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

Anglesey dog friendly beaches »


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


  • Slipway

Nearest town



LL65 2LS

OS grid ref.

SH 2339 8000


There is free parking for 30 cars by the beach.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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Porth Dafarch Beach Reviews

Lovely Beach

Oct 05th 2021

Great place always clean and a safe shallow cove that is ideal for learning sea skills, outside taps for washing sand off, toilets cleaned in the morning and locked at night, well done Anglesey.

Winning winning winning

Donald Trump
Sep 23rd 2021

Beautiful beach…beautiful. A real sad shame about the toilets but beautiful beach,don’t believe the fake news.

Noisy as a building site.

David Brown
Jul 21st 2021

Beautiful spot. Continuous annoying noise from a really loud generator. I’m not sure whether it was coming from the burger van, or the shed next to it.

Dog Nuisance

May 18th 2021

Fantastic beach with easy access to the coast path. Pity about the many dog owners
who ignore the sign. More signs needed about the restriction, or more considerate dog owners.

A real gem

Aug 22nd 2020

This is a gorgeous beach. Just so pretty. Soft sand and gentle waters.


Aug 13th 2020

This beach ticks all the boxes, it’s beautiful, safe, no dogs, there is a warden, free car parking and toilets, clean clear water, and a sandy beach.
It’s hard to beat.

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

What did we get wrong?