Parrot Rock is a small rocky outcrop off the coast of Mirissa Beach. Parrot Rock is a popular attraction as you can get a wonderful view of the palm tree-fringed Mirissa coastline on one side and the blue horizon on the other side. While the rock is a great look out spot, a little known fact is that the most beautiful part of Parrot Rock is under its surface.
A Snorkeller’s Paradise
Parrot Rock is surrounded by numerous small rocks which have now been overrun by coral, making for an incredible snorkelling experience. The ‘season’ lasts from November to April as this is when the water is at its calmest and the monsoon rains have moved further north. In fact, the water is so clear that you could still see underwater by just standing on the shore and peeping down, however, you should definitely go snorkelling as it is like entering a different world. The coral-covered rock has become a reef of sorts which is now teeming with a variety of colourful fish and various other aquatic life.
Since it is so close to the shore, the water around Parrot Rock isn’t very deep making it somewhat child friendly, however please keep in mind that during the off-season and high tide it is not advisable that you swim here as the water can get quite rough.