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Go Sea Kayak: Discover Cape Byron Marine Park in a mindful manner

Immerse yourself in nature and share the ocean with a watersmart team that’s focussed on protecting the environment as much as sharing its beauty.

Credit: Go Sea Kayaks

There’s no better way to experience Cape Byron Marine Park in Northern NSW than by jumping in a sea kayak and paddling through the local waterways, and with Go Sea Kayak Byron Bay you can do exactly that. Not only does the tourism operator introduce visitors to the diverse marine life that call the area home, it does so using an ethical, protective, environmentally-minded approach.

Owned and operated by a stalwart of the local Byron Bay Surf Life Saving Club, Kurt Tutt and his team of water-loving lifeguards, this could well be the best few hours you have during your stay in the Byron Shire.

Credit: Go Sea Kayaks

Paddle and be educated as you go

As you kayak to the most easterly point of Australia, with the city’s famous Byron Lighthouse in the distance, you could find yourself surrounded by wild bottlenose dolphins, humpback whales and any one of the three sea turtle species that frequent the 22,000 hectare marine park that extends from Brunswick Heads to Lennox Head. 

As you glide through the water, your Go Sea guides impart their knowledge on you about the area’s history, its local aboriginal culture, and pertinent marine biology information. There are two three-hour tours a day (9am and noon) and each includes pick ups and drop offs from six allocated locations, safety equipment, wetsuits (if required), refreshments after each tour, and photos.

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Protecting their patch, the Go Sea approach

Driven solely by solar power, the Go Sea Kayak operation is an off-grid business, using the sun’s energy to power its on-site trailer. Further to this, and in order to protect Mother Nature as they benefit from her beauty, the team makes a point of never pursuing wildlife on their tours, instead putting their paddlers in a position where marine life is able to choose to make their presence known. 

When it comes to protecting the ocean and its inhabitants, the Go Sea guides use Oxybenzone-free sunscreen and suggest its guests do the same. From a sustainability viewpoint, Kurt and his eco warriors use stainless steel drinking bottles and encourage patrons to do the same, and there is a focus on reducing single-use plastics too. 

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Accreditation and Awards

This eco certified Advanced Ecotourism business won gold at the NSW Tourism Awards two years running – 2018 and 2019 – in the Ecotourism category. As a result of this acknowledgement Go Sea Kayak was eligible to be considered for the 2020 Qantas Australian Tourism Awards.

Where?

Website: www.goseakayakbyronbay.com.au

Address: 56 Lawson St, Byron Bay NSW 2481

When?

Monday – Sunday | 8am -7.30pm

Melinda Healy
Mel is an Australian-made global roamer with a passion for travel. More interested in passport stamps than possessions she has an inquisitive mind, an adventurous spirit and a talent for storytelling. She is a keen photographer, loves searching out great coffee shops, and believes we can have a positive impact on the world so long as we keep the planet in mind.