, so go and discover the Secret Beach Mirissa for yourself and spend half a day getting salty and soaking up some sun.
Looking down at Shelly Beach – Secret Beach Mirissa
Shelly Beach – Secret Beach Mirissa
Mirissa Secret Beach Bar
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WHERE TO STAY NEAR SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
Weligama is the closest town to Secret Beach Mirissa which has countless accommodations to choose from, so I have narrowed it down to a few of my personal favorite places to stay in Weligama to fit the needs of budget backpackers and luxury travelers.
See the list of accommodations below that I personally recommend:
The best 5-star resort on the south coast of Sri Lanka near Secret Beach Mirissa! The Marriott is a stone’s throw from the beach offering beachfront rooms, outdoor pool, sports facilities and more! The rooms are modern and spacious featuring a bathtub, balcony, flat-screen tv, private bathroom, air-conditioning and free wifi. Perfect for couples and families.
Mid Range: GG Lodge Mirissa
This 3-star lodge offers double rooms and family-sized rooms less than 1km from Secret Beach Mirissa. Featuring a shared lounge, garden terrace, room service, including breakfast and free wifi. The rooms are air-conditioned with a flat-screen tv, private bathroom, seating area and awesome views. Perfect place to stay with friends and families.
Budget: Unique Surf Farmhouse
The best budget accommodation near Secret Beach Mirissa. Unique Surf Farmhouse is centrally located and features spacious rooms, flat-screen tv, dining area and private bathroom. Perfect for solo backpackers and friends.
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WHAT TO PACK FOR SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
Everyday Backpack: One of the best backpacks on the market! The Nomatic 20L Backpack is perfect for on the go adventures. Featuring multiple storage spaces for valuables, drink bottles, chargers, notebooks and more. This sleek backpack was designed for you.
Universal Power Adapter: Don’t leave home without one! I highly recommend getting this Universal Power Adapter so that you are able to charge all of your electronics when you’re on the road. Compatible in Asia, UK, Europe, Africa, USA, SA and Australia.
Hidden Money Belt: I never go on a trip without one! The best thing is they are always out of sight, hidden beneath your clothing. With RFID blocking, they are perfectly designed to keep your credit cards, cash and other valuables safe when you’re out adventuring!
Waterproof Phone Case: A waterproof phone case is a must-have item! This universal case will keep your phone safe from water damage, sand and scratches during your adventures. Suitable for all smartphone models.
Portable Charger: One of the best portable chargers on the market! The Anker Power Bank keeps your phone and accessories charged on those longer adventures. Featuring 2 USB charging ports, rechargeable battery, works with iPhone, iPad, Samsung, Oppo and Android.
Microfibre Travel Towel: To pack a towel or not to pack a towel? A standard bathroom towel can take up a lot of space in your travel bag. Get your hands on a quick-dry Microfibre Travel Towel which is perfect for the beach, backpacking, camping and general traveling.
Rain Jacket: A light-weight rain jacket is an absolute must when traveling! North Face waterproof rain jackets come in both men and women sizes, featuring a breathable mesh lining and adjustable hood that can be tucked away inside the collar.
Kindle: The best alternative for books! Kindle e-readers are perfect for long haul flights, reading on the beach or a quiet evening away from the bars. Kindle’s are waterproof with rechargeable batteries and adjustable light settings to suit indoor/outdoor conditions.
Packing Cubes: My favorite item in my backpack! Perfect for organizing your shirts, pants, jackets, socks, underwear and more. This 5 Set Packing Cubes makes packing easier and more efficient, adding extra space in your bag for your next trip.
Activated Charcoal Tablets: Want to avoid food poisoning? Most of us have been a victim of travelers diarrhea from eating street food. Organic Activated Charcoal Tablets are fast-acting and will rid your system of the bad bacteria that causes stomach upset.
MY CAMERA GEAR
Everyday Camera: The most affordable mirrorless camera on the market! I personally use the Sony A7ii Mirrorless Camera on all of my adventures. It’s compact, lightweight and super easy to use for all levels of photography. A 28-70mm Sony lens is also included.
Drone Camera: Take your photography to new heights! The DJI Mavic Pro 2 Drone is at the top of the game when it comes to high-quality images and video, easy to control functions and traveler-friendly capabilities. I guarantee you won’t regret purchasing one.
GoPro Hero 8: One of the most popular cameras on the planet! I love using the GoPro Hero 8 for all of my underwater shots and fast-paced adventures. The GoPro Hero 8 captures the best moments with its wide range of functions that are very simple to use!
Camera Bag: My favorite camera bag I have ever owned! The Lowepro Protactic 450 AW II Camera Bag features a waterproof rain cover, drink bottle holder, padded compartments for cameras, drones, lenses, accessories and it also has a laptop pocket.
Selfie Stick: Everyone loves a good selfie, right!? The Sandmarc Metal Edition Selfie Stick is sleek, stylish and can extend to 1.2m. I find it much easier to take photos and videos with the GoPro when it is mounted to the Sandmarc Selfie Stick!
Camera Tripod: The Joby GorillaPod is suitable for all cameras. This tripod is easy to use and perfect for setting up a time-lapse video or even using it as a selfie stick. The legs are flexible so you can wrap it around a tree or a pole to get creative with your shot.
GoPro Dome: Have you ever wanted to capture those under/over water shots with the GoPro? This epic underwater GoPro dome housing is the best camera accessory to have to create the perfect 50/50 shot. I use mine every time I am in the ocean!
Memory Card: The best thing about SanDisk Extreme Pro is that it delivers maximum speed for images and videos. Having 64GB of storage means that you can store hundreds of files on this SD card for 2-3 days and not have to worry about running out of space.
External Hard Drive: As a photographer, my images and video files take up a lot of space on my MacBook so I use the WD Elements External Hard Drive to store everything. With 4TB worth of storage space, this is more than enough for 1 year worth of content.
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FINAL THOUGHTS OF SECRET BEACH MIRISSA
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