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Skomer is an island off the coast of southwest Wales, one of a chain lying within a kilometre off the Pembrokeshire coast and separated from the mainland by the treacherous waters of Jack Sound. The Island measures approximately 2.4 km (1.5 mi) north-south and 3.2 km (2 mi) east-west.
Burrows honeycombing the island are clearly visible nevertheless it is hard to realise the thousands of birds incubating their eggs underground. It is only the return of the adult puffins with beaks full of fish glinting like metallic rainbows that signals the hatching of the eggs. So May into June is a perfect time to visit the island and witness this frenzy of activity.
Access to the Island is restricted to about 250 people per day. Boats sail from Martin’s Haven on the mainland, a 15–20 minute trip every day except Monday (Bank Holiday Mondays excepted) from April to October at 10am, 11am and 12 noon. Return is between 3pm and 4pm, providing ample time on the island. Transport is on a first come first served basis and long queues can develop early in the morning. Conditions will dictate whether the crossing is viable and the boatman has the option of withdrawing the service on the day.