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Basking Shark Scotland

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Address: Oban PA34 4GB, Scotland
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We are the only dedicated basking shark tours based from Oban, Scotland. We...

We are the only dedicated basking shark tours based from Oban, Scotland. We offer single and multi day shark and wildlife excursions to the Inner Hebrides, where our mission is to provide great interactions with basking sharks and the abundant wildlife of the area. In addition we run, Whisky tours, Scuba and Snorkel Safaris, WIld Swimming, Trips to Corrvreckan, Fingals Cave and Iona.

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An experience of a lifetime

The seal & lagoon trip far exceeded our expectations; the guides were not only knowledgeable about marine life but the landscape & history of the Scottish peninsula and islands... read more

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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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31 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed yesterday NEW

The seal & lagoon trip far exceeded our expectations; the guides were not only knowledgeable about marine life but the landscape & history of the Scottish peninsula and islands. We were extremely lucky to see Minke whales, Bottelnose & Common dolphins, porpoises and a vast array of seabirds including puffins, a white tailed sea eagle and Shearwaters thanks to our... More 

Thank rosepetal_13
Winnipeg, Canada
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

Swimming with seals on this tour was a dream. Such a unique experience. We will never forget it. The guides were very knowledgable and went to great lengths to make sure we had the perfect day.

Thank J B
Edinburgh, United Kingdom
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35 reviews
20 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2017

I had just booked for the Seal and Lagoon Tour, but what I have actually received is definitely much, much more! The trip started in the early morning, and we sailed through the Sound of Mull, receiving many interesting information about the culture, history, environment aspects and biodiversity of the Hebrides. Once we reached the snorkelling spot, I was just... More 

Thank jacopofasolo1992
London, United Kingdom
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9 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2017

As a massive animal lover, I enjoyed my swimming with seals experience immensely. I went in not actually expecting to see many but saw at least 30, many of which were incredibly inquisitive and kept popping their heads up to inspect us. Got incredibly lucky with the weather and it was a beautiful sunny day. The swim happens in a... More 

Thank Thiego23
Falkirk, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017

Had an amazing experience on the boat. We had an amazing day and were lucky enough to swim with around 5 different sharks. The crew were really good and informative, especially helping getting us in the right place to see the sharks swim by. It was also nice to have the brief stops in Tobermory on the way out and... More 

Thank Joj26
Gloucester, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

We had a day snorkelling with seals on the lagoon trip. The weather was perfect, the lagoon on Coll was turquoise blue with white sandy beaches and the seals came out to say 'hi!'. We saw eagles, heron, puffins, all kinds of sea birds and porpoises too. It was a 10 out of 10 day and we were well looked... More 

Thank Hannah M
Arequipa, Peru
2 reviews
Reviewed 16 April 2017

Myself and 9 year old niece have just been on a trip to Scotland and on the last day went on the seal and lagoon tour with Shane and Jake. It really was a truly fantastic way to complete our trip. Shane and Jake are so knowledgeable and you can clearly see their passion for not only marine life but... More 

Thank Sonia W
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 October 2016

My trip was towards the end of last shark watching season but the guides were confident we'd see plenty of sharks. We didn't. Moreover, we spent much less time at see looking for sharks because some of the other people on the trip were a bit seasick and the lunch stop was much longer than it was supposed to be.... More 

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ShaneWasik, Owner at Basking Shark Scotland, responded to this review

The review is from 2015 and written in Oct 2016, so we can't really respond to the specifics of the day. I'm assuming that it was a one day trip, the weather wasn't great and you didn't see sharks. If people are sick then we have to take peoples health into consideration, so I would assume the crew would have... More 

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13 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

Hi Everyone, if you have a Passion for Wildlife, and even if you don't, I would say to you, COME and SEE This Truly Amazing Spectacle...of Nature.... Basking Shark's really are One of the Gentle Giants of the Sea, and They Frequent our Coast( Check Specific information in your area) during the Summer months and can be seen at very... More 

1 Thank Russell N
ShaneWasik, Owner at Basking Shark Scotland, responded to this review

Awesome Russell, glad you managed to eventually get on a trip after all your challenges to get up to see us and that it turned into a great trip for you. Hope to see you again in the future! More 

Uttoxeter, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 21 August 2016

We did the 2-day tour from 18th-19th Aug 2016, with Luke, Hanna and Cam. Our guides were really knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the wildlife we were there to see, and gave us lots of really interesting information. The conservation emphasis was evident throughout, and we enjoyed hearing about the research into basking sharks that is being contributed to by the... More 

1 Thank lindsayfindlay99
ShaneWasik, Owner at Basking Shark Scotland, responded to this review

Thanks for the long review. With regards to the lagoon, then we usually do this but if the groups wishes to go for sharks straight away then we will try to accommodate this. I'm not 100% sure on the circumstances, but reading above I think if it was a 2 day trip and the weather was forecast to be bad... More 

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