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Seal Swim Kaikoura

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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...more
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58 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
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All reviews wet suits family owned business on the rocks hot water full refund small group amazing animals staff were amazing an amazing experience weather conditions small boat highlight of our trip wild animals octopus boat trip vanessa wetsuits
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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
1  Thank nataliamiz
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

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 3 weeks ago

What a great day. We had viewed the seals on land and watched them sunning on the rocks but going for a swim with the seals is a completely different experience. We were fortunate to have seal swimming right up to us and around us....More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Omar H
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for taking the time to let others know about our little seal swimming tours:) It was great to have you and we are happy to know that we were a special part of you experience in Aotearoa/New Zealand:) See you next time!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

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 1 week ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This was the activity I had been looking forward to the most out of three weeks in New Zealand and it was indeed amazing. It was really special to be so close to the seals in their natural environment. They weren't quite as curious as...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Beth S
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi guys thanks for the lovely review and thank you for braving the cooler temps that we have at the beginning of the season. The waters are a bit warmer now but the wet-suits are defiantly still required. We hope you enjoyed the rest of...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great time in the water with the seals! The crew is funny, very aware of your safety and caring! The experience with the animals is respectful and does not stress the seals. They are curious and play next to you, and swim...More

Thank MissSerendipity84
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks guys, this is a lovely review and it really made us smile:) Good luck with all your adventures:)

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

What an amazing experience. It was a cool cloudy day early in the season and so Vanessa warned us that there was a possibility the seals may not get in the water and said we could cancel with a 100% refund if we wanted or...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank fxn167
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you! What a lovely review. We hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday and we were glad that we could be part of it:)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Honestly we didn't know about this type of tour as on Internet it did not pop up while searching "things to do in Kaikoura". We were told just upon arrival in town. We booked for the next day and it was really nice to swim...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Hans T
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Hans, we are glad you enjoyed the tour. Happy travels:)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

A fantastic experience up close with these amazing animals. Very friendly staff with safety and low impact on the seals a priority. The wet suits were great so we didn’t feel the cold. We drove from Christchurch but well worth it. Recommend this for all...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks for the kind review RustyK. See you next time:)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This was an amazing experience and would recommend to others. The tour was safety focussed and very careful to not impact on the seals negatively. Some seals appeared almost as curious about us so the interaction was wonderful. The wet suits were very good providing...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank LeahA625
SealSwim, General Manager at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Leah, it is great to see lovely reviews like this about our tours. We really do love what we do. Happy travels:)

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We booked on for the first day of the season and were so glad we did. Booking was easy, with clear instructions beforehand. When we got there everyone was friendly and the tour well organised. Out on the water there were only 7 of us...More

1  Thank andymN9859UY
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thanks Andy, it was great to have your support on the first day of the season and thank you for taking the time out on your holiday to give us such a lovely review:) Enjoy the rest of your time in New Zealand:)

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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.
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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
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