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Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Byron Bay

Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Byron Bay

The beaches of Byron Bay are divine, and the area’s underwater world is especially rich with life, since it is bathed in the warm currents drifting down from the Great Barrier Reef. When you’re ready to get off the sand and into the water, here’s a rundown of the best scuba diving sites and snorkeling spots.

 

Julian Rocks Marine Reserve

Just a 5-minute boat ride from Byron Bay, Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is one of the few sites where you can swim with tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef and mammals from Australia’s Southern Ocean, including three species of sea turtle, wobbegong sharks, and manta rays. Snorkel and scuba dive tours departing from Byron Bay typically include equipment and transportation. Some snorkeling tours are specifically targeted at swimming with sea turtles and include instruction if required.

 

Cod Hole

About 100 feet (30 meters) from the northeastern tip of Julian Rocks, the Cod Hole is one of the most popular dive sites around the rocks. A spacious swim-through that opens up at about 50 feet (15 meters), it is home to big moray eels, blue groupers, wobbegongs, and tropical fish of all sizes.

 

Cray Cave

At the southeast end of Julian Rocks, the Cray Cave is a small swim-through where, amongst the black coral, you can spot marine life such as grey nurse sharks, loggerhead turtles, and big bullrays. Divers can reach depths of up to 82 feet (25 meters).

 

Tassie III Wreck

Believed to have been sunk at the end of World War II while supplying American forces with ammunition, the wreck of theTassie III (believed to be theTassie II until 2008) remains off the shore of Main Beach and is especially shallow, making it ideal for snorkelers to explore. Just remember to do so with caution and while the ocean is calm—and watch out for surfers using the wreck as a break.

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3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

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Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without having to head north with a 3-hour snorkeling experience at the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve in Byron Bay. Practice your snorkeling skills in the training pool, cruise out to Julian Rocks, then dive in to swim and snorkel amid colorful corals, tropical fish, manta rays, wobbegong sharks, and sea turtles.
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  • 3 hours
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The Byron Bay Sea Kayak Tour

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The Byron Bay Sea Kayak Tour

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Paddle your way to Australia’s easternmost point on this 3-hour sea kayaking adventure from Byron Bay, including hotel pick-up. After learning to steer your tandem kayak, set out from Clarkes Beach and enjoy waterside views of landmarks like the Byron Bay lighthouse, the Julian Rocks, Wategos millionaire row and Cape Byron. Keep a look out for dolphins, sea turtles and whales as you cruise around the bay, then cool off with a swim before heading back to shore.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour

Kayaking with Dolphins in Byron Bay Guided Tour

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Kayak alongside a resident pod of bottlenose dolphins in beautiful Byron Bay! Led by expert guides, this sea kayak adventure takes you through the calm waters of Cape Byron Marine Park. Learn about the protected aquatic environment along the way, see Cape Byron lighthouse and refresh with a tea and Tim Tam biscuit break on the beach. All equipment is provided, and no kayaking experience is necessary.
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  • 3 hours
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Byron Bay Wildlife Safari

Byron Bay Wildlife Safari

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Visit three different habitats (a eucalypt forest, rainforest, and grassland) to observe Australian wildlife in its natural habitat. Spot koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, flying foxes, birds, and more with the help of a guide. Depending on conditions, you may also see other mammals such as pademelons. Plus, the tour Includes a locally sourced picnic in the rainforest.
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  • 7 hours
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Byron Bay Platypus Walk

Byron Bay Platypus Walk

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Spotting platypus, those charismatic native Australian mammals, can be tricky if you don't know where to look. Skip the guesswork on this guided tour from Byron Bay. Arriving just after dawn—the ideal time to see them—head for an area known for platypus and perhaps also spot a koala and lots of birds. After your walk, enjoy a locally sourced picnic breakfast. If you don't see a platypus, you can take a repeat tour at no additional cost.
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  • 4 hours
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Experience The Thrill Half Day Surf School in Byron Bay

Experience The Thrill Half Day Surf School in Byron Bay

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Hone your surf skills with this half-day lesson in beautiful Byron Bay. Head to a beach that suits your skill level, throw on your gear—included in the lesson price—and learn basic techniques from an expert coach. Then, continue your lesson in a small-group setting with a teacher-to-student ratio of 1 to 7. If you don’t stand up by the end of the session, receive a free class.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Full Barrel Brewery and Distillery tour

