Brings you the best marine ecotourism experiences in Europe
Spend a full day at sea to experience marine wildlife in its natural environment. Travel to a spectacular Hebridean lagoon where you'll have the opportunity to snorkel with harbour and great seals, kayak or SUP along while discovering the abundant Atlantic marine life. During the journey we will look for whales, dolphins, porpoises, basking sharks, seabirds and eagles.

Highlights

Seal & Lagoon Tour
  • Travel by boat to a distant sea lagoon and quietly snorkel, kayak or SUP surrounded by curious seals and guided by a marine biologist.
  • Enjoy the sight of amazing kelp forests and the abundant marine wildlife they host.
  • On the way there and back, look out for basking sharks, dolphins or whales in the open sea of the Inner Hebrides.

Catch a glimpse

Seal & Lagoon Tour

Why Wildsea Europe recommends this experience

Environmental stewardship, ocean literacy & citizen science
Basking Shark Scotland is a champion for the wild seas! It will not only show you a great time: it will challenge you to improve your knowledge of the marine environment and it will grant you the opportunity of engaging in citizen science activities, in support of marine wildlife.

What to expect?

Seal & Lagoon Tour

Our Seal & Lagoon tours run between March and October. On the trip we visit a very special lagoon, well protected from the wind and one of the sunniest places in the UK. The water here is crystal clear, unpolluted Atlantic Ocean with a white shell sand beach, surrounded by fringing kelp forest reefs.

This marine paradise holds a large resident seal colony which we snorkel with, holding both the common/harbour seal and its' bigger cousin the grey seal. Usually when we turn up, there are many seals that swim around the boat, just coming over to say hello. Once we all get in the water then play time begins, with all the seals zooming around us! They are perfectly adapted to the environment, unlike us who need wetsuits to stay warm and fins to be able to move around in the water.

This tour is suitable for passengers wanting to swim, kayak, SUP or just relax and soak up the beautiful environment. The water clarity is some of the best we’ve seen in Scotland and is only a few metres deep. This means no need for heavy dive gear or qualifications as everything can be seen from the surface. With the clarity, shelter, abundant marine life and shallow depth, it’s perfect for beginners. Nonetheless, experienced guests will be equally blown away by this place. Kids really enjoy this trip with lots of stops and activities to keep them interested throughout the day, making it perfect for all the family. With lots to discover above and below the waves, it’s also a great way to introduce them to the marine environment.

Price and optionals

Seal & Lagoon Tour
  •   From: € 200.00 per person

Important info

Seal & Lagoon Tour
  •   Duration: Full day
  •   Effort: Active
  •   Skills required: Intermediate, Beginner
  •   Difficulty level: Easy
  •   Languages spoken: English, German
  •   Minimum group size: 6
  •   Maximum group size: 12

The price includes snorkeling suit & gear.

Swimmers should be able to swim 100m in open water and be fit enough to board the boat via a ladder. Children under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Min age of 8, but to 6 with advisement.

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Reviews

Total Reviews: 1 Votes (10/10)
MZP
MZP - (02/06/2017)

We went out to swim with seals with Basking Shark Scotland and it was possibly one of our best days in Oban. Shane and his crew were fantastic, very knowledgable and very keen to share all sorts of fun facts and information on the local wildlife and history with the group. The snorkeling equipment they provided was in great shape and good quality. Our time in the water was superb, very relaxed and very enjoyable. Swimming through kelp forests and in the great company of distant, curious seals that got closer and closer as we swam. We took time to walk on the beach and admire the breathtaking landscape. All in all, an incredible and very recommendable experience, delivered by very good professionals. Always felt we were in great hands. We will be back for the basking sharks!

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Local Operator

Member of Wildsea Europe since 15/05/2017
Basking Shark Scotland
Basking Shark & Wildlife Adventures, based from Oban, Scotland. We run basking shark or seal & lagoon day tours and  multi day ‘Hebrides Experience’, two-day or a week-long basking shark and adventure tours round the islands. Itineraries also include puffin watching in the Treshnish Isles and visiting the volcanic wonder of Fingal’s Cave.
Basking Shark Scotland
McKelvie Road 8 PA34 4GB
Oban Argyll (Scotland)

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MZP
MZP - (02/06/2017)

We went out to swim with seals with Basking Shark Scotland and it was possibly one of our best days in Oban. Shane and his crew were fantastic, very knowledgable and very keen to share all sorts of fun facts and information on the local wildlife and history with the group. The snorkeling equipment they provided was in great shape and good quality. Our time in the water was superb, very relaxed and very enjoyable. Swimming through kelp forests and in the great company of distant, curious seals that got closer and closer as we swam. We took time to walk on the beach and admire the breathtaking landscape. All in all, an incredible and very recommendable experience, delivered by very good professionals. Always felt we were in great hands. We will be back for the basking sharks!

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