Surat Bay

Surat Bay

Seal Watching



10 Rankers Reviews

10 Face-to-Face

14 Seal Watching

10 Owaka




Time: 10 - 20 minute walk to view large Sea Lions

Surat Bay, seals and ship wrecks what more could you want! Take a walk down the beach and keep your eyes peeled for fur seals hanging out along the beach. They like to roll around in the sand, so keep your eyes peeled. A word of warning..... don't get between the seal and the sea, they can freak out and run fast. Keep your distance.


Feature Value Info


South IslandSouthlandOwaka


  • Seal Watching
  • Free



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C Schaap


Ranking: 9/10

Free wildlife experience.

Reviewed over 7 years ago

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Heather & Jenny


Ranking: 7/10

Clear trail - watch tidal movements. Sea lions very accessible.

Reviewed over 8 years ago and experienced in November 2011

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Gema's avatar



Ranking: 9/10

You can walking for the beach and you can find lionsea and seals, this is wonderful.

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2011

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Ian & Gill Johnson

United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful to see wildlife up close.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Thomas's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Great self guided tour at the beach in the early morning.

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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K & J Overton


Ranking: 9/10

Up close to the Hooker SeaLions - could watch them joustin for hours. Nice walk (especially after the rain when all misty).

Reviewed over 9 years ago

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Chris el capitan


Ranking: 10/10

Wonderful spacious expanse of sand feeling of seclusion, close encounter with seals and sea lions.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Ranking: 10/10

I can never tire of watching the seals bask in the sun, swim then heave themselves up onto the rocks. Surat Bay good for spotting huge sea lions.

Reviewed over 10 years ago

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Marshall's avatar


United Kingdom

Ranking: 9/10

Wonderful beach + wildlife sightings (sea lions).

Reviewed over 10 years ago and experienced in November 2009

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New Zealand

Ranking: 9/10

Walk through sand dunes on a marked track. The active sea lions are awesome. Don't get too close!

Reviewed over 10 years ago