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A local's guide to coasteering in Pembrokeshire

Laura Mackenzie 02 August 2023

Pembrokeshire is not merely the UK's only national park that is designated for its coastal landscape, but it is also the birthplace of coasteering. And, with such an incredible coastline to explore, we can see why!

With beautiful Pembrokeshire beaches such as Barafundle Bay, an extensive coast path, an exceptional national park and plenty of pretty towns and villages, Pembrokeshire is a coastal haven.

Surfers in Pembrokeshire came up with the concept of coasteering in the 1980s as they adventured around Pembrokeshire’s cliffs. Today, coasteering has become popular with families and groups looking for adventure and fun with plenty of expert guides to show you how to safely enjoy this amazing activity.

Dive into our guide to coasteering Pembrokeshire where we look at the best places to enjoy coasteering in Pembrokeshire along with how to book your next action-packed venture.

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What is coasteering?

In a nutshell, coasteering is an exciting group adventure where you safely explore a coastline at sea level on foot or by swimming, climbing, and jumping! But we'd go further and say it is an amazing experience, a thrilling adventure sport full of rock hopping, belly flopping, exploring sea caves, rock gully swimming, shore scrambling, sea level traversing, swell riding, rock climbing, and cliff jumping!

Where is the best place for coasteering in Pembrokeshire, Wales?

Blue Lagoon coasteering Pembrokeshire spot, Abereiddy

Pembrokeshire is a hive of activity for water sports enthusiasts and has some great spots for an amazing experience like paddleboarding, kite surfing, sailing, diving, kayaking and surfing.

One of the most adrenaline-pumping, water-based activities has to be coasteering and the best places for coasteering in Pembrokeshire are along the rugged North Pembrokeshire coastline between St Davids and Fishguard with the turquoise blue waters of the Blue Lagoon at Abereiddy being a top spot for some guided cliff jumping. To the north of Pembrokeshire, there are also some great coasteering adventure spots and operators around Cardigan. In South Pembrokeshire, you’ll also find unspoilt coasteering sites that are full of hidden wonder around Stackpole Quay and Lydstep.

Coasteering providers in Pembrokeshire

Enjoy a fun day out with family or friends and book in with one of these top coasteering venues and providers in Pembrokeshire.

Tenby coasteering

Tenby on the Pembrokeshire coastline. A great coasteering Pembrokeshire spot

While Tenby is well known for being a vibrant seaside town full of gorgeous gift shops, scrummy ice cream huts, fantastic fish and chip shops, and amazing restaurants set against a picture-perfect backdrop, it is also home to four fabulous beaches ideal for a range of water sports and beach activities. 

Depending on conditions and time of year, South Pembrokeshire also offers the perfect opportunity for some exhilarating coasteering. We’ve highlighted some of the top providers of coasteering sessions in Tenby and the surrounding area to enjoy on your holiday in Tenby.

Tenby Adventure

Coasteering group in Tenby Image by Tenby Adventure

Based in the heart of beautiful seaside Tenby, Tenby Adventure are coasteering, kayaking and adventure activity specialists. Experts in coastal group adventures, they will guide you around some of the most incredible parts of Pembrokeshire’s outstanding coastline.

They also cover Freshwater East and Manorbier so, if you fancy staying nearby, then take a look at our comfortable collection of Freshwater East cottages and holiday cottages in Manorbier.

  • Where: Depending on conditions and time of year: Tenby’s St Catherine's Island, Lydstep, Manorbier, Freshwater East
  • Ages: 8+
  • Price: From £40 for under 18s, £50 for adults
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Contact: Tenby Harbour, Tenby, Pembrokeshire, Wales, SA70 8BY, Tel: 07880 746892, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Kayaking, climbing, snorkelling

Coasteering St Davids and the Blue Lagoon, Abereiddy

St Davids Cathedral on a summer day

Historic St Davids is well known as Britain’s smallest city and is a great choice for a holiday in Pembrokeshire; take a look at our guide on things to do in St Davids for some holiday inspiration. Browse the bustling city centre with its quaint shops and take a look at our guide on St Davids restaurants for some delicious foodie inspiration. During your stay, why not try some St Davids coasteering with these top providers of coasteering sessions in St Davids and the surrounding area?

Celtic Quest

The award-winning Celtic Quest are specialists in all things Abereiddy coasteering, a beautiful former slate quarry and now one of the best coasteering locations in Pembrokeshire. Enjoy a guided coasteering session incorporating small and big cliff jumps, scrambling, climbing, sea level traversing, water features and more!

  • Where: Abereiddy Beach and the Blue Lagoon, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6DT
  • Ages: 5+ (please contact before booking for under 8s)
  • Price: Standard rate £55; group rate (6 people or more) £50
  • Duration: 3 hours
  • Tel: 01348 837337, Email: [email protected]


Cliff jumping with TYF
Image by Visit Wales with TYF Adventure

Pioneers in adventure, TYF will take you out to play on the wonderfully wild St Davids coast. Go flat out on a full-on adventure trip or choose a slower exploration. TYF offer high-quality coasteering journeys at a level that suits you.

