About Wild Byron

Byron Bay’s best adventure tour company

Our mission

To provide our guests an unforgettable wildlife adventure through education and awareness on our delicate ecosystem and incredible marine life, while supporting marine conservation and research.

We believe that providing an opportunity to encounter our precious wildlife in their natural environment and learn about their behaviours and biology, will bring you a new understanding and respect for these animals and an interest to further help their conservation.

Our vessel

“Apollo 2” is an 8.5 metre rigid inflatable boat, purpose-built to offer a truly intimate wildlife experience, with individual padded seating for up to 12 passengers and 360 degrees unobstructed viewing.

Being at water level, immerse yourself in the ocean world and watch whales and dolphins swim under the boat just arms length away.

Fitted with Yamaha outboards, providing cleaner emissions and class leading performance, the boat’s speed allows to cover a large search area and get to the whales very quickly.

Its size will allow us to approach whales and dolphins without disturbing their activity, and will not intimidate the wildlife, providing the closest uninhibited encounter in their natural habitat.

Perfectly suited for the open ocean, its design and architecture provides a smooth ride and is the same style as marine rescue vessels for its superior safety, comfort and efficiency.

The ride itself is an exhilarating adventure as you cruise around the Cape Byron Marine Park or ride to Julian Rocks “Nguthungulli” Nature Reserve.

Our Crew

We have of the most passionate and experienced crew in Byron Bay, committed to share the wonders of the environment and protect the incredible wildlife we are privileged to witness everyday.

Glenn Sanders

Captain / Owner

Growing up in Byron Bay and surrounds, Glenn considers this area his home. He is true waterman and spends most of this time in or on the ocean, from surfing to foiling, kite surfing, freediving.

With thousands of bar crossings and many more hours at sea, he’s one of the most experienced skipper in the Bay

Glenn also has over 5 years of experience as Marine Rescue skipper and received a commissioner citation in 2019 for his efforts rescue saving lives at sea.
His passion for nature and marine life led him to volunteer for Dolphin Research Australia, where he received an ecotourism certification for Whale and Dolphin Watching.

Also know as the “Whale Whisperer, his understanding and knowledge of the ocean and its inhabitants make for the most incredible encounters.

 

Laura Gourgas

Naturalist / Administration

Born and bred in France, Laura has been passionate by nature and animals her entire life.

After completing a Master’s degree in Environmental Science, she moved to Australia and fell in love with the natural beauty of Byron Bay.

Her favourite part of the Job is being on the ocean everyday and gets just as excited at the first time!
She loves sharing her knowledge of marine life and conservation with our guests, hoping that they leave with a new appreciation of the marine environment and further inspired to protect our natural world.

Laura is also an experienced freediver and photographer, capturing many special moments for our guests both above and below the surface.

Having worked in hospitality and tourism for many years, she ensures un exceptional and personalised customer service and make sure all our guests are well looked after.

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Research and conservation

Being out on the water everyday, we have a unique position to be the “eyes on the ocean” of the researchers.

Our onboard marine naturalists collect sightings and behavioural data on marine species on every tour, from humpback whales and dolphins to leopard sharks and manta rays.

For example, humpback whales have unique patterns on the underside of their fluke, just like our “fingerprint”. Using photo-identification, we can identify individuals and learn more about population dynamics, migration patterns and much more.

By choosing Wild Byron, you are contributing directly to marine research by supporting our efforts to collect critical data, in order to create a better understanding and ultimately better protect these species.

Responsible Eco Tours

Wild Byron is committed to safe and respectful wildlife viewing by following the most ethical and responsible whale watching and snorkelling practices.


The Australian National Guidelines for Whale and Dolphin Watching 2017 describe how people can observe and interact with whales and dolphins in a way that ensures animals are not harmed or disturbed.
By complying with guidelines and regulations, we ensure minimal impact and disturbance on whales and dolphins while offering the best natural encounter.


Our commitment to Responsible Snorkelling at Julian Rocks Nature Reserve include a thorough environmental briefing to explain you how to explore the underwater world with minimum impacts, while providing you with the best quality snorkelling gear and aids to floatation to be comfortable in the water as well as reef safe sunscreen.


During our tours, we also remove marine debris and floating garbage to help create a healthier marine environment.