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Ohau Point Seal Colony

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Address: State Highway 1, Ohau Point, Kaikoura, New Zealand

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Up close and fun

What fun to bump into silly seals sleeping in unexpected places. Got a few great close-up photos. One gave me a good bark to let me know I was getting too close so I scurried back... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 1, 2015
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Woodbourne, New York
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Woodbourne, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

What fun to bump into silly seals sleeping in unexpected places. Got a few great close-up photos. One gave me a good bark to let me know I was getting too close so I scurried back from him.

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New York NY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015 NEW

After a disappointing attempt to find the seal colony at the tip of the Kaikoura peninsula (there were only 3 seals), our airbnb host told us to check out this one on our way out of town. We didn't have time to do the waterfall walk, but there were plenty of seals visible from the side of the road! It... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015 NEW

We came here twice hoping the seals would be more active the second time. They basically just laid around on the rocks, in the grass, on the walkway, completely uncaring of your presence, so you can take all the pictures you want. They are so well camoflauged in the rocks that you can miss seeing them. We did see more... More 

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Melbourne, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015 NEW

One could stand for hours watching the seal pups playing safely in the rock pool. They dance around and play with the large chunks of seaweed - climb up the cliffs and dive back in.. There were so many of them the pool looked alive. And all for free off the side of the road.

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Union KY
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

Not that you should or we did, but to get this close for pics was stunning. Rest of marine life at low tide interesting also,well worth 1-2 hrs .

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Beirut, Lebanon
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

These seals are at the end of a paved road hanging out on the rocks at the shore. One had come right next to the walkway and was too busy scratching to care about us. You won't get any closer unless you dive with them, and maybe not even then. The walk from Kaikoura, around one easy hour each way,... More 

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Dorchester, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Viewing the seals from a roadside stop. Could gave watched them for hours. Liked that it was free and easily accessible.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We couldn't believe that you could get so close to seals from the main highway. We spent ages watching them sunning themselves on the rocks or frolicking in the pools. So noisy too. It was a magical part of our trip.

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Braughing, Ware United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

This is a great place to view seals up close, well within the recommended 10m on land and 20m in the colony. They are beautiful creatures but be careful, they move as fast as a small dog and do not get closer than recommended.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Never seen anything like it before in my life. The rocks can be a bit rough at times. Wear proper footwear. I would also say, it is a bit smelly. So it can make you feel a bit sick at times. Awesome sighting though.

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