Full Barrel Brewery and Distillery tour

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Join us for a leisurely discovery of Byron Bay's finest! We kick things off at 11 AM and will head to 3 local Breweries and a Distillery. Or 2 breweries and 2 distilleries. Also includes a large tasty Lunch. At each Brewery and Distillery, we will get to taste a large selection of their Beers and Spirits on offer. With a guided tasting at each and 15-20 drinks in total throughout the day (all included) Not a beer drinker? No problem you can substitute for cider, wine or seltzer We visit any 4 of the following Breweries and distilleries which include: Stone and Wood brewery Byron Bay Brewery Seven Mile Brewery Lord Byron Distillery Cape Byron Distillery Yullis Byron bay Wandana brewing Husk distillery If you have your heart set on a certain venue, please let us know in the comments section when making your booking and we’ll let you know if something comes up! Some places are open on only on certain days
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  • 6 hours
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Byron Bay Hinterland Tour Including Rainforest Walk to Minyon Falls

Byron Bay Hinterland Tour Including Rainforest Walk to Minyon Falls

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Lose yourself in the mesmerizing landscapes of the Nightcap National Park on this half-day tour from Byron Bay. Hike through the UNESCO-listed rainforest, then cool off with a swim beneath the beautiful Minyon Falls. After refueling with a hearty BBQ lunch, get a taste of local life in the Byron Bay Hinterlands as you stop by towns and villages, including the legendary market town of Bangalow.
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  • 6 hours
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Afternoon Brewery and Distillery session

Afternoon Brewery and Distillery session

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Don't have all day? Enjoy your morning at the beach and join us in the afternoon for an awesome arvo session! We kick things off at 2pm and will head to 2 local Breweries and a Distillery. Or 2 distilleries and a brewery. At each Brewery and Distillery, we will get to taste a large selection of their Beers and Spirits on offer. (Tasting paddles) 10-15 drinks in total (all included) Not a beer drinker? No problem, we can substitute beer for cider, wine or seltzer so you don’t miss out! Food can also be purchased at the breweries if your feeling peckish! If you love what you're tasting feel free to grab a six-pack or Bottle for later in the night! We visit any 3 of the following Breweries and distilleries we visit include: Stone and Wood Brewery Byron Bay Brewery Seven Mile Brewery Lord Byron Distillery Cape Byron Distillery Wandana Brewery *Changes daily due to venue opening days Please let us know if there’s any particular venues you’d like to visit!
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  • 4 hours
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Byron Bay and Beyond Tour Including Cape Bryon Lighthouse Crystal Castle and Bangalow

Byron Bay and Beyond Tour Including Cape Bryon Lighthouse Crystal Castle and Bangalow

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Take a break from the beach and discover two of Byron Bay’s most popular attractions – Cape Bryon Lighthouse and Crystal Castle – on this half-day tour. First, climb to the top of the Cape Bryon Lighthouse, where you can take in magnificent views from Australia’s easternmost point and spot humpback whales along the coast (depending on the season). Then, be dazzled by the exquisite gardens and gigantic crystals on display at the Crystal Castle, before continuing to lively Bangalow for lunch (included).
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  • 6 hours
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Hinterland Magic & Glow-worm Experience

Hinterland Magic & Glow-worm Experience

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First, you will go to an epic lookout for a welcoming introduction. Followed by, an incredible swim at a classic waterfall. From there, we will see an amazing glow-worm tunnel, to contemplate these magical creatures and learn more about them! Also, be amazed at a well-hidden rainforest temple in the Hinterland, where you will experience some true original Byron Bay vibes. Then, eat a yummy vegetarian dinner in nature before enjoying more amazing views on our way back. Everything filled with conscious talks, inspirational ideas and live sacred instruments. Away from the crowded town, the Hinterland hides the magic of the Rainbow Region. Discover the spiritual Byron Bay famous for its natural beauty and counterculture vision. From a secret waterfall to a glow-worm experience. You will have fun and learn a lot so you can Rise Up into the best version of yourself!
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  • 6 hours
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2-Night Byron Bay Surf Camp

2-Night Byron Bay Surf Camp

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Byron Bay has a reputation for being one of the best places to surf in Australia, and this two-night surf camp is a great way to visit some of its best beaches and surfing spots. Learn how to catch a wave during daily surf lessons and spend the rest of the time relaxing at camp or enjoying one of the many free activities and workshops available on site: bongo lessons, didgeridoo making and more.
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  • 2 days
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Byron Bay Half Day Surf Lesson

Byron Bay Half Day Surf Lesson

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Surfing can be a great way to get to know a new area, but it can be a challenge to find the right beaches in unfamiliar territory. The instructors on this surf lesson take care of finding surf spots for you, taking you to the best beaches depending on the weather conditions. That means you can spend more time enjoying yourself and improving your surfing.
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5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

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Try scuba diving while in Byron Bay with a 5-hour class that includes a diving session at Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Your diving course includes equipment hire, one lesson in the swimming pool, and a guided dive at Julian Rocks—where you can see tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef along with marine life from the depths of Australia's Southern Ocean. Species often encountered include manta rays, turtles, blue gropers, and wobbegongs, along with an assortment of hard and soft corals.
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Byron Bay Combo: Hinterland Tour Including Minyon Falls and Kayaking with Dolphins

