Pembrokeshire is one of our favourite places to have a sea kayaking vacation, but they often throw coasteering into the mix too. Decked from head to toe in Neoprene, plus helmets and buoyancy aids, coasteering is, basically, all about chucking yourself into deep water from rocky heights. No ropes, just scrambling up rock faces, with the supervision of qualified instructors, and then jump. And swim. Climb up somewhere else, jump in again, and swim. Or, as one instructor put it, "all those things your mother wouldn’t let you do in the sea when you were a child".
A good coasteering operator also helps you discover marine life as you traverse the tide line. Forage for seaweed, lose your fear of jellyfish by learning how to hold one properly and learn about limpets and urchins. You don’t have to do the jumps when you go coasteering and a good guide will not pressurise you into any jumping. It’s just about being in the sea and clambering into secret, rocky places you wouldn’t otherwise be able to explore. Coasteering is childs play, for all ages.