What a Trip!
Travel deep into the park with a 45 minute scenic Water Taxi ride past spectacular golden sand beaches.
Our skilled and trained guides swim with you to ensure your safety. We have a fully equipped Water Taxi support boat on-hand throughout your swim. We offer personal service and low client to guide ratio.
The Stars of the Show
The seals kekeno are not fed or tamed, so their behaviour will vary according to the tide, wave conditions, water visibility, feeding pattern and stage of season. Most days we will sight them in the water and interact with them.
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Join these playful and curious creatures at close quarters in their environment. Our low impact eco friendly swim allows these beautiful animals to respond in their own way.
Water Taxi will take you on a 45 min scenic cruise up into the Tonga Island Marine Reserve area. Your briefing takes place on beautiful Onetahuti beach. Following the briefing you will be whisked over to Tonga Island by Water Taxi where you will experience a one hour low impact eco friendly swim with the seals Kekeno.
Child* $130 (age 12+)
Add $13 for lunch
* Minimum age of 8 years
Join the seal watch crew and share in all the sights of the Seal Swim.
Board the Water Taxi for a 45 minute scenic ride to Tonga Island. Learn about the behaviour and breeding patterns of the seals kekeno before watching the swimmers interacting with the seals.
Child* $70 (age 12+)
Add $13 for lunch
* Minimum age of 8 years
Walk/Kayak Combos with Seal Swim
Ask us about having a full day in the park. Add a walk option from $20 or a kayak option from $99.
Tour and Check-in Schedule
Tours only operate during the summer season. On certain days we operate a second trip.
Check in times
Check in is at 8.30am and 1pm at Aqua Taxi Kiosk..
Return times are approximately 4 hours after departure.
We provide/You bring
We provide top quality 5mm wetsuits, mask, snorkel, fins and hood. You bring sunscreen, warm top (wool/fleece), swimsuit, towel, insect repellent, wind jacket and camera, personal water bottle and something to eat. Please bring medication if you are prone to motion sickness.
The Seasons flow
The seals kekeno are not fed or tamed, so their behavior will vary according to the tide, wave conditions, water visibility, feeding pattern and stage of the season. Most days we will sight them in the water and interact with them.
Did you know?
- Baby seals are inquisitive and curious - often approaching humans to investigate.
- The Tonga Island seals eat squid, anchovy, pilchard and Jack Mackerel.
- Seals nearly got hunted to extinction but they are now protected by NZ law.
- Early Europeans hunted seals for their fur. Maori used the skins for clothing, their teeth as fish hooks and their oil for colds.
- NZ Fur Seals are called Kekeno in Maori pronounced Ke-ke-nor, translating to ‘look around’.
- The scientific name for the NZ Fur Seal is Arctocephalus Fosteri.
- Pups are left together in coastal creches for several days while the females return to sea to feed.
- When seals are in the water they are relaxed and interactive.
- Seals mate again a week after giving birth.
- When a seal mates it takes about 5-45 minutes. They mate both in and out of the water.
- Pups nurse for about 10 months or 300 days.
- Seals live for about 15 years.
Marahau - Motueka: 20mins
Marahau - Nelson: 60mins
Marahau - Picton: 3 hours
Postal: Abel Tasman Water Taxi Base base, Main Rd, RD2 Marahau 7197
Freephone: 0800 155 188
Phone: +64 0275 155 177
Check-in: Aqua Taxi Kiosk, Kaiteriteri.
Cancellation Policy: There will be times when we choose to cancel an Abel Tasman Seal Swim tour. A decision will be generally made at 7am each morning after we have received the latest weather forecast and assessed wind, swell and water clarity. When we cancel a trip, clients receive a full refund of any money previously paid. If however you decide to cancel your booking within 48 hours of departure you will incur a 50% cancellation fee. Cancellation by clients within 24 hours of day of departure and no-shows – No refund will be made. All other client cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration/cancellation fee. Our full cancellation policy can be seen at www.sealswim.com
Pricing: Prices are valid at time of printing for 2011/2012 season. Abel Tasman Seal Swim reserves the right to alter trip times and prices during the season.