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Kaikoura - 2.5 hour Seal Swim

Snorkelling with wild New Zealand Fur Seals, in the shallow waters of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. A very rare unique experience, anywhere in the world.

Seal Swim Kaikoura invites you to join their family team for an experience of a lifetime!

Swimming with free and untamed New Zealand Fur Seals along the Kaikoura Coast is one of the most incredible wildlife encounters in the world. So graceful, so close!

Their underwater antics and natural curiosity will leave you with a renewed appreciation for these fun loving creatures.

The full length wetsuits provided will help keep you warm and also provide the same buoyancy as a life jacket so you don't have to be a confident swimmer or snorkeler. Our knowledgeable crew have been guiding travellers here since 1987. It will feel good to know that you have the world's most experienced guides with you, to answer questions, teach you how to snorkel and even hold your hand if you want! It won't take long for them to build your confidence!

The pristine bays of the stunning Kaikoura Peninsula is where you'll be taken on the short boat trip and with the beautiful Coastal Kaikoura Rangers as a back drop you'll spend up to an hour swimming and getting to know these playful puppy dogs of the sea. Alternatively, you can stay on the boat and watch others entertain the seals.

You'll need to allow around 2.5 hours for the tour.

This tour is highly recommended, has received numerous awards as has even been featured on the Getaway Travel Show. It really is a Must Do for your New Zealand travels.

Adult $120.00
Child $80.00

Duration

  • Please allow approx. 2.5 hours for the tour

Location

  • Seal Swim Kaikoura: 58 West End, Kaikoura

Bad Weather Refunds

  • If your experience is cancelled by the operator (because of the weather or anything else out of your control) you will be entitled to a full refund.

Notes

  • Please Note: Spectators $60 each can be added as you proceed to checkout

    Special Requirements: Please advise as you proceed to check out; your country of origin, gender and any medical conditions, age of any children booked for.

    The above information is used solely for the purpose of our Maritime New Zealand 'Health and Safety' procedures and will not be used for any other purpose.

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Maddie Schofield from Australia wrote on 08 November 2018

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Incredible experience

My friend and I were staying in kaikoura just for a stopover but found this experience and booked last minute. Was absolutely amazing and we were so lucky we got such a beautiful day to do the tour. Seals swam right underneath us and even when they weren’t in the water we were so close to watch them sleep and laze about on land. An absolute must do!

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From Kaikoura - 2.5 hour Seal Swim

Hey guys, thank you so much for your lovely review and we are stoked that you had such a great time. Enjoy the rest of your trip!

David from United Kingdom wrote on 06 March 2018

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Good tour with friendly guides.

The tour was good fun, unfortunately we didnt have great conditions but ended up getting refunded half the cost due to this. The tour still went ahead and you could tell the staff really cared about giving you a great experience and were very respectful of the seals at the same time. Would probably have been an automatic 5 had the conditions been better and we had had the full experience but it’s not their fault and there can be no gaurenteeing the conditions on a tour like this! Thanks for your efforts though and recommend this tour!

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Stéphanie from Switzerland wrote on 09 February 2018

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Best seal swim ever

I loved it very much, and we were so lucky to see so many seal at once. The view under water wasn't that good in the beginning, but after 30min the sun was shining through and the visibility becam much better. The seals were swimming around our boat, it was really lovely :-)

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Keith White from Australia wrote on 16 March 2020

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Must do in Kaikoura

This was a first rate experience from start to finish. Excellent friendly informative staff, well organised and an absolutely delightful encounter with the seals. This activity was the highlight of our trip around the north and south islands. We will recommend this trip to anyone who will listen and encourage all visitors to NZ to get to Kaikoura and swim with the seals with Kaikoura Seal Swim.

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Abi Riley from United Kingdom wrote on 15 March 2020

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Amazing!

Such an interactive experience getting face to face with the seals! Whole process was hassle free and the guide was amazing. Would definitely recommend as best thing to do in Kaikoura

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