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Oban Snorkel & Wildlife Tour

Based from Oban, we offer a 1/2 day (4-6 hour) snorkelling and wildlife tour around the islands. This is a great tour around the Oban & Lorn coastline which we also offer as an option if one of our day tours is cancelled due to bad weather offshore. Thankfully in these situations we usually have more sheltered conditions closer to home but still a great experience. We also run this tour specially for groups.

During this tour we start by visiting the local seal colony around Lismore Island, also looking for porpoises and seabirds along the way. Sometimes you can be lucky and have bottlenose or common dolphins, however they are more regularly seen on our offshore trips. Following some wildlife spotting along the Lismore shore, we make our way past castle Stalker for a quick picture and then over to the Morven peninsula.

The peninsula is a very remote part of the mainland with large cliffs, forest and granite rocks at the shoreline. We think it looks very Jurassic Park, with no human influence!  This is a great area for spotting the white-tailed sea eagles. You will need to have good eyes to spot them in the trees or on cliff tops and sometimes we also see them in full flight. There is also a chance to spot otters around this coastline too.

We stop the boat along this coast to have a marine-life snorkel safari with our marine biologist snorkel guides. They can show you some of the colourful marine life we have in our rich waters. This can include starfish, sea-urchins, kelp forests, fish such as pollack and wrasse, even small spotted catsharks or rays. At this time you can also have a paddle around on our sit-on-top kayaks, maybe even landing ashore to explore for a while.

 

From here we head straight for home and a hot shower at the marina, however we’ll give you a hot chocolate and a tasty treat to keep you going on the way home. It’s a lot to pack in to such a short trip but there’s always a variety of things to see and do, even if we are staying closer to home on this tour.

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What's Included

  • Knowledgeable guides
  • Snorkelling, kayaking or boat based option
  • Hot drinks
  • Home baking snack
  • Amazing wildlife, scenery and culture
  • Onboard binoculars, books and information guides

What's Not Included

  • Equipment Hire - please see our hire gear page for information.
  • Weather or wildlife guarantees! 
  • Lunch - please bring your lunch with you.
  • Accommodation
  • Transport to Oban. See this link to travel to Oban. For international clients or groups we can arrange buses from Edinburgh or Glasgow.