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Aquatic Adventures in Wales

Whether you’re an avid swimmer, a seabird spotter, or simply a lover of the seaside, Wales is the holiday destination for you. If you’re planning a trip to our beautiful nation and seeking out some aquatic adventures, then look no further. We’ve compiled a list of the most wonderful watery activities across the country.

Volvo Ocean Race

The Volvo Ocean Race, Cardiff

This May and June our capital will be playing host to the Volvo Ocean Race, a yacht race held around the world every three years. This year marks the first time in 12 years that the race has stopped over on British shores.

If you’re a sailing aficionado – or you’d simply like to join in the fun – you’ll want to get down to the Race Village, at Cardiff Bay Barrage, between the 27th May and the 10th June. Here you’ll find stalls, food & drink, live music, and a number of circus events – not to mention the racers themselves!

Surf Snowdonia, Conwy

Though you probably associate Snowdonia with altitude and freezing weather, this part of the world is also a haven for surfers. Surf Snowdonia is the world’s first inland surf lagoon; it uses wave pool technology to create waves of different sizes, and caters to surfers of all ability levels.

You can also enjoy the Crash & Splash Lagoon, a watery obstacle course suitable for children over the age of five.

Dolphin spotting, Cardigan Bay

The UK’s biggest pod of dolphins can be found in Cardigan Bay, which makes it the ideal holiday destination for wildlife enthusiasts who love the open ocean.

For the best chance of seeing dolphins, book your trip in the summer months and take an extended guided boat tour of the Bay.

The Green Bridge of Wales, Castlemartin

Combine walking with watery drama by heading to Castlemartin in Pembrokeshire. From here you can venture out to the rugged cliffs and enjoy a stunning coastal stroll.

The highlight here is the Green Bridge of Wales, a natural rock arch formed over thousands of years by the action of the waves. This is one sightseeing spot that definitely deserves photographing!

Waterfall Country, Brecon Beacons

Waterfall Country is one of the most beautiful regions in the Brecon Beacons – and an area that more than lives up to its name. Here, a combination of the sandstone and limestone terrain, and several connecting river tributaries, has formed a series of gorges, caves and waterfalls.

The most famous spot is undoubtedly Sgwd-y-Eira, the Snow Waterfall, on the River Hepste. Though this area is popular with cavers and kayakers, it’s also perfect for a day’s walking.

The Blue Lagoon, Abereiddi

If you love wild swimming, there are plenty of places in Wales where you can feed your addiction – including Barafundle Bay and Mwnt Beach. One of our favourite spots, though, is the Blue Lagoon in Abereiddi. This deep inland lake fills what was once a quarry, and is a hotspot for divers and swimmers – in the past, it has hosted the Red Bull Cliff Diving World Series.

If you're going to partake in some wild swimming here, or anywhere else in Wales, just remember to buddy up, stay wary of strong currents, and check the tide times.

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