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Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

1. Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

Head out to sea on a fun snorkel tour around the unique Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, as it combines the marine life found in the deep Southern Ocean as well as that found in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. Arrive at the Byron Bay Dive Centre either at your scheduled departure time or, if you’d like a free snorkel lesson, arrive 30 minutes before departure to practice in the heated pool. All tour participants must be able to swim to participate in this tour. Receive a short safety briefing before heading out to the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Journey to The Pass, about a 10-minute ride, and learn about this snorkeling spot. Get in the water for a 1-hour swim. Spot underwater creatures such as small wobbegong sharks, hard and soft corals, an assortment of rays, and three different kinds of sea turtles. Look for more than 400 different species of fish that make this area their home, and ask any questions you may have to the qualified dive staff. Head back to shore for a hot shower and some time spent with the crew identifying the creatures you saw.

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Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour

2. Byron Bay: Sea Kayak Tour

Set out on a 2.5 hour kayaking adventure in Byron Bay. Receive instruction and equipment from your guide before you take in some of the best sights the East Coast has to offer. See the most Easterly Point of the Australian mainland and the Byron Bay Lighthouse from the sea. Learn about local history, aboriginal history, the lighthouse and the marine wildlife from your local guide while you paddle in your kayak around the famous Byron Bay marine reserve. If the opportunity arises, get up close and personal with friendly bottlenose dolphins and discover how inquisitive they can be. You can also look out for sea turtles as they come up for a breath of air and marvel at the size of the majestic humpback whales as they migrate through Byron Bay during June - October. Enjoy paddling your kayak out through the surf and later ride some of Australia's most famous waves. If you don't see a dolphin, turtle or whale you can paddle again with the tour operator free of charge.

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Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

3. Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

Discover the diversity of Australia’s marine beauty aboard a purpose-built boat, sailing for 2.5 hours through magnificent Byron Bay. After pickup from select accommodations in Byron Bay’s CBD, you’ll head off to the dock to board your eco-friendly vessel, meeting your marine biologist guides. Heading off towards Ballina, you’ll gaze at 360-degree views of the vast cliff faces, solitary islands, and hidden beaches, all the while learning about wildlife, the history of the area, and locals-only insights. As you sail comfortably through the pristine waters, keep your eyes peeled for a wide variety of sea life. Marvel at playful dolphins, surfing the waves coming off of the hull. Look for majestic sea turtles. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see one of the ocean’s most stunning creatures — the massive humpback whale. Cruising by Australia’s most easterly point, you’ll gaze upon the stately Cape Byron Lighthouse in all its glory. After your excursion, you’ll head back to the dock, to be transported back to your pickup point.

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Byron Bay: 2.5-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

4. Byron Bay: 2.5-Hour Stand Up Paddle Board Lesson

Find out why stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is one of the fastest growing water sports in this 2.5 hour SUP experience. The stable stand up paddle boards make it easy for anyone to enjoy the unique experience of walking on water. You'll start with some important safety information where all of the basics including; warm up, how to stand and control the board, proper stroke and turning techniques, correct posture and positioning, safe entry and exit from the water will be covered. You will be surrounded by a beautiful natural landscape and have the chance to spot some amazing marine life including dolphins, fish, seabirds marine plants and sea turtles.

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Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

5. Byron Bay: Brunswick River Scenic Kayak Tour

Enjoy a relaxing kayak session on the Brunswick River, one of the most beautiful river systems in New South Wales. Make use of the tides and paddle along the clear, calm water. Embrace the tranquility of the area, breathe in the clean air, and listen out for the sounds of local sea birds and wildlife. Take in the views of stunning coastal scenery as you cruise past. Take a well-deserved break on the river bank for a swim and a snack before continuing the tour. Listen as your guide points out the unique features of the environment.

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Byron Bay: 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

6. Byron Bay: 2-Hour Small Group Surf Lesson

Awaken the surfer within you during this 2-hour introductory lesson. Even if it's your first time around a board, you'll be safely shown up to your first wave before you’ve even had time to worry about falling off. Learn to surf in beautiful byron bay. This operator is one of the few suppliers that has a licence in Byron Bay. From absolute beginners to anyone looking for a refresher course, these lessons include safety information about the beach and important surf and safety rules covering all the basics from the warm-up, to paddling, catching waves and standing. Surf in small groups (maximum 6) and the personalized attention you'll receive will build your knowledge and confidence as you cultivate your surf technique.  You're bound to leave with a smile on your face, plus bragging rights having near conquered this perma-cool and amazing sport!

