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Unique area of water with underwater seascapes rich in marine plant and animal life just off the coast of Pembrokeshire
The waters around Skomer Island and Marloes Peninsula have been designated a Marine Conservation Zone thanks to the amazing abundance of sea creatures that live here.
This is the only stretch of water in Wales to have such a protected status and it is managed by Natural Resources Wales.
Martin's Haven is the starting point for most visitors to Skomer Marine Conservation Zone.
Watch the film below for an introduction to the Marine Conservation Zone.
Plants, crustaceans, fish and mammals depend on one another in a complex food chain in the varied underwater terrain here.
This food chain ranges from simple plankton to the grey seal for which the rocky shores and sheltered bays provide sanctuary.
Grey seals come ashore during the autumn to give birth and you may catch a glimpse of them on remote beaches around the Marloes Peninsula.
Many other marine animals also call the water around Skomer home. These include over 100 different sponges, 40 species of anemone and soft coral, and even 65 types of sea slug!
Martin's Haven is the starting point for most visitors to the Marine Conservation Zone.
The car park in Martins Haven is operated by the National Trust.
Please use this car park (do not attempt to drive onto the beach!) and then follow the short but steep lane down the towards the beach.
Visit our marine exhibition centre at Fisherman’s Cottage on the way to the beach from the car park.
You can explore the pebbly beach and rocky shore at Martins Haven beach or head for the area known as the Deer Park.
The Deer Park is managed by the National Trust. It has a waymarked circular walk and some wonderful viewpoints towards Skomer Island and across St Bride's Bay.
The National Trust provides waymarked walks on the land it manages on the Marloes Peninsula.
Two of these walks can be started from the Martins Haven car park:
Pick up a walks leaflet from the car park attendant when you arrive or find out more on the National Trust website.
Skomer Island is a National Nature Reserve, famous for its seabird colonies and wildlife.
It is managed by the Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales and you can find out more about it on the Wildlife Trust’s website.
Boats depart from Martins Haven for Skomer Island which is about one mile off the coast from Easter to October. You can either take a trip to land on the island or go on a cruise around it.
All the boats pass through Skomer Marine Conservation Zone and you can often see puffins, guillemots, razorbills, gannets, and seals on the rocks. If you are lucky you may also spot porpoises, common dolphins and sunfish.
You can only buy tickets for boat trips to Skomer Island from the Wildlife Trust's Lockley Lodge Visitor Centre which is situated at the top of the lane in Martins Haven.
Skomer Marine Conservation Zone is a great place to visit and explore on the water.
The visitor moorings at North Haven may be used free of charge.
You can also anchor on the northward side of the moorings and in South Haven.
From tide-swept reefs to sheltered bays and wrecks, there are many fantastic sites to dive in Skomer Marine Conservation Zone.
All divers should:
Clubs are welcome to dive here but should plan their diving using the safety information and user regulations.
Martins Haven is also a popular shore diving site. As this area is busy with boats, please use a surface marker buoy.
Please park in the National Trust car park in Martins Haven. You can then access several popular angling sites on the Marloes Peninsula.
The marine exhibition centre at Fisherman’s Cottage, Martins Haven is open 9.00 – 5.00 daily from Easter to the end of October.
Scheduled ferry services to Skomer Island depart from Martins Haven from Easter to October (subject to weather conditions).
Martins Haven is three miles east of the village of Marloes.
The car park at Martins Haven is operated by the National Trust. There is a charge for car parking.
Take the B4327 from Haverfordwest. After about 12 miles, take the minor road to the village of Marloes. Go through the village and follow the road for a further two miles to Martins Haven. Park in the National Trust car park.
Please use the car park - do not attempt to drive onto the beach.
Skomer Marine Conservation Zone is on Ordnance Survey (OS) map OL 36.
The OS grid reference is SM 761 090.
The Puffin Shuttle route 400 goes from St David’s to Marloes. For timetables go to Pembrokeshire County Council's website.
For more details about public transport visit Traveline Cymru.
Skomer Marine Conservation Zone office is in Fisherman’s Cottage, Martins Haven.
Tel: 01646 636736 or 0300 065 3000
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