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A basking shark named 'Toothless' tagged in NW Scotand, surfaces off Portugal!
New Book 'FEW and FAR BETWEEN' by Charlie Elder Includes Our Manx Basking Sharks
King Orry's Tag is Found!
The Hunt for King Orry's Satellite Tag Continues.
King Orry's Satellite Tag off After 448 days!

Boat Trips

Bob Taylor runs the boat 'Gemini' out of Port St. Mary harbour. He is WiSe registered to operate near to large marine wildlife whilst observing the Shark Trusts 'Basking Shark Code of Conduct'. Gemini is a catamaran, a very stable platform for fishing, wildlife watching or filming. Contact Bob Taylor, 24, Perwick Bay. Port St Mary, Isle of Man. IM9 5PA. Telephone 01624-832761 Mobile 07624 483328


This picture of Gemini shows you how big this large basking shark is compared  to the 9m long Gemini. Bob often sees basking sharks whilst out on his wildlife watching and fishing trips. Picture: John Chorlton.

Hanna Louise
Ian Ball runs an Offshore 105 Hard Boat out of Port Erin. Up to 12 persons. 3 hour trips £20. 01624 836028 or mobile 07624 457994.

30 foot passenger boat operating out of Port Erin. 12 persons. Trips to Calf including walk £12 or you can stay on the boat

Juan Clague has a boat called called SCRAAYL. It is based in Port St Mary and carries 12 people. Trips to the Calf are £20.
01624 834307

7th Wave Water Sports Activity Centre (Port Erin)
This RYA training centre offers various activities including sailing training and kayak hire. Look on or phone 01624 836366/ 07624 450801. They also offer wildlife watching trips out the the Calf in their 5m rib. This costs £60 for up to 5 passengers. This boat is licensed to go up to 15 miles from Port Erin and up to 3 miles from shore. e.mail Jenny Kneale on

Manx Sea Quest

Let us take you on an adventure of the West Coast of the Isle of Man. As experienced skippers Bob & Marlyn operate an 11 metre R.I.B. out of Peel, on a daily basis. Along with the beautiful coastline, we encounter the magnificent Basking Sharks, Birdlife, Dolphins and Seals along with many other species of Wildlife. Ideal for all ages, families, school educational trips, corporate team building, filming or that special occasion. We are accredited operators that participate in the WISE scheme.
For more details, times etc. visit our website
                                                            ph. 07624 450688
or find us under Manx Sea Quest on Facebook.

Endeavour is a nice looking boat operating out of Port St Mary, an IWP 40ft Lochin with seating for all, and an experienced local skipper. The boat is licensed by the MCA and IoM Cat 2 (60NM from safe haven). They offer diving, snorkelling, fishing, birdwatching and shark spotting, Endeavour provides a stable platform for film work. Michelle Haywood is their WiSe trained skipper. Call Steve 07624 482002 or 01624 822442 email


Shona/Elizabeth an Offshore 27

Based in Peel on the West Coast of the Isle of Man is the ideal boat for you to go out on to see huge Basking Sharks close up. The experienced crew who's skipper has 45 years operating from Peel are Wise registered so know exactly how to approach these sharks for you to get the most amazing pictures. For those of you who like to use a camera stand for either personal or commercial photography there is plenty of room on the very stable 10 foot wide deck. We also offer fishing trips to catch small sharks called Tope as well as wildlife coastal cruises.

She has a beam (width) of 10 foot will be ideal for viewing and taking photos of sharks. It would particularly suit commercial camera crews with large equipment using camera stands, It will also be equipped with a diving ladder for underwater photography. Toilet facilities and hot drinks can be provided on long trips. 

To get a personal quote for your trip call the skipper Colin on.
01624843814   M 07624492016 or Sam on 07624457805 

For more info visit our website at

Shona Elizabeth from Colin Gerrard

Isle of Man Diving Holidays

Formed in 2003, after seeing the growing number of scuba divers coming to the Island and struggling to find accommodation, hardboat or rib charters, air fills, nitrox, equipment hire, servicing or repairs. Being a diver myself I decided to form Isle of Man Diving Holidays and offer the full package to the visiting diving community.

We now have two self catering properties graded 4 star highly commended by our tourist board and we are able to cater for up to 12 divers. We boast some of the finest wreck, scenic, and drift diving in the UK also visibility unrivalled throughout our waters. In June, July and August we are visited by the basking sharks also we have seals, porpoises, dolphins, whales and the occasional orcas. The location of our dive centre is ideal being on the inner harbour of Port St Mary where the main launch site is for the south of the Island. This is the place to come for a week or weekends scuba diving.

PADI, BSAC and all other associations very welcome.

Their excellent website and contact details can be found at-

Manx Basking Shark Watch 2007