Top Snorkeling and Scuba Diving Spots in Byron Bay

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The beaches of Byron Bay are divine, and the area’s underwater world is especially rich with life, since it is bathed in the warm currents drifting down from the Great Barrier Reef. When you’re ready to get off the sand and into the water, here’s a rundown of the best scuba diving sites and snorkeling spots.
 
Julian Rocks Marine Reserve
Just a 5-minute boat ride from Byron Bay, Julian Rocks Marine Reserve is one of the few sites where you can swim with tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef and mammals from Australia’s Southern Ocean, including three species of sea turtle, wobbegong sharks, and manta rays. Snorkel and scuba dive tours departing from Byron Bay typically include equipment and transportation. Some snorkeling tours are specifically targeted at swimming with sea turtles and include instruction if required.
 
Cod Hole
About 100 feet (30 meters) from the northeastern tip of Julian Rocks, the Cod Hole is one of the most popular dive sites around the rocks. A spacious swim-through that opens up at about 50 feet (15 meters), it is home to big moray eels, blue groupers, wobbegongs, and tropical fish of all sizes.
 
Cray Cave
At the southeast end of Julian Rocks, the Cray Cave is a small swim-through where, amongst the black coral, you can spot marine life such as grey nurse sharks, loggerhead turtles, and big bullrays. Divers can reach depths of up to 82 feet (25 meters).
 
Tassie III Wreck
Believed to have been sunk at the end of World War II while supplying American forces with ammunition, the wreck of the Tassie III (believed to be the Tassie II until 2008) remains off the shore of Main Beach and is especially shallow, making it ideal for snorkelers to explore. Just remember to do so with caution and while the ocean is calm—and watch out for surfers using the wreck as a break.
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3-Hour Sea Turtle Snorkeling Experience in Byron Bay

Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without having to head north with a 3-hour snorkeling experience at the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve in Byron Bay. Practice your snorkeling skills in the training pool, cruise out to Julian Rocks, then dive in to swim and snorkel amid colorful corals, tropical fish, manta rays, wobbegong sharks, and sea turtles.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$54.98 USD
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  • Duration: 3 hours
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5-Hour Byron Bay Introductory Scuba Diving Tour

Try scuba diving while in Byron Bay with a 5-hour class that includes a diving session at Julian Rocks Marine Reserve. Your diving course includes equipment hire, one lesson in the swimming pool, and a guided dive at Julian Rocks—where you can see tropical species found on the Great Barrier Reef along with marine life from the depths of Australia's Southern Ocean. Species often encountered include manta rays, turtles, blue gropers, and wobbegongs, along with an assortment of hard and soft corals.
  • Duration: 5 hours
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$142.95 USD
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Byron Bay 3-Hour Certified Dive Tour

Experience the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef without having to head north with a 3-hour scuba diving experience at the Julian Rocks Marine Reserve in Byron Bay. Suitable only for certified divers, this diving adventure will bring you closer to the reserve’s vibrant corals and marine life, with the chance to spot manta rays, wobbegong sharks, sea turtles, and over 400 species of fish.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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$80.64 USD
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