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Diving with Basking Sharks

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Trip at a Glance

  • Company

    Big Fish Expeditions

  • Locations

    Tobermory, Scotland, United Kingdom

  • Activities

    Adventure, Nature, Snorkeling, Wildlife Photography

  • Price
    $1995 USD per person
  • Duration

    5 days/ 6 nights

  • Departure Day(s) and Time(s)

    July 23-29, 2017

  • Starting Location

    Tobermory, Scotland

  • Price Includes

    Five days boat travel with a knowledgeable and dedicated captain and crew. Six nights accommodation in Tobermory. Light breakfast and lunch while onboard, plus endless tea and coffee. Tank & weights. We will only manage one or two dives during the week as we will be concentrating on basking sharks most of the time. We will try to sneak in at least one scuba dive with grey seals. Mobile camping equipment (except sleeping bag) in case we decide to camp on a remote island.

  • Notes

    NOT INCLUDED: Dive gear other than tanks and weights. Meals while on shore. Transfers to Tobermory, Isle of Mull. Price is per person based on double occupancy

Highlights

  • Cozy Cottage in Tobermory
  • Scenic ferry ride to the Isle of Mull from Oban on the Scottish coast
  • During the crossings between islands, you will have the chance to see harbour and grey seals, minke whales, dolphins, puffins, northern gannets and countless other colonies of seabirds
  • Time permitting we will probably stop at a site called 'The Cairns' on the northern tip of the Isle of Coll to jump in with grey seals

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Trip Info

This Big Fish Expeditions Basking Shark Adventure combines the best location, the best season (for weather and animals) and the best boat with the most experienced Captain. Sign up for a true adventure off the rugged west coast of Scotland!

Why Scotland and not Cornwall?
We have chosen the Hebrides, in particular, the two Islands of Coll and Tiree as they are said to be the places within the UK having the most regular Basking Shark appearances. Cornwall has a lot of Basking sharks in certain years, but some years they show only in low numbers and sporadically. Our trip area is not known for large groups of sharks but it is known for decent regularity of sightings. Although numbers seemed to be up in 2010 where there were regular days of 40 or so sharks in the area each day.

Our Captain is a dedicated wildlife fanatic and he and his family have been operating in the area for over twenty-five years. This WISE accredited operator is well respected for their responsibility towards wildlife viewing. Due to the expansiveness of the sharks’ range, our days at sea may be long, with many hours spent out on the water. Our captain is one of the most dedicated in the business and so our chances of encountering the sharks are very good indeed.

ITINERARY:

Day One:
Arrive Tobermory. After a scenic ferry ride to the Isle of Mull from Oban on the Scottish coast, we will get everything loaded on the boat and have a relaxed evening in Tobermory before we head off to our favorite shark sites around the Inner Hebrides.

Day Two:
We will leave early and head into the Inner Hebrides; specifically to the islands of Coll, Gunnar and Tiree – historically, all good places to track down basking sharks.

Days Three, Four and Five:
If the action is good in the Inner Hebrides we will stay close to our original search sites of Coll and Tiree. If the sharks are hard to locate we will venture further afield to the Outer Hebrides and potentially as far as St Kilda – a ruggedly wild and stunningly beautiful group of volcanic islands 100 miles off the Scottish coast.
During the crossings between islands you will have the chance to see harbour and grey seals, minke whales, dolphins, puffins, northern gannets and countless other colonies of seabirds.

Day Six:
Another chance to experience the Inner Hebrides on your way back towards Tobermory. Time permitting we will probably stop at a site called ‘The Cairns’ on the northern tip of the Isle of Coll to jump in with grey seals.

Day Seven:
Time to leave quaint Tobermory and move on to the next adventure. Again, as Mull is such as distant part of the country, it makes sense to leave early in the morning on the first sailing to Oban from Mull to allow the rest of the day to get to your destination.

Let Big Fish Expeditions help you plan your next memorable experience.

Big Fish Expeditions

Big Fish Expeditions is an industry leader in Big Animal Terrestrial and Marine Adventures. Whether you want to swim within touching distance of a whale shark the size of a school bus, play with a humpback whale calf while its mother cautiously watches the encounter or stare into the eyes of a Sri Lankan Leopard, BFE will put you where the world class action is.

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