Snorkel with Seals

Snorkel with Seals
Snorkel with Seals
Price: $99.00
Price: $99.00

Snorkelling with Seals is one of the most thrilling in water experiences imaginable. Seals are one of the fascinating creatures you can ever swim with. All they want to do is play with you, and if you don't want to play with them then they will find someone or something else to play with.

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Snorkelling with Seals

The seals are located a 10-minute boat ride from Port Kembla harbour. (We do not offer any transport from Sydney to Port Kembla). The boat departs Port Kembla at 12:30 pm. The day includes:

  • 2-hour boat dive adventure
  • Divemaster services
  • Small groups to maximize interaction with the seals 

Note: Freedivers must come with a buddy to ensure correct freediving protocols.
Children under the age of 15 must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Anyone under 45kg is required to provide their own wetsuit.

To maximize your diving enjoyment we strongly recommend you hire a Thermalution Heated Undergarment unless you own your own.

Shark Shield - Proven Shark Protection
We have been diving in the area or 18 years and have never seen a dangerous shark. Although the risks of encountering a dangerous shark in the areas are negligible, to ensure your peace of mind, we dive with the protection of a Shark Shield and No-Shark electronic shark deterrents.

If there is no seal snorkelling available on the day you are looking for then we may have another different seal activity on that date. Please check our Calendar of Events.

Seal Dive Calendar

The Australia fur seal is an amazing swimmer and diver, diving in excess of 150 m in search of its food. Its diet consists of squid, octopus, rock lobsters and fish. The seals eat their prey whole and later regurgitate the bones.

Being the largest of the fur seals they can eventually reach a weight of 360 kg for the males and 110 kg for the females, with the pups being 5 - 12 kg (for males) and 4 - 10 kg (for females) at birth. They can grow up to a length of 225 cm for the males and the females reaching 170 cm. At birth the pups are black but after they first month they turn a greyish fawn colour with a pale throat before changing to either the male colour, of dark greyish brown with a paler ventral and coarse mane, or the female colour, of a pale fawn to greyish brown with a pale throat and a brown ventral.

Mating occurs over a period of 6 weeks from November to December, with the bulls seeking out territory in October for the largest and most aggressive bulls. The gestation is for 51 weeks which includes a delay of implantation of 3 months. The female gives birth to one pup and she remains on shore for 6 days before returning to the water to mate again and search of food. These pups suckle for 11 months.

The life span for males is 19 years with females living up to 21 years, although there is a pup mortality rate of 15% in the first two months. A small number of seals are killed by sharks (particularly white pointers) and killer whales are also known to eat seals but these are rarely seen near the Australian fur seal colonies. Their main threats to the population are entanglement with lines and nets and also swallowing plastic bags as the seals think they are squid which is popular to their diet. Toxic pollution and oil spills also have a devastating effect on the colonies. The population is estimated at around 25,000 seals.

They are highly fond of company and extremely inquisitive. I realised this when diving at Montague Island, as soon as the boat approaches the island the seals all make a mad rush to the water, they just love playing and coming to investigate those strange new marine creatures with large tanks on their back.

The Australian fur seal is commonly seen in south eastern Australian waters, from Seal Rocks in New South Wales down to Tasmania. They differ from the New Zealand fur seal (which is also found in Australian waters) in that its breeding habitat is on exposed rocky shores (the New Zealand fur seal prefers sheltered boulder beaches), although both the Australian fur seal and the New Zealand fur seal can be found in colonies at Montague Island.


Diving with the seals is weather dependent.  If the sea outside the bay is too rough we will dive an alternate site.  In the case of poor weather conditions, we will reschedule your experience for a later date.

Seals are wild animals and as such we cannot guarantee their behaviour.  But they have always been present in the time period we run the seal activities. If for some reason they are not present on the day, then we will offer you another trip at half price.

 Cancellation Policy

  • A 20% cancellation fee of the price of the trip fee is applicable if you cancel up to seven (7) days prior to the commencement date any local dive travel or event.
  • Where there is less than seven (7) days notice before the scheduled dive travel or event commencement date there will be no refund payable.
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