The only Port Douglas snorkel operator offering day trips with just 12 passengers. That’s the ABC difference.
Enjoy remote locations and pristine Reef, with just a handful of people. ABC Snorkel Charters has the best staff to passenger ratio in the industry. Our small numbers and big smiles make us the best choice for a totally unique day, snorkelling on Port Douglas’ Outer Great Barrier Reef.
Imagine seeing myriads of fish darting through the waters, amongst pristine coral gardens. Exciting marine encounters, which are as varied as the creatures who call the Reef home. Well, imagine no more.
ABC is the perfect solution for families and small groups wanting to experience the Great Barrier Reef together.JUMP RIGHT IN
Snorkeling is a fantastic way to see the Reef! Coral gardens rise up to within metres (sometimes centimeters) of the surface. You can see the Reef from the boat, the sunlight illuminating the colourful corals, fish and marine life below. When snorkelling on the Reef you may see Anemone Fish (Nemo), giant Maori Wrasse, Butterfly Fish, Angelfish and much, much more. We have a marine biologist or naturalist on board, a local with many years experience in these waters. If you see something and aren’t sure what it is, ask them. Small group snorkelling with ABC Snorkel Charters, is seeing the reef the way it’s meant to be. No crowds. No rush. Just you, the Reef, a handful of people and a whole lot of fun.
We’re committed to giving you the best possible day on the Reef. Snorkeling the Great Barrier Reef is an amazing experience and ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas, strives to provide exciting marine encounters, exploring colourful coral gardens. You don’t have to be a champion swimmer to snorkel, but you do need to be confident in open waters.
If you are a non-swimmer, or aren’t confident in the open ocean, then maybe a larger boat which visits an island or pontoon might be better for you. Please note that older age, and some medical conditions, especially heart disease, increase the risks of snorkelling. See our Frequently Asked Questions for more information regarding snorkelling the Reef.
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.
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!!!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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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