Cannibal Bay Seal Watching

Cannibal Bay Seal Watching


9 Rankers Reviews

5 Face-to-Face

5 Seal Watching

4 Owaka

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Mating ritual or lovers tiff?
Sealion doing what they do best


20 minutes return

A short walk onto a long white sand beach which is a popular haunt for Sea Lions.


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  • Seal Watching
  • Free


Ben Leech's avatar

Ben Leech

Ranking: 10/10

The first bay was ok, 2 big boys just chilling but then I walked to the end of the beach and a person notified me of another bay up a small track where they're was about 8 lazing and a few having a scrap. Would recommend ✊️

Reviewed over 4 years ago

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Charlotte Leong

New Zealand

Ranking: 8/10

Great little bay for a walk, saw several lounging sea lions! Can be quite exposed and chilly.

Reviewed almost 6 years ago and experienced in February 2016

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Max Brunner

Ranking: 10/10

Saw two very big sea lions.

Reviewed over 6 years ago

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Jakub Stastny

Czech Republic

Ranking: 10/10

Sea Lions are so big!!

Reviewed over 7 years ago and experienced in March 2014

Dave's avatar


New Zealand

Ranking: 7/10

Very pretty beach but we went at the wrong time of year for sealions apparently. The gravel road gets very tight and narrow for the last 6 kilometres.

Reviewed about 9 years ago

Loesje's avatar



Ranking: 10/10

Were hitchhiking and a local took us for a drive on this beach. Opened the window and had a conversation with a HUGE sea lion and a small seal. It was mostly me talking, but still... I could tell they loved it too!

Reviewed about 9 years ago and experienced in December 2012

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Hans Bet


Ranking: 10/10

Walk with the sea lions!!

Reviewed over 9 years ago and experienced in March 2012

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Carolee Webster

United States

Ranking: 9/10

Fur seals, sea lions and few people. The vistas are scenic on Long White Beach.

Reviewed about 10 years ago and experienced in February 2012

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Simon Bartholomew


Ranking: 10/10

Took a break from driving, went for a walk along the beach at cannibal bay and quite literally tripped over a fur seal sleeping on the beach!

Reviewed over 12 years ago and experienced in November 2009