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Address: 58 West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand
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As Lonely Planet's 'Top Choice' for Kaikoura activities, swimming with New...

As Lonely Planet's 'Top Choice' for Kaikoura activities, swimming with New Zealand fur seals in the shallow bays of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula really is an experience that you don't want to miss. Tours take 2.5 hours and depart several times daily. No experience is necessary and all equipment is supplied. Many travellers site their seal swimming experience as a highlight of there New Zealand holiday. For more information contact us...

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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura
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An unforgettable experience

We wanted to do whale watching, but as it was booked out for some days when we arrived in Kaikoura, we decided to do something else. As we had seen so many seals on the South... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We wanted to do whale watching, but as it was booked out for some days when we arrived in Kaikoura, we decided to do something else. As we had seen so many seals on the South Island, we thought this might be a unique day trip. And it was amazing. The seals were so playful and curious. They came so... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a must do. Such a surreal experience swimming up close and personal with so many beautiful seals. And what made it even better was it being a kiwi family run business, the hosts are fantastic; they're friendly, funny and educational. Loved this!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This trip was my highlight in Kaikoura, and one of the best things I've done in NZ. It's a small, very well run operation, with a small group size and a great team of guides.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

This tour was the best tour I think I have ever been on. We had a great time swimming with these beautiful creatures! They were so inquisitive, and we got to swim with about 20 young pups. It was so amazing, my husband and I are huge animal lovers and to be able to do something like this in their... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

The seal colony in Kaikoura is absolutely brilliant! Playful and interactive, the seals did not seem bothered by us but rather intrigued, they checked us out and played with us without ever been enticed to do so, just out of their own will. This was an incredible experience, it was like they came for a "Human Swim Tour" like we... More 

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Very friendly, helpful, knowledgeable people run this business - they are clearly passionate about the seals. Everything is fully explained, we had ages in the water with the seals (didn't get cold at all due to the very good wetsuits they provide), and saw the seals much closer up than I expected. It was just incredible to see these beautiful... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017 via mobile

We stopped over in Kaikoura especially to swim with the seals - definitely worth it!! All the staff were very friendly and welcoming, on the boat we were shown several different places where the seals were hanging out and their pups! Super cute. We found a spot with a couple of seals and jumped into the water. The seals swam... More 

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Zurich, Switzerland
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

the seal swim in kaikoura is a wonderufl lifetime experience. and the team is so lovely and helpful. go there and visit they.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017

Swimming with seals is amazing experience. Staff in Seal Swim is really friendly and they know everything about New Zealand fur seals. Under the water you can get quite close to the seals and you can see that they are really acrobats of the sea.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2017 via mobile

The family running the operation was very lovely and it was nice to see a tour event that is run very locally! The amount of time out there was perfect, not too long or short and provide everything you would need to see the seals! A lovely time and well run trip to swim with seals!

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