Kayaking around the St David's Peninsula

Man kayaking along Pembrokeshire coast

With towering cliffs, secluded coves, sheltered harbours and wild headlands, it’s no wonder kayakers love our stretch of coast.

North Pembrokeshire offers a wealth of exploration and discovery, which can be enjoyed right at sea level from the comfort of a kayak. Spot seals and seabirds on the rocks, have a go at fishing and admire the shoreline from a completely different angle.

Choosing a local operator

If you’re new to kayaking, try a guided activity with a local outdoor activity provider. They should have the right equipment, including rescue and safety gear, a full wetsuit, buoyancy aid and helmet.

Look for a provider that belongs to the Pembrokeshire Outdoor Charter and knows about the Pembrokeshire Marine Code. It’s a sign that they have the right knowledge of our precious coastal environment and can operate here with care and respect.

Coastal discovery

Join a family-friendly kayak (or coasteering) tour with Preseli Venture and our paddling ranger. Get closer to the amazing wildlife, geology and history of the beautiful North Pembrokeshire coast – tours run from April to September.

Planning your own kayaking trip

For the more experienced kayakers, stay safe and plan ahead.

Seals and seabirds are just some of the protected wildlife you may encounter, so if you’re planning your own trip please follow the Pembrokeshire Marine Code for kayaking.

There are likely to be seal pups on remote beaches from August till the end of November. Please don’t land on beaches where there are seals or pups except in an emergency.

Top tips from the RNLI

  • Get the right training
  • Wear clothing appropriate for your trip and the weather
  • Always paddle with others and tell someone where you are going
  • Inform the Coastguard of your plans when departing for lengthy sea expeditions
  • Check the weather and tides
  • Carry some means of calling for help - take a waterproof VHF radio and two flares – one parachute and one pinpoint.