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Stackpole quay 

Alternative Names: None

Type of Dive: Shore dive.

Suggested experience: Novice upwards.  

Travel directions:  Birmingham   Cardiff

Parking directions:   Park in the national trust car park, there is a charge for parking when the small visitor's centre is open  Google  There are toilets in the car park.

Distance from Pembroke:   5 Miles, 10 Mins   Google

Lat & Long:   N51.623995  W-4.899677  Postcode SA72 6DY  Google maps

Tides:  Slack is one and a half hours before LW Tide tables Dive at high tide, currents are not a problem here but it's not good for diving when the wind is southerly.

Depth:  10m

Site entry/exit:   Walk down from the car park down to the beach. Now you can enter the water and wade out to chest deep water before submerging and following the wall out. The picture below was taken at low tide and shows the wall on the right.

Stackpole quay low tide

Underwater directions:   Head out of the harbour mouth in the channel at the harbour wall into the rocky gullies both to the north and south. Initially, the bottom is made of large pebbles which eventually give way to a rocky bottom covered in seaweed. In places, rocks rise up from the bottom and a rocky reef takes shape. The rocks are covered with barnacles and limpets.

Site Hazards:    Boat traffic, stay away from the centre of the channel.

Nearest Public phone: 

Accommodation:  

Mobile Network service:   Contact me

Other comments:    Once a year in May/June thousands of spiny spider crabs come up from deep water to mate and you will see the larger male crab holding onto the smaller female.  Male spiny spider crabs can grow to 1.5m across and are well camouflaged by cementing seaweed to there back. After about one month they disappear back into deeper water. Don't forget to use the comments at the bottom of the page to let other divers know what its like to dive here.

Pub:   Pembroke

Created by:  Matt Yates

Cafe:   The old boathouse has been turned into a Tea Room

Air & Nitrox:   Dive in2 Pembrokeshire   West Wales dive centre   Haven Diving Services

Date: 12/4/11

Revision:   2

Thanks To:

Links:  Link   National Trust

Surface Photos:   Contact me

Underwater Photos:  UTube   Contact me

Dive Map:   Not required

Dive Report:  Matt Yates  Entered the water on the left-hand side. Wade out to chest deep water before submerging and following the wall out. Initially, the bottom is made of large pebbles which eventually give way to a rocky bottom covered in seaweed. In places, rocks rise up from the bottom and a rocky reef takes shape. The rocks are covered with barnacles and limpets. There were loads of shanneys on these rocks. In deeper water, there was a few ballen wrasse and over the sand in the centre of the harbour channel were some Pollack.

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