Swimming with a 10m basking shark
Sea of the Hebrides © Basking Shark Scotland

Basking Shark Tour

From £195 per adult

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July — September

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We are the No1 worldwide operator to see basking sharks in the biggest basking shark hotspot. We can see sharks from April to October but have a short consistent time from July-Sept in the Hebrides. Our tours run from one day to week long adventures.

Our geographical area of operation is a basking shark ‘hotspot’, widely known as one of the best areas in the whole world for basking shark sightings. We offer a wide range of basking shark swimming and wildlife excursions in the Inner Hebrides. Our mission is to provide you with great interactions with basking sharks and the abundant wildlife of the area. We create opportunities for you to experience in-water swimming with basking sharks, plus wildlife and adventure excursions. From snorkelling with sharks, to wild swimming in Fingals Cave, our multi day tours show you the best of what the Hebrides have to offer.

Our tours are organised from April to October to coincide with the basking sharks' migration to the area, where they feed on the abundant plankton. Multi day tours also include snorkelling with seals and the chance to experience some amazing wild swimming spots.

A wide variety of people seek out our expertise on our shark swims. Whether you’re a novice or have experience with the sea, we’ll make sure you have the very best of the opportunities available. We welcome:

  • Snorkelling beginners
  • Underwater photographers and videographers wanting to capture amazing footage of these gentle giants
  • Recreational divers and snorkellers 
  • Non-divers wishing to achieve unforgettable experiences

For those not so keen on a close encounter or getting wet, you are welcome to book as a shark watcher on board the boat where you will still get an amazing view of these gentle giants.

Advanced booking is essential!

COVID-19 information

This business has confirmed that they have implemented, and will ensure ongoing compliance with, the World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) Safe Travels protocols. The Safe Travels stamp is based on self-assessment and it is not a certification.

Contact details

Basking Shark Scotland
Dunstaffnage Marina
PA37 1PX

Key facilities

Parking Parking
Coll Oban Oban, Mull and Lorn
Bespoke Private Small Group (1-16)
Adventure Family Geology Island Hopping Landscapes Outdoor Activities Photography Wildlife

Tour prices


  • £195 Per Adult
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Prices are subject to change depending on season

Tour company information

Basking Shark Scotland

We specialise in adventure wildlife tourism, offering transformation experiences swimming with basking sharks around the Inner Hebrides. The sharks are seasonal visitors to our coastlines so we also run many other wildlife & watersports tours, charters and overseas expeditions. Along with an active science programme on the sharks.

Opening times

Tours March-October

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