Secret beach Mirissa is despite the name suggests, not really a secret anymore… But it still is a beautiful V shaped beach with 2 bays on both sides which are perfect for swimming and to relax for thr day. It definitely belongs to some of the best beaches in Sri Lanka. It’s not super easy or straight forward to get to the entrance of the beach. A little walk or really good motorbike skills are necessary to get down along the dirt road to the beach. So be prepared and read in this blog post everything you need to know about Secret Beach Mirissa.

Best tours in and around Mirissa

If you’re planning to explore the best of what Sri Lanka’s south coast has to offer, then these are the best guided tours. All of these tours include air conditioned transport with hotel pick up and drop off, certified guides and sometimes also lunch and the entrance fees. You can reserve now and pay later, with cancellation up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund.

  • Whale watching in Mirissa. Get a chance to see blue whales, sperm whales, and fin whales as they swim in their natural habitat in Mirissa. A once in a lifetime experience!
  • Yala safari experience with lunch at campsite from Mirissa. Experience a private full-day tour. Be collected from Mirissa to Yala National Park to witness leopards, bears, elephants, deer, crocodiles, and many more. Then enjoy a 4-course lunch with beer at Leopard Nest campsite in the jungle.
  • Private Whale Watching Tour With Sunset from Mirissa. Experience the thrill of searching for the Blue Whale and other whales and dolphins on this guided boat tour. Travel on a catamaran, swim, paddle board, and seek out marine life during sunset.
  • Transfer to Ella with Udawalawe Safari from Mirissa. Enjoy a convenient shuttle service from Mirissa, Weligama, Unawatuna or Galle to Ella with a safari through Udawalawe National Park on the way. See wildlife in their natural habitat and enjoy a meal.

How to get to Secret beach Mirissa

Located along Weligama bay, you’ll find Secret Beach Mirissa hidden on the peninsula of Mirissa. You can there easily by yourself as it’s pinned on Google Maps and clearly signed along the way. But be aware that the last part to the beach is a very steep, rocky road with lots of holes in it. So you might want to walk the last part, or you must have really good motorbike skills. Otherwise a TukTuk can bring you to the entrance of the beach for a small fee. 


Best time to go to Secret Beach Mirissa

The best time to go to Secret beach Mirissa is in the morning. Even though it won’t be nowhere near as busy as here as the bigger beaches around, it can get more crowded during the day, especially around lunch time and onwards. Also keep in mind that it gets really hot in Sri Lanka during midday, so try to avoid being in the sun when she’s at her strongest.

If you want to go here later during the day, you can also watch sunset, or at least the beautiful sunset colors here!


What to expect at Secret Beach Mirissa

Secret Beach Mirissa is a V formed beach with overhanging palm trees which provide enough shadow spots. There is also a local bar, the Secret Beach Bar which is located under the trees and is the perfect place to have lunch, a drink and relax in the shade.

1. The beautiful Blue Lagoon 

This part of the main beach has a shallow lagoon and is located directly in front of the Secret Beach bar Mirissa. Here you can chill in a hammock or rent a day bed with views on the crystal clear Blue Lagoon. The shallow rock pool is perfect to chill or lay in to cool off without getting hit by incoming waves. Therefore it might also be a perfect place for young kids to play in. And for die-hard sunbathers it is the perfect place to lay cool in the water while getting a tan!


2. Palm Cove; where jungle touches the ocean

The other bay of Secret Beach Mirissa can be found just around the corner of the Blue Lagoon. Here you will find a beautiful stretch of sand with palm trees overhanging the beach. This beautiful cove is the perfect beach paradise photo opportunity, so don’t forget to snap a picture here! It is also the best spot for snorkeling along the rocks or to just relax on your towel and take in the views of the stunning bay.

3. Shelly beach

If you want to explore another beach then follow the rocks along the right side from Blue Lagoon and keep going until you see Shelly beach. Here you can swim in the beautiful crystal clear water and also see the blowhole.

Overall the people who come to this place are the peace seekers, couples or travellers who like to go off the beaten path. So if you’re in for a chill day on a quiet place, make sure to put Secret Beach Mirissa on your Sri Lanka best beaches to vist list!


Things to do at Secret beach Mirissa

The best thing to do at Secret Beach Mirissa is soaking up the sun and enjoying the calm surroundings. You can rent lounge chairs on the beach for around 500 rupees and order fresh juices and a nice lunch at the restaurant. If you want to be more active you can search for tropical fishes and turtles in the beautiful waters of the bay. There are snorkel sets for rent at the beach bar as well. 


The V shape of the beach makes it a really fun place to fly your drone


Photography tips Secret beach Mirissa

If you love taking photos as much as we do, you can’t leave this beach without some paradise pictures! Here some of our tips:

  • Bring your drone with you if you have one! The aerial perspective is beautiful, check out the drone pictures we shot during our time here.
  • Bring a GoPro with you to capture the stunning tropical fishes. If you also have a dome, you can take wonderful split shots!
  • With your camera or phone you take some tropical shots while enjoying the lagoon or when you walk along the palm trees at palm cove bay.
  • Check out the boat which is washed ashore and take some pictures as if you’re a pirate exploring a castaway island haha!

Things to do around Secret beach Mirissa

There are so many amazing things to do in Sri Lanka and the are in Mirissa is no exception! You can be busy for days if you want to. There are many more amazing beaches in Sri Lanka on the south coast which you can consider to visit. Check out the idyllic Hiriketiya beach for example! Mirissa beach is also famous for its perfect surf conditions and is depending on the season, one of the best places for whale watching in Sri lanka, together with Trincomalee.

Visiting Coconut Tree Viewpoint is also a thing you must include on your things to do list in Mirissa. And if you like history and old colonial buildings, then definitely plan a day trip to Galle, an Unesco World Heritage Site where you will see the famous Galle lighthouse. If you’re planning to explore the ‘wild side’ of Sri Lanka, then definitely consider a safari in Yala National Park!  When you’re planning to go further inland, then head over to these blog posts:

Best things to do in Ella

Nuwara Eliya things to do


Weather South Sri Lanka

The best months to visit the south coast of Sri Lanka are from January until April and from July until September. In between those months you have more chance of rainfall because of the monsoon. Temperatures in Sri Lanka will be great and warm throughout the year, but on the south coast it will always be a bit warmer and humid than more inland. 

More Sri Lanka travel inspiration

We hope you enjoyed this blog post about Secret beach Mirissa Sri Lanka.

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  1. Jacobine Timmer says:

    Again a beautifull and very practical blog about Mirissa beach. On this rainy day in Holland i can dream about the lagoon and the beautifull location of this bay. I love your drone photos of the Mirissa Bay!

  2. Marjoleine and Ronald says:

    Hello Ilse, wow, again beautiful shots and content, this time about the small secret beach Mirissa at Sri Lanka.
    Must be wonderful to relax there and enjoy the sun and the beautiful lagoon.

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