Swim with Basking Sharks

Step aboard M/V Bold Ranger for the trip of a lifetime and the opportunity to swim with basking sharks, the second largest fish in the sea.

Large congregations of basking sharks gather here every summer, making Inner Hebrides the best place in the world to swim with them. We have been successfully putting swimmers and photographers in the water with these enigmatic creatures for over 8 years, following the Shark Trust Code of Conduct to minimise disturbance and ensure that you have the best encounter possible.

If you prefer to stay dry, you can choose to watch these gentle giants from the deck of Bold Ranger. We will also be looking for other large beasties such as minke whales, dolphins and porpoise.

Depending on the shark action, we may also have time to snorkel with seals.

3 nights
Dates Available


Day One

Arrive at Dunstaffnage Marina for 4pm, where you will be welcomed aboard M/V Bold Ranger for a cruise north through the Sound of Mull to Tobermory, looking at castles and searching for porpoise and eagles. Upon arrival in Tobermory you will be shown to your shared accommodation and the remainder of the night is yours to enjoy as you please.

Day Two/Three

Most of our time is spent searching for basking sharks. After spotting that enormous dorsal fin you will have the opportunity to don your wetsuit and snorkel, grab your camera and slide into the water to join these awesome animals face-to-face.

We will also be looking for other marine beasties and we plan to stop at some isolated beaches for lunch, such as the Cairns of Coll and Gunna.

Day Four

Join us aboard M/V Bold Ranger for a final time at 8:30am for the return journey to Dunstaffnage Marina. Breakfast will be served on board as we cruise down the Sound of Mull and we will be alongside Dunstaffnage Marina for 11:30am.

Shown above is a typical itinerary for this cruise.
This can be subject to change, due to weather, wildlife or other considerations.


What's Included

  • Two full days searching for and swimming with basking sharks from aboard M/V Bold Ranger *subject to weather
  • Accommodation in a modern, self-catered house in Tobermory for 3 nights
  • Breakfast and lunch aboard (vegetarians catered for)
  • Transfers between Dunstaffnage Marina (near Oban) and Tobermory
  • Experienced skipper and wildlife guide
  • Snorkelling weights
  • Hot drinks and biscuits all day
Not Included
  • Personal snorkelling equipment (wetsuit, fins, mask, snorkel etc.)
  • Evening meals
  • Travel to the meeting point at Dunstaffnage Marina (near Oban)



Sea Wild Scotland
Dunstaffnage Marina
PA37 1PX

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