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Malu Banna Team

Read the Malu Banna story – how the journey started…

Our family has been fishing on the Bentota River and out at sea for as long as anyone remembers, our family still lives on the banks of the river as we have for many years. Also we still go fishing! This is our home and the sea is part of our life.

Malu Banna started with a beautiful riverbank location with gorgeous views (our family home) and we invested in two boats, one wakeboard and lots of enthusiasm! We had a good team and a friendly family dog and so the journey started – MALU BANNA was born.

Soon after, we invested in jet ski’s as that is what our customers wished for … as well as the river safari boats and fishing trips.

Later we were asked for wakeboarding lessons, so the Malu Banna wakeboard boat arrived. We now have a large fleet that is maintained by our crew and we update our jet ski fleet regularly in order to offer our guests the latest and greatest that technology has to offer.

Chatura, is the eldest brother and “captain” of our team, he was born a watersports enthusiast, always in or around the water. During his younger years he become an experienced fisherman and qualified as an Ocean Dive Master. An enthusiastic sportsman, he won various sports awards in Sri Lanka ranging from body building to national water-ski championships.

In his younger years, Chatura worked with his uncle “Thusala” at Sunshine Watersports Centre when not at school because he loved the water and all sports associated with the sea. This was his calling.

Chatura soon became a key member of his uncle’s watersports team, working with customers and also winning a host of competitions. His future was decided, now he needed his own command.

Realising that international tourism is the key to success, Chatura ventured overseas to Dubai in the Middle East to learn how five star hotels worked and how they delivered high quality watersports to guests from around the world.

Chatura completed working overseas as a diving instructor at a prestigious 5 star hotel and was keen to start his own business. Gaining a wealth of knowledge from working in the UAE, together with some hard earned investment funds, he returned to Sri Lanka in 2010.

So the vision which started as a school boy became a reality. Hard work and long hours building the infrastructure and developing a strong team has resulted in one of the biggest and greatest Watersports companies in Sri Lanka.

Malu Banna regularly delivers local incentives, international MICE and corporate events for upwards of 150 guests. This includes Watersports, river tours and fine dining in the Malu Banna restaurant.

These days tradition is important as is realising the vision for the future. The years of investment is rewarded by major tour companies bringing groups as part of their island tours to enjoy the beauty of the Bentota River and beach.

Local hotels recommend Malu Banna for the best guest experience.

International visitors come after discovering Malu Banna on social media and hotel booking sites.

Since 2018 Malu Banna has had representation at the Arabian Travel Market ( #ATMDUBAI ) which has brought more guests from a larger international pool.

Recent Developments

The old fisherman’s family home has been totally rebuilt in to a four storey hotel with seafood restaurant and there are six up-market guest rooms on the upper floors.

The modern watersports centre on the ground floor has changing rooms, toilets and showers. The pontoons and bridge allow access onto the river. In the evenings, the pontoon is used for evening candlelit dinners on the river.

The team of hotel staff and Watersports crew receive regular training to give the best customer experiences in a safe environment. Safety is essential when conducting watersports.

The riverside facility has been extensively refurbished by the team to international safety standards.

The “Juice Bar” is newly opened to the public and is right on the riverside – serving fresh fruits and cocktails to delight all tastes.

We have some traditional boats with a fleet of modern boats – speed boats, leisure crafts and of course our trusted deep sea fishing boat (which is still the best deep sea fishing boat in the area).

Our fleet is comprised of

  • State of the art jet skis which we regularly replace for latest models
  • Canoes and kayaks for river exploration
  • Banana rides and a huge selection of inflatables rides
  • Wakeboards and water skiing 
  • Stand up paddle boards
  • Wind surfers
  • Mountain bikes
  • River Safari boats
  • Deep Sea Fishing boats

Our hotel and watersports team have a wonderful and dedicated approach of delivering a professional, safe and excellent experience to our honoured guests.

From humble beginnings as a watersports and fishing centre, Malu Banna has enhanced Bentota as a true visitor destination delivering international standards of excellence on a natural and beautiful coast.

Thank you for reading our story and we look forward to seeing you soon!

Looking for the ideal place to experience “real” Sri Lanka?

  • to enjoy your day off
  • the week end
  • your vacation
  • enjoy exhilarating watersports and river safaris

Malu Banna Hotel – Restaurant – Watersports Centre is the ideal location along with delicious dishes of local caught sea food and exciting water sports!

You are in the right place at “Malu Banna” Ideally located midway between Colombo and Galle – an hour from both tourist locations.
Located right beside the river and ocean facing the Bentota Lake, Malubanna water sports centre and restaurant is the ideal place for your requirement.

Malu Banna Water Sports Bentota Sri lanka Jetski Banana Speedboat Restaurant

The Seafood Restaurant serves locally caught fish or when you take a deep sea fishing trip we cook your catch and serve it at your table in the restaurant with awesome river and ocean views.

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The hotel has 3 rooms on the penthouse level – all with balconies overlooking the famous Bentota River with views overlooking the Bentota Peninsular and right to the world renown Bentota Beach. This is indeed the ideal location to watch the Indian Ocean Sunset.

There are more rooms on the second floor – all rooms are en-suite with hot and cold water. Rooms feature both AC and roof fans to cater for your preference. All rooms have four poster beds with integral mosquito nets for your comfort and piece of mind. All furnishings are to a high grade.

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