Renowned for its beach, reef and coral, Hikkaduwa is also the first stop for any surfer on the South West Coast (the town a well-known international destination for board-surfing). Glass bottom boats take visitors out for a unique view of the coral reef. Little shacks line the beach and hippy-esque shops are dotted along the roadside. So, if you are in need of an updated beach wardrobe, this is the place (dresses can be copied using antique saris and board shorts are everywhere). Naturally with so many surfers, Hikkaduwa offers a vibrant nightlife.