Town Accommodation - B003/0108
Puffin Dive Centres' accommodation on or off site, offers the hallmark of quality and standard associated with Puffin Dive Centre services and products and is guaranteed to impress. In Oban, Puffin Dive Centre has a converted bungalow near the famous site of McCaigs tower. This houses up to 10 divers in 5 twin rooms, all well fitted out. Accommodation can be booked for parties of up to 10 people OR by individuals.
The minimum booking required for our accommodation is a 2-night stay.
The kitchen is fully fitted with the usual items including cooker, fridge freezer, microwave, dishwasher, washing machine and toaster and all other kitchen necessities to make your self-catering stay enjoyable. A dining area with TV and pay phone for all occupants provides an area to pass on all your diving "stories".
The bathrooms are fitted with shower unit, sink and toilet and an unlimited supply of hot water for that soothing shower after a hard day's diving. A spacious garden extending to the back of the house allows for the summer night barbecue and there's enough parking for everyone. The house is set amongst three others in a little valley, high on the hill above Oban, the area is generally very safe although you should have your own insurance and lock the room and house on exit.
Wifi is provided at no extra cost. Each bedroom is twin bedded and has fitted sheets and a duvet and two pillows. For long stay guests the bedding is changed frequently or on request. Your towel is on the bed. Please report any missing items on arrival as a charge may be made if these items are missing at the time of departure.
The house is reserved for Puffin Dive Centre students and customers only so you'll feel at home in the company of other divers.
With the whole house centrally heated and double-glazed it's a very comfortable way to relax at the end of your day. For those who do not wish to cook Oban town centre is only a few minutes away with a variety of eating options from any of the local hotels to the plentiful supply of different take-aways around the town; many of which will deliver food or from which a taxi can collect and bring to the accommodation.
The low rate per person per night certainly adds up to value for money and you will be impressed by the standard. Self-catering suits a lot of divers whose diving/course schedules often do not fit in with the ideas of hotel or B and B's meal times.
As you would expect, this quality of accommodation at our very attractive prices is very popular with the diving fraternity. Therefore in order to avoid disappointment we recommend that you book your places as soon as you know your requirements.
RULES FOR YOUR STAY
Items from the house should not be removed from the house at any time, for example if you require a towel for the diving; we would appreciate it if you could provide your own for the purpose. The cost of your stay includes power, heat, light and hot water.
Guests at the house will be issued with a front door key and room key upon arrival at the centre, for which we require a £20.00 cash deposit, redeemable upon the safe return of the keys. There is NO suitable storage for diving equipment in the house, however, subject to availability with priority given to our guests, you may be able to use one of our changing rooms free of charge - subject to a separate key deposit.
It is reasonably easy to find accommodation in Oban, however please keep in mind that Oban is a tourist town and there are some weeks during the year where there are simply no beds! Puffin Dive Centre is most willing to help any Puffin Dive Centre student or customer find accommodation or arrange it for you. There is accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets.
SOME LOCAL ALTERNATIVES
Bed and Breakfast approximately £20 upwards - these vary tremendously in price and quality, we have a few diver friendly Bed and Breakfast/Guest Houses which we would recommend. They have proved to be value for money and to a good standard, although you may have to request special meals times to fit in with your diving. Several places, which fall into this category, will close during certain months of the year; be sure to ask this when enquiring.
Hotel type accommodation is available from approximately £35 per night upwards, in a variety of hotels in Oban from the big to the small. Prices will vary from hotel to hotel and throughout the year depending on the season or local events taking place. Watch out for yachting or racing weekends, these are very busy and accommodation is tight. Some hotels will also close during certain months. The benefit of the hotel is that most house their own dining restaurants and bar lounges so it's not far to walk after the last drink of the night. Puffin Dive Centre can supply you with the names of some hotels with good reputations.
Caravans are available locally, sleeping up to six occupants, with prices ranging from £50 to £90 per night.
Over the many years that diving has become very popular in Oban, divers have created some good and bad images for themselves in the town; the thing that seems to offend accommodation owners most is wet diving kit (hanging in the bath etc) or bad behaviour. They are few, but some hotels and B and B's will not accept divers of any kind therefore be sure to explain that you are a diver when booking to avoid disappointment.
Remember that if you are on a course with Puffin Dive Centre you can deposit your equipment with us in our changing room facility at no charge. It's safe, however it must be covered by your own insurance and then it can hang in peace. Remember your accommodation is as important as your diving, so get it right. Overnight boat parking is available should you not want to tow the boat into town or there is not enough parking space for it.
Moorings for customers are FREE! Your boat will be a lot safer on site with a staff presence on site 24 hours a day. Of course, all the normal Puffin Dive Centre services are available throughout the year from training, slipway, moorings, boating, expeditions, air, overnight repairs etc.
ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
THE DIVE CENTRE SHOP AND AIR
As the units are extremely popular early booking is recommended. All costs are included other than breakages costs, there are NO extras.
LATE ARRIVALS AND DEPARTURES
We look forward to your visit - you won't be disappointed!
CAR PARKING AND BOAT STORAGE
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