The wide sandy beaches and the safe sea are the major tourist attractions of Marawila, while many tourists use the town for the first or the last night of their stay in Sri Lanka. Marawila offers some of the better beaches on the west coast of Sri Lanka, and draws tourists who stop over for a day on their way to or from the airport.
Some quiet stretches of the beach are maintained by the tourist hotels, while others are always busy with fisherman and their equipment.
Water-sports and diving are also extremely popular among visitors, with a few well preserved coral reefs and a 50 year old shipwreck that serves as an artificial reef for many varieties of fish. There are also local handicraft sales on the beaches and the shops near the town. Hundreds of Catemarans can be seen on the sea and beach doing their daily fishing activities.