The Beach Guide

Porth Dafarch Beach

The National Trust owned Porth Dafarch is a sheltered sandy beach on the south coast of Holy Island. Nestling below rugged headlands, the beach offers safe anchorage for yachts, rock pools for children to play in and clean bathing water.

Porth Dafarch offers some good snorkelling in its sheltered waters but the area is best known for its scuba diving with the 1886 wreck of the steamer Missouri situated around half a mile offshore.

The beach here is great for those of an active persuasion; there are cycle racks to park your bike and a slipway for launching your (not power-) boat.
Strangely for a Blue Flag beach there is no lifeguard service. There is however a beach warden on duty during the summer months.

Other facilities include a parking area and public toilets.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dog ban in force from 1st May until 30th September

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  • Kayaking/canoeing
  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Good fishing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Rock pooling


  • Slipway

Nearest town



LL65 2LS

OS grid ref.

SH 2339 8000

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Porth Dafarch Beach Reviews

The most beautiful beach

Jul 19th 2019

This has been my favourite beach for over 50 years . It has blue Flag , there are toilets and is free of dogs in the Summer months
It’s a great family beach for a full days fun

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