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Published July 23rd 2017
Kayak with dolphins, whales & turtles in Byron Bay
For my birthday this year, my Mum and Dad got me the amazing gift to experience kayaking with dolphins, turtles and possibly whales thanks to local tour company Cape Byron Kayaks. Since 1995, they have been the original dolphin kayaking tour, operating in Byron Bay, NSW. Since my own tour I've come to find they have also been featured on great Aussie tourism shows such as 'Getaway' and 'The Great Outdoors'.
Cape Byron Kayaks - the original dolphin Kayaking tour since 1995
The morning began with arriving at their setup located opposite 62 Lawson Street on Byron's Main Beach park aea, about fifteen minutes before start time. Cape Byron Kayaks runs two sessions a day; In Winter, they start at 10am and the second at 1:30pm. Whereas in Summer, sessions are at 8:30am and 1pm. Wetsuits are available if needed, and in Winter it is a very good option to take up!
After signing in and a quick briefing on the schedule, the team were straight into it handing us our wetsuits, lifejackets and helmets. While we waited for the rest of the cohort to arrive, we grabbed our paddles and stood in the sun hoping to warm ourselves up. Once everyone was accounted for, our lovely guide Sam inducted us on the basics of Kayaking - the correct way to hold and use your paddle, plus the couple of signs we were to know if we got into trouble at any point and needed assistance when out on the water.
Our large group then proceeded with kayaks in hand towards Clarkes Beach, south of Main. We had an amazing morning with little to no wind but there was still a slight shore break we had to surpass to enjoy a morning on the water. The guides explained how we were to do this and after partnering up to fit on the two-man kayaks we were on our way!
Our tour saw us being taken out towards Julian Rocks along the scenic route of Cape Byron Headland. Our exceptional tour guides Sam, Romey, Billy and Luke filled the task of paddling out with a plethora of history and local knowledge of the beautiful Byron Bay. Also, with their great sense of humour, you don't even notice the workout that you're putting your arms through (at least not until you stop!).
We took a breather after paddling for only a short while and were taken away with the sheer beauty of all our surroundings. Byron Bay is always a beautiful place, but it was pretty amazing to see it from a completely different perspective. You can take in uninterrupted views of the Byron Bay lighthouse, the Cape, surfers giving it their all at the popular surf beach The Pass and the gorgeous peak of Mount Warning in the north. As if all that wasn't enough we were also delighted with our first sighting of a pod of dolphins!
It is estimated that around 300 dolphins call the immediate waters of Byron Bay home and they are quite inquisitive of kayaks. Your encounters with local wildlife don't just end there though. With the help of the guides and your own two eyes, try to spot sea Turtles as they come up for a breath of fresh air and all the aquatic life that is just under you. And if you find yourself doing this tour during the migration for Humpback Whales (May to November) - you may be in for an extremely special treat! Also Cape Byron Kayaks have a guarantee, which means if you don't see dolphins, whales or turtles- you get another kayak with them for free!
We managed to see two whales, a mother and her calf, breaching past Julian Rocks and I have to say it made it the best birthday present that I've ever received to date.
Pretty cool feeling to surf the waves in on a kayak!
I feel I can't express enough how amazing the trip out with Cape Byron Kayaks was. To give it more than 5 stars is an understatement, considering that you are able to enjoy the gorgeous views and wildlife of Byron Bay with no experience whatsoever on a kayak but still feel safe with the guides - it makes it a bucket-list worthy experience when in Byron Bay.
Once the tour came to an end, after 2 breathtaking hours on the water, we were greeted with a lovely morning tea of complimentary hot beverages and Tim-Tams on the beach. It was a massive relief to know that all our photos from the day were free and for our own private use thanks to the guides capturing us along the way.
If you are interested in partaking on one of the tours Cape Byron Kayaks has to offer you can see pricing and contact details below or you can simply head to their website for any more details that you may require.
Disclaimer: All photos thanks to the Cape Byron Facebook page and website.