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Diving Oban / Sound of Mull - 2019 May or June

Discussion in 'Diving Trips and Locations' started by Wibble, Sep 18, 2018.

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Which date?

  1. 27th May (Spring bank hol)

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  2. 10th June

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  3. 24th June

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  1. Wibble

    Wibble Fish don't talk
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    Diving in Oban is wonderful. Aside from the incredible diving, Oban's a full sized city so has a wide range of facilities available including some great restaurants and large supermarkets. The west-coast location is truly beautiful.

    The diving really is superb. Generally good visibility with loads of life, diving on walls, drifts, wrecks are great for all levels of divers.


    Would like to gauge interest in a week's diving next May or June 2019. The three neap weeks are 27th May (spring bank hol), and the 10th & 24th June.

    Diving would be off a hard boat, Urchin, from Puffin Dive Centre. Accommodation would be in their on-site chalets which have 4 rooms and accommodate up to 7 people (2 twin rooms, one bunk bed room, one small single room). We'd have the chalets from Saturday 1600, checking out the following Saturday at 0930. This would give flexibility to arrive when you want and do some shore diving on the Sunday.

    Urchin's a quirky boat, but fully enclosed. Works well. Lunch and snacks would be provided. Two dives a day. There's no gas fills on the boat, so you'd need to have sufficient gas for the second dive. Puffin has a fully equipped dive shop and service centre, so can rent pretty much anything (drysuit!). Gas is available including the famous self-service air filling station. Nitrox is also available.

    Target sites would include the Hispania, Shauna, Rondo, Thesis, Breda plus various scenic walls and drifts. These are perfect for AOW / SD level divers. The great thing about Oban/Sound of Mull is you can dive in all weathers. Literally. Last year (2017) we dived in a force 9 gale in a sheltered site for two days!


    Costs would be shared between divers. We'd have a maximum of 12 divers and the possibility of up to 2 non divers (paying a reduced rate for accomodation only). It would be under £500 each if we have 10 divers, dropping to £420 each for 12. Non-divers would be £160 for accommodation. Will calculate the exact price when numbers are known.

    Would be looking for a £250 deposit up front (have to pay a deposit to Puffin), with the balance 2 months before.


    So who's interested and which dates?
     
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  2. JohnL

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    Already diving off Skye in May, otherwise sounds great. If you come up short, I could try my HSAC club for you - Oban is driveable in five or six hours from here.
     
  3. Iain Denham

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    Im a possible Glen.. with a plus 1 diver.
     
  4. splinter

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    I'd love to, but with a week in Scapa later in the year, I'll not get a pass for another week away diving.

    You're right about the diving up there tho. I'll be going for the third time in November with the club and as it's an annual trip, probably next November too.

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  5. Nick Ward

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    Very tempting... When are you looking to "finalise" dates (and deposits) etc?
     
  6. Wibble

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    Will definitely open this up to anyone if there's sufficient interest.

    It's a big initial outlay as the boat and cottages are a large lump sum and need 50% up front with the balance 8 weeks before. Obviously the dates can only be finalised when the deposit's paid.

    I'd be particularly interested in the May Spring Bank Hol - use a 'free' holiday. It'll be a little colder, but nothing untoward. And possibly midge free too.
     
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  7. furryman

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    I'd be interested, and would hope to use the box.
    There is a raft of personal stuff happening though that might get in the way, so as of today, I would have to be "tentative".
     
  8. Wibble

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    The good news is Puffin will rent almost anything (with the appropriate qualification card!!!), so if the box won't play ball then there's always the bubble-blowing second-class alternative.

    I know my place...
     
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    I'm doing a long weekend in mid-April as an en-route diversion to Scapa for the start of the season.

    This will be on MV Halton, a Scapa boat (a liveaboard owned & skipper by Bob Anderson) that regularly spends the early season on the Scottish west coast. Having done something similar last year, I wouldn't do the Sound of Mull any other way now.

    Bob operates out of Dunstaffnage but will moor-up wherever is convenient for the desired itinerary - Lochaline or Tobermory make a nice change to staying at the same place every night.
     
  10. Tribal Chestnut

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    I’m a possible, but only for the later date.
     
  11. Big Joe

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    Hi Glen. I would be a probable, but only for the last one due to other commitments.
     
  12. Wibble

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    Now have an earworm: Rouyd Sally rouyd...

    The second date clashes with a very significant birthday for two of us (the other's a probable too). Mind you, as birthday boys at least we could choose the dive sites!
     
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    I am definitely interested.... Need to speak with the Governor General first though.

    24th June is best for me.
     
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