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Seal Swim Kaikoura

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58 West End, Kaikoura, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6182
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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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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Great experience with Seal Swim Kaikoura this afternoon! The tour guides were unsure how much seal activity there would be given the weather (and warned us properly), and even if we hadn’t seen seals in the water, the snorkeling itself would have been worth it...More

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Reviewed 28 October 2017 via mobile

This trip is simply amazing. It was just outstanding in terms of the customer service as well as the actual experience of swimming with the seals. We went as a large family group with a range in age from four years old to over 60....More

1  Thank M L
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Totally recommend it to travellers & residents of NZ. The family that runs & owns it are by far the best operators we have come across in NZ & overseas. A very inter active swim with seals, safe & fun.....and well worth it.

1  Thank Christine116a
Reviewed 5 March 2017

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...More

1  Thank Catalina M
Reviewed 22 February 2017 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!

Thank mietta f
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.

Thank John C
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...More

1  Thank Mia W
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...More

Thank Robin_Laura
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...More

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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
29 October 2016|
Response from DonnaandGene | Reviewed this property |
You wear a wet suit that they provide, along with fins, mask and snorkel. They might allow you to use a Boogie Board (the guys that accompany you use them). It would be a good idea to call them ahead. They are a lovely... More