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3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay provided by Byron Bay Dive Centre

3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay
4.5
Book in advance
from S$103.11 per adult
Free Cancellation up to 3 days in advance
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
What you can expect during your visit
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Hand sanitizer available to travellers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
About
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.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
Available languages
English
Know before you go
  • Duration: 3h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 percent cancellation fee.
  • If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.
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.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 42592P1
Call 800-130-2207
Important information
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Parking fee for public parking in Byron Bay • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Duration
3h
Departure details
Byron Bay Dive Centre, 9 Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia Address: Byron Bay Dive Centre 9 Marvell Street Byron Bay NSW 2481 Return point: You will be returned to the Byron Bay Dive Centre
Inclusions
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
Exclusions
Parking fee for public parking in Byron Bay • Hotel pickup and drop-off
Departure details
Byron Bay Dive Centre, 9 Marvell St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia Address: Byron Bay Dive Centre 9 Marvell Street Byron Bay NSW 2481 Return point: You will be returned to the Byron Bay Dive Centre
Duration
3h
Return details
Returns to original departure point
Additional information
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 date and time 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 and time or full refund.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Not recommended for travellers with back problems
Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travellers
Popular mentions

4.5
72 reviews
Excellent
49
Very good
12
Average
2
Poor
2
Terrible
7

Debra Joseph
Sydney, Australia9 contributions
Fabulous snorkelling experience
Sensational snorkelling at Julian Rocks! Mesmerised by the multicoloured marine life, graceful turtles, grey nurse & brown spotted sharks including a giant manta ray right beneath me that I ventured beyond the boundaries breaking rules 🤪 Over an hour in the water. Unfortunately no pics. Well guided tour.
Written 29 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Debra, Thank you for your review of our snorkel tour. Its great time of year at the moment when some of our summer marine life cross over with our winter marine life arriving! We are glad you had a great trip. Thanks, BBDC
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Gav H
1 contribution
Great way to see the Sea Life at Julian Rocks
Apr 2021 • Friends
I did the 3 hour snorkelling experience at Julian Rocks. Was a great day, got to swim with a grey nurse shark (there was some discussion after of it was a bull shark, glad we didn't discuss that in the water lol, but def a grey nurse shark), Leopard Shark, Manta Ray, Turtles, Lion fish and plenty of other sea life.

The crew I went out with were amazing, they made the day fun and were flexible with the times and letting us get the most out of the time in the water, James and Siobhan were great guides and we had the amazing Haz as our bus driver.

