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Two Day Basking Shark & Wildlife Tour

These tours are based on the Isle of Coll and give you much more time out in the Hebrides. We have a half day at the lagoon with the seals on this trip and you benefit from experiencing the tranquility and scenery of staying on Coll. 

The two day trip gives you much more time in the basking shark hotspot area, almost four times as much as a one day tour as the journey time from Oban is cut out. 

You will spend 2 nights on the Coll which gives you a taster of island life, a chance to take in the coastal views, look for otters, and sample some of the excellent local food.

These tours run exclusively during July, August and the start of Sept. Please see our itinerary below and click book now to see prices and availability.  

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Itinerary

Day 1
10:00

We will meet you at the ferry terminal on the Isle of Coll at 10am where we will transfer you to your accommodation to drop your bags and give you the trip briefing. 

11:30 -18:00

We usually start by snorkelling with the seals at the fantastic lagoon with excellent visibility, shallow water and abundant marine life. This allows everyone to sort their gear out and have a great time hanging out with the seals.

If the group is experienced in the water and wishes to do so, we can go straight to look for basking sharks however the lagoon is not to be missed as it's such a beautiful and diverse environment.

Evening

After a later afternoon/early evening finish and a  packed day of activities most people will settle into the accomodation on return to the island. Then have a meal at the hotel or cafe before maybe sampling a wee dram in the bar, Slàinte!

It's a good time of day to have a look for the Otter's if you still have some energy! However we will usually run a guided walk on night 2 as we have more time. 

Day 2
After breakfast

We plan a full day searching for basking sharks and other wildlife. The day will be flexible depending on the sharks' location and the weather. 

For example we may dedicate a full day to the sharks or add in the lagoon if we didn't go there on day 1. We don't visit the puffins or Fingal's cave, or scuba dive in the evenings on this tour. If you want to add in these options then choose a three or four day itinerary or even a week long adventure.

Evening

Following our busy day at sea we will aim to retun in the late afternoon.

Weather depeding, in the evening we will offer an optional  guided otter & wildlife walk around the bay. Usually there are some seals and birdlife, whilst hoping that the otters will be foraging at this time.  

The evening light is also great for photography but you will of course be able to enjoy a meal or drink at the hotel or cafe on your last night in Hebridean paradise!

Day 3
Ferry

An early check out and we will drop you and your bags at the ferry for travelling to Oban, this varies in time day to day to please check with us when making your travel plans.

Accommodation

Accommodation is based at the 5* bunkhouse on the island where we stay for the duration of the peak season. It's a five minute walk from the boat and very close to the hotel bar & restaurant, cafe and shop. It is self catering, but you can buy supplies at the shop, order packed lunches on the island and eat out for dinner. Otherwise you can self cater for the full trip if you prefer.

This facility has three bedrooms with bunk beds sleeping either 4 or 6 per room. We do try to keep the rooms to same sex but this is not always possible. There is a very large living space with lounge, kitchen and dining area which easily accommodates the whole group, 4 showers and 5 toilets. 

For those who wish to have their own room, you can independently book the equally stunning Bed & Breakfast or Hotel. Costs vary depending on the room and view but based on 2 people sharing range from £40-£75 per person per night extra. We do have rooms reserved on the island during our tours so please contact us in the first instance.

What's Included

  • Two days shark and wildlife boat tour
  • Ferry Pick-up
  • Amazing wildlife, scenery and culture
  • Knowledgeable and experienced guides
  • Hot drinks and home baking snack after snorkelling
  • Onboard binoculars, books and information guides
  • Guided Evening otter & Wildlife Walk
  • Two nights bunkhouse accommodation on the island (B&B/ Hotel option available for additional cost)

What's Not Included

  • Equipment Hire - please see here for gear hire.
  • Weather or wildlife guarantees! Sorry we’d love to be able to do that but we really do believe that our trips give you the best chance of seeing sharks.
  • Lunch - please bring your lunch with you for day 1. Packed lunches available on the island for day 2.
  • Travel to the meeting point on the Isle of Coll (ferry information here)