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Four Day Basking Shark & Wildlife Tour
The four day tour is for people who want to maximise their time at sea and gain a fuller experience with the basking sharks.
These trips are all based from the Isle of Coll and we visit Fingal’s Cave, the puffin colony (during puffin season), and the seal lagoon. If you are a qualified diver there is the option for an evening dive.
You will spend three nights on Coll, allowing you to get to know the locals a little better over a wee dram. You'll have a few more chances for early morning and evening otter spotting, or even some late night star-gazing as the island has a dark sky designation.
The schedule for the trip will be adapted to suit the group on board and the wildlife present at the time. We can spend the whole time with the sharks or add in as little or as much of the other highlights as desired.
Please see our itinerary below.
We have some additional spaces for a four day tour on 10th August 2017. Please note the Puffins will have left their nesting site by then, however we may see them at sea. Due to the ferry it is four days and four nights. The tour starts Thursday and ends Sunday, but the next ferry is Monday morning. Accommodation is very limited and bunkhouse spaces may not be available. Please email us first to discuss.Book Now
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. We will then brief you on the plan for the next few days.
The first day we usually head to the crystal clear waters of the islands where there is a large seal colony. With the water only a few metres deep, the visibility excellent and white sand onto healthy reefs, it’s a stunning area. You can see more about this on our seal swimming page which we also run as a day trip from Oban.
After a good few hours here, we will spend the rest of the day looking for sharks and other wildlife. Whilst we are in the area, there are also good chances of spotting minke whales, common and bottlenose dolphins and porpoises. We even have rare visitors such as orca, sunfish and leatherback turtles! In addition there are abundant seabirds including bonxies, terns, fulmars, razorbills, guillemots and cormorants to name a few.
Today we will fully focus on looking for sharks and wildlife, the benefit of the location is we are right at shark central. Depending on the weather we’ll cover all our favourite spots in the area searching for sharks however there are plenty of wildlife watching and snorkelling opportunities in between.
With the first evening being quite hectic, as you have just arrived, we usually leave any extra activities to night two/three. There are a number of options:
- You can have a relaxing dinner and a drink while appreciating the view, or take a stroll by yourself
- We can lead a guided walk to look for otters in the harbour area
- For qualified divers we can take you for a stunning and sheltered dive
Our search for basking sharks continues and depending on the weather we would look to add in some of the island landings on days 3 and 4. These include the nearby island such as Lunga to see the seabird and puffin colony (May to July). Landings from our RIBs are via dingy and our guides will escort you ashore where you can get very close to puffins and then visit the seabird city where there are thousands of nesting birds on nearby sea stack.
We sometimes combine this with visit FIngal's Cave on the Isle of Staffa where we hope to land you depending on the swell and in calm conditions we also swim in the cave. An amazing experience!
We may even take a day to explore the remote Hyskier lighthouse around an hour away from our base. This volcanic pinnacle attracts lots of wildlife and is an amazing wilderness to explore.
The last day will be flexible- if you are still hungry for shark action we will head out for more or if we haven't had a chance yet, it's another opportunity to fit in the puffins or Staffa. We plan to have another full day at sea so check out from the accommodation will be in the morning prior to the tour.
Normally we plan the schedule so that on return from this full day you will catch the evening ferry back to Oban after a memorable trip.
For groups booking this trip there is an option to add in a private transfer from Oban to Coll, however this options is weather dependent, so we prefer the more guaranteed option of the ferry.
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.
- Four 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
- Guided evening otter & wildlife walk
- Optional evening scuba dive for qualified divers
- Onboard binoculars, books and information guides
- Three 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 days 2-4.
- Travel to the meeting point on the Isle of Coll (ferry information here)