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Thursday 4th April 2024

4-5 Manta Rays, Dolphins, Hawksbill Turtle, Loggerhead Turtle, Fish & Sooty Oystercatchers

Julian Rocks


10-15KN SSW


The rain did not stop us having a fantastic day in the water! We had dolphins swimming with us in the nursery, 4-5 manta rays spotted & a rare sighting of sooty oystercatchers on the rocks! Calm with light showers & 5-8m visibility

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Please read the following important details about your tour. If you did not receive an email request to complete your pre-arrival waiver, you will have the option to do this at the bottom of this page. Each participant is required to do a pre-arrival waiver. If you have booked last minute, please complete immediately. You will not have the option to do this when boarding.

1. Location

The marina that we depart from is in Brunswick Heads at the Brunswick Boat Harbour, which is a 20 minute drive north of Byron Bay.

Drive north on the M1 to the Brunswick Heads turnoff at Gulgan Road. You’ll take the Brunswick Heads exit onto Old Pacific Highway. Continue down this road and past the town centre signs but do not turn off to the town.

Please click here to view on maps.

Look for the ‘Boats and Seafood’ sign on the right and turn in to find a park.

If you do not have your own transport to our boarding location, you can book a transfer through the Ballina Byron Airport Transfers website or call Tony  on 0481553081 for a quote. Alternatively, there are regular public buses travelling through each town.

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2. Parking & Timing

Ample free parking can be found at the Brunswick Heads Boat Harbour.

Important: Please arrive 30minutes prior to your departure time. A safety briefing will be done, any passenger not present for the briefing will forfeit their ticket and will not be able to join the cruise. The boat cannot wait for late passengers.

3. What To Wear & Bring

Pack for all weather conditions. We suggest you wear your swimwear, light clothing over the top and bring a jacket or some warmer clothing incase you get cold. Bring a bag to store your dry clothing while you snorkel.

Please also bring sunglasses, sunscreen, a hat, towel, bottled water and an underwater camera if you have one.

We will supply you with a mask and snorkel, fins and wetsuit on the day.

4. Seasick Precautions

Please refer to the below advice if you are prone to Seasickness.

  • Take over the counter medication Kwells (less drowsy),  Travacalm or Promethazine an hour before the trip, ginger tablets can also be helpful to prevent and treat motion sickness.
  • Try wearing an anti-nausea band. Some people like “Sea Bands.” They are bracelets with dots that purportedly touch acupressure points on your wrist. They have never been proven effective, but some people swear by them.
  • Wear a patch. Scopolamine, a drug that reduces the activity of nerve fibers in your inner ear, is hands down the most successful commercial seasickness medication on the market. You get a steady dose by wearing a medicated patch like the Transderm Scop patch behind your ear. Just be mindful of following directions and watching for side effects like dry mouth and blurred vision.
  • Be clean and sober. Even a mild hangover can easily degenerate into seasickness, besides increasing various diving risks. Likewise, fatigue predisposes you to seasickness.
  • Eat something. Opinions vary on this one, but most people feel better with a little bland food on their stomachs. Bread, bagels, pancakes, etc. are better than eggs and bacon. Coffee and orange juice are acidic and may irritate your stomach. Eat a little, not a lot.
  • Relax. Anxiety contributes to seasickness. Those who are frightened by the ocean and the movement of the boat, or anxious about the diving later in the day, are more likely to become seasick.
  • Plan ahead. All of these techniques work best if you apply them before you need them — to prevent getting motion sick in the first place. So take precautions early.
  • Tell your captain that you’re sensitive at the start of the trip, and give updates if you start to feel queasy. Usually he can allow you to move to the rear of the vessel where you will be less affected.
  • Watch for symptoms. Early signs include chills, headache and frequent burping.
  • Look towards land and occupy your mind with the exciting views and encounters.

5. COVID-19

Unfortunately due to COVID-19 we are unable to provide weather jackets, so please ensure you bring your own warmer jacket and dress for colder conditions. Social Distancing is advised on the wharf. You will be required to use hand sanitiser before boarding the vessel. Further questions will be asked in our Waiver, in regards to COVID-19.

6. Weather & Ocean Dependent

Please keep in mind that all tours are dependent on ocean and weather conditions. If conditions where to change and become unsafe or unsuitable to operate, we will try our very best to notify you 1.5hrs + before cruise departure, but keep in mind that this is not guaranteed and cruises can be cancelled at any time (even at the wharf or during the cruise) if conditions are deemed unsuitable or unsafe.

Important: To ensure we can contact you promptly if there is a necessary time change or cancellation, keep your phone on and close. Our primary way of communication is SMS & email. If there is a time change we will SMS then call if we do not receive a response.  If we cannot reach you, we will also send an email. Check your phone number and email are correct on your booking details to avoid missing notifications.

7. Waiver

If you did not receive a pre-arrival waiver email, please click the button below to complete your ‘Waiver’. Each participant in your booking is required to do a seperate waiver, so please share this link. You will be asked a series of important questions and will be required to electronically sign the waiver (Parents to sign for children). This is mandatory for boarding our vessel.

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