Guided Seal Kayak Tours in Apollo Bay

Adventure Tour

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    This tour is provided by

    Apollo Bay Surf & Kayak

    We operate in the beautiful environment of Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road. Our most popular tours are our surf lessons on the Apollo Bay foreshore and our ocean kayaking tours within the Marengo Marine Sanctuary which hosts a Seal Colony, home to at least 100 fur seals! We are also right next to the Great Otway National Park and the Great Ocean Walk, so if you want to explore this iconic trail whilst you are here, just get in touch! 

    • Weather dependent activity
    • Guided tour
    • Apollo Bay, Australia

    This is an awesome experience & the only Kayaking Seal Tour on the Great Ocean Road. This seal haul-out rocky platform is teaming with seals (too many to count but we guess there are at least 150!) They are very inquisitive characters and love swimming, duck-diving and playing in the surf. Its wonderful just observing them in their own enviroment and listening to their barking calls. We don’t even mind their smell!

    Its also such a nice feeling bobbing about on the kayak and looking back to see the view of the shoreline and the stunning hills of the Otways.

    Have fun paddling as a team in our 2 seated kayaks, and at the end of the session the adventurous can catch waves back to the shore!

    Learn about the Australian Fur Seals and how they live. Experience them up close and personal and fingers crossed, they may swim over to learn about you!


    You must be able to swim 50 meters. (This activity is not recommended for children under 12 years of age.) This is a great activity for both beginners and experienced kayakers.

    Please Note

    These tours are extremely weather dependent and may be cancelled last minute if winds change and wave conditions are not suitable.


    Meet in the Marengo Car Park, in front of the Marengo Caravan Park. Marengo is 1.5km west of Apollo Bay. (Past the football oval). Look out for our signed vehicle and trailer.


    The following prices are G.S.T inclusive- (Note this is not a private tour):
    Kayak Tour $85 per person  (no child price applies – need to be age 12 and over to participate). Tour needs minimum 2 people to operate. 

    Price Includes

    • 1 1/2 hours of instruction and touring
    • Paddling with qualified guides in easy to use sit-on-top-kayaks
    • Instruction in Surf Safety and Ocean Awareness at Marengo Marine Sanctuary
    • All equipment is provided including wetsuits, helmets and PFDs (life jackets)

    Tour Breakdown

    • Paddles, helmets and PFDs (life jackets) are issued and sunscreen is applied!
    • A Safety Ocean Awareness talk informing kayakers how to enter the water whilst being aware of fellow kayakers, and a briefing of the conditions of the day
    • A clear instruction of the kayaks and how to use them, and a demonstration of how to steer and paddle
    • Meet your guide and fellow kayakers and fitting of wetsuits
    • A warm-up paddle in shallow water to become aquatinted with equipment and gain confidence
    • Kayaking to the Seal Colony
    • A short talk on the seal’s lifestyle patterns
    • Catching waves with kayaks on return trip option
    • End of tour and the opportunity to ask further questions