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Byron Bay Day Dive Trips

Byron Bay day dive trips provide you with a fantastic opportunity to see what lies beneath the waves at this popular surf coast destination. 

Included in many self-drive itineraries along Australia’s northeastern coast, Byron Bay is well known for its beaches, surf and laid back lifestyle.  It also boasts a number of green nature parks and a vibrant arts and culture scene. 

Byron Bay could be described as a typical surf town and indeed, you can learn to surf here thanks to the surf schools. Of course for certified divers, the ocean means much more than surfing, and Byron Bay is another great place to slip on the mask and descend into the blue. 

Located in northern New South Wales, Byron Bay offers divers the chance to see a mixture of tropical species, as well as creatures which prefer the cooler waters of Australia’s southern ocean. Certified divers can choose between one (1) two (2) or three (3) dives on the trip, pending budget and preferences. 

When is the best time to visit Byron Bay as a diver. Don’t be limited by your itinerary, diving in Byron Bay’s Julian Rocks is perfect all year round! Water temperatures around Byron Bay vary from 15 to 22 degrees (Celsius), so it’s cooler water then experience in Tropical North Queensland but comfortable for most people, no matter the season.

Byron Bay dive trips are provided by a few different operators and Dive in Australia’s Steve Brady has experienced them all.  He has dedicated his time to diving all of Australia’s best spots and can provide personalized advice and experience, enabling you to maximize your diving holiday in Australia.


Byron Bay Day Dive Trip Destinations

Byron Bay day dive trips visit a range of destinations and reefs in the area, always including the spectacular Julian Rocks Nature Reserve in their itinerary.  Why? Julian Rocks is home to a diverse range of species and is most noted for its population of sharks, including leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, wobbegong sharks and more. 

The Julian Rocks Nature Reserve is approximately 2.5kms north east of Byron Bay.  It comprises two small islands and several reef areas.  Although coral life and growth is limited, the diversity of marine species living here is not.

Apart from sharks, some of the creatures you may see on a Byron Bay day dive trip to Julian Rocks include, but is not limited to, Queensland groupers, anemonefish, bull rays, eagle rays, three species of marine turtles, manta rays, snapper, bream and a wide variety of nudibranchs. 

In terms of diving experiences, there are caves and swim throughs, wall dives and drift dives and much more.  Water depth varies from 30m to 15m.

The operators who provide Byron Bay day dive trips cater to divers of all experience levels, from beginners, to those who have not dived recently, to those who dive all the time.  The dives are all guided and all your dive gear is included in the price.  The dives generally last about 50 minutes.

The dive sites you may visit vary and are chosen on the day to maximize your experience, pending weather and conditions.  Some of the Julian Rocks Nature Reserve dive sites include the Cod Hole, the Needles, the Cray Cave, Hugo’s Trench, the Nursery, Split Bommie and more.

Byron Bay Day Dive Trips – Dive Guide – The Facts at a Glance

  • Dive Location – Julian Rocks
  • Depth:  5mtrs to 30mtrs
  • Currents: Low to moderate
  • Dive Experience: Rock boulder formations, Drift Diving
  • Marine Life: Both Pelagic and Macro life - leopard sharks, grey nurse sharks, wobbegong sharks, manta rays and so much more
  • Diver Level: Suitable to novice to experienced divers
  • Dive Guides: Majority of day boats offer a dive guide, although some will allow more experienced divers in buddy pairs to dive unguided
  •  Dive Briefings: The operators provide very detailed dive site briefings, highlighting specific coral formations, compass bearings and marine highlights of the dive site
  • Photo/Video - If you don’t have your own underwater camera they are available for hire

Byron Bay Day Dive Trips – When Do They Go?

Byron Bay day dive trips depart every day of the year (excluding unforeseen weather events).  Exact departure times vary, as does check in and inclusions.  Generally operators run upto three (3) dives each day starting at 8.00am, 11.00pm and 2.00pm.  We’re happy to discuss your needs and experience level with you, to provide advice on the best tour to suit your needs / group / itinerary. 

Booking a Byron Bay Day Dive Trip

Dive in Australia is pleased to provide an easy booking service for all Byron Bay day dive trips. Save money with no booking or credit card fees. 

We have visited and dived this great location.  We offer first-hand experience and advice, choosing the operator and destination to best suit your experience and itinerary.  Products are listed on this site for your convenience, or contact us today on or

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