Boat Trips From The Pembrokeshire Coast
Whether you are looking for a leisurely and relaxed boat trip to one of the offshore islands, a quiet cruise around the bays or a crazy, nail-biting jet boat career round the coast, Pembrokeshire has the full menu.
For tranquility and beautiful scenery combined with historical interest, there is no better way to spend a few hours than on a boat trip from Tenby Harbour to the Monastery island of Caldey, which is like taking a step back in time.
There are frequent boat trips from Tenby Harbour between Easter and October and Caldey is of interest not only for its magnificent Italianate monastery, but also for its ancient priory, its gift shop, home-made perfume, chocolate and icecream and its beach, cliff and woodland walks.
Trips to Skomer and Ramsey are also very rewarding, for the nesting seabirds are present in their thousands in spring, and a walk round the island takes in close up views of puffins, razorbills, guillemots and kittiwakes and the breathtaking sight of oceans of bluebells and red campion, giving the impression of walking across a giant artist’s palette. Shearwater Safaris, based at Neyland Marina, run trips lasting two to three hours around Skomer and Skokholm, or up and down the Milford Haven Waterway with its large supertankers and gas carriers and its interesting history, or even out to distant Grassholm with its huge colony of gannets numbering around 35,000 pairs. They also offer chartered trips tailored to the client’s own itinerary, weather and tide permitting.
For more exciting trips Venture Jet of St Davids will take people out on jet boat wildlife adventures from Whitesands beach and St Justinians, to enjoy speedy trips to see the seals and seabirds, caves and coves around Ramsey island or to visit the feeding grounds of dolphins, whales and gannets. They also offer ‘Jet Therapy’ and ‘Wet & Wild’ trips which are a combination of wildlife viewing and thrilling manouevres, before which they warn passengers they should prepare to get wet.
Thousand Island Expeditions of St Davids also run similar thrill-a-minute trips off the west coast, while ‘A Bay To Remember’ trips from Cardigan Quay, also picking up at Poppit Sands, looks at the willdlife in Cardigan Bay, including the bottlenosed dolphins for which the area is far-famed. Details are available from the Tourist Information Centres listed below.
The National Park Tourist Information Centres are: Oriel y Parc at St Davids, telephone 01437 720392 or firstname.lastname@example.org or www.orielyparc.co.uk. Newport TIC in Long Street, telephone 01239-820912 or newportTIC@pembrokeshirecoast.org.uk and Tenby TIC at South Parade, telephone 01834-845040 or email@example.com.
Visitors are also recommended to pick up a copy of the National Park’s informative free-sheet newspaper Coast to Coast, which is available at all Tourist Information Centres and also in libraries, shops and supermarkets. It is a mine of information about the activities and facilities available in the National Park.