diving has a lot of variety to offer. Whether you're
looking for recreational diving or wreck diving, Wales has it.
The marine life includes dolphins and porpoises, seals
on the Pembrokeshire's Islands and lots of colourful underwater
life like starfish and wrasse. For wreck
lovers there are lots of wrecks out there waiting to
be explored. Wales's spectacular coastline and rugged beauty offers
some of United Kingdom's least explored areas.
Average water surface temperature:
13-20°C (55-68°F) in summer and in winter 6 -
Coldest time: December to January Warmest
time: May, June, July and August Best time to
As there's really no markedly wet or dry season and the climate
is temperate diving in Wales can be carried out all year although
the unreliable weather conditions could make diving impossible
in winter. Visibility can be excellent going
up to 20 metres (65 feet)
The main area for diving in Wales are Pembrokeshire
in the south-west and Anglesey in the north-west. The Pembrokeshire
National Park and Skomer Island are home to large colonies of
seals while Anglessey has lots of wrecks, some
of which are still unknown. Encounters with dolphins,
whales and sharks await you at Cardigan Bay.
Pembrokeshire boasts some of the best diving
in Wales and most dive sites are easily accessible by boat. In
fact a boat isn't mandatory to get out to good dive sites.
Pembrokeshire has some reefs and corals within
swimming distance from the shore which could just be explored
with a mask and snorkel. Encounters with seals, dolphins,
seahorses and triggerfish are common.
The visibilty is generally good and there are
some very interesting wrecks to be dived here
The Lucy is the most dived wreck in the area.
Its deck is at 32 metres (104 feet) and drops down to 40 metres
(131 feet) over the side and the Dakotian is among the best wrecks
when the visibility is good.
Other wrecks are the Caroline, Faraday , Greek
and Loch Shiel. Others are Collier, Faraday Beehar,Thor and HMS
Barking just to mention a few.
For less advanced divers there are lots of sites
like Rye Rock, North Haven on Skomer Island and at High Point,
just east of Martin's Haven.
Anglesey has a very dramatic coastline. Rugged
granite landsacpe and secluded bays backed by the mountains of
Snowdonia are simply breathtaking. Underwater there are spectacular
reefs, drop offs and pinnacles. The ports of Holyhead and Liverpool
were the center of intense shipping activities during World Wars
I and II and many shipping casualties occurred in the area, some
of which are the Lady Meath, Vignes and Durbent wrecks making
Anglessey a renowned wreck diving area.