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Reviewed 17 March 2017

We booked a half day kayaking trip via the website a few days before we were due to go. The site offers free transfers but doesn't mention they only leave once a day in the mornings. This led to some confusion and a member of their team ringing to explain. I was in a cafe with no where to write anything down so asked for a confirmation email of where to meet them. Its fair to say the member of staff I spoke to wasn't delighted by this and eventually hung up. He did however send the email and we were easily able to find where to meet them.
The trip left at 11am and we did an hour of paddling and then stopped for lunch on a beach with a great view. We were able to swim and have a chill out before paddling back for about another two hours.
The kayaks were great and we felt very safe. It was a great option for us as two of our group hadn't done any sea kayaking before.
The guide himself seemed a little inpatient and not keen to repeat any information if we were not within hearing distance.
Overall great gear and scenery but needs work on customer service.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Izzy-4ilr
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SeaKayakCompany, Owner at The Sea Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Hi Izzy,
Pleased you enjoyed your day out. In regards to your complaint about the transport.We sent you an E-mail on the day before the trip,03/03/17 at 8.30am with the details explaining the transport arrangements and that we only go to Marahau in the morning. The website does clearly say that transport is N/A for this trip. The fact that you were staying only 100mtrs from our base and you were offered a ride and needed to be at our base at 7.45am if you wished to do so. Perhaps if you had checked your e-mail and the website then there wouldn't of been any confusion. Kind regards, Paul :)

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Reviewed 17 March 2017 via mobile

Amazing 3 day trip....2 nights camping at Bark Bay. Started in drizzle but then all sun and sea! Superb guide...lots reassurance for beginners and superb cook. Saw lots seals, birds including little blue penguin. Kayaked into most of little river estuaries. Sting rays in sandy bays, lots little fish. We were beginners so if you are too then do not worry and book yourself a multi day trip.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Helen W
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SeaKayakCompany, Owner at The Sea Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded 21 March 2017

Hi Helen,
Pleased you and Paul enjoyed your trip. It was our pleasure to show you both the Abel Tasman and hope to see you again some time.

Take care, Paul and the SKC crew :)

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Reviewed 5 March 2017 via mobile

Super friendly people, fantastic management and awesome guided tour! We booked a 3 day kayaking trip in Abel Tasman with this company and our guid was Ethann. He's an awesome guy great cook with lots of knowledge and information about the area. We had a great time. Everything was organised nicely and we really enjoyed our trip.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank HappyParisa
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SeaKayakCompany, Owner at The Sea Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded 6 March 2017

Hi Guys. Thanks for the review and will pass on to Ethann. Pleased you and Kent enjoyed your trip and hope to see you again some time. Many Thanks, Paul and the SKC crew :)

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Reviewed 20 February 2017

Wonderful experience over three days lof stunning scenery, paddling along the coast, the guides could not have been more helpful, thank you Isaac and Aaron, our friendly guides

Date of experience: February 2017
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SeaKayakCompany, Owner at The Sea Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded 22 February 2017

Thank you for your review. Isaac and Arron thoroughly enjoyed the experience with the group. It was a fantastic trip with lots of stories and good times. Thank You, Paul and the SKC crew :)

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Reviewed 8 February 2017

In December 2016/January 2017, we spent 3 weeks on the South Island. Our day with the Sea Kayak Company was the consensus favorite activity of our trip. Hannah and Daniel were our fun and knowledgeable guides. The water taxi ride to Torrent Bay turned out to be much more than that as our skipper took us to see Split Apple rock, a pod of dolphins, and an island with sea lions. After a beautiful hike from Torrent Bay to Bark Bay, we met them on the beach. The sandwich for lunch was excellent. Our kayak adventure included dolphins that swam right beside us and a bull seal tossing around his squid lunch as we looked on from close by. At the end, Hannah took a picture of the group in our kayaks and emailed it to us. It was a wonderful day!

Date of experience: December 2016
Thank Waynevol81
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SeaKayakCompany, Owner at The Sea Kayak Company, responded to this reviewResponded 9 February 2017

HI Wayne.
Thanks for the review. Pleased you enjoyed your day out in paradise and hope to see you again some time. Cheers, Paul and the SKC crew :)

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