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Wales 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:
13-20C (55-68F) in summer and in winter 6 - 10C (42-50F)
Coldest time: December to January Warmest time: May, June, July and August Best time to dive:
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 like

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.

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