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The Byron Bay Sea Kayak Tour
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The Byron Bay Sea Kayak Tour

By Go Sea Kayak at Byron Bay
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About
The beaches of Byron Bay are among the most popular in New South Wales. On this tour, explore the coastline by kayak and admire the beautiful beaches, coves, and historic landmarks from the water. See Byron Bay lighthouse, the Julian Rocks, and Wategos Millionaire Row; look out for dolphins, sea turtles, and whales; and learn about the history of Byron Bay as you paddle around Cape Byron.
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Ages 5-99, max of 32 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Spectacular views of Byron Bay from the water
  • Chance to spot dolphins and whales in their natural environment
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transfers from Byron Bay
  • No experience necessary: full instruction and equipment provided

  • Local guides, trained to the highest standards. Long term local staff, the benefit of experience
  • Free Photos for download. Check our Facebook timeline for your tour photos uploaded in high res.
  • All Kayaking & Safety equipment. Super Stable Double Sit on Top Kayaks
  • Kayak lesson on the beach before you start. You will need some physical fitness to partake this tour
  • Beginners & Non-Swimmers are welcome, not recommended for people with phobia of water
  • Our promise - if you don't see a Dolphin, Turtle or Whale you can paddle again for free
  • Wetsuits available to keep you warm in cooler months
What's not included
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Pick Up / Drop Off


Start:
  • Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay, Opposite/56 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481, Australia
    Please meet us at our head office, Opposite 56 Lawson Street, Byron Bay at least 20 minutes before your tour start time. Please note that we operate on Daylight Savings hours from October to April each year. We are 1hr ahead of QLD during this period. Please read our full terms & conditions.
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    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 15511P1

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children 5 to 12 years old must be accompanied by an adult
    • Women more then 15 weeks pregnant should consider the safety risks of undertaking such a tour
    • Minimum age 5 years old
    • Roadside parking available (paid), Free 4 hour parking is available nearby on Massinger St
    • Remember: we run on NSW Daylight Savings time between Oct and April each year
    • Please let our staff know of any medical conditions at check in, you do this confidentially by completing our waiver form at check in
    • Not recommended for people with phobias, poor physical fitness or chronic lower back injuries
    • Mother Nature dictates the day - everyday is different on the Bay, we will do our best to find all sorts of wildlife for you.
    • Should conditions be dangerous: We conduct risk assessments of conditions several times per day. If the ocean is too dangerous from things like string winds, stingers or large surf we will contact you to cancel. In this case you are entitled to a full refund, don't worry we don't take your money. Sometimes you are just better off not going then being out there in unnecessary danger
    • We do run the tours in the rain, you get wet anyway whether it's sunny or raining.
    • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
    • In winter we have wetsuits for you to put on before the tour to keep you warm
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
    • We use Tandem ( 2 person) Sit on Top Kayaks
    • Not Recommended for people who suffer from phobias of water
    • Not recommended for people who suffer from motion sickness
    • Not recommended for people suffering the effects of alcohol abuse
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 32 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 15511P1

