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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


  • Please allow approx. 2.5 hours for the tour


  • 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.


  • 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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Authenticated Reviews & PhotosAll of our reviews are from people who have booked and paid for this activity thru Bookme


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Mat Hamlin from New Zealand wrote on 10 January 2021

Highly recommended!!

We had a fantastic experience, with many fur seals amazingly close. Really nice staff and excellent quality gear. We all loved it!!

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Amaury from New Caledonia wrote on 03 February 2020


Fantastic adventure. The team is very helpful and the guide loves his job and is very respectful of wildlife. We were just 6 on the boat and spent more than one hour in water, swimming with seals. Do it!!

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mukeshv from New Zealand wrote on 18 May 2021


Really nice people. Will highly recommend.

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Varun Thomas from New Zealand wrote on 16 May 2021


Awesome experience

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Anna from New Zealand wrote on 26 April 2021

Loved the seal swim

Despite the frigid water we had an amazing time. Big seals swimming next to us, young seals swimming under and around us. Lovely family run company. We will definitely do it again though in summer next time!

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