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Pembroke Diving

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Pembroke dive guide

Pembrokeshire offers very good diving for all levels of expertise. Located in West Wales Pembrokeshire is an area that's beautiful in and out of the water with beautiful stretches of coastline and spectacular cliffs. There are more than 500 wrecks whose depths range from a few metres to greater depths. The marine life is abundant and includes dolphins, seals and triggerfish as well as seahorses and sunfish.

Always dive according to your level of training. Never enter the water without checking with the local dive center for safety, additional information, level required for each dive site and without being accompanied by a professional. All the information provided is purely informative for our readers and shouldn't be used as is to plan your immersion.

Water surface temperature range: Around 7C (45F) in March to 17C (63F) in August and September
often averaging 5 - 15 metres (15 - 50 feet)
Warmest time: August and September Possible to dive all year
Best time to dive: March through to October, A drysuit recommended for the whole year, but a semidry may be used from June to October.

Pembrokeshire has a rich marine life and a large diversity of crustaceans. Dogfish are very common in this area. The shape of the Pembrokeshire coastline has the advantage in that even in rough weather there's always a sheltered cove to dive in during bad weather.

Skomer Island has numerous dive sites around it. The dive sites are very diverse and they harbour abundant marine life. You will encounter dolphins, grey seals and sun fish as well as other marine life. Underwater you can see yellow trumpets, sea grass, the very rare gold and scarlet star coral and devonshire cup corals.
On Skomer you can dive on pinnacles, colourful reefs, large rock boulders and a couple of swim throughs. The north of the island is the most dived but the west coast can be dived weather permitting. However, beware, this coast is pretty tidal.

There are also a few wrecks here like:
The Molesey which sunk in 1929, November 26th. Although she lies in about 20 metres (65 fet) of water the currents here are very strong. Caution should be taken and throughout the dive you should stick to the wreck.

Northern Pembrokeshire has lots of gullies and underwater caves.

Some of the dives in the north are:
The Needle Rocks have a depth of about 15 metres (49 feet). The bottom has lots of gullies to see and is carpeted in huge boulders. It's a silty area, which could affect visibility and some wreckage can be seen dispersed around the far end of the rocks.

Bell Rock comes up to 6 metres (20 feet) and has a depth of about 50 metres (164 feet). A depth sounder is essential to locate this place and you should beware of the currents which could pull you down as it flows over the rock.
The Langton grange, a vessel that sunk in 1909 on hitting Bell Rock lies on its length. The visibility is generally good but this site is recommended for experienced divers only especially when the current is flowing north.

Shrimp Alley is a reef dive on the east of Solva. It's full of shrimps, lobsters and squat lobsters and is about 20 metres (65 feet) deep. Octopus and lobsters are also plentiful here. The site is sheltered from the north winds and under the cliffs currents are slack.

Shark Reef Solva lies to the south west of Green Scar. The reef has a number of gulleys and drop offs going to 20 metres (65 feet). The rocks are alive with marine life and the visibility is good. Dogfish can be seen, lots of sea cucumber and occasional sharks.

Green Scar is a nice dive composed of big rocks on the sea bed. The colours on this site are vibrant and the depth is around 16 metres (52 feet). The launch is out of Solva and care should be taken as it's exposed to the south south westerlies. There's a wreck on the south face of the island but it's well broken. You may see the old broiler sticking out of the sand and an anchor.

South Bishops is a batch of islands west of Ramsey Island. There are a number of wrecks here and the visibility is good. Special care must be taken though because the tides can be pretty strong, dives should be done at slack water and around neap tide.

North Bishops is a batch of islands in the north, off Ramsey island. The visibility is good and there are many little caves and gullies to explore under the cliffs.

Borough Head
is a nice dive with boulders and small caves. There are some swim throughs and plenty of marine life including crabs and lobsters. Maximum depth is around 10 metres (33 feet) and is ideal for novices.

Hen and Chicks is a great site and ideal for the novice diver, the depth going to only 10 metres (33 feet). Its composed of pinnacles and reef and you can dive between the rocks. This is a very popular dive site and has lots of marine life. Trigger fish can be encountered in the summer months, starting from July on.
you will also find lots of candy stripe flat worm, sea hares, pipefish, nudibranches and seals.

Stack Rocks as the name suggests is composed of rocks. This site is very much like Hen and chicks and also very popular. There's plenty of marine life including trigger fish in the warm months. Also seen here are dogfish, cuckoo wrasse, pollack and butterfish. Velvet crabs, edible crabs, different kinds of lobsters and hermit crabs are also present. Coulourful plumose anemones, jewel anemones, peacock worms and dahlia anemones are abundant. Seals are often spotted here.

St Brides Bay is nice shore dive with lots of holes and gullies. The depths go from 10 metres ( 33 feet) to 20 metres (65 feet). Amidst the kelp is a lot of fish life.

Nudibranch City as the name suggests has loads of nudibranch.
It's a great site for underwater photography. It's a wall that drops from 10-17 metres (33-56 feet) and has plenty of gullies.

Skokholm Island-Seal Bay has plenty of seals and is sheltered from the westerlies. Its a shallow site not exceeding 10 metres (33 feet). There are so many wrecks here to choose from, about 500. There are both deep and shallow.

The Lucy is a popular wreck. The vessel sunk in 1967 while transporting a cargo of calcium carbide which is used to makeacetylene gas. She makes a great deep dive and has plenty of marine life. Lots of plumose anemones can be seen.

The Drina is located south of Skokholm. She is an enormous wreck that's pretty intact and upside down. You will need a depth sounder to locate this one. She went down in 1917 after being torpedoed by the Germans.

The Leysian is accessed from Abercastle and although well broken up it's in only 15 metres (49 feet) of water and can be a good dive for first time wreck divers.

Other regularly dived wrecks are Santa Cruz, Dead Eye wreck, Tennet and Faraday. As there are so many wrecks here, some still undiscovered it's impossible to name all of them. The local dive operators will let you know what wrecks correpond to your needs and the best time to dive them.

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