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“Fantastic for ocean and wildlife”
Review of Cannibal Bay

Cannibal Bay
Ranked #5 of 8 things to do in Owaka
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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Best beach in the Catlins (in my experience) for getting up close and personal with Sealions - but not too close!! Easy stretch of beach with a good walk from one end to the other. 10-15 minute easy drive from Owaka.

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Reviewed May 6, 2013

We visited both Surat bay and Cannibal bay, which are next to each other (one hour walk), but we drove around with the car.
From the parking a good distance behind the dunes in Surat bay you can walk a trail to the beach and further down. This day thee were six seal, from which one group of three; two males and one female quarrelling about the female. They hardly looked at us.
Parking right behind the dunes in Cannibal bay we found a few single sealions and after 200 m walk more than 15 in a cluster, most of them males.
Sitting in the dunes at a safe distance we observed them for at least one hour, and were the only visitors for that period until the sun was going down.
We saw some vehicle tracks on the beach, but you would need a 4WD and it would not be good if the seals are there.

1  Thank huys25
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Reviewed March 14, 2013

We,again were hoping to freedom camp here. Nothing to say you couldn't until you get there! How frustrating after quite a long drive down an unmade road. Well worth the walk here tho'. We saw 3 seals lounging about as we walked along the beautiful stretch of beach. We crossed over the dunes to Sarat beach and were not disappointed. More entertaining in fact as we saw a grey seal, we think was a pup, and further on, 2 lovebirds (seals) rubbing each other affectionately until big (I want your girl) boy came straight out from the sea and started a fight. A little frightening, we did keep our distance, which you should anyway. Quite a little wrestle match before lover boy saw the enemy off. You don't get this sort of fight in England!!. Back across the dunes to see more seals etc, how fantastic If, like us you want somewhere to camp we would recommend going on to Parakanui Beach for the DOC site right by the beach.

1  Thank jools011
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Reviewed November 12, 2012

Cannibal and Surat Bays are adjoining beaches that can be accessed from either direction, a track through the sand dunes links the beaches.

The narrow and windy Cannibal Bay gravel road took us to the carpark at the northern end of Cannibal Bay, a small pretty beach (but lacks the wow factor). Sea lions are frequently sighted at the end of the beach, a 1-hour return walk from the carpark. We saw one vehicle driving on the beach, but I'm not sure if this is the right thing to do. Perhaps next time we will access the beach from the Newhaven end of Surat Bay instead. May save some walking time perhaps?

After a walk and sighting a lounging sea lion, we settled down for a picnic lunch. Enjoyable afternoon.

Thank msnakim
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Reviewed April 2, 2012

There is a winding road down into Cannibal Bay so take your time. Once down there you can park and just walk onto the beach. We were lucky enough to encounter quite a few sea lions just lolling around and enjoying the afternoon sunshine. There were only a few other people on the beach and its a great opportunity to take photos of the sea lions. However one must respect that its their beach and we are but visitors. I was very shocked by three young people who were shaking an object in front of and very close to one of the sea lions trying to get it to raise up so they could take their perfect photo. Needless to say I told them to stop it. However apart from that we had a delightful afternoon walk.

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