ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas

ABC Snorkel Charters love the Great Barrier Reef. A natural asset of incalculable value to the world, for its beauty and diversity of marine life.

We deeply respect the Reef and its needs, which is why we like to do things differently. We keep our numbers small. We keep our itinerary flexible and we visit different reef sites all the time, letting the marine life and corals ‘rest’ between visits.

Our hand-picked staff are our most valuable asset, and they work hard to ensure your day on the Great Barrier Reef is a special part of your holiday. Our fundamental idea and purpose is to provide low environmental impact, and genuine small group tours, to the Reef.

We’re passionate in achieving that purpose and grateful for the chance to showcase the Great Barrier Reef.


LOVE your reef visit with ABC

ABC is Port Douglas’ highest rated snorkel boat on TripAdvisor, from 2011 to date. We’re dedicated to customer service and know that our concept of small numbers and tiny groups, is a winner. Having a comfortable boat and accessing untouched reef locations has proven very popular. Thousands of happy customers, including film crews, families from around the world, celebrities and even a world trade leader, have experienced the Reef with ABC Snorkel Charters. We’re proud to show off all of our reef sites and we truly believe “a picture is worth a 1,000 words”! You can find hundreds of our marine photos with Facebook gallery and Instagram photography moments.


Our biggest point of difference is our small passenger numbers, but there’s more to it and we’ve prepared a table for comparison.

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We’re pleased to provide a range of resources that may prove helpful, when planning and preparing for your Reef trip.

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ABC Snorkel Charters just do snorkel trips. We have the lowest passenger numbers and the highest crew to guest ratio.

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A full list of all of ABC Snorkel Charters’ terms and conditions, including the latest COVID-19 social distancing rules.

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At ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas, it is of paramount importance to us that we leave no environmental footprint.

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Small Group, Low Impact Reef Tours

At ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas, it is of paramount importance to us that we leave no environmental footprint. We are able to do this with careful management and taking only small groups, a maximum 12 passengers. We don’t just talk about ecotourism and low impact, we practice it!

In Port Douglas most other reef operators can take more than 80 passengers (the largest up to 434 passengers) per trip, visiting the same sites on a daily basis. We believe the reef is negatively impacted by exposure to such large amounts of divers and snorkelers to the same reef locations every day.

Seeing the Reef, the ABC Snorkel Charters Way

It was realised early on with our first boat Sweetlips, that small was best. We continued in the extremely small group idea to our newer, faster current vessels.

True to our low impact philosophy, and the very fundamental idea of reef protection, we frequently change our snorkel locations and only ever visit them with a handful of people. Thus the fragile and diverse ecosystems of our sites remain intact, offering our customers the stunning wildlife encounters and amazing coral experience that they are expecting from the Great Barrier Reef.

We choose the best sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef every day, considering tidal and wind conditions to suit our guests’ activities and experience.

I am honestly so happy we decided to drive from Cairns to Port Douglas for a snorkel tour. All the staff were amazing. Lizzie who was our snorkel instructor was a gem. She had all the equipment ready to go for me and helped me get ready for all the swims. She was constantly making sure I was alright. All three sites were beautiful. The coral was lovely and there was lots of fish to look at. Lizzie was great at pointing things out and explaining what we were looking at, as well as answering everyone’s questions. The amount of swim time was longer than I anticipated which was fantastic. My husband has been to the reef twice before and said that this experience was by far the best he has been on. I just want to say thank you for helping me achieve a lifelong dream (that I hadn’t done in the past due to my motion sickness), it was 100% worth it. I would recommend you guys 1,000 times over.

Rebecca Pandeli

The skipper had amazingly good knowledge about the area and shared his knowledge and insights with us! Where we snorkelled, the biodiversity and marine life is simply abundant! Could not believe we saw so many whitetip reef sharks, some manta rays, some dolphins, a moray eel, such a diverse variety of fishes! Our instructor was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the marine life! We had the most awesome time snorkelling with ABC Snorkel Charters! Thank you so much to the entire crew for making this such a memorable & awesome snorkelling trip for my family! We love Port Douglas & the Outer Reefs!!!

Angi Yeo

Great crew, with huge amount of knowledge and love for the reef. They took wonderful care of us and the whole tour felt super personalised. We were not another cog in the reef machine. The small boat numbers made all the difference. A little more expensive than some of the other places, but the service is outstanding and worth every penny. You also get photos at no extra charge and the underwater camera ones are epic! Stop searching and book with these guys.

Jenni Mildon

Pure Joy! Thoroughly enjoyed our day of snorkelling. I had never snorkelled before (love swimming in the ocean, a little frightened of what's under the surface). Sam's instructions were excellent! Although the conditions weren't ideal (a little windy and choppy), I felt completely safe and comfortable. It was an overcast day, so it was amazing to discover the contrast of colour, corals were purple, pink and yellow, brilliantly coloured fish teeming underwater. We had three relaxed long sessions in different locations. No rushing and lots of space to explore, enjoy and learn. The equipment and the boat were clean and comfortable. Crew was friendly, enthusiastic and welcoming. Really great to be on a small boat and feel close to the water with only 9 other people. Highly recommend it!


ABC Snorkel Charters are wonderful. They are very professional and made our time on the reef very enjoyable. It was a day to remember on and under the water. The crew provided us with endless information about the reef which was awesome. GREAT photos, crew, equipment, views, thanks guys it was the best trip on the Great Barrier Reef!

Kim Withrow

Beautiful and Unforgettable. An awesome day from beginning to end. The ABC team is so friendly and professional, they really look after you. Our kids love going to the reef and this was our best trip ever. If you love small groups, stunning reef spots and personal service, then look no further. Five Stars!

Allison F

Personal service and low numbers. The crew are enthusiastic and knowledgeable, the boat is comfortable and well put together. I love the low numbers and the flexibility of reef sites. The visibility was outstanding, even for Feb, and the marine life was abundant. Anyone who says the reef is in bad shape, hasn't been to the GBR recently and if you are heading up here, ABC is definitely a fun day.

Stephanie Jane Milne

Had a great day snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef today. The crew were friendly and informative and made sure that everyone was looked after and didn’t miss anything. We saw loads of brilliant fish and coral; my highlight was seeing the white tip reef shark!

Lisa-Marie Melville

Giving a big hug and thank you to Wayne and the whole ABC team for a wonderful few days on the reef. I did a ton of research prior to my trip, knowing many companies offer trips to the outer reef, but I'm so glad I went with ABC. With only 10 people on the boat, the entire day was personalized and very catered to individual needs, such as marine life questions and photo equipment. It was great meeting the variety of travellers as well! Couldn't have asked for a better team of people to visit the GBR with. My heart is so full. Thanks ABC.

Elsa Hsieh

ABC was phenomenal! They were very friendly, accommodating, eager to show us hidden treasures of the reef, and just a great, safety conscious crew! We had a wonderful, life changing trip to the GBR and ABC was part of the reason why! Andy is so knowledgeable about all things reef - he’s amazing!

LeAnn Taylor Selby

To the guys and gal at ABC Snorkel Charters, thanks for the best day ever. Would highly recommend your tour to everyone. The reef is alive and well and small groups, is the best way to see it.

Karen Burgess

This is the best experience you could have if you want to go out on a small boat with caring, professional and friendly crew. Jim, John, Alex and Kech were brilliant. You probably pay a bit more than one of the big boats who take large groups of tourists out but if you are a purist this is the one for you. Thanks to everyone (including Lizzie) who I corresponded with by email while still in the UK. The boss should be very proud of the ABC team.

Deborah Margaret Lee

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