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Byron Bay: Minyon Falls and Ocean Kayak Tour with BBQ Lunch

7. Byron Bay: Minyon Falls and Ocean Kayak Tour with BBQ Lunch

A full day’s adventure. In co-operation with our partner company, Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay, enjoy a half-day morning hinterland tour to the World Heritage listed Minyon Falls, plus a bonus spectacular kayaking tour with dolphins and whales in Byron Bay in the afternoon. Explore the magnificent Byron hinterland with its World Heritage listed rainforests and spectacular Minyon Falls. Enjoy a bush walk to the base of the falls (2 hours return), swim in pristine waters, photograph the abundant wildlife, or simply relax in this unique natural environment. The soundtrack of birds and wildlife will lull you with its natural beauty. You can then enjoy a delicious BBQ-style lunch before weaving your way through beautiful landscape back to Byron Bay, where you start your kayak tour adventure. Imagine the thrill of kayaking up close with dolphins, whales (May to October) and turtles at Byron’s beautiful marine park, while learning about local history and listening to local indigenous stories. You will also have a great view of Byron’s coastline and the Byron Bay lighthouse from the water. You can then take time to relax and socialize over afternoon tea. This good value package gives you the opportunity to experience two must-do activities in Byron Bay in only one day.

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Byron Bay: Certified Dive Tour

8. Byron Bay: Certified Dive Tour

Take part in a certified dive at one of Australia’s top 10 dive sites, Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Whether you are an experienced diver or newly certified, you can tailor your dive to suit your needs. See the diversity of marine life, ranging from leopard sharks and manta rays in summer months to grey nurse sharks in the winter. Before reaching Julian Rocks, one of Australia’s most spectacular dive sites you will receive a safety briefing from the skipper of the vessel. You'll be provided with a snorkel, mask, fins, wet suit, BCD, regulator, cylinder, and weight belt by one of the friendly crew and instructed where to leave your bags, valuable items, and personal belongings. The crew will set up the equipment and you will be required to check this prior to departure. Transport will be provided to The Pass, where the boats are launched to take you on a very short 5-10 minute boat ride out to the scuba diving destination. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales on the boat ride. Once you reach Julian Rocks, the skipper will brief all dive guides on the area you will be diving. The crew will assist you into your equipment and you will perform a buddy check before entering the water. Then enjoy up to 50-minutes in the water scuba diving with three different species of sea turtle, an assortment of rays including mantas, hard and soft corals, friendly wobbegong sharks and over 400 different species of fish. Return to the dive shop there are hot showers and the dive crew will help you fill out your logbooks and identify some of the creatures you saw.

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Byron Bay: 1.5-Hour Private Surf Lesson

9. Byron Bay: 1.5-Hour Private Surf Lesson

Hone your surfing skills with extra attention from a dedicated personal surf coach. Whether you’re an individual determined to get up on that wave, a group of friends wanting your own personal learn to surf experience, or a more experienced surfer needing feedback on technique, these lessons give extra attention, courtesy of a dedicated coach working with you. Your instructor will determine your current level and structure, then plan the lesson setting some goals. There are a variety of surf instructors available to match your level and requirements.

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Byron Bay Surfing Lesson

10. Byron Bay Surfing Lesson

Discover how easy learning to surf is with Style Surf Sessions in Byron Bay. Head out onto Clarkes Beach, where the best waves are in The Bay. Start by getting all geared up with a surfboard to suit and a wetsuit for warmth or comfort. Hit the sand for the basic instructions as well as some surf safety and ocean awareness to boost your confidence in the waves. Get out there and have the Style Instructors help you catch and stand up on as many waves as you can. Be immersed in the water the entire time to get the ability to surf as best as you can. Master the waves and catch plenty of awesome rides. Finish the session with a recap on your performance and see how you can keep your abilities after your successful first-time surf with style.

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What people are saying about Byron Bay

If you like snorkelling... this location “Julian Rocks” is a MUST DO! We saw 4 sea turtlea and so many Leppard sharks and massive sting rays. Quite incredible!!! The only downside of this experience is that it is often cancelled due to weather conditions. Ours was cancelled the first time just 15 min prior to departure and almost again the second time at time of departure. It’s no ones fault (it’s the weather!) so just be prepared to be flexible. We had no trouble rebooking for a few days later and they offer full refunds.

We had a really enjoyable, personalised experience with Darcy. Any fear of not being able to stand up was taken away immediately. This experience was relaxing and was topped off with Darcy’s local knowledge of the area and his hospitality. Would recommend this for any group, kids, families - in our case a girls weekend! PS Hi Darcy! Thanks!

Really enjoyed this trip. Staff were great and got to see Turtles, Lionfish, Wobbegong and lots of tropical fish. Would do it again!

Very well organised, great communication and both Minyon falls and the kayaking were spectacular. Would definitely recommend!

Amazing experience and very experienced, helpful team guided us, appreciated all efforts they have put in!