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“fantastic for sea birds” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Skomer Island

Skomer Island
Wales
+44 1646 603123
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Ranked #5 of 108 attractions in Pembrokeshire
Type: Islands
Activities: Birdwatching, Viewing wildlife
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Tel Aviv, Israel
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“fantastic for sea birds”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2013

Skomer is one of those fantastic places that should be high on the wishlist of any naturalist or bird lover
the place is, on a lovely July day, teeming with birds - especially puffins, thousands of which can be seen from distances of often less than a couple of meters, as well as several species of gulls (greater black-backed and herring gulls are the most obvious), gullimots, razorbills, and kittiwakes - as well as some ravens, jackdaws, a few choughs, wheatears etc.
Seals (harbour and common) can be seen in the water, and although we failed to spot any, rumor has it that porpoises and other cetaceans, as well as common lizards and slow worms are also abundant
a great, great, nature experience

Visited July 2013
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Utrecht, The Netherlands
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“Puffins galore!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2013

To see puffins (and a great many of them) at very close quarters, Skomer really is the place to be! It is rare to be able to get so close to a colony where the puffins even fly in with beaks full of sand eels. The island is very beautiful and there are several nice walking trails. The warden gave sound and good information about the island and the wildlife. The only inconvenience is that pre-booking is not possible and that the organisation works on a first come, first served basis. This is particularly difficult for those who do not have a car at their disposal - to get to the harbour in time, a rather long walk is required from Marloes and you have to get up very early to be there before the crowds in their cars arrive.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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“All for the want of a sign.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2013

We drove for miles very early in the morning after learning like others that you have to be there at the crack of dawn.
Gentlemen in the National trust car park were very helpful and pointed us to the gap in the corner to get out of car park. So far so good,
What no one tells you is that the place that sells the Landing tickets is also the place you get the boat ticket.
We walked for nearly half hour trying to find out where to get a boat trip ticket from after all why would I buy a landing ticket unless I knew I could get to the island. All it needs is a sign outside that Says "Landing and Boat tickets".
Maybe their sign only says landing tickets because they don't take the money for the boat.

We were then told that you cannot book for the next day, when others say they have.

Low and behold I have found a way that you can prebook.

Basically if are are prepared to spend allot more money here's how to do it...

Pay £90+ to a commercial organisation that works hand in hand with them
then they will guarantee you a crossing on not just any boat but the first one.

But as for me If I want to see Puffins..Farne Islands it is.

Visited July 2013
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Gloucestershire
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“An Island Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

Never seen a Puffin? Want to see a Puffin? Then you have just gotta go here! Be sure, however, to get down to the ticket office early (it opens at 08:00 but you will be too late for the first boat that leaves at 10:00!! At the height of the season, May - July, people start queuing at 06:30!!).
Best place to meet them is at The Wick where they wander amongst you..... Sadly, the chances of seeing a LIVE Manx Sheerwater are poor. Dead ones are aplenty. Black Winged Gulls are rather partial to them ans so constantly ambush them!
Be warned, there is only one toilet on the island and that is at 'the farm' right in the center. No shops either but you can get water. Sometimes. If it's hot, it goes quickly - take with you.
The staff and volunteers are great. Friendly and knowledgeable.

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London, United Kingdom
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“Skomer Island - Puffins”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We went to Skomer Island while we were on our holiday in Pembrokeshire, Wales. We went because from May to end of July you can see puffins.

The island is uninhabited and only 250 people are allowed on the island on any day. The island is beautiful. Wild and rugged cliffs and crashing seas. We went at the end of June/ beginning of July and the island was covered in pink flowers. There were thousands of puffins - they are such sweet/comical birds that live in borrows - you can get really close to them - they are not at all afraid of people and we took loads of pictures. The trip was approximately 3 - 4 hours long - although I think you can stay for longer if you manage to get on the first ferry.

You do have to be at the ferry quite early because you don't book, but just turn up and it is first come first served and people arrive early.

It was a lovely adventure, peaceful and tranquil and we have lots of photos to remember it by.
If you like puffins (and other birds) then definitely recommend a visit to Skomer.

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