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Seal Swim Kaikoura

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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...more
58 West End, Kaikoura 7300, New Zealand
+64 3-319 6182
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Reviewed 3 days 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

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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow wow wow what an experience! We were well looked after from start to finish with care taken to kit us out properly in a double layer of thick full wetsuit, gloves, boots, fins and snorkel, briefings on safety etc and then a short road...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The staff were amazing! I was really nervous at first as I had no experience swimming in the sea before but the staff made me feel really comfortable and feel safe so I enjoyed the experience very much! Out team was very lucky to be...More

Thank Odyssey61601197993
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had an amazing experience. Really nice people, answered all the questions. We definitely would do it again. Awesome tour. Thank you so much.

Thank Pioneer594215
Reviewed June 16, 2018

Family-owned business, very passionate about their work. Their policy is 50% off the seal swim tour if the seals don’t get into the water (as of February 2016). For our tour, the seals did not get into the water, which is fine, as the guides...More

Thank Neha G
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

We had a great time with Seal Swim Kaikoura, especially because of the lovely staff and the brand new equipment (we loved the wetsuits, so warm even in freezing cold water!). Unfortunately, the seals weren't really curious on the day we went, but knowing that...More

Thank davidlach
Reviewed May 3, 2018

I must say, I really love seals! When I went on this tour we had several seals relaxing in the water next to us, rolling around and scratching themselves... so cute! They also did this funny thing where they would float with their heads down...More

Thank celinemidavaine
Reviewed April 26, 2018

My daughter and I watched the dolphins from the boat. Next time I would love to go swimming! The dolphins are truly beautiful and wonderful to see. They are so playful and there was so many of them! I would highly recommend, it was the...More

Thank rebecca2102018
Reviewed April 12, 2018

The day before, we rang up (as requested) to confirm whether the tour was going ahead. The phone operator said that weather conditions out at sea were unstable, and there was a chance the tour would be cancelled. They asked us to call again in...More

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Reviewed April 3, 2018 via mobile

We went on the 9:30am trip today with Herb, Lee and dozens of seals! This has been the highlight of our trip. I can highly recommend this to anyone especially families with younger kids. Henry (11yo) stuck with Dad and after a few single encounters...More

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September 1, 2018|
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.
Sue/Brian D
January 26, 2017|
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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