Michael, mum, dad and I took an ‘Exciting Jet Boat Adventure‘ around Ramsey Island, leaving close-by from St Justinians.
Explore the caves, venture through rocky gorges and across some of the strongest sea currents onboard our powerful, shallow draft, water propelled jet boat. Experience the swirling currents and turbulent water in Ramsey Sound. Marvel at some of the highest sea cliffs in Wales. Search for our resident Harbour Porpoise, the Atlantic Grey Seal colony and hundreds of seabirds. There’s also a wildlife guide onboard.
Apparently we timed our trip well, as in two weeks almost all of the nesting seanbirds will be gone. We saw guillemots, oystercatchers, razorbills, auks, cormorants, kitehawk, fulmars and a buzzard. Seagulls were circling waiting to pounce on any undefended chicks. The guide was excellent and had a dry sense of humour, so we had a good time. Michael and I sat behind mum and dad, using them as an effective winbdbreak. There were only eight passenders on board the 500hp Ocean Ranger which jetted across the water pretty fast. After leaving St David’s Lifeboat Station, the boat made a couple of sharp turns, pitching nicely! We had a look at ‘The Bitches’ rocks, jagged, serrated and nasty. The guide told us that the tide reached up to 15 knots over them, the almanac in the pub said 6 knots at springs. Fast either way. We saw The Bitches at slack water, and at the end of our hour tour when there was already an impressive race over the rocks.
The skipper was great an manoeuvring the jet boat into the coves and bays of Ramsey Island. We went completely into a small cave, which will be used in the autumn by seals having their pups. We saw quite a few young seals on our tour around the Island.
Very enjoyable trip. Ramsey Island would be well worth a day visit. According to the guide when Ramsey was operated as a commercial farm, sheep, cows and horses used to be tied together and swum to the mainland. Pigs lacerate their throats with their trotters when they are swimming, so they ended up being floated across in barrels. Another tall tale? 🙂
We picked up Elisabeth from the cottage and visited Whitesands Bay and had lunch in the little cafe there. The weather was sunny but a bit windy. Spent an hour at the beach, on the little picnic tables.