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Frequently Asked Questions
Booking is highly recommended. The Ecocruz is usually limited to 60 passengers and, although there is often plenty of space, there are times when it fills up.
The chances of seeing whales, sharks and dolphins on the Ecocruz are relatively small. If whales are what you're after, you should really look at the Whalewatch Explorer to maximise your chances. On the Ecocruz we focus on coastal species such as common seals, white-tailed and golden eagles, harbour porpoise and coastal seabirds.
On several occasions throughout a season we will encounter bottlenose dolphins. Bottlenose dolphins, despite being far larger than common dolphins, are often found in much shallower, coastal waters - sometimes even in Tobermory Bay! So there is always a chance of finding some bigger beasties but we'll have to be particularly fortunate.
Please prepare for everything - the west coast of Scotland is famous for throwing all four seasons at you in one day! We've put a wee list together of some essential kit:
- Plenty of warm layers
- Suncream and sunglasses (if it is sunny then you can burn very easily at sea)
There is ample space inside for you to store a spare jumper or jacket so please ensure you bring enough to keep warm and dry.
Tea and coffee is complimentary and offered throughout the cruise but we don't have anything fancy. If you can't survive without your fennel & popcorn flavoured tea then please bring your own and we'll happily furnish you with hot water and a cup.
We also have a small shop selling snacks such as crisps and chocolate bars.
As the Ecocruz stays in more coastal areas, we are usually sheltered from the worst of the weather.
Having said that, on rare occasions the weather isn't suitable for us to go out. On those occasions we will contact you and try to move your reservation to an alternative day. If that's not possible then we will offer a full refund or a voucher to return in the future, whichever you prefer.
Hopefully not but if you're at all worried about it then we recommend you take a look at some of the remedies that are available. We are unable to provide any medication on board so please come prepared. There are motion sickness tablets, hyoscine (or scopolamine) patches and acupressure bands.
On board, all we can offer you are ginger biscuits - a fantastic natural remedy!
Porpoise, seals and otters all breathe the same air as you and I. No matter what the weather is doing, they have to come to the surface. Seabirds are also just as active in the rain as they are in the sunshine but eagles tend to sit it out and wait for better weather. Thankfully, our local pair of white-tailed eagles don't go too far and can often be spotted sitting in the trees or on a banking.
The best place for spotting and viewing wildlife is from the top deck but we also have lots of room inside if you want to stay dry.
We welcome passengers of all abilities. Wheelchairs can be brought on board but for safety reasons we have to stow them for the duration of the cruise. We have plenty of seating and our crew will do everything they can to ensure your comfort throughout the day and assist you, where needed, to access all areas of the vessel.
There is a small step up from the pontoon when boarding.
We have no age limits. The Ecocruz is the perfect introduction for our younger (or older!) passengers who are still finding their sea legs and offers a fantastic opportunity to get the whole family out on the water together.
Children under 5 years go free but it is essential that you book places for everybody in your group. We are restricted to a maximum number of passengers, no matter how small they are, so can only guarantee spaces that have been booked in advance.
All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
For large groups we are able to offer a small discount, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
Dogs are welcome but we do ask that you keep them restrained and under control for the duration of the cruise. Consider that there are likely to be a number of other passengers on board who may not love dogs as much as you do.
Yes, basic toilet facilities are provided.
Please see out contact page for details on how to get here.
We depart from the pontoons in Tobermory (Postcode PA75 6NR).
We ask that you arrive 15 minutes before departure at the gravelled area between the floating pontoons and the Mull Aquarium. Here you will find one of our team who will check you in.