Portelet Bay


Portelet Bay
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Water Quality

Annual classification


Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Portelet is a beautiful bay with working harbour. The bay has a mixture of sand and rocky areas. The beach is very popular with families. There is a small kiosk at the top of the beach serving drinks and snacks, with an information board outside for further details about the beach and facilities.


The beach is used for swimming, fishing, snorkeling, canoeing, boating and exploring the rock pools at low tide.

Wildlife and Walks

The Ramsar site, Shingle Bank, is north of the beach and is fantastic for bird watching: http://www.visitguernsey.com/guernsey-safari-discover-our-wildlife

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken voluntarily at this beach by States of Guernsey from 15th May to 30th September.

Water samples do not need to be taken at this beach and may not be treated in the same way as designated bathing waters, but they are collected in the spirit of the Bathing Waters Directive.
Why isn't this a designated bathing water?

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification


What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


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Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

This beach is not yet classified, please see our safety tips below or contact the local beach operator for further information.

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at Portelet Bay

Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins Slipway Slipway



There is a small car park close by and a larger car park a few hundred meters along the road.

Dog restrictions


Dogs are permitted on this beach.

Beach cleaning

Beach manually cleaned daily