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Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

1. Byron Bay: Premier Whale Watch Cruise with Marine Biologist

Depart from Ballina’s Richmond River and enter the pristine waters of Cape Byron Marine Park. Encounter astonishing humpback whales in their natural habitat as they migrate past the breathtaking coastline between Ballina and Byron Bay. A friendly marine biologist will share in-depth knowledge of the area and humpback whale encounters that you'll get to experience within Byron’s Marine Park. You can also listen to live humpback whale song using a specialized underwater hydrophone. The purpose-built eco-vessel seats 20 guests and has a 360-degree views for unparalleled whale watching and sightseeing experiences. It has a unique hull design, which ensures a smooth, comfortable ride in all cruising conditions. The friendly, professional team guarantees a first-class, unmatched, eco tour to remember.

Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

2. Byron Bay: Scenic Sunset River Cruise

Take a sunset cruise on the Richmond River to discover the tranquil waters around Ballina Island. Get picked up in Byron Bay, then explore the mangrove forests and creeks that branch off the river. Relax on the water as you look out for the rich flora and fauna, including rare birds and dolphins. Bask in the glorious evening sun as you enjoy a cold drink, tasty refreshments, and learn some local history from your marine biologist guide. Sit back as the boat winds its way down the beautiful river to where it meets the sea. Head to Mobb's Bay and cruise around Pimlico Island before heading back to shore.

Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

3. Byron Bay: Cruise with Dolphins Tour

Discover the diversity of Australia’s marine beauty aboard a purpose-built boat, sailing for 2.5 hours through magnificent Byron Bay. After pickup from select accommodations in Byron Bay’s CBD, you’ll head off to the dock to board your eco-friendly vessel, meeting your marine biologist guides. Heading off towards Ballina, you’ll gaze at 360-degree views of the vast cliff faces, solitary islands, and hidden beaches, all the while learning about wildlife, the history of the area, and locals-only insights. As you sail comfortably through the pristine waters, keep your eyes peeled for a wide variety of sea life. Marvel at playful dolphins, surfing the waves coming off of the hull. Look for majestic sea turtles. If you’re lucky, you’ll even see one of the ocean’s most stunning creatures — the massive humpback whale. Cruising by Australia’s most easterly point, you’ll gaze upon the stately Cape Byron Lighthouse in all its glory. After your excursion, you’ll head back to the dock, to be transported back to your pickup point.

Byron Bay: Full-Day Wildlife Safari

4. Byron Bay: Full-Day Wildlife Safari

Discover Australia's renowned wildlife for yourself on this wildlife safari. After getting picked up from your hotel in the Byron Shire area, drive to a rainforest habitat. Here, enjoy a short stroll through the rainforest to spot flying foxes, a unique breed of megabat. Afterward, go for another short drive to a different rainforest where you can spot rainforest wallabies (aka pademelons) and rainforest birds. Later, head to a eucalyptus forest where you can spot koalas in their natural habitat before sitting down to a picnic lunch made from local produce at the riverside.  Finally, head to a grassland habitat and get up close with kangaroos and wallabies before beginning the journey back to Byron.

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Overall rating

4.9 / 5

based on 36 reviews

awesome crew, lots of fun saw many many whales...... no breaching but plenty of flipper and tail slaps very good couple of hour activity

Definitely worth the money and 100% would do it again, all the staff were great in helping us learn about the whales too.

Fabulous tour. Everyone was great and we were fortunate enough to see many whales. Thoroughly enjoyable experience.

A fantastic experience. Well equipped and lots of fun with very informative staff on board

Comfortable, guide was well informed and interesting, exciting boat ride.