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Address: off Southern Scenic Highway | 799 Cannibal Bay Road, Clutha District, Otago, 9271, New Zealand
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+64 3-415 8371

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Great place to see Hooker Sea Lions. Shame about some people getting too close

This is a great beach with the Hooker Sea lions a plus. When we were there there was a well behaved tour group but also some people in a car getting far too close.

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 April 2016

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Penrith, Australia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had friends take us here to see the sea lions, couldn't find any at first but then noticed they were down the other end of the beach, quite a long walk but worth it to see these magnificent animals, only down side is that there are no rest rooms available in the area

Thank 700Gaby
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

This is a great beach with the Hooker Sea lions a plus. When we were there there was a well behaved tour group but also some people in a car getting far too close.

Thank Murry_Cave
Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 April 2016

Wow was all I could say once I stepped onto the beach. I liked how there was only us on the beach and when the other visitors came the didn't disturb the sea lions that were lying in the sand. It was pretty overcast but was still beauutiiful! After seeing this I said to myself "you call Aotearoa home, yet... More 

Thank Holly W
Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 April 2016 via mobile

Quite a drive to the site. 2 ways to get there. The drive nearer to nugget point (which we took) was much more nerve wrecking than the flat road. Narrow and high edge for our sedan car. Found the other road when we reached. Worth the scary drive there to see 5 BIG sea lions. (Only if you're up for... More 

Thank getmesomething
Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2016

It's an 8km drive down to the Bay and quite narrow in places but still an OK drive. At the end you can park quite near the beach and walk along it. We only saw one seal the 2 times we visited so were a bit disappointed in that but that's the way it goes. It's a lovely sandy beach

Thank Aussiepam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 January 2016 via mobile

Nice golden sand and blue/green water. Saw about 10-15 sea lions. You could take as many photos as you liked and you could walk amongst them. But keep your distance for your own safety!

Thank Rikard Z
Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2015

When we headed here we were the only people on the beach for miles! It was an amazing view even though we never glimpsed the NZ seals we desperately hoped for! Please do not go if you have no understanding of tides or cannot swim. The tide approaches rapidly and could be very dangerous for foreigners.

Thank Demii G
Palmerston North, New Zealand
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 June 2015

Unfortunately we had a wet cold day when we visited. The road is narrow and unsealed, but ok for the careful driver. In summer it would be great for beach and coast walks.

Thank Tenorman41
Diss, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2015

After negotiating a longish winding gravel road, the beach is a sight to behold, totally wild and unspoilt. We had no company apart from 4 pairs of sea lions and a loan male, who was being made most unwelcome by the other males !

Thank APDC2014
Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 March 2014

There is a windy, narrow gravel road into Cannibal Bay but it is well worth it. We saw many sea lions on the beach when we visited but it can vary. They are wild animals so keep your distance. The beach is wild and beautiful and well worth visiting. We also visited Surat Bay and felt that Cannibal Bay was... More 

Thank SuzW66

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