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Tonga Island Marine Reserve

#7 of 9 things to do in Abel Tasman National Park Features Animals
Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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Viewing the seals up close, amazing

Our bus took us to a parking lot and a trail that led to the seal colony. This was a different view... read more

Reviewed 9 May 2017
Bracha K
Jerusalem, Israel
Kayak trek visit

Just great place to visit and sea seal pups up close. They came and swam with us in kayaks and... read more

Reviewed 3 April 2017
Warwickshire, United Kingdom
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Abel Tasman National Park, New Zealand
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Reviewed 9 May 2017

Our bus took us to a parking lot and a trail that led to the seal colony. This was a different view then seeing the seals from the catamaran. There was an overlook to see the seals, mothers and babes up close. Be sure to...More

Thank Bracha K
Reviewed 3 April 2017 via mobile

Just great place to visit and sea seal pups up close. They came and swam with us in kayaks and played alongside us....priceless and a must do. We went with Marahau Sea Kayaks and our guide Sarah was EXCELLENT!

1  Thank MHIChris
Reviewed 13 February 2017

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

Thank happysheepChina
Reviewed 5 February 2017

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...More

Thank Meike V
Reviewed 3 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.

Thank kamisama2014
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.

Thank Ta J
Reviewed 29 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.

Thank c m
Reviewed 15 April 2016

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

Thank Mark C
Reviewed 10 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...More

3  Thank AlbanyRick
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.

1  Thank Amelia H
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