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Review of Seal Swim Kaikoura

Seal Swim Kaikoura
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$80.66*
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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura
Ranked #3 of 27 Tours in Kaikoura
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Owner description: 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 daily. No experience is necessary and all equipment is supplied. Many travellers site their seal swimming experience as a highlight of there New Zealand holiday. For more information contact us...
Reviewed April 18, 2013

I had a wonderful time at Seal Swim. The staff were excellent. They were very friendly and knowledgable. The first time we went out, we did not have great conditions, and so we were able to come back again for free. And when we got out into the water it was amazing. It is breathtaking to watch the seals and interact with them at such a close range and in their comfort zone. It is hard to describe what an honor it was to share time with these creatures. I recommend Seal Swim Kaikoura to anyone who wants to have a truly unique and awe-inspiring wildlife experience!

1  Thank Greta K
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Reviewed March 31, 2013

Seal Swim Kaikoura provided not only the highlight of our honeymoon, but the best customer service we experienced throughout our stay in New Zealand. The staff are so attentive and knowledgable about New Zealands fur seals. And the trip itself was mind-blowing, the seals were so interactive and playful.
Thank you for making our honeymoon one to remember guys!!

1  Thank Rachel C
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Reviewed March 27, 2013

We first planned to do the Dolphin Swim but it was booked out.
So we did the Seal Swim and didn't regret that at all ;)
Actually it got the Highlight or at least one of the Highlights of our whole South Island Trip!

2  Thank David F
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

These guys know their seals and they know how to look after you and will always try to keep their customers happy.

The day before we went on this tour they had to cancel as the visibility was not good. We were booked for a 9.30am tour and they gave us the option to change this to a later booking as they weren't that happy with the visibility but were willing to take us out and offer a 50% refund if we weren't happy, however our tight schedule meant we were going!

One thing you should all know - even if you aren't a swimmer, don't let that stop you from doing this tour. You are put into a 5mm wet suit, booties and hoodie - this alone will keep you afloat - mask, snorkel and fins, all equipment of good quality. Once in the water, if you are still uncomfortable (or let them know before you're in the water) and they'll give you a floating board to use. My mother (in her 60's and can't swim) was looked after brilliantly by "Dad". He ensured that she enjoyed her time in the water and even got her to put her head under to see the seals swimming closely around her - that's some feat!

Firstly, we went to an area of rocks that were fairly close to Kaikoura and known for seals but there were few there on our visit, so they took us a little way off to where they know of another colony, this was ~15mins further boat journey, sure enough there were seals for us to swim amongst.

The seals are not afraid of us swimmers, in fact they totally ignored us and went about their business, twirling round and round, cleaning their whiskers, rubbing their skin against the rocks and generally looking like they didn't have a care in the world. At times it was us that had to get out of the way of the seal as they obliviously twirled beside us.

We were in the water for quite a while (about 1.5hrs) and didn't get back on the bus till 12.20pm. Back at base, we had a hot shower, so remember to take your towel.

An excellent tour and well worth it!

Thank Shazza_123_Oz
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Reviewed March 24, 2013

We took the Seal Swim and it was great! The water is rather cold, but you get good equipment and once you are in the water with the seals you will forget about the cold any ways. The staff is very experienced, friendly and friendly. If you bump in marine live other than seals they will take their time to stop tell you about it and let you take pictures. In my opinion a must do trip.

Thank Eduard T
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