For 2013 we are improving and extending our three-day tours to try and encapsulate more of what the Hebrides is about! We will be based on the beautiful island of Coll for these tours, meaning we are far closer to all the main hotspots and gives us more opportunities for wildlife and adventures.
On the trip we will have three full days at sea and will give you the best opportunity to experience basking sharks and all manner of other wildlife in the area. This tour will try cover all the main natural wonders, tourist spots, cultural heritage and wildlife experiences that exist in the area. 3 days can only cover so much ground too – so if you really want the whole experience and see absolutely everything try our week long adventure! You won’t be disappointed!
Friday Day 1
After meeting and loading the boat we will look at the weather and decide which route to take out to the Isle of Coll. Either via the dramatic cliffs and bays of south Mull or through the picturesque Sound of Mull, looking out for the white tailed sea eagles, seals and porpoises as we go.
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. The ecosystem here is as good as anywhere in Scotland with lots of fish, colourful nudibranchs, crustaceans and anemones.You can see more about this on our seal swimming page which we do run as a day trip.
After a good few hours here, we will spend the rest of the day looking for sharks, now everyone has their kit sorted and used to how things work on the boat. However if the weather is really good and there are lots of sharks we may just go for that option to start with if everyone is experienced! Whilst we are in the area, there are good chances of spotting Minke Whales, Common and Bottlenose Dolphins & Porpoises. There were even a couple of occasions in 2013 when Killer Whales were spotted in this area! In addition there are abundant seabirds, including bonxies, terns, fulmars, razor bills, guillemots and cormorants to name a few.
Saturday Day 2
Today we will fully focus on looking for sharks and being based from Coll 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.
In the evening we have an opportunity to do a shore dive on the wonderful Coll pier and if the weather is good we may have a beach bbq. We have limited space for dive gear and if there are many divers we may have to take a 4×4 on the ferry with the equipment and a surcharge will be required for this. It may be better for larger groups of divers to book a specific trip and we can tailor this to your requirements.
Sunday Day 3
Depending on Day 1 & 2′s success and weather we will try to include island landings on these days. This can include visiting the island of Lunga to see the puffins (see this link) and also Fingals Cave on the Island of Staffa(see this link). These trips are weather depending and we will change things around to suit the forecast. On the way back we can have a stop in the picturesque village of Tobermory on Mull or head back via the Ross of Mull, passing Iona and the Abbey where there are some fabulously clear water and stunning bays. Of course is everyone wants more shark action we can keep going!
Accommodation & Prices
We stay in the Coll Bunkhouse booking out the entire facility for our group. The facility sleeps 16 in three rooms. There are 3 separate showers and four separate toilets, a large living room/kitchen and a drying room. It’s only 2 years old and a fantastic facility, very comfortable and nothing like any ‘bunkhouse’ i’ve been in. All of our guests have been impressed with it on our previous tours. However please bear in mind that you will be sharing a room with the other guests. There are however hotel and B&B opportunities too (see below).
During the evenings there is more time for wildlife watching, looking for the local otter who frequents the pier or even taking a bike ride or stroll on one of the nearby stunning beaches. The island is truly idyllic and a peaceful environment full of wildlife and Scottish culture. The island has endless photographic opportunities, however if you are satisfied after a packed day of activities usually we have a group meal and a few drinks to wind down too!
There are B&B and hotel options on the island too if you would rather have this level of accommodation however there is a surcharge for this unfortunately.
- Three Day’s Shark/Seal Swims & Wildlife Boat Tour
- Two Nights Accommodation
- Knowledgable Guides
- Guided Tour of Lunga, Staffa, Iona (weather permitting)
- Hot & Cold Drinks
- Amazing wildlife, scenery and culture
- Onboard binoculars, books and information guides.
What’s not Included;
- Equipment Hire, please contact us if you need equipment.
- Weather or Wildlife Guarantees! Sorry we’d love to be able to do that. But we cover so much ground there is always something to see and being an island archipelago there is always plenty of sheltered water.
- Although we have plenty of snacks onboard, please bring your lunch with you each day.
- Evening Meals – two choices of restaurant and self catering option at the bunkhouse.
- Oban Accommodation (the night before or after!)– we can book this for you if required.
- Transport to Oban- again we can arrange this for you as necessary, especially for large groups arriving from overseas.
£450 per person
20% Deposit Secures your – spot. Fill out the booking form here first.
Group discounts available for whole charter.
Please enquire for costs to upgrade to B&B/Hotel.
20-22nd June – Summer Solstice
If these dates do not suit, and there is space in the calendar we can put on extra days for group booings.