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Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

1. Byron Bay: Sea Turtle Snorkel Tour in Julian Rocks Reserve

Head out to sea on a fun snorkel tour around the unique Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, as it combines the marine life found in the deep Southern Ocean as well as that found in the tropical waters of the Great Barrier Reef. 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. Get in the water for a 1-hour swim. 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, 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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Port Stephens: Snorkel With Wild Dolphins

2. Port Stephens: Snorkel With Wild Dolphins

Your dolphin adventure begins at d'Albora Marina, Nelson Bay at 6:15 AM. Once you've checked in and been fitted with your wetsuit, mask and snorkel, the vessel leaves the dock and travels out through the heads of Nelson Bay. Whilst traveling out to the Port Stephens-Great Lakes Marine Park, you'll be trained in the swim protocols and given a snorkel briefing (if swimmer option selected). Once the dolphins have been located and their behavior monitored and found to be favorable for a swim, the the first group of swimmers enters a net at the bow of the vessel, all the while attached with a safety lanyard to the catamaran. The vessel will stop while your group (and your divemaster) enter the water - it will then begin to move slowly forward. The dolphins will swim back and forth between the bows of the vessel, quite often within a meter of the swimmers and seemingly fascinated by the strange creatures being towed in the water behind them! You'll be so close to the dolphins, it will be just like being a part of the pod! You can of course also just observe the dolphins from the boat without entering the water.

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Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

3. Sydney: 4-Hour Clear-View Kayak Hire

Venture out into the deep blue horizon and be mesmerized by the beauty of Manly Cove by kayak. Following a briefing, some instructions, and gearing up, you will take to the water on board a see-through kayak for up to 4 hours. With guidance from a convenient map, you'll explore the most scenic routes and secluded beaches of the area. As you soak up some vitamin D and the serene sounds of the water, ogle at the marvelous underwater world through your clear-view kayak. Visit up to four beaches during the day to relax and laze in the sun, take a refreshing ocean dip, or go for a snorkel. You're bound to feel completely immersed in the natural treasures of Sydney's backyard, as you gaze beneath the surface its water.

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Sydney Harbour: Cruise with Lunch and Island Exploration

4. Sydney Harbour: Cruise with Lunch and Island Exploration

Settle in for a complete Sydney Harbour cruising experience, together with live commentary and lunch served onboard. Discover the secrets of one of the world's most famous and spectacular natural harbors. Look out for iconic structures such as Sydney Harbour Bridge, the Opera House, Sydney Botanical Gardens, and more. In addition to this, enjoy access to one of Sydney’s most historic National Park Islands. Midway through the ride, you can hop off the boat to explore the area and/or swim and opt to rent snorkel gear (or bring your own). This three-hour cruise is a perfect way to see Sydney from a unique vantage point with plenty of amazing photo opportunities.

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Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

5. Manly and Shelly Beach Snorkeling Tour

Get back to nature and snorkel with the marine life off the coast of Sydney on an advanced eco-tourism adventure in Manly. Benefit from the services of a local guide and explore in a small group for a more intimate and personalized experience. Hear what native creatures you need to keep a look out for, and learn more about the natural environment. Get interesting interpretations about the heritage and culture of Sydney on a nature walk with panoramic views of the Northern Beaches. Cool off in the clear waters of Shelly Beach. Be amazed by the diverse wildlife that lives in the sea grass meadows and rocky reefs of the protected Cabbage Tree Bay Aquatic Reserve.

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Sydney Harbor: Cruise with BBQ Lunch & Optional Snorkel

6. Sydney Harbor: Cruise with BBQ Lunch & Optional Snorkel

Start the tour by boarding the cruise boat at the convenient departure point at Circular Quay. Set off on your cruise around Sydney Harbour taking in all the famous landmarks and sights from the water. Take advantage of many photo opportunities with the city skyline of Sydney as a spectacular backdrop. As you head out further into the harbor, appreciate the vastness of the area and admire the many secluded beaches and spectacular sandstone cliffs.  Then, stop off at one of Sydney Harbour National Park’s protected islands. Explore this hidden gem right in the middle of the harbor as you discover natural bushland that was once common around Sydney. Listen to commentary on the history of Sydney Harbor as well as details of the marine life that inhabits its sandy beaches, grassy sea beds, and rocky shores. Enjoy the opportunity to swim and snorkel at a hidden beach. Return to the boat and savor a freshly-prepared BBQ buffet lunch as you cruise back to the Harbor.

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What people are saying about New South Wales

Overall rating

4.3 / 5

based on 21 reviews

If you like snorkelling... this location “Julian Rocks” is a MUST DO! We saw 4 sea turtlea and so many Leppard sharks and massive sting rays. Quite incredible!!! The only downside of this experience is that it is often cancelled due to weather conditions. Ours was cancelled the first time just 15 min prior to departure and almost again the second time at time of departure. It’s no ones fault (it’s the weather!) so just be prepared to be flexible. We had no trouble rebooking for a few days later and they offer full refunds.

Very easy to locate, staff was super friendly and helpful! It's a solo ride which was actually kind of nice because you just get to paddle to where you want and stop at the beached and explore! Great experience!

Really enjoyed this trip. Staff were great and got to see Turtles, Lionfish, Wobbegong and lots of tropical fish. Would do it again!

Amazing experience and the crew/dive team were fantastic. Such a wonderful experience, highly recommended.

From start to finish it was a great day. I could not recommend enough.