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Seal Swim Kaikoura

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“on the rocks”(21 reviews)
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...more
58 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6182
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All reviewswet suitsfamily owned businesson the rocksfull refundsmall groupweather conditionssmall boatfantastic experiencehighlight of our tripoctopuswetsuitsherbsealencounteractivitynzsnorkel
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Reviewed 17 June 2018

Family-owned business, very passionate about their work. Their policy is 50% off the seal swim tour if the seals don’t get into the water (as of February 2016). For our tour, the seals did not get into the water, which is fine, as the guides...More

Thank Neha G
Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile

We had a great time with Seal Swim Kaikoura, especially because of the lovely staff and the brand new equipment (we loved the wetsuits, so warm even in freezing cold water!). Unfortunately, the seals weren't really curious on the day we went, but knowing that...More

Thank davidlach
Reviewed 4 May 2018

I must say, I really love seals! When I went on this tour we had several seals relaxing in the water next to us, rolling around and scratching themselves... so cute! They also did this funny thing where they would float with their heads down...More

Thank celinemidavaine
Reviewed 27 April 2018

My daughter and I watched the dolphins from the boat. Next time I would love to go swimming! The dolphins are truly beautiful and wonderful to see. They are so playful and there was so many of them! I would highly recommend, it was the...More

Thank rebecca2102018
Reviewed 12 April 2018

The day before, we rang up (as requested) to confirm whether the tour was going ahead. The phone operator said that weather conditions out at sea were unstable, and there was a chance the tour would be cancelled. They asked us to call again in...More

2  Thank yxyx0000
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We went on the 9:30am trip today with Herb, Lee and dozens of seals! This has been the highlight of our trip. I can highly recommend this to anyone especially families with younger kids. Henry (11yo) stuck with Dad and after a few single encounters...More

Thank simmotron
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

We had the best experience ever, so much more exciting than we would have ever imagined! The staff was amazing and had very good sense of humour, a huge thanks to them. They knew their stuff and made the experience very smooth. They were ensuring...More

Thank relaxedtravelling
Reviewed 26 March 2018

I highly recommend to swim with seals at least once in life and if you have the chance to be in NZ, this company/family is just incredible! They took good care of us the whole time and also explained everything about the seals :)

1  Thank JuanC4257
Reviewed 20 March 2018

Really nice experience. Small groups, family run. You get about 1 hour swim time. Some of the seals were quite playful and interested, others were not. I was worried about the water temperature - after getting in I hyperventilated for a couple minutes due to...More

Thank Claudia T
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Although initially I was a bit apprehensive about swimming with seals, I quickly became very comfortable as it was clear that Herb and Matt were professionals who provided a quality experience with the experience, skill and equipment needed. They clearly enjoy their work and are...More

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2 September 2018|
Response from 2013Macca | Reviewed this property |
Keep trying I know the family closes for the winter but should be open for September, it really is an amazing experience.
Sue/Brian D
26 January 2017|
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Response from Nez99 | Reviewed this property |
You need to meet at Seal Swim headquarters in the township and they transport you to the beach where the boat takes you out