01 December 2021.

Oban, Scuba Diving

The vibrant seas off the west coast of Scotland are a lure to scuba divers from all over the world. The rich marine environment supports a diverse range of life that includes mammals, fish, crustaceans, sea grasses, and in some places corals. And Oban is one of Scotland’s premier dive locations. Within minutes of the shore divers can explore reefs and wrecks galore – the reefs and rocky coastline being responsible for many of the ship wrecks – while just along the coast at Connel, scuba divers can experience some of Scotland’s most exhilarating drift diving in the Falls of Lora.

Several scuba diving specialists operate out of Oban or have centres nearby. The dive centres tend to provide diver training courses and qualifications while some day boat operators offer guiding or are just a means of access to dive sites for experienced divers. Dive clubs and independent teams of divers from all over the world visit the area and employ the services of the local centres and boats for tank fills, dive guiding and as dive site taxi services. They are drawn to Oban by the fabulous wrecks, spectacular wildlife – which can include impressive concentrations of basking sharks – and some exquisite underwater rock formations.

From the relatively sheltered inland waters of Loch Etive and the Sound’s of Mull and Kerrera to the exposed Atlantic shores of Iona and Staffa, the area has an impressive variety of dive sites, more than enough to keep divers occupied for a couple of weeks. Oban is great for experienced divers but it’s also a good place to learn this exhilarating sport. Check our courses directory for BSAC or PADI licensed operators providing scuba diving tuition in the area.

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