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Seal Sanctuary Tour With Abel Tasman Sea Kayaks From $168.71pp

Get amongst an afternoon trip exploring Adele Island and the famous Seal Colony.

Start with a scenic water taxi ride to Observation Beach before exploring the surrounding coastline by kayak.

Paddle out to Adele & Fisherman Islands and observe the antics of the resident New Zealand Fur Seals, Kekeno, and watch out for little Blue Penguins too! You will have ample time to spend with the playful Kekeno who call the island home. This short but sweet tour of the southern end of the Abel Tasman allows enough time to soak up the quintessential Abel Tasman coastline before arriving back in Marahau at 4.30pm.

Kayaking is this team’s thing with all activities supported by a purpose-built kayak base, free hot showers, free wifi, free equipment storage & client transporters. The team also provides high-quality soft and hard gear, fitted for each client by our guides.

On this trip covering the Astrolabe coastline you have a professional guide with you for around 4 hours sharing their knowledge and passion of the Abel Tasman. The team also caters lunch designed around your health and energy to keep you moving throughout your day. If you enjoy clear water, cute wildlife and adventure, this is the trip for you.


Trip Intinerary

Seal Sanctuary Itinerary

11:15AM – Check In
11:30AM – Water Taxi To Observation Beach
11:45AM – Arrive at Observation Beach and relax before meeting your guide.
12:15PM – Enjoy lunch in the sun.
12:30PM – Kayak briefing.
1:00PM – Kayak from Observation Beach to Marahau. Kayak approx 2 hours with breaks.
4:00PM – Arrive back in Marahau.

Inclusions & Extras


  • Double Sea Kayak
  • Life Jacket
  • Paddles
  • Dry Bag For Cameras
  • Lunch Included
  • Experience Seal and Wildlife Up Close
  • Beautiful Fringing Forest Coastlines

Not Included

  • Breakfast
  • Dinner
  • Fishing
  • Transport

Tour Type & Availability

Tour Inclusions Price

What to bring

  • Personal Water Bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunhat
  • Insect Repellent
  • Sunscreen
  • Towel
  • Swimmers
  • Warm Top
  • Wind Jacket
  • Change Of Clothes

Pick Ups & Departures

Check in at Abel Tasman Sea Kayaks and meet your guide 20 minutes before your departure time and undergo a safety briefing.

Supplier Terms & Conditions

Abel Tasman Kayaks understands that travel plans vary due to illness, accident and people simply changing their minds. In turn, we ask our clients to understand that we may have turned away a number of keen people for those reserved places. We may also have committed expenses for food, staff, transport or accommodation. We will have incurred expense in processing the enquiry and bookings. Finally, we have learned to respect the sea and the New Zealand weather, and not to take unnecessary risks.

To confirm your reservation, full payment or voucher details must be received by Abel Tasman Kayaks at time of booking.

Client Cancellation:
Day Trips

Client Cancellation within 48 hours of day of departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee. However, cancellation by client within 24 hours of day of departure – NO REFUND WILL BE MADE.
There will be NO refund on any portion or part of a guided trip once the trip has departed. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT OF A NO-SHOW FULL PAYMENT WILL BE CHARGED!
All other cancellations prior to 48hrs incur a 10% administration/cancellation fee.
Overnight Trips/Multiday Trips

Client Cancellation within 14 days of departure will incur a 50% cancellation fee. However, cancellation by client within 7 days of departure – NO REFUND WILL BE MADE.
There will be NO refund on any portion or part of a overnight/multiday trip once the trip has departed. PLEASE NOTE THAT IN THE EVENT OF A NO-SHOW FULL PAYMENT WILL BE CHARGED!
All other cancellations prior to 14 days of departure incur a 10% administration/cancellation fee.
Cancellation by Abel Tasman Kayaks Our policy is not to launch a Guided Trip or Freedom Rental on safety grounds if we consider that the wind and sea conditions are unsafe for that group. This is our decision. In this situation we give a refund in full.

One Day Guided trips Once your trip has commenced there are no refunds. There may be times when the weather changes during the day and the group is unable to return by kayak to Marahau or, very occasionally, must be cancelled at some stage during the day. In this situation we will cover the cost of water taxiing clients’ kayaks back to Marahau, and cover their passenger fare where there is no practical walk out option. Where a practical walk out option does exist, and clients seek to return via water taxi, their passenger fare is their own cost.

1. Abel Tasman Kayaks reserves the right to cancel a client’s tour in the event of non-compliance with the terms and conditions Abel Tasman Kayaks sea kayak rental briefing, or relevant rules and regulations governing the Abel Tasman National Park, its foreshore and adjoining waterways. In this situation, there is no refund.

2. Abel Tasman Kayaks reserves the right to change the direction of a trip due to such things as kayaking conditions and kayak availability. Such a change will not allow the customer to cancel a trip without application of the cancellation policy.

3. If you trip includes accommodation it is possible that the third party accommodation may be booked out between the time of booking and us securing the accommodation. On the rare occasion this occurs we will offer alternative options, if this is not possible then we will cancel and refund the booking.

We advise all clients to consider arranging appropriate travel insurance that covers Adventure Tourism. On guided trips, Abel Tasman Kayaks is responsible for all company equipment on that trip (e.g. kayaks, tents etc). On Freedom Rentals, the client is solely responsible for any loss or damage to all equipment. The hirers’ responsibility ceases once Abel Tasman Kayaks equipment has been loaded onto an approved water taxi or, where the kayak is paddled back to Marahau, loaded onto the kayak transporters. Under all circumstances, the client is solely responsible for their personal equipment.

In any adventure activity, there is an element of risk involved. Risks in undertaking this activity include, but are not limited to; Personal Injury, Property Damage, Illness as a result of Weather Conditions and Risk of Drowning. Abel Tasman Kayaks mitigate this risk through thorough preparation and providing you with the necessary information and training to participate in our activities. You are personally responsible for listening to our directions, adhering to our advice, and making responsible decisions to keep yourself safe.

Frequently asked questions

Do I need to reconfirm my bookings?

All bookings must be reconfirmed 48 hours in advance by contacting your tour provider directly using the contact information listed on your tour voucher.

What should i do if my trip is cancelled due to bad weather?

You may either re-schedule directly with the supplier or you can email our support team on [email protected] and include your voucher number, name of product you booked, planned departure date and your contact details. Once you’ve emailed us, you can drop us a line at +61 2 5633 1149.

Do you book tours with flexible dates? If so, how long are they valid for?

Yes, we do have open dated/flexible tickets available. Most tour vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase, however please be aware that you may be subject to supplier price fluctuations. All ticket validity is specified on the tour voucher. If you are unsure of the validity of your voucher, just ask one of our wonderful staff.

What do I do if I need help with an existing booking?

Some tours have extra costs and you should be aware that there may be added expenses. These expenses will differ for each service provider, but some of the more usual extras are: EMC tax, stinger suit hire, luggage storage, sleeping bag hire, linen hire, national park fee, food, insurance, accommodation, equipment hire, petrol levy, etc. We will alert you to extra costs to the extent reasonably practicable. However, you must also check with each individual service provider when you re-confirm your booking.

Do I need travel insurance?

We endorse the recommendation of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade that all travellers take out travel insurance. If you already have travel insurance, please understand that it is your responsibility to ensure that your travel insurance covers you for all of the adventure style travel you have booked with us.

Do you offer payment plans?

Absolutely, we understand that paying off a big trip in one go isn’t always that easy. We offer flexible payment plans to suit all types of travellers with zero interest or fee’s (minimum $100AUD deposit required).

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