Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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Rating Breakdown
Overall — 5
Value — 5.0
Guide — 5.0
Activities — 5.0
Lodging — 5.0
Transportation — 5.0
Meals — 4.8
Overall — 5
Value — 4.9
Guide — 4.9
Activities — 4.9
Lodging — 4.9
Transportation — 4.9
Meals — 4.9
Recent Reviews

Fabulous experience!

5.0 January 2017
BiC
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 4.0
We took our first bird watching trip to Colombia, with Cheeseman's, and LOVED it. The guides were excellent (and fun! we are still in touch on FaceBook); the accommodations and travel arrangements were perfect (clean, quiet, pleasant). We saw hundreds of new bird species, loved walking throughout the jungles of the Andes ... and also got to sample quite a bit of Colombia itself with visits to several iconic towns such as Cali and Manizales; working with local guides; meeting a local botanist at his organic farm. The food was a little drab, but that's simply the local fare in Colombia and not to be helped at small lodges way out in the middle of the forest ... but happily our guide brought along some delicious spices for those of us who like more flavor.
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Every trip was awesome.

5.0 August 2015
FC
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My old prof from DeAnza is the best. If you are interested in wildlife and have a thing for biology, this is the group for you. I went on countless whale watching trips and safari in Tanzania. Every trip was awesome.
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Loved it!

5.0 August 2015
GG
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
My husband and I went to Tanzania and Kenya with Cheesemans' in February 2014. There is no substitute for experience . Doug and Gail Cheeseman created an exceptional and flawless experience for us. We trusted them with our lifelong dream trip to Africa, and they did not disappoint. The majority of our safari-mates had been on one or more safaris with Cheesemans' previously. I will be going to Africa again with them in 2015!
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Life-changing and enjoyable!

5.0 October 2017
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This is a holiday gave me a chance to slow down, and take the time to feel part of the natural world: the sun, to notice the hook-beaked oyster catchers and families of rare seals, to enjoy the wonderful food, the sunshine, scudding clouds, waves lapping and the feeling of being held safely by the St Hilda whilst being at the mercy of winds, tides and waves. It was fun to share tasks with fellow passengers and to laugh. I haven't laughed so much for years. And I loved seeing beautiful coastal parts of Scotland for the first time from the sea, gaining the chance to wonder at the histories and cultures that have flourished, been lost and yet live on in the remote, unusual places where we moored. I discovered my sea-legs, but I found much more - the pleasure of a little bit of distance from land, the new perspectives it gives and sheer joy of experiencing the sea, and its role in revealing new dreams and uncovering old ones. All this was in the company of knowledgeable crew - sea-farers who made the whole cruise delightful from start to finish and easy-peasy for a land-lubber like myself.
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A Delight

5.0 October 2017
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This was a fantastic holiday - there is something magical about being in a ship, relying on wind and waves, seeing beautiful scenery, eating lovely food, helping sail the ship and enjoying the experience with a group of witty, friendly, knowledgeable people.
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It's fascinating to be on a slow journey

5.0 October 2017
A
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
This holiday was like no other: it was stepping into another world where the wind, sun and sea mattered because our lives were held by the ship and these big elemental forces. It was a realm of sea faring lore, laughter and fun, where the elements - water, wind and tides - mattered and shaped and influenced our journey. It's easy to laugh on a ship because you are sharing the camaraderie of crew and ocean and somehow the sea is lighter than the land. Instead you have the myths and stories of sea and mysteries of the deep - Moby Dick, Jonah, Noah's Ark and Ring of Bright Water! It's fascinating to be on a slow journey with time to reflect and to be looking at the strange, populated and then depopulated, fought over Scottish coastal landscape from a new perspectives. It's fun to work with the charming, witty, friendly skippers and fellow crew hauling anchors and sails. But, most of all, it's a joy to be on, and in, and feeling the elemental ocean. I felt safe and found my sea-legs, but I also stumbled into a new world, one that enriches and ignites dreams.
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 3 Trips 8 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 548 $ 166
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Custom Itineraries
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Standard Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • Eco Travel
  • Safari
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Saratoga, California, USA Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1980 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A
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      About Cheeseman's Ecology Safaris

      Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris was founded in 1980 by a couple, Doug Cheeseman, a zoology and ecology college professor with his naturalist wife, Gail. Their passion for nature and all living creatures made them pursue safaris all around the world and realizing how fulfilling those journeys felt, they wanted every wildlife lovers to have the same experience.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris have been focused on providing comprehensive wildlife tours. Their group size ranges so, travelers seeking comfort of small group could choose trip that have participants of 8 and those who prefer larger could choose accordingly. Their itineraries are carefully laid out and that gives travelers’ time to see animals and, as some of their trips have professional photographers touring along, chances of getting a good pictures of animals in action are high.

      Who Travels With Them?

      Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris are catered to wildlife enthusiasts looking for an in depth nature experience.

      Where Do They Operate?

      Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris operates their safari trips all over the world, with a focus in Africa. They focus on providing wildlife tours and have itineraries to places that have ample of mammals, birds and nature. They work with local guides, professional photographers, and wildlife researchers, leaving travelers with an in-depth knowledge of the animals’ behavior they encounter. The founders’ love for wildlife and nature is apparent in the attention they pay toward being a responsible tour operator and practicing ecotourism.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Cheesemans’ Ecology Safaris is a good choice if you are looking to observe and experience wildlife with a safari tour operator that practices ecotourism. Their tours are designed for animal lovers with a passion for travel who enjoy learning about the animals they come across.

      About St Hilda Sea Adventures

      St. Hilda Sea Adventures provide the unique experience to see Scotland from the sea. They offer many activities and private excursions - a perfect travel experience for families, older travellers, and small multi-gen groups.

      What Makes Them Stand Out?

      Taking only up to 11 guests (6 on St Hilda and 11 on Seahorse II), their tours are incredibly unique, as you cruise aboard a classic ex-tall ship (St Hilda) or a proper small ship (Seahorse II). Activities include sailing, swimming, sea kayaking, paddle boarding, fishing, rock pooling, and lobster potting. Or, you can simply choose to just relax and watch the spectacular wildlife and scenery float by.

      Who Travels With Them?

      All ages and all types enjoy traveling with St. Hilda Sea Adventures. Families, couples, and solo passengers are all welcome. Passengers can choose to do as much or as little as they like. This is a great trip for young kids to enjoy as well, for the thrill of hoisting the sails like a true sailor.

      Where Do They Operate?

      The West Coast of Scotland is where they specialize, the Outer and Inner Hebrides specifically. Such a niche focus is a huge positive for those interested in getting a unique view of this part of the world.

      Why Travel With Them?

      Their Scottish cruises give you the opportunity to see extraordinary wildlife and to cruise aboard a small ship with skipper and chef and a small group of passengers. All food is included, and there are many opportunities for interesting excursions. Some excursions are included in the price however, you can also arrange excursions based on your interests. These are not included but allow for a wonderful amount of personalization to your travel experience with St. Hilda Sea Adventures.

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