Overall was a great day out.
Written 28 April 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, Thank you for your review of our snorkel tour, what a great amount of marine life that you spotted, we are very lucky to have such an amazing snorkel site so close to us! Thanks, BBDC
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jana B
1 contribution
Don’t book if you need to organise your life outside this
Mar 2021 • Friends
Please don’t book
With this tour if you are in a difficult organisation situation. - despite the fact that they say to contact them the day before if you travel
Far or are under difficult situations, they don’t take it in count . As a new moms traveling from far I closely looked at the weather situation, called a day before inquire about the big swell as I saw it coming and explained how much it would affect me if they cancel with a short notice ( baby sitters , waking up at 5.30 to organise food for baby etc....). They didn’t take rescheduling as a consideration at all, made me to believe that the swell Will change ( although I clearly saw it on my surfing apps) . The next morning they canceled while I was driving to the location 30 min before due to BIG SWELL ! Seems like the rules and covering the business are preference then considering people’s circumstances and having a heart.
Written 18 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Jana, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you are unhappy with the service that you received. We endeavour to give as much notice for cancellations as possible for our tours, however this is not always possible due to the assessment of the conditions. We did not cancel the day before as we assess conditions for the tours on the morning of the tour as conditions can change and vary from the forecast that we have, therefore the assessment for suitability and safety is undertaken on the day of the tour. We understand that with your circumstances a short notice cancellation was not ideal, however we operate many tours on a daily basis and have to apply the same cancellation policy to all customers to ensure that we are able to operate our business into the future and that it is fair for everyone, it is not because we do not consider a customers circumstance. We were hopeful to operate on the day of your tour and therefore we did not cancel the day before as there was a good chance that we would have been able to, unfortunately this was not the case when the conditions were assessed that morning. We do apologise for inconveniencing you but please understand that we cancelled due to conditions not being suitable or safe not to inconvenience our customers. Thank you. BBDC
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Alex S
1 contribution
Awesome
Mar 2021 • Friends
Great time we great instructors and driver. We seen lots of fish sharks and turtle. Truly an amazing experience. Skipper nick you owe raff and James a beer
Written 6 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, Thank you for your great review and that you had an amazing experience, with lots of marine life spotted too. We will make sure Nick follows up :)! Thanks, BBDC
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Jessica
1 contribution
Ten out of ten
Mar 2021 • Friends
Thanks to the wonderful guides - James and Raf, and Skipper Nick! Fantastic time in the water. We were fortunate to see sharks, rays and turtles. Highly recommend the company for a beautiful snorkel experience.
Written 6 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Thanks for your great review! James, Raf and Nick are great team members and we are lucky to have them as part of our team here at the dive centre. We hope to see you again for another snorkel with us. Thanks, BBDC
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Martat1973
3 contributions
Greedy & arrogant. Never again.
Mar 2021
Beware! Greedy and arrogant! Finding out the other local dive operator – Sundive, which I used number of times in the past and who were always excellent would be closed the next couple of days, I walked in the Byron Bay Dive shop, to enquire about snorkel trip to Julian Rocks. It was 30 minutes before they closed on Sunday and they too would be closed the next day. The lady at the counter told me they had a last spot available for their next trip on Tuesday (departing in less than 48 hours). She then requested my credit card details to secure the booking, emphasizing nothing is charged until the day of the trip and there would even be $15 discount if paid cash on the day. Unfortunately, the day before the trip I fell ill. Devastated by the fact that instead of being spoiled with sight of majestic snapper, playful leopard sharks, spotted eagle rays and friendly sea turtles, I would have to drop into Medical Centre instead, I tried to call the shop and cancel the trip, leaving the message on the answering machine, as the shop was closed. When I finally got through and spoke to the same counter lady at the shop first thing in the morning, trying to explain the situation, I was just blankly advised of their 48 hours cancellation policy (despite the booking being made within this period) and the fact they will charge me the full price, because it is their policy, full stop, which they proceeded with immediately after the phone call. It may be the company’s right to use the policy to get money from the customer at any cost, but it won’t change the karma they create by doing so. Never again! Sticking with the friendly and fair service we have always received at Sundive Byron Bay for the future and recommending all our friends to do the same.
Written 3 March 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, Thank you for your review. We are sorry to hear that you are disappointed, however our cancellation policy is made clear to all customer’s upon booking. In addition to this we send a confirmation email to all customers detailing information about their tour, this also includes the cancellation policy and details specifically the following ‘No-shows and cancellations within 48 hours will be charged the full price”. For any customer booking within the 48 hour cancellation policy the booking is final and cannot be cancelled or rescheduled for any reason, which is stated upon booking to the customer. We are sorry if you do not find this to be fair, however please understand that we are operating a business and have cancellation policies and procedures in place to ensure that we can continue to operate, it is not however to charge the customers at any cost. We are not different to any other business and find this review quite unfair given that you agreed to the terms upon booking. We hope that you can understand. Thanks, BBDC
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Karen B
4 contributions
Ticked off my babymoon bucket list!
Dec 2020 • Couples
The team were very accomodating since I’m currently 5 and half months pregnant. We saw sea turtles, wobbegong sharks & bull rays. Beautiful corals and different types of fishes. Worth every penny! Highly recommend it!
Written 11 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi Karen, Thank you for your lovely review of our snorkel tour, great to hear you were able to tick something off your babymoon bucket list and had a fantastic time in the process. We hope to see you again. Thanks, BBDC Management
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Vacation283155
1 contribution
Cancelled twice due to wind and rough seas.
Nov 2020
Cancelled due to wind and rough seas, rescheduled for a couple of days later but got cancelled again. This tour apparently has this problem a lot and when one sees where Julian rocks is, its easy to see the problem (very open position). Luckily had no problems getting a refund after the second cancellation, the receptionist at the center was very polite and apologetic.
I would suggest they find a more sheltered spot as a backup location if possible.
Written 5 December 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, Thank you for your review, its shame that it wasn't for our tour experience but hopefully we will see you again in the future. Our apologies that we had to cancel the tour on multiple occasions and you were not able to experience Julian Rocks. We had a run of unsuitable conditions and unfortunately had to cancel a few tours. Thanks, BBDC Management
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

