Seal Swim Kaikoura



53 Rankers Reviews

35 Face-to-Face

7 Seal Watching

1 Marine Mammal Swimming

8 Kaikoura




Swim with wild New Zealand fur seals in the shallow bays of the beautiful Kaikoura Peninsula. This is an experience you do not want to miss! No experience necessary.

Seal Swim Kaikoura's base of operation is conveniently located right in the main street of Kaikoura. It is here that you will meet and be introduced to your guides and the other swimmers on the tour. You will be provided with warm, buoyant wet suits and snorkeling equipment before being transported to one of Seal Swim Kaikoura custom seal swimming boats.

Your skipper and guide will then accompany you on a very short boat trip, around the stunning Kaikoura Peninsula, to one of SSK's favorite seal swimming areas. This is a treat in itself. Before entering the water your guides will tell you all about New Zealand fur seals and 'seal swimming etiquette'.

Upon entering the water, time will be allowed for you to familiarize yourself with equipment and instruction will be given on aspects of snorkeling. One to two experienced guides, equipped with large floats will then accompany each group, of max 11 swimmersin the water. This is of great benefit to swimmers who are not so comfortable in the water. Guides are trained to help you and make you feel more comfortable. They've even been know to hold swimmers hands!

Every tour is different but generally 1 to 1 1/2 hours is spent in the water. Seal Swim Kaikoura has a 96% success rate of travellers swimming with 3 metres of seals in the water. If you do not get to swim with seals at close proximity a 50% refund applies.

Many people have told us that there seal swimming experience was one of the highlights of their travel here in New Zealand. For more information visit our website.


Feature Value Info


South IslandKaikoura RegionKaikoura


  • Seal Watching
  • Marine Mammal Swimming





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Peter Leschev

Ranking: 10/10

Very impressed with every step of the experience!

Reviewed 8 months ago

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Mietta Feery

Ranking: 10/10

This is a must do. Such a surreal experience swimming up close and personal with so many beautiful seals. And what made it even better was it being a kiwi family run business, the hosts are fantastic; they're friendly, funny and educational. Loved this!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Susie Dietz

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

We came to Kaikoura specifically to do this seal swim and it was all that we had hoped for! I highly recommend that even though the road from Kaikoura to Picton is closed, you should still come to Kaikoura and explore the town. It is a quaint ocean town and well worth the visit. I highly recommend the Seal Swim encounter as well! I took my 11 yr old and 13 year old daughters and they won't ever forget this experience!

Reviewed over 3 years ago

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Nica Georgiana


Ranking: 10/10

I Washington on holiday With my friend looking for an ecofriendly activity and looking to swim with the seals . This company offered us a great experience and a better understanding of the wildlife
We recommend it warmly and hope to go backbone day!
Thanks guys

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2014

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Amanda Williams

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Small groups and a very unique wildlife experience to have in Kaikoura!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in November 2014

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Valentine de Beer


Ranking: 9/10

Unbelievable experience. Baby seals are so cute! Big eyes!

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Cecile Seramis


Ranking: 8/10

To swim with the seals with this company is really good. Professional and small groups (10 people).

Reviewed about 4 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Stephan Kirchenbaur


Ranking: 9/10

Very, very cool!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Hannes Puediger


Ranking: 10/10

Absolutely incredible! You won't get any closer to wild seals in their native habitat! They are so cute!

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Virgil Spruit


Ranking: 8/10

A professionally run tour business with the best for the animals in mind. Was a lot of fun. Visibility up to 3 or 4 metres.

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in December 2015

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Emma's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

Great family run business - however seems to be slightly abrupt and unwelcoming on booking.
Had a great day and swam with seals darting towards and around me.
Was great to be in the water with them!

Reviewed over 5 years ago and experienced in March 2015

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Manuela Opprecht

Ranking: 10/10

Perfect organisation, very professional, very friendly and helpful, funny. Unfortunately we saw the seals just for seconds and only one time but anyway, its nature and its ok. We had a nice trip.

Reviewed over 5 years ago

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Robert Geissler


Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience to swim right beside the seals.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014