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3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

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Head to Byron Bay for an experience similar to the Great Barrier Reef without traveling north to the reef itself. Snorkel around Julian Rock Marine Reserve on this 3-hour experience as you search for exotic fish, colorful corals, manta rays, and giant sea turtles. This tour is suitable for all experience levels, with a free, on-site snorkel lesson for beginners.
  • Swim and snorkel around the Julian Rock Marine Reserve in Byron Bay
  • Observe sea turtles, manta rays, and a variety of fish
  • Enjoy a more personalized experience on a small group tour
  • Free 30-minute snorkeling lesson before tour, if desired
What to Expect
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. Enjoy a 1-hour swim as you 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 while you swim 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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Important Information
Departure Point
Byron Bay Dive Centre, 9 Marvell Street
Return Details
You will be returned to the Byron Bay Dive Centre
  • Use of snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit)
  • Lockers and wet and dry storage area
  • Free snorkel lesson before the tour in our onsite swimming pool
  • Boat transfers
  • Bottled water on board the vessel
  • Parking fee for public parking in Byron Bay
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Minimum numbers apply. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
  • Not recommended for participants with serious medical conditions.
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems.
  • All participants will be required to complete a health questionnaire prior to snorkeling. Some pre-existing medical conditions may prevent you from snorkeling, please consult your doctor.
  • Subject to favorable weather conditions. If cancelled due to poor weather, you will be given the option of an alternative date or full refund.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee. If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
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Absolutely amazing experience, I got to swim with a turtle which has been at the top of my bucket list forever!. Very well organised trip and the staff are super friendly and helpful. The value for money is outstanding for 3 hours and 1 whole hour in the water. We seen so many
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Went snorkeling for the first time and the team was really helpful to get prepared. I used to be not such a big fan of open water but this experience certainly changed my mind - I am already looking for the next spot to snorkel. On our way to the snorkeling spot (Julian Rocks)
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All the staff were so nice and friendly, the snorkelling was epic. We were lucky enough to see sea turtle, sharks and Dory. The experience was certainly memorable and it will definitely worth the visit. Highly recommended.
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Had such an awesome day with this crew. Everyone was happy, friendly and super helpful. We were lucky enough to see turtles, sharks and heaps of fish! Such a stellar morning =)
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Lovely staff, clear instructions and just a great day out! The waves were quite choppy but the leader made sure we had the most time in the best areas. Saw some amazing wildlife which included; turtles, manta rays, puffer fish and lots of beautifully colored fish. Would highly
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