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French Pass Sea Safaris & Beachfront Villas

French Pass Sea Safaris & Beachfront Villas
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R.D. 3, , Marlborough Sounds
Tel: (03) 576 5204
French Pass Sea Safaris and Beachfront Villas are situated at French Pass, a tiny seaside settlement in the Marlborough Sounds. Quality Qualmark 4 star Beachfront Villas nestling in native bush are well positioned overlooking the bay. Units are fully self-contained for those who wish to be independent. A fully catered option is also available. An outdoor patio and barbecue and infra red sauna compliment the units. Native pigeon, tui, bellbird, wax eye and weka are regular visitors. The rare King Shag and other seabirds along with dolphins and seals can regularly be viewed from the balcony. Short walks are available to nearby beaches and to view the sunset. Sunrises are enjoyed from the units. French Pass Sea Safaris offer a seal and dolphin swim, kayaking and run daily personalised Wildlife and Discovery Tours through the infamous French Pass Passage and to nearby islands. Here you will see nesting Pied Shag, Little Shag, white throated and pied form. Little Blue Penguin, Spotted shag and the rare King Shag (endemic) plus many other seabirds. Marine mammals include NZ fur seal Dusky, Bottlenose and Common dolphin. Orca are also frequent visitors. French Pass Sea Safaris has a DOC concession to view and swim with marine mammals.

Environment Friendly Action

We conserve water We employ alternative energy resources: wind/solar/water We recycle where possible We compost food waste We use bio-degradable cleaning agents We use renewable natural furnishings We instruct staff in green practices We conserve/care for wildlife in our area/ natural pest eradication We participate in community environmental initiatives

Other Environment Friendly Initiatives

We have a replacement policy moving toward more heat eficiency and solar use. We compost and have an organic garden. Recycle where possible and have a carry in carry out policy. Tours cover environment issues and we contribute to environmental education with films on utube and participation with submissions.

Dietary Selections: We offer

Organic Food Locally sourced food Home-grown spray-free produce

Organic Meals

Meals use fresh produce which includes organic vegetables and salads from our own garden. Organic wine is available with a selection of organic beers. Tea and coffee is available. A continental breakfast is available with an organic fruit option


B&B. Self contained beach-front villas with expansive views of the bay, seals and dolphins can be seen from the balcony. Scrumptious home made meals available using fresh home grown organic vegetables where possible.


VCR Phone & Broadband Dial-up Internet Satellite TV

Tariff Includes

Fully self contained unit with use of barbecue faciity


We are 2 hours from Nelson and 2.5 hours from Blenheim. You turn off the main state highway at Rai Valley and follow the French Pass Road through Okiwi Bay and on to French Pass. Views are stunning and proclaimed as some of the best in the world. The road winds through mineral belt, rainforest and open farmland with panoramic views of the outer Marlborough Sounds and d'Urville Island.
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User Reviews

There are: 1 reviews, with an average rating of 5.0 out of 5
We stayed in the quiet and delightful upper floor apartment overlooking French Pass beach. We think Sea Safaris is a strong contender for World's Best B&B. We came for a couple of nights and stayed for a week. Generous and delicious breakfast and evening meals, with veggies from Lyn's own garden. Great welcome from Danny, nothing too much trouble. And we DIVED WITH DOLPHINS FOR FREE most days! They came into the bay and played around the swimmers for lengthy periods. The visibility was good and the dolphins stayed more than three hours one morning. We were sad to leave. French Pass is a special place.
Posted by Liz Overstall on 2013-02-21 22:29:05