Seal Swim Kaikoura

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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

France

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

Denmark

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

France

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

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Very, very cool!

Reviewed over 4 years ago and experienced in March 2016

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Hannes Puediger

Germany

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

Netherlands

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

Australia

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

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience to swim right beside the seals.

Reviewed over 6 years ago and experienced in January 2014

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sebastien gairaud

France

Ranking: 10/10

It was a great experience ! I never tought I could see seals from that close !

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Ali Mitchell

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

This is a not to be missed experience in Kaikoura my girlfriend and I were lucky enough to swim with both dolphins and seals in Kaikoura and the seals won hands down for us.

The team at seal swim are friendly and relaxed but they are nothing compared to the seals, happy to hang in the water upside down staring inquisitively into your snorkel mask for hours, before playing hide and seek in and out of the rocks and kelp.

This is not just about the seals it is a complete underwater experience into the marine life around Kaikoura.

I hope you choose to take the trip and enjoy it as much as we did, good luck!

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Nigel&Annette Greaves

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

A great experince seeing and swimming with seals in their natural environment. Superbly experienced guides; with natural ability to relate their passion about seals on to you;and to share their knowledge so you feel entirley comfortable through what can only be described as an awesome & delightfully unforgettbale experience.

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Rolf Zwahlen

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Best equipment and good guide.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Ken

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Awesome experience! Saw lots of seals up close even bumped into a few times. Great guides and very playful seals.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Mark

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

A lot more fun than swimming with dolphins. If I would have to devicide between these two, I would choose this.
Good organization, good spot, I would do this again.

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in February 2011

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joke

Belgium

Ranking: 8/10

Very well organised but still relaxed atmosphere. The captain took an effort to bring us to a nice seal swim spot.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Veronica Warren

Australia

Ranking: 9/10

Good day out, great people and just the right amount of time.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Michael Howat

Australia

Ranking: 10/10

Great fun and luckily had perfect weather. Price also very reasonable, only recommendation is adding the potential choice of tour photos (especially underwater photos) with extra cost of course.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Nicolas

France

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent and friendly.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Tyson Burnett

New Zealand

Ranking: 10/10

Excellent price. Great guys that are very helpful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Seifert

Germany

Ranking: 10/10

Grandios, exciting.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Christine Wirth

Germany

Ranking: 9/10

Small group, very good tour guide.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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efusco

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Wow! I just got back from this and feel compelled to share the experience.

We had a 1:45 check in time, but they knew right way they were running a little behind and advised we return at 2:00. At 2:00 we came in on the conversation that the primary site was rough and had poor visibility and that they would like to change to a secondary site, but that would mean a 30 min delay. Since we had nothing else planned and wanted the best possible experience we opted for the wait.

At 2:30 they got all 5 of us (myself, my wife, my twin 11 year old boys and my 6 year old daughter) suited up in thick wet suits, all of good quality, complete with hoods, good quality snorkels and masks, and fins. We jumped on a custom made bus clearly designed to haul sopping wet passengers.

It was wise to wait for the second site. A short ride in a nice boat to the seal rookery and we were in the cold water, but quickly we warmed up in the wet suits, and there were seals around us within a minute. There were a total of about 12 people on the trip.

We spent a full hour in the water and nearly all of the time was contact time with the seals. We were in their natural environment, in the ocean, but in an area with calm clear water. Around us we saw cormorants, albatrosses, and even little penguins. We'd actually had enough time in the water and got out on our own before they suggested we come back in.

This is a family run business and they really do know their stuff. They clearly care about the seals and giving everyone a good experience. I think this is an opportunity, if you're in the area, that everyone should consider high on their list. The price is reasonable, and it's an opportunity that may not be here forever.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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stowie

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic !!!! The Crew are all friendly informative and helpful. They are more interested in you enjoying the experience than the money. My trip was warm water most of the time. The seals came fast and friendly swimming around and playing with you. This is a real must do experience - worth every penny and more !!!! The equipment is good condition and quality and the warm shower at the end a welcome plus.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Ulric

France

Ranking: 8/10

A good organization and a great experience even if we have suffered from the cold water.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Jenny Davies

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Staff helpful.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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Kimberly Skyes

United States

Ranking: 8/10

Also very interesting and well run.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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janden

Denmark

Ranking: 10/10

Very friendly staff. Excellent trip. Go for the trip with the boat ride.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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purplekat99

United States

Ranking: 10/10

Fantastic morning out! I dove right in with the seals as I wanted to make the most of my expirence instead of holding onto the board the boat provided. Fantastic facitilies and great staff.

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in April 2008

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Jane

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Only booked day before, friendly staff. very clear that you are interacting with wild animals so no promises made but we had a great time, loads of seals all around us. Water cold so my 9 yr old given 3 wetsuits to wear, couldn't ask for more!

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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LucyT

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Another excellently run company, very honest about whether we'd see any seals due to the weather + offered refunds and turned out we were lucky. Right length tour, + great, friendly staff.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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Greg18

United States

Ranking: 10/10

This was a great time, and though the water was cold, we were impressed by how close we got to the seal colony. We enjoyed swimming around with the seals and took some good photos. Great value, especially when compared to the dolphin swims.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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JeremyE

United Kingdom

Ranking: 8/10

Excellent, loved it. Good value for money.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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MichaelS1

Isle of Man

Ranking: 9/10

Got very close to fur seals in the water at their breeding colony at Kaikoura.

Reviewed about 11 years ago and experienced in March 2009

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SebastianGermany1

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

Good guided tour in a small group.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Lynn White

China

Ranking: 9/10

Very good value. glad i had waterproof camera with me. great photo chance with seals!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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John

United Kingdom

Ranking: 7/10

Too cold!!

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Prentner

Austria

Ranking: 10/10

Less people (7), good equipment (only operator who provides gloves and boots) plus a long time with the seals.

Reviewed over 11 years ago

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Anke

Germany

Ranking: 8/10

$60 was worth it, especially compared to Whale Watch.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Richard Anthony

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Very well run. No complaints.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Claire Masling

Ranking: 9/10

Very good value, good fun. Friendly staff.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Carrie Cook

United Kingdom

Ranking: 10/10

Top marks! Loads of seals, really friendly - swam right up to you. Value for money, only $80.

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Stephanie

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Family operated - very friendly. Spent about an hour among the seals - amazing!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Tanya

Switzerland

Ranking: 10/10

Great, awesome!

Reviewed over 12 years ago

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Malena

Spain

Ranking: 8/10

Something different. Good guides

Reviewed almost 13 years ago