Pigeon island is situated 1km off the coast of Nilaveli and is just a few hundred metres offshore from Nilaveli beach (about a 15 min outboard motors boat trip) The island’s name derives from the Rock pigeon,Pigeon Island contains some of the best remaining coral reefs of Sri Lanka. Pigeon Island consists of two Islands; large Pigeon Island and small Pigeon Island. The large Pigeon Island is fringed by a coral reef, and is about 200 m long and 100 m wide, The small pigeon island is surrounded by rocky islets. This is National Park and the Department of Wild life Conservation has an office at the Nilaveli beach, You need to buy a ticket to visit the island and there are many boat operators in service. The Pigeon Island area is used as a scuba diving site.