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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura

Highlights
  • Swim in shallow waters known as New Zealand fur seal habitat
  • Learn about the marine life of the Kaikoura Peninsula
  • Observe Kaikoura wildlife from a safe distance
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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura
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Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 2pm.
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Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 9:30am.
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Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 12:30pm.
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Overview
Observing New Zealand fur seals in the wild while you swim is an experience you won’t soon forget. With a short boat-ride offshore from the Kaikoura Peninsula you’ll soon be immersed in their natural habitat. No experience is necessary—just don a wetsuit and snorkel and receive instruction from your guides.
What to Expect
Your experience will begin at the main meeting base at your chosen time, where you will be introduced to your guides and suited up in wetsuits and snorkeling equipment.

You will then be taken on a 10-15-minute bus trip, followed by a 5-15-minute boat trip to one of our favorite seal swimming areas and then spend about one hour in the water. During that time the seals are free to come and go as they please.

It’s very much a wildlife encounter in that we have never feed, or enticed the seals in any way and we do not have any special tricks to make them respond to you in the water. However, due to their natural curiosity you can reasonably expect interactions within 2-3m in the water at different times.

If the seals do not respond, you will get the chance to go again free of charge or be refunded back to the viewing rate of 50% of the swimming rate. We offer a 96% success rate of swimming with the seals on our tours. Hot showers are provided after the tour.
Reviews (106)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Best wildlife experience in NZ

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

1  Thank nataliamiz
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days 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 via mobile
Great experience!

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 6 days ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Beautiful seals

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

Thank Beth S
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days 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
Awesome!

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 6 days ago

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

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A Must do Kaikoura Activity

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

Thank fxn167
SealSwim, Owner at Seal Swim Kaikoura, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days 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:)

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logan8900
May 16, 2018|
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Response from son1a2013 | Reviewed this property |
Hi there, the tour doesn't operate in winter due to the cold weather. Tours are usually up and running Oct/Sept but with limited departures. When we went in December - it wasn't a hot sunny day, which limited the seal... More
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