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Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura

  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • All necessary equipment included
Seal Swimming Tour from Kaikoura
From US$74.12
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9:30am DepartureMost Popular
Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 9:30am.
12:30pm Departure
Swim with wild New Zealand Fur Seals in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. Departing at 12:30pm.
2pm Departure
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. This is an experience that you do not want to miss! All equipment is provided and no experience is necessary. Recently listed as one of the world's 'Top 10 Best Marine Encounters'. Don't miss out!
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.
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Reviewed 3 June 2018 via mobile
Fantastic wildlife encounter (although we weren't so lucky)

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 4 May 2018
Seals rock!

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 26 March 2018
Perfect day with the seals

I highly recommend to swim with seals at least once in life and if you have the chance to be in NZ, this company/family is just incredible! They took good care of us the whole time and also explained everything about the seals :)

1  Thank Juan C
Reviewed 19 March 2018

Really nice experience. Small groups, family run. You get about 1 hour swim time. Some of the seals were quite playful and interested, others were not. I was worried about the water temperature - after getting in I hyperventilated for a couple minutes due to...More

Thank Claudia T
Reviewed 19 March 2018
Great fun, good value with competent, and good humored professionals

Although initially I was a bit apprehensive about swimming with seals, I quickly became very comfortable as it was clear that Herb and Matt were professionals who provided a quality experience with the experience, skill and equipment needed. They clearly enjoy their work and are...More

Thank janegagliardi
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16 May 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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