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Whale & Dolphin Watching
Tour at a Glance
- 8hr whale, dolphin & marine wildlife tour
- Small group - max 12 passengers.
- Runs May, June, Early July
- Tour starts Oban & Tobermory, Mull
- £150 per adult (minimum of 6)
A full day ocean wildlife exploring in the Sea of Hebrides a recognised marine wildlife hotspot on the Hebrides Whale Trail. Our tour starts in Oban (Dunstaffnage Marina) and using our fast RIBS can take you to the whale grounds quickly and comfortably. We have an option to join the tour from Tobemory on the Isle of Mull, which cuts out an hour each way of the journey between there and Oban.
Join our marine biologist guides on an ocean discovery and let us show some amazing marine wildlife!Contact us
Depart Oban (Dunstaffnage Marina) Journey to the Whales!
It takes approximately 90min to reach the Sea of the Hebrides, through the Sound of Mull. This area is rich in history where we pass Duart Castle; seat of the McLean clan, sites of historic shipwrecks, lighthouses, stunning scenery and the famous waterfront of Tobermory. There is already chances to see a variety of wildlife along the way and for us to get to know you on the way our. Our boats have cabins so are both fast and comfortable.
Tobermory Pick Up
We have a pick up option in Tobermory, Isle of Mull where our Oban passengers have time to use the shore toilet facilities and stretch the legs whilst the new passengers joining us from here are checked in and briefed. If no passengers are joining us from Tobermory we will head straight for the Whale grounds
Hebrides Whale, Dolphin & Wildlife
We'll spend our tour exploring the Inner Hebrides around Mull, Coll & Small Isles a designated hotspot on the Hebrides Whale Trail. This will vary between along the coastline and open ocean following areas we know are great to see a variety of species.
The main whale species we see is Minke, along with common dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and porpoises. There are always a chance of basking sharks, along with rarer sightings such as the last members of the west coast orca pod, ocean sunfish and very rare, leatherback turtle!
We also see a lot of seabirds on our tours which are very abundant during summer months, species such as puffin, guilliemot, razorbill, manx shearwater and gannets. We also pass by area where white tailed sea eagles are resident and have very good chances to see them too.
Lunch Stop & Coffee on Anchor.
After a few hours at sea we'll make our way to one of our favorite anchorages near the Isle of Coll. This is calm protected water so provdes a welcome break to the open ocean. However it's not just a lovely spot to take a breather, there are is still much wildlife to see while we sit quiet for a while. Numerous grey and common seals that are resident in the surrounding islands and are curious of us and the boat. Many birds also pass by including eagles, oystercatchers, terns, herons and gulls. After a nice break we'll set back off for the Isle of Mull and we still have an hours journey passing prime wildlife areas to spot even more.
Arrive back to Tobermory for those passengers to depart whilst the Oban passengers have a short break ashore. You can nip along to the bakery, chocolate shop, the distillery, even a quick look in the excellent aquarium if you want more marine life!
At 15:45 we depart to head down the Sound of Mull which will get us back for around 5pm. There's still time for more wildlife such as porpoises, seals, seabirds and eagles on the way.
Arrive back to Oban (Dunstaffnage)
We hope you've had a great day, there's a chance to use the bathrooms and showers if you wish, otherwise safe onward travels!
- Amazing wildlife, scenery and culture
- Onboard binoculars, books and information guides
- Knowledgable marine biologist guides
- Small groups (max 12 passengers)
- Hot drinks and home baking
What's Not Included
- Weather or wildlife guarantees! The number of birds vary on a daily basis and when at sea we have chances to see all of the iconic species of the area
- Lunch - please bring your lunch with you.
- Transport to Oban or Mull - see this link to travel to Oban.