Small Boat vs Big Boat Great Barrier Reef Trips

We strive to provide the very best Port Douglas Reef trips. Amazing locations. Personalised service. Max 12 Guests.

ABC Snorkel Charters is a small, family owned company. We’ve got two boats and have assembled a team of fantastic marine biologists, skippers and reef experts. Our mission is to ensure our guests see, engage and learn about the amazing Great Barrier Reef. Having the best day and time possible.

We keep our numbers small, to a maximum of 12 guests. We have a high crew to passenger ratio. We visit reef which is zoned by the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority as being Low Use.

Our team are in the water with you. We ensure you don’t miss a thing on your Great Barrier Reef day tour.

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TOP 10 Reasons to choose ABC Snorkel Charters

When you want amazing and you want the best Port Douglas reef trips, you want ABC Snorkel Charters. Our point of difference is our approach. We’re passionate about ensuring our guests not only have a great time but are given the opportunity to learn more about the reef, specifically what they are seeing on their day tour. That’s why our team are in the water with you, for the whole time. Pointing out key species, interesting reef features and explaining how they all integrate to create the simply amazing Great Barrier Reef ecosystem. But wait, there’s more – our top 10 reasons why you should choose ABC Snorkel Charters are below – but don’t take our word for it, check out our Trip Advisor reviews there’s over 1,000 of them. We’re thankful they chose us and we look forward to showing you the wonders of the reef.

1 MAX 12 GUESTS

We keep the numbers small and the service big.

2 SNORKEL ONLY

We handpick sites that are suited to the needs of snorkellers.

3 FULLY GUIDED

Our team will help you get ready and take you around the reef.

4 THE BEST REEF

We visit Low Use Reefs which are only allowed 15 pax max.

5 LOW ISLES

A beautiful coral cay surrounded by fringing coral gardens.

6 ECO CERTIFIED

Our touch is light. Our tours have low environmental impact.

7 VOTED #1 REEF TRIP

That’s right, our guests give us 5 stars and make us #1.

8 VERSATILE BOATS

Our boats can access amazing areas with easy water entry and exit.

9 FRIENDLY CREW

They are here for you, creating a relaxed and fun, social environment.

10 FAMILY BUSINESS

We’ve been exploring the Port Douglas Outer Reefs for over 30 years. We know where to go and will take you there.

Why Choose ABC Snorkel Charters

We’ve got the team, the boats and the permits to show you some simply amazing sites on the Great Barrier Reef. Because we only take a maximum of 12 guests, we can visit the reef sites that are zoned as Low Use. Low Use reefs are only available to operators with less than 15 passengers.

These reefs are not visited by the larger boats, so the reefs have had less visitation and impact. In fact, ABC Snorkel Charters are privileged to practically have our own dedicated reef that we can share with you.

The Best Port Douglas Reef & Low Isles Trips

  • Rated #1 on TRIPADVISOR
  • The LOWEST PASSENGER NUMBERS!
  • Boat 1 – Just 12 passengers
  • Boat 2 – Just 8 passengers
  • Guided groups and very personal service
  • Exclusive reef locations
  • A Eco Certified Tour Operator
  • 100% locally owned and operated family business – proudly Australian
  • ABC can only be booked directly, we do not pay commission to agents, which means savings for our customers

Voted Port Douglas' Best Reef Tour

Totally AMAAAAAAZING!!! Seriously this team takes professionalism to another level. Super knowledgeable and friendly staff ( Casey, Sam & Tyler) make this a never-to-forget experience. Smaller numbers (12 only) means much more personal attention to your experience. The extra $ is SO SO SO worth it. This was one of the highlights of our time at Port Douglas. Don't book others, go here for your snorkelling experience and allow the wonders of the reef to amaze you. You will be speechless!! Would we do it again? Definitely 💯 Would we recommend? Absolutely 💯

Dino Radin

The best reef trip in 40 years Over the past 40 years I’ve done many snorkeling trips to the outer reef but without doubt our trip today with the ABC team was clearly the standout. Our skipper Neil knew the perfect places to go - no crowds - amazing coral, fascinating sea life . Our crew Sam and Chris were not only highly qualified but were incredibly informative and they spent the entire time in the water with us. The big operators might have the bells and whistles but the small operators like ABC are able to provide a totally unique and personal experience.

Peter Inge

The Best and only way to explore the Great Barrier Reef. The staff were excellent, very knowledgeable, caring and always wanting to make sure all of our small group were completely satisfied and happy. Only a small number of passengers makes for a really enjoyable experience and attention to every individual is assured. They have great equipment and the boat is spacious and very comfortable. The full day goes very quickly and the experience in the water exploring coral reefs and interacting with the sea life is a truly magical experience and is even more amplified by our experience with ABC.

