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3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

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Overview
Snorkel Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Julian Rocks is one of the few snorkel sites where you can swim with tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef as well as animals from Australia’s deep Southern Ocean. Here the reserve is home to three different species of sea turtle, an assortment of rays including mantas, hard and soft corals, friendly wobbegong sharks and over four hundred different species of fish. All of this is only a five-minute boat ride from Byron Bay. A snorkel trip to Julian Rocks Marine Reserve takes three hours from start to finish, with an hour in the water snorkeling and includes the boat ride, equipment hire (mask, snorkel, fins and wet suit) and a free snorkel lesson (if required). Whilst snorkeling you are supervised by qualified dive staff who will ensure you get the most from your trip to Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. You will be amazed by the diversity and color found in the clear shallow waters.
Highlights
  • 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
Duration
3h
Return Details
You will be returned to the Byron Bay Dive Centre
Inclusions
  • 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
Exclusions
  • 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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Was disappointed with this tour. From the beginning the staff weren’t very enthusiastic and when out at sea doing the snorkel the guide wasn’t really engaged with the group and didn’t really show us where to look or point things out to do. We were usually swimming in rough
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Response from Byron Bay Dive C, Manager at 3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for taking the time to give feed back. We are disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy your tour. We internally review all negative feedback to ensure the quality of our tours. This will be discussed at the next meeting.
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Professional friendly service, well organised and very efficient. Safety was paramount. Excellent experience with turtles sharks and soooo many fish. They catered to a broad variety of ages and swimming abilities. Highly recommend A must do when in Byron.
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The young man at reception was a mixture of surly and arrogant. The trip was unexpectedly cancelled at the last minute apparently due to poor sea conditions. The man at reception came across as indifferent with a perfunctory apology. There was something weird about it. Could
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Response from Byron Bay Dive C, Manager at 3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your feedback. I can assure you the tour would have been cancelled due to unsuitable surface sea condition and not an over booking as our booking system is live and it is impossible to over book. The vessel your friend saw may have been another company or most likely a dive tour that can proceed due to the ability to go to a different site and and the fact that scuba divers are less subject to surface conditions. I apologise you feel we miss led you but that was not the case.
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Amazing experience. You’re sure to see turtles, sharks, lots of amazing fish, while always feeling safe. Awesome!
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Had a lot of fun snorkeling at BBDC! It was my first time snorkeling and I'm not a super confident swimmer in open water, but the brief training at the dive center's pool was a big help. Also, between the flippers, wetsuit and available pool noodles there was really nothing to
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By: Byron Bay Dive Centre
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Riss88
Sydney, Australia
52
Great dive!
The staff were casual and accommodating. The gear was included and also set up for us, which was great. The drive
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lucylN8676IT
20
Incredible experience
I cant recommend this experience enough! We had the best time and would 100% do it again if we weren’t leaving
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sophieoverson
10
Surreal experience
Would recommend this experience to anyone! Our guide, Jackson, explained how all the equipment worked and made
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CatherineandAlan
Adelaide, Australia
51
Great open water training course
Had a fabulous experience learning to dive with Byron Bay Dive centre... a brilliant and thoughtful dive trainer
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Odyssey48761699996
20
Loved Learning To Dive Here!
This is a great place to learn to dive! Matt (my instructor) was incredibly kind and patient. Julian Rocks has so
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M_Dennis18
Gold Coast, Australia
10
Some things spoiled the experience.
My husband and I did a snorkel trip on 14/01/20. His wetsuit had a couple of holes and a broken zipper. One of my
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hordurzo
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
10
Heaven
I dived for the second time in a month at BBDC. The staff were super friendly and conversational. 100% recommend
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isabellclegg1951
Lennox Head, Australia
10
Happy place
Byron bay Dive Centre centre , very happy , staff are very helpful, at all time diving taken very serious.
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amandajai
Sunshine Beach, Australia
20
Amazing turtle experience!!!
Must do when visiting Byron Bay... staff were so friendly and professional, extremely helpful and made you feel
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Sophie D
30
Great day out
Really enjoyed my dive at the Julian rocks with this operator. Good instructor and equipment. Nice dive spot for
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DrDom2020
Woodend, Australia
10
They work hard for you
There is a lot of work involved in diving. They all worked hard, and were always lovely to make sure you enjoyed
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ParerFamily
Brisbane
136
Best Scuba Training Anywhere
Love this place, the entire team is awesome and so passionate about diving and sharing their gorgeous Julian
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Kat-Wilson19
31
3 hour snorkel - disappointed
Was disappointed with this tour. From the beginning the staff weren’t very enthusiastic and when out at sea doing
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FlyingSolo83
Brisbane, Australia
10
Open Water Dive Course Thrills
Very rarely am I lost for words with a review but the team at Byron Bay Dive Centre are more then just
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Emma S
Sydney, Australia
30
Great Trip
We were passing through Byron Bay on our way to Queensland on motorbikes and the staff at the dive centre were
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