Diving Stackpole Quay

Stackpole Quay is situated on the South side of the county making it an ideal fallback site should St Brides and Martins Haven be inaccessible due to strong Northerly winds/swell. Postcode for the National Trust car park is SA71 5LS.

They advise that you sort out your dive kit in the car park, then either ealk it down to the barriers, just past the tea rooms, or drive it down and drop it off. Either way, your car must stay in the car park.

Once you have kitted up on the beach, the actual quay wall is to your right. Head out of the bay with the wall to your right.

The right hand side of the bay is by far the best side to dive. Swim out on the surface until you pass the large boulders at the mouth of the bay and descend to the seabed. The seabed is flat and sandy with finger gullies and reefs stretching as far as the eye can see. Due to the gullies there is no “set” route for this dive and divers are advised to explore every nook and cranny. Large numbers of Dogfish can be found here as well as Snake lock Anemone beds. Beautiful Nudibranchs and anemones are firm favorites among divers who visit this site.

Recreational anglers frequent this site so care is needed as loose weighted fishing line and hooks can be found on the reef and in the kelp.

Most commonly found marine life at Stackpole Quay include: Dogfish, Dragonet, Pollock, Topmot Blennies, Pipefish, 15 Spine Stickleback, Squid, Cuttlefish, Nudibranchs, Crabs, Lobsters, Thornback Rays and Blonde Rays.

Be aware when you return that you route find as it has been known to swim straight past the entrance of the cove whilst underwater.

Gas fills in Milford Haven from Haven Diving Services.

Depth: 14MTRS Maximum Depth
Current/Swell: On Southerly Winds and Changing Tide
Experience Level: All Qualification Levels
Boat Traffic: YES Kayak users (SMB/DSMB advised)

In order to get more dives in the beautiful Pembrokeshire waters, feel free to join our dive club called BSAC Scavenger Dive Boat Club. Also, find us on Facebook here.

Published by Mark Lewis Adventures

I am a passionate adventurer, loving being in the mountains walking, climbing, scrambling as much as I love being under the water exploring shipwrecks, mines and caverns, or in search of treasure in the depths. My real passion lies in combining mountains and water and as such you’ll often find me either in the mountains altitude diving, or in the mountains ice diving. Both exhilarating and peaceful – allowing me to regenerate the inner me, whilst pushing myself physically and mentally.

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