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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Hippy Trail Hinterland Tour from Byron Bay

Hippy Trail Hinterland Tour from Byron Bay

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Skip the driving and hassle of waiting for public transport on this guided tour through the Northern Rivers hinterland. Enjoy pickup and drop-off from your Byron Bay accommodation and relax in a comfortable vehicle as you explore. Check out the markets (farmers or arts and crafts, depending on the day), and explore the hippy towns of Nimbin and Mullumimby, as well as the small settlements of Main Arm and Uki. Includes a locally sourced picnic lunch at Crams Farm next to Mount Warning.
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  • 8 hours
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Byron Bay Lighthouse and Hinterland Tour

Byron Bay Lighthouse and Hinterland Tour

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Journey to the easternmost point of Australia on this 3-hour tour from Byron Bay. Explore the handicrafts shops, cafés and markets of lively Bangalow, then continue along the cape to visit the landmark Cape Byron Lighthouse. Enjoy magnificent panoramic views from the lighthouse’s viewing deck and look out for humpback whales along the coast (May-October only).
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  • 3 hours
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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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  • 5 hours
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Guided E Bike Tour - Hells Hole Pools & Rainforest

Guided E Bike Tour - Hells Hole Pools & Rainforest

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Come on an adventure into the depths of Mount Jerusalem National Park and visit one of the locals' favourite spots, Hells Hole Pools. Enjoy great views over the national park while you are having lunch (provided) as well as the chance to take an invigorating dip in the enchanting cascading pools. Getting there has never been easier on one of our state of the art FOCUS Electric Mountain Bikes. Be amazed at how easy it is to cycle up hills, though you still have to put in some effort, so will feel like you have had some exercise at the end of the day. Experience some of the beautiful hinterland surrounding Byron Bay and immerse yourself in rainforest in Mount Jerusalem National Park. Rediscover the joy of cycling in nature, the fun, freedom, fresh air. Beware, once you try an E bike you will want to buy one (and we can help you with that too!). All the fun of a cycling adventure without the strain. You will be in a small group, maximum 8 people, with an experienced local guide.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruise

Byron Bay Whale Watching Cruise

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Embark on the only whale-watching cruise to depart from The Pass beach in Byron Bay, offering the fastest route to the path of migrating humpback whales, plus dolphins, turtles, and sea birds. Travel with a small group of no more than 12 on a vessel specially designed for marine life spotting, equipped with underwater viewing devices and a hydrophone to listen to whale songs. Whale sighting is guaranteed—if you don’t see one, take another cruise for free!
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  • 3 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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Skip the Line: Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens Admission Ticket

Skip the Line: Crystal Castle and Shambhala Gardens Admission Ticket

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A short scenic journey into Byron Bay’s hinterland lies a magical sanctuary. Stand between two of the tallest crystals on earth. Sit in an ancient amethyst cave. Wander through the tranquil Shambhala Gardens and rainforest. Indulge in a delicious lunch and homemade desserts.
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  • 1 day
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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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Luxury Hinterland Tour

Luxury Hinterland Tour

Our Luxury Byron Hinterland tour is the perfect way to enjoy Byron’s beautiful surroundings. Be immersed in the stunning wilderness and beauty of the Byron hinterland as we take you on an adventure to the spectacular Minyon Falls, located in World Heritage listed Nightcap National Park. We offer a high end service that is aimed for couples and small intimate group sizes looking for a unique Byron Bay experience. Whats included Enjoy Tea & Coffee from the Cape Cafe at the most iconic landmark of Byron Bay, The Cape Byron Lighthouse. Lunch at the delicious Japanese inspired ‘Doma’ cafe, located in the town of Federal. Door to Door Transfers Light Refreshments
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Adults Art and Wine Class in Byron Bay

Adults Art and Wine Class in Byron Bay

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ART & WINE CO is a sensory experience of creative arts by the sea. we host Adults Painting and Creative Arts Classes, Music & BYO Wine. Exploration of painting and art as you sip your favourite VINO and enjoy the sunset over Byron Bay. Leave with your own creative masterpiece.
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  • 3 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
  • Free Cancellation
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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 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
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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
  • Free Cancellation
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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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  • 2 to 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Guided E Bike Tour - Unicorn Falls & National Park

Guided E Bike Tour - Unicorn Falls & National Park

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Come look for Unicorns in the heart of Mount Jerusalem National Park. Hidden away in the Rainforest is the enchanting pool and series of waterfalls that make up Unicorn Falls. Seeing a Unicorn is not guaranteed, but it would not be a surprise! Leaving from Mullumbimby we cruise out to the National Park through the beautiful hinterland of The Pocket and Main Arm, stopping for coffee at locals favourite, The Main Arm Store. Getting there has never been easier on one of our state of the art FOCUS Electric Mountain Bikes. Be amazed at how easy it is to cycle up hills, though you still have to put in some effort so will feel like you have had some exercise at the end of the day. Rediscover the joy of cycling in nature, the fun, freedom, fresh air. Beware, once you try an E bike you will want to buy one (and we can help you with that too!). All the fun of a cycling adventure without the strain. You will be in a small group, maximum 8 people, with an experienced local guide.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Behind The Bay - Explore Like a Local

Behind The Bay - Explore Like a Local

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Join us for a unique journey exploring the hidden, untouched gems surrounding Byron Bay. Enjoy an authentic, local experience and discover magical places you never would have known existed. Learn about the nature in a relaxed environment, offering a more personalised and intimate experience. Take a rejuvenating swim in the sacred ti tree lake, boosting immunity, blood circulation, relieving aches and pains and leaving your skin soft and silky. Discover the winding paths of the stunning Broken Head Nature Reserve to the Three Sisters Lookout, with miles of pristine coastline and a forest walk that leaves you on, arguably, Byron's most stunning and secluded beach.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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