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Experience Snorkelling

Experience snorkelling in Oban at the North Argyll Snorkel Trail
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The North Argyll Snorkel Trail was founded in 2022, giving you some of the best highlights of our underwater world. A number of snorkel sites are around the Oban coastline so join our marine biologist guides and instructors to discover what lies beneath the waves. We will handpick the sites based on your abilities, making this a perfect experience for advanced snorkelers /free-divers and beginners alike. Usually we are around the Ganavan area a few miles along the coast from Oban town.

  • 3 hours to introduce snorkelling on Argyll’s coast
  • Discover cold water reefs, kelp forests and seagrass meadows
  • Learn about the wildlife and critters from our expert guides
  • See colourful macro life to shimmering shoals of fish
  • Visit responsibly guided by a marine biologist

* Snorkelling participation requires a minimum experience level, see more information here.


marine life seen during snorkeling around Oban


You will try snorkelling at one of our favourite sites, which we will choose based on your experience and weather conditions on the day. You will be emailed the meeting location before your booked date. We will meet you at the water with your pre-booked snorkelling equipment

For more information on travel and staying in Oban please see our FAQs.

snorkel ganavan at the north argyll snorkel trail

On the Tour

Once you arrive at the snorkel site your instructor will meet you and guide you through your equipment. They will provide you with ample time to discuss and ask questions before getting in the water.

We will help you change into your wetsuit, and demonstrate the use of the fins, mask and snorkel, as well as provide our top snorkelling tips!

We can spend up to 90min in the water, but the session is yours so you can choose how long to stay in for.

Once out you can get dry, enjoy a hot chocolate and talk about all the amazing critters you saw.

To learn more about which species can be seen, check out our underwater wildlife guide.

snorkeling in Oban

Who is the tour for?

Calm conditions and interesting marine life, make this the perfect introduction for those who haven’t snorkelled before but are ready to dip their toes in the sea. To join our in- water activities you must be comfortably able to swim a minimum of 100m unaided in open water.

We have BSAC snorkel courses for those who would like the full course and learn with an instructor. Private sessions are ideal for families, small groups, or those who would like one to one guiding.

8 is the minimum age for this trip

Access to the water may be over rocks or sandy beaches so a basic level of fitness is required.*

Tour expectations

Our introductory snorkel sessions are for those who feel the benefit of guidance in the water, the focus is to develop confidence and basic snorkelling skills. We will search for marine life, the visibility varies depending on the site and conditions.

The water temperature ranges from 8°C in April – 14°C in September. Our hire wetsuits will keep you comfortable during your experience although you may find the session is shorter in winter and longer in summer.

There are no facilities at the snorkel sites, but we will provide you with information detailing everything you will need to enjoy your day after booking.

Ready to join us on an adventure?


Tour Prices

Per person

from £60

Per person

from £40 (for children ages 8-16)

Private Charter rates

from £240 (Up to 6 guests)

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Full payment is required at the time of booking.

What’s Included?

  • 3 hour Introduction to Snorkel Session
  • Visit the North Argyll Snorkel Trail
  • Responsibly guided by a marine biologist
  • Hot drink
  • Use of information guides.

Additional Considerations

  • Accommodation in Oban
  • Equipment Hire
  • Travel to the meeting point
  • Food and Drink


Please see our cancellation policy and terms and conditions here.

Please note this tour needs a minimum of 4 snorkellers to run.


Our Try Snorkelling runs from April to July, before taking a break for the shark season and resuming in September – November. We have 6 spaces per instructor, providing a personal low impact way to explore the underwater world.

If you would like to combine your activity with our boat-based snorkelling tours see our full list of options here.

Hire equipment

If you are participating in our activities please check our hire equipment information. You will need to input your requirements and sizes at the time of booking – find our wetsuit size charts here.

Ready to Book?

After booking your preferred date you will receive a confirmation email with a linked information document.

Please note this tour needs a minimum of 4 snorkellers to run, we will be in touch during your tour lead-up regarding capacity and sea conditions.