  • Where: Around the beautiful beaches, sea caves, hidden coves, and secret caves of the St Davids peninsula
  • Ages: 12 and under need to be accompanied by an adult. Children 8 and under may need to be booked onto a private session, call to discuss
  • Price: £70
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Contact: 20 High Street, St. Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6SA, Tel: 01437 721 611, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding lessons (SUP), surfing, climbing, rockpool safari

Preseli Venture

Passionate about preserving the incredible Pembrokeshire coast, Preseli Venture believe in exploring it responsibly and they therefore provide sustainable guided sea kayaking, surfing, coasteering sessions and hiking activities.

  • Where: Various unspoilt National Trust locations along the North Pembrokeshire coast
  • Ages: 8+
  • Price: £50 - £60
  • Duration: 3.45 hours
  • Contact: Parcynole Fach, Mathry, Haverfordwest, Pembrokeshire, SA62 5HN, Tel: 01348 837709, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Sea kayaking, surfing

The Real Adventure Company

Enjoy high-quality cliff-jumping adventures in the Pembrokeshire playground with The Real Adventure Company. Passionate about the outdoors and with a wealth of experience, enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled experience in wild West Wales.

  • Where: A range of locations along the Pembrokeshire coastline (depending to the tides, weather and swell conditions) all within 20 minutes travel time of The Real Adventure Company base
  • Ages: Can accommodate a very wide age span, please call to discuss
  • Price: £45
  • Duration: 3.5 hours
  • Contact: Trehenlliw Farm, St Davids, Pembrokeshire, SA62 6PH, Tel: 07421 831462, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Sea kayaking, canoeing, surfing

Coasteering Stackpole Quay or Lydstep

Beautiful Barafundle Bay

Stackpole is a magnificent stretch of coastline with award-winning sandy beaches, wonderful wildlife, woodland walks and lovely lily ponds. Beautiful Barafundle Bay can be found here, a spectacular beach backed by sand dunes and pine trees. Stay in Bosherston and discover all that this gorgeous area of Pembrokeshire has to offer. Browse our top pick of providers of coasteering sessions in Stackpole and Lydstep for your next thrilling coastal adventure.

Pembrokeshire Coastal Adventure

Take your coastal adventure to the next level with Pembrokeshire Coastal Adventure. Their experienced guides will take you on an unforgettable journey around Pembrokeshire’s amazing coastline.

  • Where: Stackpole, Lydstep, Abereiddy
  • Ages: 8+
  • Price: adults £50, 8-18 £45
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Tel: 07946 582836, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Rock climbing

Outer Reef


Providing surf lessons, paddleboarding activities and equipment hire in Pembrokeshire, Outer Reef water sports centres are based in a range of idyllic locations across Pembrokeshire including Saundersfoot, Tenby Harbour, Stackpole Quay and Gupton Farm at Freshwater West.

  • Where: Stackpole Quay or Lydstep
  • Ages: 8+
  • Price: £45
  • Duration: 2 hours
  • Contact: Unit 4, Upper Lamphey Road, Pembroke, SA71 5JJ, Tel: 01646 680070, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Surf lessons, paddleboarding, kayaking

Activity Pembrokeshire

The 'one-stop shop' for activity breaks, Activity Pembrokeshire organises adventurous days out throughout Pembrokeshire, South Wales and beyond.

  • Where: Stackpole Quay, Aberporth
  • Ages: 8+
  • Tel: 07977 543396, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Sea kayak safaris

Coasteering Cardigan Bay

Dolphin jumping out of the water in Cardigan Bay

Known for its dolphins and range of things to do, Cardigan Bay is an adventure’s playground. Dive into a coasteering adventure in Cardigan Bay and explore this stunning coastline while immersing yourself in natural wonder. Embark on a special journey filled with excitement, adrenaline and memorable moments and take your pick from these top coasteering providers in Cardigan.

Adventure Beyond

Providing coasteering sessions for all ages and abilities, Adventure Beyond will take you on a thrilling half-day adventure that will get the blood pumping.

  • Where: Cardigan and St Davids
  • Ages: 8+
  • Price: £50 - £55
  • Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Contact: Scout Hall Boat House, The Strand, Cardigan, SA43 1EX, Tel: 01239 612 133 / 07787 123 761, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: White water rafting, canoeing, white water kayaking, gorge walking, raft building, bushcraft, white water tubing, sea kayaking, surfing, hill walking, stand-up paddleboarding, adventure racing

Cardigan Bay Active

White water rafting

Enjoy all the adventures of Ceredigion and North Pembrokeshire with Cardigan Bay Active. They aim to take you closer to the wonders of West Wales where you can explore its natural landscapes while enjoying fun and safe adventures.

  • Where: Cardigan Bay
  • Ages: 8+
  • Price: £50 - £55
  • Duration: 2.5 - 3 hours
  • Contact: Scout Hall Boat House, The Strand, Cardigan, SA43 1EX, Tel: 01239 612 133 / 07787 123 761, Email: [email protected]
  • Other activities: Canoeing, stand-up paddleboarding, white water tubing, sea kayaking, white water rafting, bushcraft, river kayaking, surf lessons, archery, axe throwing

Stay in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire cottages

Pine View - TenbySt Davids FarmhouseBoathouse On The Beach – Freshwater EastGlanymor Coastal View – Manorbier

With 186 miles of coast path, there are plenty of popular spots to visit along this varied coastline. With a host of beautiful Blue Flag beaches and quaint seaside towns to explore, Pembrokeshire is the ideal choice for a memorable seaside holiday.

Disclaimer: Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, please ensure you check carefully before making any decisions based on the contents within this article.

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