3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay


  • 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


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.

Tour info

3 hours
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Why take this tour?

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.

What’s included?

  • Use of snorkel equipment (mask, snorkel, fins, wet suit)

  • Lockers for your valuables and bags

  • Free snorkel lesson before the tour in our onsite swimming pool

  • Boat transfers

  • Bottled water on board the vessel

  • Showers

  • Parking fee for public parking in Byron Bay

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off

Things to know

Before you book

  • Duration: 3h

  • Mobile tickets accepted

Covid Policy

  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Cancellation Policy

    If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.

Operated by:

Byron Bay Dive Centre

About operator:

We dive at Julian Rocks marine sanctuary- home to tropical species such as turtles and manta rays, as well as over four hundred different species of fish. A small selection can be seen in our photos.We cater for all levels of experience. Join one of our guided diving or snorkel trips that go out every day and let our dive crew show you one of Australia’s most spectacular dive sites.At the Byron Bay Dive Centre you can complete a range of PADI and SSI dive courses but be prepared to share your classroom with giant sea turtles and friendly blue gropers.The Byron Bay Dive Centre is the only diving facility in Byron Bay that issues PADI, SSI and NAUI diving certifications.

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