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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura

Highlights
  • Swim in shallow waters known as New Zealand fur seal habitat
  • Learn about the marine life of the Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Observe Kaikoura wildlife from a safe distance
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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura
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Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 9:30am.
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Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 12:30pm.
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Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 2pm.
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Overview
Observing New Zealand fur seals in the wild while you swim is an experience you won’t soon forget. With a short boat-ride offshore from the Kaikoura Peninsula you’ll soon be immersed in their natural habitat. No experience is necessary—just don a wetsuit and snorkel and receive instruction from your guides.
What to Expect
Your experience will begin at the main meeting base at your chosen time, where you will be introduced to your guides and suited up in wetsuits and snorkeling equipment.
You will then be taken on a 10-15-minute bus trip, followed by a 5-15-minute boat trip to one of our favorite seal swimming areas and then spend about one hour in the water. During that time the seals are free to come and go as they please.
It’s very much a wildlife encounter in that we have never feed, or enticed the seals in any way and we do not have any special tricks to make them respond to you in the water. However, due to their natural curiosity you can reasonably expect interactions within 2-3m in the water at different times.
If the seals do not respond, you will get the chance to go again free of charge or be refunded back to the viewing rate of 50% of the swimming rate. We offer a 96% success rate of swimming with the seals on our tours. Hot showers are provided after the tour.
Reviews (110)
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Reviewed 3 days ago
Magical

Wonderful experience. Staff really genuine, made sure conditions were suitable & everything well explained, know the whole area & where best to go. Safety-conscious & looked after both humans & seals! All gear supplied & easy to use, made time in the water quite gentle....More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank AMPauckland
Reviewed 1 week ago
An experience you don't want to miss!

We had an incredible trip and got to see so many seals up close - they are very inquisitive and seem very happy to swim around you. Our guide Alistair was very informative and made sure everyone felt safe and reassured during the trip, which...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank GKB238
Reviewed 1 week ago
Amazing Experience

I did this tour in November & had an amazing experience. Unfortunately I hadn’t snorkeled in years so I struggled a bit using the equipment, this was my issue & nothing to do with the tour however I was lucky enough to have a brilliant...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank liveforholidays-44
Reviewed 27 November 2018
Best wildlife experience in NZ

Very unique and authentic wildlife experience. If you follow staff instructions i.e move slowly in the water, you will have a great experience and get VERY up close and personal (they swam past us and up right to our faces) to seals in their natural...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

Nwww...'Best wildlife experience in NZ!'...I bet you say that to all the operators! Thanks guys it was awesome to have you and we hope you enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand:) Happy travels xo

Reviewed 19 November 2018 via mobile
Great experience!

The guides did a great job! There were lots of seals swimming around us! Thank you so much for this great afternoon!

Thank Brenda D
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 5 December 2018

No problem, we had fun too! Happy and safe travels...take care:)

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Response from son1a2013 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, the tour doesn't operate in winter due to the cold weather. Tours are usually up and running Oct/Sept but with limited departures. When we went in December - it wasn't a hot sunny day, which limited the seal... More
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