Farne Islands Expedition 2022

 

The Farnes is renowned as the best place in the UK to dive with seals – approximately 4,500 Atlantic Grey Seals live here, around the small islands and rocky outcrops, just a short distance off the Northumberland coast. In addition, the area is a popular location for wreck diving, The best time to dive with seals is late September through to mid-October. A trip to the Farnes is a must for anyone who enjoys marine life and underwater photography. We’ve managed to secure one of the best diving charters in the area at prime time! We have 10 spaces available for this epic adventure! We’ll travel up on Friday, to arrive at our base in Seahouses late afternoon. There’s several highly recommended restaurants locally, where we can enjoy evening meals, along with local pubs, so there’s options for everyone. Breakfast will be served at our B&B (The Olde School House), before setting off diving. After our two days of diving the Farnes, we’ll have an opportunity to wash down kit, top up air fills and enjoy a final group meal, before setting off home at our leisure the following day.

Accommodation

The Olde School House will be our base. This cute little B&B is run by the Skipper’s wife and comes well-recommended by Booking.com, scoring an average of 9.4 overall.

All rooms are en-suite and prices are on a room sharing basis. This is the perfect place to chill after your days diving.

WiFi is available throughout the house and breakfast is provided in the main house, with enough time to get to the harbour to meet the dive boat.

Diving

The Farne Islands offer a wide range of diving for all experiences. Shallow and deeper dives are available, with the primary focus being one of the largest grey seal colonies in the UK and wreck diving.  Visibility can also often reach up to 20 metres during the season.

Diving in the Farnes is renowned as some of the best diving in the UK and for good reason. Aside from the obvious residents (the seals) you will find beautiful soft corals, sun stars, sea urchins and anemones to name but a few.

We also have a few wrecks around the islands which act as a natural reefs and are perfect for all the wildlife to flourish too.

There are 28 islands in total so it’s no surprise that there’s many wrecks off the coastline here. While most of the wrecks have deteriorated over the years, they still make for fantastic dives. Boilers, props and engines can be found lying on the seabed, creating the prefect reef for all the wildlife and the perfect dive site for all.

There’s also some slightly deeper wreck, such as the famous Somali – a 6,810 tonne passenger-cargo steamer, which was bound for Hong Kong when she was bombed. The Somali now rests in 29 metres of water.

A Special Scuba 2000 Price

The price has been specially negotiated for us and includes:

  • 2 full days boat diving, 2 dives per day
  • 3 nights B&B accommodation (based on 2 sharing)
  • Organisation of the trip + Scuba 2000 Crew member for all diving activities

Members: £332

Non-members: £365

Note: these rates apply for bookings made before 31/12/2021. Rates may increase from January 2022. Please book now and pay a 50% deposit to secure these rates.

Required Extras

The following items are not included but required.

  • Meals (other than breakfast)
  • Transport (we recommend car sharing due to distance)
  • Snacks, drinks and other incidental costs
  • Kit hire (including tanks/air & weights), if required. Note – two full tanks will be needed each day.

Optional Extras

The following items are not included and are optional.

  • Tank (air): £20 (members) / £30 (non-members)
  • Weights: £12 (members) / £18 (non-members)
  • Other kit hire available upon request
  • Add boat diving specialty: £150 (normally £200)
  • Add wreck diving specialty: £150 (normally £200)
  • Add deep diving specialty: £165 (normally £200)
  • Scuba 2000 ‘Farne Islands 2022’ trip t-shirt in black or pink (£17.50)

How to Book

To book this trip, all we will need from you is a 50% deposit as soon as possible and the balance is due by 1st July 2022. Please e-mail us if you want to come.

Please note the prices above are guaranteed until 31st December 2021. As many suppliers will likely put up prices next year, there is a good chance these rates will change in the new year.

Important notes: Every diver must carry their own SMB and reel for these dives. Scuba 2000 general terms and conditions apply.

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