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    • Go Sea Kayak at Byron Bay
      828
      Australia
      Joined in May 2008
    • Journey35685522651
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      10/10 would recomm - beautiful and serene experience
      Initially chose the sea kayak but ended up doing the river kayak due to the swell on the day, and I am soo glad I ended up doing that! The booking and switching process was incredible easy, and the river kayak itself was the most peaceful and serene experience. Our guide was great (Beau?) allowing us to amble down the river taking our time and spotting the wildlife, and the scenery was something out of this world. I would wholeheartedly recommended this tour for anyone thinking bout it :)
      Written 20 March 2024
    • Jodie B
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great
      This tour was amazing. Interesting facts, great guides and awesome kayaking. The guides were so helpful and made it all feel like a breeze! Unfortunately we didn’t get to see any dolphins but was offered another trip again. Great time and great fun. Thank you
      Written 31 January 2024
    • lrowings17
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphin Kayaking
      Was a fun day out on the water with really great staff. We especially enjoyed Marty, he was very personable. You get to see some wildlife (mostly dolphins) and learn about the history of the bay. Only rated 4/5 since they normally take photos for us, but I believe their phone was dead so they did lend waterproof cases for our phones if we wanted one which was nice.
      Written 8 January 2024
    • Justyachus
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome!!
      The team was so good in telling us what’s around ,helping us as we were with small kids,I struggled a little for a first timer.we had a good time,did in our pace .I highly recommend them
      Written 30 September 2023
    • zachrN1396WD
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Peaceful kayak
      It was really lovely experience relaxing in nature, seeing stingrays, kingfishers, and different arrays of fish.
      Written 30 September 2023
    • E6241PTvictoriak
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Gorgeous spot with great guides
      A beautiful relaxing morning paddle through the mangroves to the river with a knowledgeable guide. The bird and marine life was plentiful and very active,and our guide knew all the best spots to see them. Thoroughly recommend for anyone who loves nature. Great for both experienced kayakers who get the benefit of a local guide as well as for learning kayakers who will develop their kayaking skills whilst enjoying the most beautiful spot.
      Written 7 January 2023
    • alving2023
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic value, great guides, informative and fun. Local business with a focus on safety and first nation's history.
      Ed and Daisy were an absolutely fantastic duo. Thoroughly enjoyed my time with them on the Brunswick Heads river tour, which I attended with my wife and daughter. They were informative throughout the tour without being boring and safety and first nations were top of mind. Will definitely come back again and will also rebook the Byron Bay dolphin kayak tour, as again with safety front of mind, my booked tour was cancelled, but with quick refund or rebooking option. I really appreciate their view on safety of customers and staff over the almighty $$$. Please support this local Byron Bay business. Value for money and a great work out to boot.
      Written 4 January 2023
    • Emma M
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend - beautiful! +++
      A beautiful outing on the bruns river. Spectacular scenery and crystal clear, calm water! Our tour guide Daisy was brilliant - very knowledgeable, informative and easy to talk to. We would definitely go again & recommend to all!
      Written 15 August 2022
    • 940maeved
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommend
      An amazing experience! Daisy our guide was so knowledgeable on the area and it’s history. Highly recommend it!
      Written 6 August 2022
    • Cruiser715495
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Very knowledgeable, excellent tour guide.
      The day was brilliant. The tour was exceptional, especially Daisy our tour guide. Would recommend to anyone. Daisy was knowledgeable and took the time to ensure our experience was fun and informative. Very interesting all round. Would highly recommend
      Written 6 August 2022
    • T56Aimee
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Highly recommended
      We took part in the sunrise kayak tour in Byron. Simply awesome!!! We were lucky enough to set out in the moonlight. Saw loads of dolphins, the guides were really knowledgeable, friendly, informative and funny...
      Written 3 April 2021
    • J9164JVanthonym
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great start to the day
      Our tour guide (Daisy) was amazing, knowledgeable and friendly. Made the entire experience even more worthwhile. The tour started from an easy to get to location and was well paced to support different skill levels.
      Written 28 February 2021
    • timhoward3
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Byron Bay Kayak Tour
      If you are looking for a kayak tour in Byron Bay, make this your choice. By choosing a Monday we ended up being in a small group for the tour which was amazing and enabled us to really learn from the amazing guides, both of whom clearly love what they do. They taught us how to use the currents to our advantage and how to surf the waves properly in the kayaks. Most incredible is their ability to spot the wildlife, including multiple types of sea turtle and a school of bottle nose dolphins. We were able to be within 10 feet of the dolphins without disturbing them, whilst they swam around us for almost half an hour. Book this trip when you go to Byron, you will certainly not be disappointed. We will definitely be back on this tour.
      Written 14 February 2021
    • Sam_051977
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Kayak
      It was Great and I enjoyed myself a lot. Recommend it highly and can’t wait to do it again. Wish I lived closer.
      Written 18 January 2021
    • GB0904
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphins and serenity
      I undertook this tour with my two daughters aged 10 & 11. One of the guides (Sean) took my youngest in his kayak and was great with her. Doug was the chief on this tour and was very passionate in his love of the ocean and all within it. We managed to see several sea turtles and many pods of dolphins including some very young pups. A very enjoyable tour and also a great way of getting a different perspective of Byron from the water.
      Written 26 October 2020
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    Emma J
    Aarhus, Denmark6 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    We saw nothing on the three hour tour. We went on the 9:30 to 12:20 tour and it was absolutely horrible. The waves were giant. People were falling off the kayaks and we saw nothing on our trip at all.