Byron Bay Combo: Hinterland Tour Including Minyon Falls and Kayaking with Dolphins

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Explore Byron Bay by land and by sea on this action-packed full-day tour. Start your adventure hiking through the UNESCO-listed Nightcap National Park, exploring the lush rainforest trails and cooling off with a swim by the Minyon Falls. After tucking into a BBQ lunch by the waterside, return to Byron Bay for a kayaking tour along the coast. Paddle your way around the bay; spot dolphins, sea turtles and humpback whales (depending on the season); and enjoy free time for swimming and snorkeling.
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  • 8 hours
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Byron Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour

Byron Stand Up Paddle Nature Tour

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Experience the Brunswick River the way nature intended—with only the noise of paddles gently sweeping the water—on a stand-up paddleboard tour in a group of maximum eight people. After a short introduction to the art of SUP, head out into the wilds with a guide to point out wildlife and capture digital photos, then return for water and home-made snacks. Tour includes pickup from Byron Bay, if required.
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Crystal Castle Shuttle from Byron Bay (half day)

Crystal Castle Shuttle from Byron Bay (half day)

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Skip driving and enjoy a stress-free journey to Crystal Castle on this tour that includes transfers from your Byron Bay accommodation, entry fee, and a guide book. The tour is timed so that you can experience the workshops and meditations, including a crystal singing bowls meditation. Join a guided walk through the Shambhala Gardens or enjoy your free time to explore independently.
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Beyond Byron Hinterland Tour

Beyond Byron Hinterland Tour

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Explore the towns and villages in the Byron Bay hinterland without the hassle of driving or planning public transport on this guided tour that includes hassle-free round-trip transfers from your Byron Bay accommodation. Take a guided walk through Bangalow to learn about its history, see Minyon Falls, the biggest waterfall in the region, and explore the gardens and crystals at Crystal Castle where lunch is included. Afterward, visit quirky Mullumbimby and the quaint village of Brunswick Heads.
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  • 6 hours
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Premier Whale Watching Byron Bay

Premier Whale Watching Byron Bay

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Maximize your chances of seeing humpback whales by joining this tour from Byron Bay, led by a marine biologist. Head for areas that the whales are known to pass through as they migrate in winter, watch them as they majestically breach, and listen to them sing by using an underwater hydrophone.
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  • 2 hours
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Master the White Wash 2-Day Surf School in Byron Bay

Master the White Wash 2-Day Surf School in Byron Bay

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Learn how to catch a wave on this two-day ‘surf school’ on one of Byron Bay’s stunning beaches. Learn all the skills you need to surf and keep safe over two half-day sessions with an accredited surf coach. Then apply your lessons at a Byron Bay beach specifically chosen by your coach to match your level of experience.
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  • 2 days
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Byron Bay 3-Hour Certified Dive Tour

Byron Bay 3-Hour Certified Dive Tour

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Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without having to head north with a 3-hour scuba diving experience at the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve in Byron Bay. Suitable only for certified divers, this diving adventure will bring you closer to the reserve’s vibrant corals and marine life, with the chance to spot manta rays, wobbegong sharks, sea turtles, and over 400 species of fish.
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  • 3 hours
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Byron Bay Combo: Minyon Falls and Hinterland Day Trip and Learn to Surf at Byron Bay

Byron Bay Combo: Minyon Falls and Hinterland Day Trip and Learn to Surf at Byron Bay

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Soak up the scenery of the Byron Bay Hinterlands, then hit the beach for a surf lesson on this full-day tour. Set out on a scenic rainforest hike through the Nightcap National Park, then cool off with a dip beneath the Minyon Falls. After refueling with a hearty BBQ lunch by the waterfront, return to Byron Bay for a 2-hour surf lesson. Master the basics or hone your technique under the guidance of an expert instructor, then take to the water to put your newfound skills into action.
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  • 8 hours
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Byron Bay Night Vision Walk

Byron Bay Night Vision Walk

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Nocturnal animals are fascinating to watch, but, as they appear under the cover of darkness, they can be tricky to spot. Vastly increase your chances on this night vision guided walk from Byron Bay. By wearing night vision goggles, you can explore the rainforest at night and easily find such nocturnal animals as possum, pademelon, bandicoot and tawny frogmouth in their natural habitat. After your walk, ensure a warming cup of hot chocolate under the starry night sky.
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  • 4 hours
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Byron Bay Private Surf Lesson

Byron Bay Private Surf Lesson

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Beginner surfers often have to fumble through surf shops to find the right rental equipment—and then fumble through their first waves. This private surf lesson helps you find the right equipment and hit the waves with a surf instructor, who gives you and your group lessons and undivided attention for several hours.
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