St Davids – the second best coastal destination in the world (as voted by National Geographic), think Blue Ocean Adventures for boat trips, islands, coasteering and surfing; beaches and walks along the 186 miles of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park coastal path.
Britain’s smallest City is on a Peninsula, surrounded on three sides by the coast, with its offshore islands, pristine Blue Flag beaches and world famous coast path. So many great places to visit you may need to extend your holiday!
St Davids Cathedral
Oriel y Parc
West to Ramsey Island
We depart from St Justinians
St Davids Cathedral
St Davids Peninsula
Twll y Dillyn
Bishops & Clerks
National Geographic has ranked Pembrokeshire as one of the top destinations in the world… and we have to agree that it’s pretty special. We are incredibly lucky to have the opportunity to live work and play in this magical corner of Pembrokeshire and at Blue Ocean Adventures we want to show you some of this hidden splendor with our offshore adventures.
A mecca for families for beach holidays in the summer, Pembrokeshire is however popular all year round. Walkers, ramblers, surfers and outward bound adventurers drive from all corners of the UK to spend a weekend, or more in this stunning part of Wales.
So, in a nutshell, we are:
- 1,850 residents in Britian’s smallest City, St Davids with an extra 200,000 visitors to this small Peninsula every year.
Our Cathedral, built by the patron saint of Wales, St David is revered by all who drop down into the Valley to find this ancient monument, with people of all denominations visiting it’s hidden location in the Valley. Two pilgrimages to St Davids Cathedral are worth one to Rome!
- 15 of Pembrokeshire’s beaches have received a top award called the Green Coast Award, including Abereiddi and Caerfai, with Whitesands and Newgale being prestigious Blue Flag Beaches.
- There are 186 miles of coast path in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, and we’ve walked it all…over 20 years admittedly! We depart from St Justinians and it’s a perfect point on the very westerly part of the peninsula to take a a right hand turn to Whitesands, or a left to Porthclais or St Nons.
- Within 15 miles of St Davids there are three offshore islands under special protection.
- Skomer, the largest, is a National Nature Reserve, an SSSI, and it was designated a Special Protection Area in 1982. It lies within the Pembrokeshire Marine Special Area of Conservation (Marine cSAC), and the sea around it makes up the Skomer Marine Nature Reserve. We run boat trips every day to Skomer between April and June to see the pretty Puffins.
- Ramsey Island is owned and managed by the RSPB, with two full time wardens in residence. We run boat trips every day to Ramsey, or ask us how to spend a day on this beautiful island, the closest island to St Davids.
- Grassholm is also owned by the RSPB but the 80,000 Gannets have Grassholm all to themselves, with no landings on this offshore island. We run boat trips to Grassholm right through the summer months and include this iconic island on our Whale & Dolphin trips.
- Want to surf, coasteer or paddleboard? We know the best people and the coolest places to jump in the wet stuff. Ask us for tips for booking these sessions – we have great connections in St Davids.
- Camp, B&B or a hotel? This year we are opening our doors to Air B&B’ers so if you’ve come without your tent and need a comfortable bed (dogs welcome too), click on the accommodation tab. We’ve also made some other recommendations for places we think are great.
- Parking! St Davids is busy on sunny days, rainy days and pretty much every day between April and September. Park at Oriel y Parc, the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park visitor centre, and walk the 5-7 minutes into St Davids. You’ll pass two great surf shops, the deli and Gianni”s ice-cream shop before you get to the Cross Square, the hub of St Davids so there’s lots to see, eat and buy on the way.
- When you’re ready for your boat trip, hop on the Coastal bus service which runs every half an hour in the summer months for a hassle free 10 minute bus ride to St Justinians. They’ll even pick you up again on the way back, and children travel free. http://www.pembrokeshiregreenways.co.uk