    Wouldn’t recommend as it would be better to just rent the kayaks on your own.
    Written 27 January 2020
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    Hi, We are very sorry that you did not enjoy your tour with us. The weather conditions change daily in the ocean which means that some of our tours are run on calm flat conditions and other tours are run when there is swell in Byron Bay. Our staff members are all qualified lifeguards and Sea Kayak guides and safety is their number one priority. We would not have run this tour if we did not think it was safe. The main objective on our guided tours are to allow our customers to have an experience and connection with the beautiful marine life that reside in and migrate through Byron Bay. Our guides are passionate about wildlife and the environment and will always strive to give you the best chance possible of an encounter with said marine life on the particular day that YOU HAVE CHOSEN to come paddling. We do guarantee that if you do not see wildlife on our tours, you are very welcome to come on another tour with us for free. It is not legal to rent kayaks on the ocean so I would suggest buying your own next time. Regards,
    Written 29 January 2020
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    Jen W
    Perth, Australia48 contributions
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    we turned up at 8.30am as a group of approx 50 people on a work trip.
    we arrived to find “mother nature” had made the kayak tour implausible. no apology, no refund offered - our tour was replaced with a beach walk, that we could easily have organised for free ourselves.
    we could have been advised in advance that the surf was too rough and cancelled. wasted an entire morning of our group’s time and didn’t bat an eyelid about doing so.
    Written 24 May 2022
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    Hi There, Im sorry you've got this very wrong indeed. At 7:00am this morning we called your group organiser Tom to tell him the tour is a cancel. However, unbelievably, we get told by him that you are still coming and we NEED to do something for your group. I found this ridiculous. We are a kayak company and when the ocean is rough we have to cancel. If your tour organiser did not pass on this message to your group ( which became apparent when you arrived) then what are you doing placing such trust in him. Also, I have not taken a dollar for this morning and am out $400 in wages. If you've paid your group organiser for this tour then again you've put trust in an unworthy person.I agree you shouldnt have paid for it and our company doesn,t charge people for cancelled tours. I respectfully request you contact me personally to discuss this as I think you definitely need to be given full perspective on the events of the morning and probably need to re evaluate who you deal with when it comes to organising coordinating your events. I'll be contacting Tom tomorrow to get in contact with you myself as I was far from iimpressed myself.
    Written 25 May 2022
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    indiannajade
    Byron Bay, Australia1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was such a great trip, and by far the best way to see Byron Bay! As promised we got to see whales and dolphins up close which was amazing! Dougie and the team were magnificent, they have such a great respect and love for the Bay, and to have such passionate locals take you on a tour is a privilege.

    Also Dougie reminded us of Woody Harrleson. That in itself is enough reason to book a trip
    Written 14 July 2020
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    Matt H
    Croydon, Australia23 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    This was a fantastic tour, on flat water in the morning, a great group of people from around the world, we were able to see turtles and some reefs. The on water experience was great. But… one slight exception was the guide.

    The guide started the kayak experience on the water by making a unauthorised welcome to country, as they did not identify themselves as being a member of the local aboriginal land council- who are the only authorised members to complete this.
    An acknowledgment of country would have been more appropriate.

    Additionally, they continued to tell what appeared to be local aboriginal language and storytelling without identifying there were either indigenous and a member of the local aboriginal land council or had permission from local indigenous elders to share these stories.

