Experience basking sharks by boat around the Inner Hebrides, Scotland.

Basking Sharks Scotland

Basking shark and wildlife adventure boat tours


Who: Basking Shark Scotland

Where: Inner Hebrides, depart from Oban, Scotland

Focus: Basking shark watching with snorkelling, kayaking and diving as optional extras

Operational Dates: Tours run from July to Aug. If the weather is calm and there have been recent sightings, tours can be arranged for private groups from April to June.

Duration: From 1 day up to 7 days. Accommodation on land.

Suitability: Min. age of 8. Under 16s must be accompanied by at least one parent/guardian.

Cost: 1 day trips from USD 196 – EUR 167 – GBP 150


  • Explore a world famous basking shark hotspot.
  • Regular sightings from April to June, with the breeding aggregation peak in July and August and then a southerly migration in September and October.
  • You can choose to snorkel, scuba dive and kayak with the sharks, or just enjoy the experience from the boat.
  • Take underwater photographs and videos.
  • Contribute to an active science programme on every tour.
  • Chance to see other wildlife including: dolphins, whales, seals, eagles and other sea birds.

Guaranteed Sightings? No sightings are ever guaranteed. However, all boats are high powered and can cover a lot of distance in a day. This increases the chance of encounters. The agency recommends 3-7 day trips, as 2017 sighting rates show: 1 day tours have a 75% success rate, 2-3 days tours have an 83% success rate, 4+ days have a 100% success rate.

Never snorkelled before? Full training is included. Basking Shark Scotland is a registered BSAC Snorkelling Centre #191.

Scuba diving: Available on 3-4 day tours


The agency offers numerous wildlife adventure tours of varying lengths and activity options: from evening dives around the island of Coll, freediving tours, to wild swimming. Some of the most popular tours are:

  • Puffin watching
  • Seal watching
  • Snorkelling
  • Swim Fingal’s Cave

About Basking Shark Scotland

Basking Shark Tours was founded in 2012. Their aim was to give more people the chance to get up-close experiences with some of the ocean’s greatest creatures. They are passionate about the marine environment and ensure that their tours have no negative impact on the environment and marine life.They are in the unique position to observe more basking sharks than anyone else in the world and have an active science programme which every is added to on every tour.

Headquarters: Cearban Ltd. 8 McKelvie Road, Oban, Argyll & Bute, PA34 4GB SC445099


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