Cannibal Bay

Cannibal Bay, Owaka: Address, Phone Number, Cannibal Bay Reviews: 4.5/5

Cannibal Bay
4.5
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off Southern Scenic Highway 799 Cannibal Bay Road, Clutha District, Otago, Owaka 9271 New Zealand
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RAFwherever
Auckland91 contributions
Great Walking Beach
Apr 2021
Fantastic walk from Cannibal Bay to Surat Bay. We were lucky and saw many and very large sea lions. Keep your distance!
Written 30 April 2021
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Willemnz813
Casablanca, Morocco8 contributions
Quite a few sea lions,
Mar 2021
Quite a few sea lions. Watch out, they have the same colour and apparent shape of the piles of sea weed laying around. You don't want to step on them. They are very fast if they decide to chase you.
Written 8 April 2021
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BobtheDuck
Auckland, NZ70 contributions
Great sealion viewing
Mar 2021
We enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach (bit blustery though even in March - dress warmly!) at mid-tide, and saw about 8 or 9 sea lions hauled up on the beach or just coming out of the surf.
Written 31 March 2021
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David M
Auckland Central, New Zealand22 contributions
A place not to be missed
Feb 2021
Do not be put off by the road into the Bay the end result is worth the slow drive. Where else can you walk on a beach sharing it with Seals Sea lions Oyster Catchers and Mollymawks. If you are a reasonable walker you could do the walk from Cannibal bay to Surat Bay over the neck about 1 Km
It would be an experience not to be missed. If you could arrange it you could walk out via Surat bay and be collected there. Or just leave Surat Bay for another day and another great experience
Written 23 February 2021
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chrisandbarbara
Dunedin, New Zealand142 contributions
Stunning Coastline and Sea Lions
Jan 2021 • Couples
The 8km road into the bay is unsealed, windy and narrow in places but a careful drive brings you to a breathtakingly beautiful beach and coastline. We saw many sea lions including pups and were thrilled. This spot is a treasure. Nice sandy beach and easy walk. Just need to watch distances as I was chased for a few metres by a pup. Wonderful experience.
Written 24 January 2021
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wuvulu
Auckland Central, New Zealand58 contributions
Nowhere better on a fine day
Nov 2020
Long expanse of beach and if driving a winding gravel road which makes you really feel off the beaten track.We had the beach to ourself with just the company of one seal and a sea lion.An inspiring place.
Written 5 November 2020
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Rantin rover
Biggar, UK8,202 contributions
Rare mammals in the wild
Mar 2020
We were coming east from Kaka Point and took the first sign post we saw for Cannibal Bay (however we're not sure why the Ahuriri Flat Road prior to this was not signposted as this would have been a quicker route).

The road is unsealed, narrow and winding at times and has a few potholes. It's 8km long and it's the same route back so not one I'd recommend for driving in a campervan.

We parked in a clearing amongst shrubs and it's a short walk from there to the beach. A fellow visitor who was leaving told us to watch out for a sleeping seal or sea lion which was amongst the grass right next to the path and sure enough we came upon it. Fortunately it didn't awake and we were able to get past.

The sandy beach stretches for some distance and if you have the time there is a path at the far end which leads overland to Surat Bay (about 1 hour return according to the DOC sign). Both these bays are known as a popular place for small groups of New Zealand sea lions, the rarest of the six surviving species found in the world.

There was a "fresh sea breeze" so no chance of lingering or sunbathing, or so we thought. However by chance we spotted a group of twelve seal lions lying on the sand half way along the beach - males and females.

Our initial delight was slightly dampened by the sight of a couple of people with a dog on a lead venturing quite close to the group. I was surprised that dogs were permitted on the beach at all (they are provided they are kept on a lead). As we observed from a distance the same two women were unaware that another sea lion was coming from the sea to join the group, with them and the dog in between. They eventually realised and moved aside.

The beach was otherwise deserted and we were able to get some photos before heading briskly back to the car to get shelter. Our "friend" was still amongst the grass when we returned oblivious to all.

A good opportunity to see rare mammals in the wild if you are visiting this part of the world.
Written 12 September 2020
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hinau
Auckland, New Zealand457 contributions
Sea lions
Mar 2020 • Couples
Drive on unsealed roads was a bit rough. Met international vehicles going too fast and automatically diving for our side of the road. So scary

Beach is beautiful. A group of sea lions 5 min walk up the beach.
Well worth the drive so we could send our grandson a pic of the signpost.
Written 11 March 2020
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JCB
Purmerend, The Netherlands707 contributions
Sealions on the beach
Nov 2019
The vast beach is very quiet. We walk a bit and it doesn't take long when we see a sealion sleeping. Do not get too close otherwise you'll disturb them. It's a nice location, but you have to be lucky if you want to see more wildlife. The one sealion was it for us. But he was very cute!
Written 13 February 2020
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Julie P
United Kingdom1,513 contributions
A popular spot for sealions
Nov 2019
This is known as a place to see sealions. On the day we visited it was cold and wet and apparently the sealions were a couple of miles down the beach - we opted out, but the drive there and the beach itself were still worth the visit. There's not much parking and it's potholed and fills with water when wet. Toilets opposite.
Written 29 December 2019
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