    It appeared this Indigenous storytelling was designed to impress international tourists. However it was noticed by some Australian’s on the tour that the guide had breached the common cultural laws that are set by Australian Aboriginal peoples by not providing clear information into how these stories were being shared and what approval was in place in order to share them.
    Written 30 January 2023
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    Thank you so much for your review and points about the way in which we share first nations information to our guests. Our business was the first tour company in Byron Bay to ever employ local mob. We have strong connections with the Arakwal people so its nice to know that guests value content and want it delivered in the best manner possible. Behind the scenes we will continue to work to ensure we deliver the best experience possible to our guests and your feedback helps serve us by highlighting our needs in that area. We really appreciate your time in making your review. Thank you.
    Written 31 January 2023
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    Boutique_2012
    Melbourne, Australia6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mar 2021
    My partner and I were fortunate to experience an amazing coupe of hours with Dougie and Chris. They are both very friendly and well informed, sharing their knowledge and information and really keen for everyone to have he best experience. They love what thy do and it shows. They have a a great respect for the ocean and the inhabitants, which was exciting to see. (dolphin and turtles).

    It was fun getting out past the breakers and getting back in. Highly recommend this trip, a major highlight, and a great escape from the southern state of Vic. Many thanks, Francesco and Peta
    Written 5 March 2021
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    Kelly N
    Perth, Australia30 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I only had two days in Byron and with a lot of recent rains and stormy weather the beaches weren't high on my list, given the lack of beautiful sunny weather. I loved having the opportunity to explore the beaches from another perspective and getting up close and personal with the dolphins and turtles that call Byron bay home. Was very choppy for our group but once pit on the ocean it was remarkably peaceful. Our crew were amazing at teaching us how to paddle, what to do in waves and most importantly spotting dolphins! We saw a few large pods of dolphins and a turtle on our surf back in.

    Wonderful way to spend a rainy afternoon in nature!
    Written 12 February 2020
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    hazel52015
    Melbourne, Australia12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2021
    This trip was amazing from start to finish. The guides are super friendly and supportive, we were lucky enough to kayak on a lovely sunny day and to get surrounded by pods of dolphins! they even swam between our kayak under water - it was magical. Fun swell and the surf in to shore that was exhilarating - 10/10 guys, thank you, cheers Hazel
    Written 24 February 2021
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    Thanks so much for your lovely review Hazel. We are stoked to hear you enjoyed your experience with us. You're right we did have one of those splendid days and awesome to hear you enjoyed surfing the kayak in the beach as well.
    Written 25 February 2021
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    Marek P
    Adelaide, Australia495 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020
    Good equipment, well organised, helpful staff and a great way to get on the water, look for and learn about the marine life in Byron.

    We did the sunrise tour so as not to get the full sun. This was a good option as it was still nice and warm.

    The paddling is not too physical and the views are great. We saw Dolphins but no whales or sea turtles on our trip. The guides are attentive and the we thought this was a great value for money experience
    Written 25 October 2021
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    Megan F
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Apr 2024 • Friends
    The most amazing kayak trip. Our original kayak tour was cancelled due to very high waves so a new tour way arranged for the next day at sunrise and it was the best start to all of our days. We saw loads of dolphins! The guides were great, especially Luke who was the main guide and gave lots of information on the wildlife and Byron Bay in general. He also had a great sense of humour and made the trip a really enjoyable one!

    Thank you!
    Written 26 April 2024
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    Dublin7491
    County Dublin, Ireland25 contributions
    2.0 of 5 bubbles
    Myself & 7 friends did the Byron Bay sea kayaking tour and unfortunately we did not have a very enjoyable experience. The ‘tour’ is literally kayaking far out into the sea, see if you can spot a dolphin or a turtle (which we did not) and then kayaking back in. 2-3 of our group were extremely sea sick and wanted to leave the tour but the main guide would not let them. There were 3 (maybe 4) guides with us on the tour so I don’t know why one of them could not have kayaked back to shore with the members of the group who were unwell. Anyone who has been sea sick before knows it is absolutely awful and the only way to feel better is to get out of the sea (not splash water on your face as the main guide continuously advised!). If people are too unwell to continue kayaking, there must be a process in place to facilitate them leaving. Overall a boring and unenjoyable experience, would not recommend.
    Written 31 January 2023
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