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DIVE WITH BASKING SHARKS

 

basking shark diving

 

Expedition:

 Free diving / snorkeling with basking sharks + grey seal dives.

Location:

 Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

Accommodation:

 Cottage in Tobermory.

Experience Level:

Snorkeling experience only. Dive cert required if participating in optional scuba dives.

   

2018 Dates:

 July 22-28 6 SPOTS AVAILABLE

2018 Price:

 $1995 per person double occupancy.

2018 Trip Leader:

 Terry Steeley

 

WHATS INCLUDED:

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.

NOT INCLUDED:

Dive gear other than tanks and weights. Meals while on shore.

Transfers to Tobermory, Isle of Mull.

 

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Diver with a basking shark

 

Watch this beautiful video by Film Maker Simon Spear about basking sharks and other marine life around the Isle of Mull:

 

 

DIVE WITH BASKING SHARKS!

 

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.

 

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dive with basking sharksBasking shark watching

 

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.

 

Tobermory, Isle of Mull, Scotland

 

Swim with a basking sharkbasking shark dive

 

Isle of Mull

Duart Castle near Craignure. You'll want to take some extra time to explore the beautiful Isle of Mull.

 

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Puffins on the Isle of Lunga

 

 

 

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Andy Murch Trip Leader

Andy Murch

EXPEDITION LEADER

Andy Murch is a fanatical big animal diver.

He has photographed and dived with more sharks than most people on this planet and he's very good at it.

Andy's images and shark stories have appeared in hundreds of books and magazines around the world from titles as varied as Canadian Geographic, Scuba Diving, FHM, Digital Photography,  and the Journal of Zoology.

Andy is the Creator of the ever expanding Shark and Ray Field Guide on Elasmodiver.com 

 

When not running big animal expeditions or on photographic assignments, Andy lives and dives on Vancouver Island, Canada

 

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