Welcome to Basking Shark Scotland
We are the only dedicated Basking Shark tour based from Oban, Scotland.
We offer basking shark, wildlife excursions & snorkel safaris to the Inner Hebrides where our mission is to provide great interactions with basking sharks and the abundant wildlife of our stunning area. The main focus of our tours is boat based and in-water swimming experiences with the sharks. However we also run a dedicated seal trip from Oban to the pristine island lagoon which has a large colony of Harbour and Grey Seals. In addition to our popular day trips, our multi day 'Hebridean Experiences', are two, three, four and week long shark and adventure tours round the islands.
All of our tours are suitable for non-swimmers as there are multiple opportunites to land on islands, along with being able to use our sea kayak to explore the coastline. Children are welcome but under 16's must be accompanied by a paren/guardian.
Our tours run from May-Sept with June, July and August being the peak season. To find out when we are running the various trips please look at our online calander. The shark migrate to the area during the summer to feed on the abundant plankton along with possible breeding and social interactions. In 2013 we had 174 sharks over the season with 151 spotted in 2014.
Our area of operation is known as a worldwide basking shark 'hotspot' and is also widely know as one of the best areas in Scotland for abundant marine wildlife. In addition to the regular shark sightings we also see Minke Whales, Common & Bottlenose Dolphins, Common & Grey Seals, Porpoises, Eagles, Otters, Puffins and many species of seabird. Combine all of this wildlife with stunning scenery, volcanic wonders of Fingal’s cave, historical landscape of castles abbeys and ruins then the powerful Corryvreckan whirlpool - there is a huge amount to take in.
All tours are guided and we have specific codes of conducts and environmental accreditation for operating around wildlife. Our staff have degree level qualifcations in Marine Biology and have many years experience to ensure you are well looked after.
Full equipment hire available which includes 7mm thick wetsuits, hood, gloves, boots, fins, mask and snorkel. All of this designed to keep you warm. We also provide hot & cold drinks aboard the boat along with delicious home baking.
In addition to our wildlife tours we also have a dedicated scuba diving business. Dive Oban & Argyll is based from Dunstaffnage Marina a few miles to the east of Oban. The Argyll coastline has wonderful diving opportunies, ranging from the classic Sound of Mull wrecks to stunning soft coral reefs and kelp forests.