Swimming with Seals at Montague Island

I find seals extremely cute. They are the puppies of the ocean. They are inquisitive and extremely playful under water. And my most favorite activity to do is to swim with these puppies. In Australia, there are plenty of places where we can swim with the seals. In NSW, it is in the Montague Island.

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Swimming with Seals at Montague Island

How to reach Montague Island?

The snorkeling tour picks us up from Narooma and takes us to Montague Island. The boat would be parked near the rocks where the seals are. And we can then go snorkel around the boat.

Booking details

  • Tour operator: Lighthouse Charters Narooma & Montague Island Discovery Tours.
  • Website: http://www.lighthousechartersnarooma.com
  • Cost: AUD 99 per person. Note: Wet suits and snorkeling gears are included in the cost.
  • Pick up point: Number 1, Town Wharf, Bluewater Drive, Narooma, NSW 2546.
  • Contact details:
    • Email address: lighthousechartersnarooma@bigpond.com.
    • Phone number: 0412 312 478.

My most memorable moment

All the snorkelers in my tour were trying so hard to get a glimpse of these seals under water. They were swimming around everywhere where the seals were resting near the rocks hoping that the seals would come down into the water.

What was I doing? Well, I was struggling to swim. I am not a strong swimmer. In fact I barely know how to swim. Because of which I was fighting with the waves which were pushing me around. I was still near the boat, which was a bit far from the rocks where the seals were.


While this was happening, I realised that there was something under water. A seal had decided to come close to me. It was on the sea bed and was looking up, straight at me. The seal looked like a super cute puppy which was curious.

It did not go near anyone but it had decided to come near me. I was so excited that I started jumping (even in the water). Unfortunately, I had not realised that I had a camera with me at that moment and I had to take a decent picture capturing the seal. The only picture I have from that moment is below one:



This has been definitely my most favourite moment with the seals. It is a delight to watch them play or even just lazing around doing nothing. If you are visiting Narooma or Bermagui, then I definitely recommend swimming with the seals.

For other things to do in Narooma, refer my guide to explore Narooma and Bermagui.

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Swimming with Seals at Montague Island


  1. I had to laugh about the struggling to swim thing. I had a similar experience at the great barrier reef but luckily had a rope to hold onto and pull my self along. The current can be crazy! I love that the seal came to you, I think he felt sorry for you, or wanted to check out the crazy human struggling to swim. Either way, great memory!

  2. What a great adventure! You had a fantastic dive surrounded by these beautiful animals. I’ve never tried diving, and I have to try. I was always afraid of diving. But I think with an excellent instructor, I could break my fear.

  3. Amrita

    Oh wow! this sounds like a great experience. I also find seals to be very cute, but I never thought of swimming with them. I am glad that uyou got the picture of the cute and happy seal that came close to you. This was such a happy read! 🙂

  4. Wow you seem to have such great experiences underwater. And you are motivating me to explore sooner or later. It must be really fabulous feeling being next to a Seal.Despite your excitement you still managed to click and the pic actually came out quite well. This trip is definitely one worth spending money on.

  5. Snorkeling is so much fun where you get to meet the fascinating underwater inhabitants. Seals are such beautiful and cute creatures. It must have been an unforgettable moment when you spotted the seal looking at you. It must be still haunting you with its presence.

  6. Swimming with seals is definitely on my bucket list. You seem to have had quite a lot of fun with this experience. I can relate to that feeling of being in the moment, and later realising that there was a camera.

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