Seal Swim Kaikoura
Seal Swim Kaikoura
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Scuba & SnorkellingBoat ToursEco ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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 during summer. No experience is necessary and all equipment is supplied. Many travelers site their seal swimming experience as a highlight of there New Zealand holiday. For more information contact us...
Kaikoura, New Zealand
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Cynthia M
Monterey County, CA4 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Solo
Unfortunately this business is closed. The website says temporarily but most locals think it’s unlikely to reopen after several years and Marine mammal regulations shifting. There is a place I found that’s a snorkeling trip off Stewart Island to the south. I just did two different Hectors dolphin swims in Akaroa instead. Respectful to the dolphins, and amazing!
Written 20 February 2023
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Katie F
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
We spent yesterday morning swimming with the seals and enjoyed it immensely! I couldn't have had a better experience with the seals. The tour the were very carefully not to abuse the natural wildlife during the tour and explained the time before we set off (ie keep three meters away etc), except they forgot to tell the seals! These lovely creatures playfully somersault around us, looking us directly in the grave from less than a meter away. I always felt totally safe underway the expert care of Al, who was very helpful and expert.
Written 25 September 2022
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HellieNZ
New Zealand65 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sorry for the late review! I did the seal swim back in summer and it was fantastic. The crew were lovely and knowledgeable, and the seals were on form! Felt very safe and reassured throughout the experience, and it was truly memorable. I’d highly recommend to others. Enjoy!
Written 3 August 2021
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Alpan17
Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
What an absolutely wonderful experience! I am so happy I decided to take this tour, my first fun activity since going through cancer these last 2 years and what a lot of fun this was. A family run business who were professional, friendly and couldn't do enough to ensure we had a fantastic time. The tour guide very kindly directed me through the seals and I could not believe how close they would come. I was absolutely thrilled at this experience, highly recommend this tour.
Written 8 April 2021
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Wendy
Timaru, New Zealand9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Absolutely fantastic, loved every minute and great value for money. Lucky enough to have seals darting around us for every minute we were in the water...unbelievably close with their great big eyes looking right at you.
Written 3 April 2021
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Nicola
Lower Hutt, New Zealand92 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
All I can say is WOW. What an experience. Got so close to the seals (or rather they got so close to us). It was just pure amazing. Definitely a must do.
Written 20 March 2021
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Erica M
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
I can't begin to describe how amazing this experience was. The guides were super friendly and informative, the equipment was great and swimming with the seals was one of the best experiences of my life. You can relax and float around while seals swim right up and interact with you. When you turn away from them they are so playful and interested that they follow. There are hundreds of seals on the rocks surrounding you and I even saw some seal pups. I had gone swimming with the dolphins the day prior and if I were to choose between the two this would be my pick. If you can bring an underwater camera I'd absolutely recommend it because you will want to relive this experience over and over again.

Written 16 March 2021
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Kez69
London, UK22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021
A highlight of our two week trip from Christchurch up to the Tasman Bay area was our stop in Kaikoura to go swimming with the seals. I was a little apprehensive about the cold water, but the wetsuits meant we were comfortably in the water for an hour without any concerns. Instructions were very clear and focused on both our safety and not interfering with the natural behaviour of the seals. We swam with some very large bull seals as well as mothers with their pups. It was a magical experience and would highly recommend it!
Written 9 March 2021
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Richard Starkey
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
I’m sure that joke has been made a thousand times already. Fortunately my visit was far more spectacular than that awful pun!

You can get so close to the seals! It’s amazing. Multiple times I could’ve reached out and touched them (although I didn’t of course). At one point I did lose my nerve slightly as one seal was THAT close, and all that was between me and it was a thin stretch of water. It soon swam away and all was well; they’re all like this, totally at peace while remaining alertly curious and despite their closeness they’re never a threat.

Totally recommend, the staff are friendly and know what they’re doing; running a fantastic service. The hour in the water soon zips by but the memories you’ll take will last forever.

Don’t miss out on this.
Written 3 March 2021
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Ruth B
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2021 • Solo
My whole experience was Wonderful.
From start to finish Vanessa and Her Brother were friendly and very professional.
The Seals were friendly too.
Written 2 March 2021
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