The Sound of Mull is probably only second to Scapa Flow as the most well known Scottish dive sites. The Sound is famous for the clarity of its water and the abundance of marine life. There is a range of scenic, wreck and drift diving to cater for a wide range of interests – and sometimes you get all of that in one dive. Dolphins and porpoises are common sightings.
We’ll arrive on Thursday night for three full days diving on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Accommodation will be at the recently renovated Highland Basecamp, 2 divers to a room, each with an en-suite. As last year, we are planning for the trip to be self-catered. The basecamp has well-equipped kitchen and there is often the chance for food from the Lochaline Snack Bar or Social Club.
19th – 21st May
Type of dive: hard boat, overnight
Minimum qualifications: Advanced Open Water, Drysuit
Recommended: Deep, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy
Scapa Flow on Orkney is an international mecca for wreck diving. The key attractions are the wrecks of the German Fleet, scuttled in 1919 to prevent the ships from falling into the hands of the British. The wrecks lie at the deeper end of the recreational range in around 40m of water.
We will be diving from MV Valhalla. She is a liveaboard, so we will also be staying on her for our week in Orkney. Accommodation is in twin bunks with either en-suites or an adjacent toilet/shower.
Boarding will be in Stromness from 1pm on Sat 23rd, ready for diving the following day. After 6 days of diving, we’ll leave by 9am on 30th. Deep Blue Scuba will take our van to Scrabster with kit, to allow divers to car share, and we’ll use the Scrabster-Stromness ferry as foot passengers.
Included: accommodation, breakfast, air
Excluded: ferry crossing, mixed gases, other meals, kit hired directly from the boat (oxygen clean cylinders for example)
23rd – 30th September
Type of dive: hard boat, overnight, liveaboard
Minimum qualifications: Advanced Open Water, Drysuit, Deep
Recommended: Nitrox, Delayed Surface Marker Buoy