I'll be honest, when I first heard about Seal Bay I pictured a bunch of slimy nasty animals lying on a beach with a big stench around it. The park didn't rank highly on my list of things to do while in Kangaroo Island but I went anyways because I had the opportunity. Looking back, I am glad I chose to do this tour. Seal Bay is definitely worth seeing. It's a must do for all ages!
What to Expect:
Seal Bay does not stink and it's not gross. It's a beautiful beach with the most adorable animals sunbathing on the sand.
The cool thing about the guided tour is that you can get within six meters from the seals. That's about as close as you want to ever get to a wild animal! Dozens and dozens of sea lions of all sizes are spread around the beach. As you walk up and down the coast your tour guide will explain the behavior and traits of the animals directly in front of you.
On our tour we watched a couple of males fight each other. Our guide was happy to answer our questions and explain the process as we watched. The proximity of learning is what really makes this tour special.
Seal Bay had two options: a guided tour or a boardwalk. Though you may be tempted to go for the cheaper option, I highly recommend taking the guided tour. On the guided tour you have a bunch higher chance of seeing the sea lions up close. You'll learn a lot and you have a wonderful guide available to answer any question that comes to mind. The extra fifteen bucks is totally worth it. The guided tour takes about 45 minutes and also include a walk on the boardwalk at your leisure.
If you must go with the cheaper option, you can do the boardwalk for only $16. This is a 450 meter trail that goes over the beach below. You could potentially see some of the seals but you aren't guaranteed anything. (I've had several friends do the boardwalk and not see any seals.) If this is the case you might be better off saving your money and hoping for a run in with some seals elsewhere on Kangaroo Island. I've heard of people seeing them randomly at Admiral's Arch and also near Kingscote.
As mentioned above, the park has two options. The guided tour is $33 per person and the boardwalk is $16 per person. These prices are for adults. If you need other information I recommend checking out the Seal Bay website.
Seal Bay Conservation Park is located on the southeast coast of Kangaroo Island. It's a 45 minute drive from Kingscote or a ten minute drive from Seal Bay Cafe (no affiliation with the conservation park though it's a nice place to snack before or after).
The conservation park is open from 9 to 5 daily but the last entry is at 4:15 so be sure and get there before then. The guided tours are off and on throughout the day. To see a list of times you can check the Seal Bay website.