David Skipper

A beautiful and well thought out tour! Unbelievable! Safe to say I had the best day in years. Thanks for the beautiful and well thought out day. And thanks for keeping us well informed at all times. We travelled up the Coast looking for a tour that was a little more personal and professional and that's exactly what we got.

Floyd Franklin

Unreal Snorkel Experience This snorkel charter was incredible! Genuinely one of the best experiences of my life!! Not only because of the fantastic customer experience provided by Sam, Jen and skipper KC who were unbelievably friendly, happy to answer all of our silly questions and so knowledgable; but also because of the marine wildlife we saw. Would recommend this company and experience to anyone around this area interested in exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Thanks ABC!!

Kevin Stevens

Fantastic Family Snorkel Experience Today we charted with ABC Snorkel to Opal Reef in the Great Barrier Reef. We are a family of 5, three kids 6, 8, 10 who are all confident swimmers, but have never snorkeled or swam in open ocean waters. The ABC team consisted of a marine biologist, zoologist, professional scuba diver, and a skipper who had extensive knowledge on the coral reefs and varieties of fish. The team was amazing they shared their knowledge with such enthusiasm which made us all so excited to get into the ocean. My three kids were nervous at the beginning, especially my 6 year old. They were so accommodating and reassuring that by the second snorkeling spot she was confident enough to snorkel on her own with out a life bouy. They were all so buggered they slept the whole way home. I couldn’t highly recommend them enough, they have given our kids a new passion.

Normington Family NSW

Awesome experience I had an amazing day on the outer reef today. From the moment we left, ABC Snorkel Charters were very professional. Our guides were very knowledgeable of the reef. Our small group was helped with our snorkels and made to feel comfortable and safe before we jumped in the water. The guided tour took us to the best spots with so many fish and beautiful coral. Two snorkel sessions were perfect for the day. Definitely one to tick off your bucket list.

Paula Stewart

Incredible, not just a snorkelling tour! Insane! There is no better way to see and learn about the reef than with a marine biologist, a dive instructor and only 11 other people. A perfect alternative to the bulk commercial tours. We came home with a new appreciation for the biology of the reef system and we’re especially grateful that we weren’t just looking, but we’re learning and observing all the of happenings of the reef. Wonderful experience!

Peter Hayward

Just book it! Just a fantastic experience! I’ve previously been to the outer reef with one if the big companies before - huge numbers of people. This is totally different. Small groups, snorkel sites that change depending on the conditions. A real personal approach from wonderful and knowledgeable staff. We saw so many different types of coral as well as so many fish. sharks, a turtle and a moray eel! I highly recommend choosing ABC!

Michael Rose

Perfect! This is the best company to explore the GBR with. Absolutely blown away with my experience with ABC Snorkel and I recommend to everyone who is looking for the best way to explore the true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. With a professional driver, knowledgeable zoologist and marine biologist as crew, they made sure every person got every cent out of the experience. The smaller charter enabled us to see and explore much more of the reef with a safe and comfortable atmosphere. This is the way to do it, with positive and passionate people who love to share the wonders of Australia with you.

Kelle Hand

ABC clearly the best snorkel company in PD The boat was fantastic (even for people who get sea sick) the journey to low isles was quick and the snorkeling was first class. The wetsuits and equipment were first class. Sam and Kate were amazing guides with great knowledge and showed us many fish and coral. Only 11 customers and everything just worked perfectly. I have been with 4 other companies in Port Douglas and ABC was clearly the best. The kids loved it, I will snorkel with ABC again. 10/10

Rob Smith

Perfect! This is the best company to explore the GBR with. Absolutely blown away with my experience with ABC Snorkel and I recommend to everyone who is looking for the best way to explore the true beauty of the Great Barrier Reef. With a professional driver, knowledgeable zoologist and marine biologist as crew, they made sure every person got every cent out of the experience. The smaller charter enabled us to see and explore much more of the reef with a safe and comfortable atmosphere. This is the way to do it, with positive and passionate people who love to share the wonders of Australia with you.

Kelle Hand

Incredible experience What an incredible experience! If you’re planning a reef snorkel tour from Port Douglas, i would definitely go with the guys at ABC. I tried another tour company three years ago when I was in Port Douglas and whilst it was a great experience it just didn’t compete with the tour we did with ABC yesterday. The difference is the tour guides and their level of expertise. Sam - a marine biologist - guided us through the variety of underwater life whilst on the tour. Other tour companies might be slightly more competitively priced but my if you’re going to take the time to have this special experience, you might as well do it properly! I haven’t left a review on my trip adviser account for years but i had to share this experience!

Michael Mason

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