Earthwatch Institute vs St Hilda Sea Adventures - Tour Companies Compared

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

Earthwatch is amazing!

5.0 September 2017
L
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Earthwatch is amazing! I have been on 8 expeditions and each one was different in respect to accommodations and so forth, but they were all successful in that I learned from hands-on experience. I came back enriched and proud to be part of the team experience offered by this organization. I have traveled from Iceland to Washington State and have the most fond and vivid memories of each experience. We can all take a vacation but Earthwatch satisfies something inside of me that makes me proud to know I have contributed to a larger cause. Linda Johnson Banks
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Incredible!

5.0 August 2015
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thanks for the incredible Retreat to Catalina Island. You guys are great!

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I will never forget staying at the incredible Tambopata Research Center

5.0 April 2014
AR
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
I will never forget staying at the incredible Tambopata Research Center (2004) near the world famous clay lick .
At the clay lick just before dawn you think you are somewhere in heaven as you wait for the dawn to come and then you start to hear them coming ...until there are literally 100s flying around the clay lick …and then all at once the bravest of them fly down to the clay lick ....and it is then after that first one flys down … that they all begin flying down …….and you watch in tears .......as the "dance" begins!
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Fabulous trip and company enough!

5.0 August 2019
M
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Just got back from our Mull Odyssey cruise. An amazing, truly special holiday. So many highlights to pick from but the amazing columnar basalt rock formations on Staffa; Lochbuie Standing Stone Circle; dolphins bow riding; huge jellyfish; 'helping' crew the ship; Tobermory; sunsets & rainbows; Iona and the fabulous scenery are a good start. Special thanks to Christophe and Amy for going above and beyond being the crew. I cannot recommend this fabulous trip and company enough!
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We had a wonderful experience

5.0 May 2019
J
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Thanks to Skipper Christophe, excellent chef Anna and the other guests, we had a wonderful experience aboard the St Hilda last week. The whole trip met and exceeded our expectations. We were fortunate to have good weather and were able to explore the small islands of Rum, Eigg, Canna and Mull on foot as well as to visit a cove on Skye. Christophe was an excellent host as well as also keeping the boat in good order and making us all feel safe. When the wind was suitable he hoisted the three sails which was uplifting. It stabilised the boat he said. Anna made exceptional mostly-Scottish cuisine from a small galley with great flavours and variety and also snacks and drinks appeared just when we began to feel they’d be welcome. The dishes were all beautifully presented and the portions were generous. We saw Red Deer at close range whilst walking, seals basking and in the sea and dolphins who accompanied the boat for some distance. It was a memorable trip. Thank you to the whole team - both at base and onboard.

Barbara and John - May 2019
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A great experience

5.0 May 2019
D
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  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
A great experience. Captain Peter kept us in calm waters, Bosun Leo worked hard keeping the boat ship shape and ferrying us all around and Chef Andrea kept us all very well fed. Nothing was too much trouble for this wonderful crew. Seahorse II is a lovely wee cruise boat, and the new en-suite cabins are really very spacious for such a vessel. Top that all with sunny weather and wonderful company from all on board and we had a fabulous time. Little phone signal around the edge of Skye and the small isles, and no internet, so no-one could bother you is an added bonus!
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Tour St Hilda Sea Adventures Company Reviews

Tours 1 Trip 7 Trips
Average Trip Price Per Day $ 253 $ 166
Operator Type Group Tour Operator Small Ship & Expedition Cruise Line
Size Global Operator Local Specialist
Trip Types
  • Group Tours
  • Private Guided Trips
  • Small Ship & Expedition Cruises
  • Custom Itineraries
Service Level Luxury Standard
Regions
  • North America
  • Central America & Caribbean
  • South America
  • Australia & Pacific
  • Asia
  • Africa
  • Europe
  • Antarctica & the Arctic
  • Rivers & Seas
  • Europe
Known For
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • 50+
  • 18 - 35
  • Solo & Singles Travel
  • Eco Travel
  • Adventure
  • Sailing
Headquarters Western Avenue Boston, MA, U.S.A. Oban, Scotland
Year Established 1971 N/A
Solo Friendly N/A Good for singles
Tour Languages N/A N/A
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      About Earthwatch Institute

      Earthwatch Institute is a tour operator that engages people worldwide in scientific field research and education to promote the understanding and action necessary for a sustainable environment. 

      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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