We found this new company through searchin around in Kaiterikiri. www.sealswim.co nz with firstname.lastname@example.org. We provided our body dimensions for the trip (wetsuits). Only three tourists were on this trip; ourselves and another boy.
Our pick-up was at the kiosks of Kaiteriteri in the early morning, where we got dressed in really new wetsuits.
With the small boat we went to an island where this Abel Tasman DIVE company had the lone rights for landing, which avoided many visitors to the place and made Marke Chamberlain well aqcuinted with the small seal colony and the many pups.
The small bay has a shallow end where you can stand, but because it is still shaded in the morning the water remains cool. My wife had an insulated head/hair cover which kept her warm. I did not, and after about two hours in the water it became a bit cold on my head.
During all this time we could float, stand, swim with dozens of pups and a couple of teenagers who were rather inquisitive. There were no large male sealions around.
This is really what I expacted from swimming with seals, when they are all around you.
Compared with other (almost private) trips this had an excellent high quality/cost ratio.
I had purchased a small underwatercamera and this experience made that purchase very worthwile.
The whole trip took the whole morning and was one of the most memorables from out two months stay in NZ. Tanks Mark, we had a wonderfull time.
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