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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.
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.
Byron Bay Dive Centre, 9 Marvell Street
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
Bottled water on board the vessel
Parking fee for public parking in Byron Bay
Hotel pickup and drop-off
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 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
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.
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....More
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.
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...More