The best local diving is at Julian Rocks Marine Reserve, some 3 km (2 mi) offshore, where the confluence of warm and cold currents supports a profusion of marine life.
Byron Bay Dive Centre. This dive center offers snorkeling and scuba-diving trips for all levels of experience, plus gear rental and instruction. The five-hour introductory diving course costs A$160; a single dive with all equipment and guide and some 50 minutes of diving near Julian Rocks costs A$95. A 60-minute snorkel trip, complete with wet suit, is A$55. 9 Marvel St., Byron Bay, NSW, 2481. 02/6685–8333 or 1800/243483. www.byronbaydivecentre.com.au.
Sundive. This PADI dive center has courses for all levels of divers, as well as boat dives and snorkel trips. The first dive, with all equipment, is A$95. 8 Middleton St., Byron Bay, NSW, 2481. 02/6685–7755 or 1800/008755. www.sundive.com.au.
Go Sea Kayak. Owned and operated by local surf lifesavers (volunteer lifeguards), this new company runs three-hour kayak tours in two-person kayaks that venture out into the open ocean in search of viewing bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and even whales in the season. Guides weave in local Aboriginal history and point out the sights. Snorkeling is also included—A$69 per person. Apex Park, opposite 56 Lawson St., Byron Bay, NSW, 2481. 02/6685–8880. www.goseakayakbyronbay.com.au.
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