Paradise in Byron Bay

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t completely MIA this week. I’ve been unreachable partly because my computer and phone died (and I never found, or even tried to find an outlet), but mainly because I’ve been enjoying Byron Bay so much. Its been an experience and I’ve been quite busy just soaking it all in.

The real word to describe Byron is magical. Seriously, there’s whales breaching off the coast constantly, dolphins that aren’t too shy to say hello, lush green forests, perfect beaches, great surf, the clearest water and the friendliest people. I could go on, but I’ll spare you the rant.

Wategos beach in Byron Bay.

Byron has always been a huge hippie town that’s all about the surf and the community. Most people don’t wear shoes and on multiple occasions when I asked someone where they’re from, I was told “everywhere and nowhere.” It used to be way more laid back with a stronger sense of community back in the day, which definitely still exists, but has faded a bit because of the rise in tourism and property value.

Street art in Byron Bay.

While Byron might be another victim of mass tourism, there’s a reason why so many people go there and you should definitely check it out if you ever have the chance.

Sunset in Byron Bay.

One of the coolest things about Byron is how much aquatic wild life is here. It’s the most eastern point on the Australian coast and so many animals stop by during they’re migration. With the Julian Rocks right off the coast, which is an aquatic reserve and home to over 1000 species, it’s pretty much a sea life safe haven.

Julian Rocks, an aquatic reserve in Byron Bay.

I took advantage and got my PADI scuba diving certificate at Sun Dive Scuba Byron Bay. I wholeheartedly recommend them not only because they are very knowledgeable and a laid back group of people, but they would call me out whenever I wasn’t doing something right, which totally saved my ass in the water.

Scuba Diving at Julian Rocks in Byron Bay.

I also definitely recommend getting certified if you enjoy snorkeling and visit places that have lively dive spots. It really is the ultimate experience to breath underwater and be up close with oceanic creatures. I swam with turtles, sharks, lion fish, enormous stingrays, star fish and so many other types of aquatic species that I never even knew existed. If this is something you’ve considered, take life by the horns and get it done!

If diving doesn’t sound appealing, you don’t have to be in the water to see the wild life. Look out into the ocean and soon enough you’ll see whales breaching. It’s really unbelievable.

And this is why I’ve been off the grid for the week. This place is so unreal, so unlike any other that I felt like I would be doing myself a disservice by sitting on my computer. I’ve got to get a grip though because I’m going to be visiting some of the most beautiful places in the world and that’s not an excuse to not write!

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