IslandHopper187
New York City, NY3 contributions
Beautiful even on a cloudy day
Nov 2020
I was impressed with the beautiful variety of marine life present. Although cloudy conditions allowed for only 5m visibility, we had the pleasure of visiting 5 sea turtles, a wobbegong shark, a ray, and numerous beautiful fish. The guides were friendly and happy to share their wealth of knowledge on all sea life. I would have liked to learn about the history and lore of Nguthungulli as it is a deeply sacred place in Aboriginal culture.
Written 30 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, Thank you for your review and feedback of our snorkel tour, we are glad to hear you had a wonderful time and saw a wide range of marine life. We hope to see you again. Thanks, BBDC
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

Amy
11 contributions
Amazing and memorable
Nov 2020 • Couples
Great customer service from the company, working in a small group was very advantageous, the staff were friendly and knowledgeable about the marine life. Julian rocks is a beautiful spot where we saw a huge variety of fish, 3 turtles, a wobbegong shark and an eel. An amazing and memorable experience, very good value for money!
Written 18 November 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC.
Hi, Thank you for your review of our dive centre, great to hear you had an amazing experience and a wonderful amount of marine life was spotted. Thank you, BBDC
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

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stephgrover89
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Incredible dive and masters!
I had the absolute pleasure of diving Julian rocks last Thursday (April 22nd). We saw absolutely everything - wobeg
phiostermann
phiostermann
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Good dives, good team
Great dive center in Byron Bay, Dives were very well organized, and the sites are really nice, plenty of species, n
Adrian C
Adrian C
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Great dive
I had never associated Byron Bay with good diving before, but I was pleasantly surprised and very happy I chose to
SandyPlummer007
SandyPlummer007
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Family Fun with Turtles
Friendly and professional staff. Safety was paramount Had the best time snorkelling with turtles and a diverse arr
gomezbrandon31
gomezbrandon31
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Amazing service
Overall great first time scuba diving. Our instructor made it easy to understand and had a blast. Felt safe at all
curiouswonderlandwor
curiouswonderlandwor
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Julian Rocks Double Dive
Great crew, very accommodating, good equipment and I’ll be there again for another dive. Saw so many wobbegong, 4 t
douglasbanyard
douglasbanyard
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dive at julian rocks
supper fun group and very professional, will be going back again. all aspects of the experience was enjoyable thanx
Moptland
Moptland
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Open water dive course
Had an awesome experience learning to dive here, the staff are very professional and fun and it was an amazing area
MoniquefromAust
MoniquefromAust
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Very professional
I can't rate the skipper and dive leaders highly enough. Very professional operation. One of our party was quite ne
lindaY3971MF
lindaY3971MF
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A fantastic day out at Julian Rocks
The friendly staff at Byron Bay Dive Centre always do their most to make sure you have a great dive at Julian Rocks
hannahnalcock
hannahnalcock
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Fantastic Experience
A must do in Byron Bay! We saw turtles, leopard sharks, manta rays, eagle rays, all kinds of fish and coral when sn
casablanca71
casablanca71
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I love diving with these guys!
Very friendly and professional staff, smooth check in process despite Covid, good quality and well maintained equip
jfolbigg15
jfolbigg15
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Snorkeling
Awesome, great staff the water was warm and so clear, we saw turtles and sharks and dory, looking confused....😉
Ldainton
Ldainton
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Amazing sharks and rays, not so great welcome
As soon as we jumped in the water we saw so many fish, sharks, rays and a turtle. It was pretty unexpected as there
activities2021
activities2021
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Jason
I took a group of teenagers for snorkeling. When we first arrived we welcomed with a friendly smile. The staff were
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