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Scuba Diving in Pembrokeshire, West Wales


Water temperature:

In March temperatures are around 7°C (45°F) and by May they have generally reached 9°C (48°F). The sea continues to warm up over the summer to a maximum of about 17°C (63°F) in August and September

Suit:

A drysuit is recommended for comfort for the whole year, but a semidry can comfortably be used from June to October, or all year round if you are brave!

Visibility:

5 - 15 metres (15 - 50 feet)

Type of diving:

Wreck diving, drifts, reefs, walls, seal diving

Marine life:

Seals, sunfish, cuttlefish, dogfish, bib, bass, pollack, pouting, flounder, plaice, crabs, lobsters

When to go:

Most divers consider diving in Wales to be viable from March through to October, although the weather can prevent it from being possible to dive towards either end of the season. Sunfish are seen around Pembrokeshire in September if you are after some unusual fish encounters

How to get there:

Boats can be launched from Dale, Little Haven and Martin's Haven.


Pembrokeshire, Wales

Pembrokeshire covers a beautiful strip of coastline in West Wales with spectacular cliffs and great coastal walks. The natural scenery and wildlife above water are part of a national park which continues underwater at Skomer Island in one of only three marine reserves in the UK. This alone is good enough reason to visit the area as marine life is richer than seen in many other areas of the UK. The voluntary no-take zone has allowed spider, edible and velvet-swimming crabs to grow to full size and sightings of huge lobsters and crayfish are virtually guaranteed. As well as the diversity of crustaceans it is also possible to have some bigger encounters with seals throughout the year and with sunfish around September. Dogfish are also very common in the area and it is possible that as you surface at the end your dive you will see birds diving into the water, hunting for fish.

For wreck lovers there are over 500 wreck sites known to be around Pembrokeshire at depths from a few metres to those requiring technical diving. Combining these with some interesting wall and reef dives and some cave diving, there really is something for all divers in Pembrokeshire. The shape of the coastline also ensures that diving is rarely blown out as there will always be a sheltered cove to visit should conditions be rough.


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