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Address: Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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Full-Day Abel Tasman Kayak and Walk
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Chance to see seals

The protected waters around the island have a seal colony, with seals lazing on rocks in the day, but sometimes out playing or swimming.

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 weeks ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The protected waters around the island have a seal colony, with seals lazing on rocks in the day, but sometimes out playing or swimming.

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Bubenreuth, Germany
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Seals occupy the shorelines of Tonga Islands in the dozens, probably even hundreds. Their babys were born when I visited end of December and you could hear them cry. The shoreline can be seen either from one of the water taxi's or if you go on a sea-kayaking tour. Later one being the more personal option.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2017

Paradise but the two nights we were at Onetahuti beach, saw two lots of Germans campers trying to cook up mussels off the beach. Maybe needs better signage that it is a marine reserve.

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Taupo, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 October 2016

Hire a kayak and explore the shores of Tonga Island while keeping an eye on wildlife. You can spot seals and seabirds... I have seen a Reef Heron in these waters.

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Denver, Colorado
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 June 2016

We went in winter and it was still wonderful weather. the water was cold, so we did a boat ride, but it was amazing scenery.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2016

A new marine reserve in wonderful location. We did not get chance to dive or snorkel there unfortunately.

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Albany, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2016

There are lots of kayaking tours in the Abel Tasman area, and we opted for one that took us from Tonga Island to Bark Bay. Lots of wildlife to be seen, especially seals, but also some penguins. On the day we visited it was sunny and calm, and it was amazing to be out on the water. Beautiful place to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2016 via mobile

Flawless! Well looked after and respected by locals. Although there are quite a few people who come here during the season it is always made evident that respect is needed around the reserve. Surrounding beaches are spectacular! Such a beautiful and peaceful place.

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Christchurch, New Zealand
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2016

This marine reserve is hard to rate as you can't land on Tonga Island, you can only see it from 20m away as it's protected, but certainly a lovely area and we spotted a few seals from the boat. (Probably best to explore by kayak - unfortunately I was ill so we had to forfeit that trip - next time... More 

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Tauranga
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 January 2016

We stopped here with our water taxi and it was lovely we saw the amazing seals I loved to see them do this soon.

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