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Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas

The Great Barrier Reef is a natural wonder of the world. We’re committed to ensuring you have the absolute best experience, during your visit.

Hundreds of thousands of people each year are drawn to the clear blue waters, colourful coral gardens and abundance of spectacular marine life, found on the Reef. It’s the largest living structure on the planet and can even be seen from outer space. Luckily, you do not need to go that far to see it! The reef is best admired up close.

Coral gardens rise up from the ocean floor, to sit just beneath the surface. This makes exploring the reef easy and enjoyable for snorkelers of all experience levels. The ability to roam the magnificent Port Douglas reef systems, is a true pleasure for us.

Enhanced only by the opportunity to share, often unknown sites, with just a handful of people from around the world.

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LEARN about the Reef with ABC Snorkel Charters

At ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas, we’re passionate about the reef. Jay and Astrid Wink, the founders of this unique outfit, were drawn here from afar, just like you. They were so impressed with the Reef’s beauty that they relocated to live here in Port Douglas, right on the doorstep of one of Earth’s great wonders. Since 1987 they’ve been visiting, exploring and photographing these Reefs and all their wonders. To ensure their guests get the very best experience, their experienced guides jump in the water with you. ABC provides a completely guided snorkel experience, ensuring you see the best of the reef and learn more about what it is you’re looking at. This ensures your Great Barrier Reef snorkel tour with ABC, leaves you enlightened and engaged with the wonders of this amazing underwater ecosystem. To learn more about our eco tours and get excited about what you might see on the Great Barrier Reef off Port Douglas, check out our Reef pages on the below links.

LOW IMPACT REEF TOURS

ABC are committed to ensuring you have the very best reef experience, with the very least environmental impacts.

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MARINE LIFE

The Great Barrier Reef is home to over 1,500 types of fish, 600 types corals and so much more. Here’s just some of what you might see.

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THE ABC GALLERIES

A collection of some of our favourite photos, showing the beauty of Port Douglas, the Reef, our Beaches and more.

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REEF PHOTOS

This really is a photographers’ paradise. Bring your own underwater camera with you, or hire one from us.

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CORAL BLEACHING

We’re sure you’ve heard all about it. It’s a thing, a natural event in fact, but the Reef is not dead. Get the ABC facts here.

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SEE THE REEF WITH ABC

We’re excited to share the Great Barrier Reef with you. Small groups. Big experience. Fantastic customer service.

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Why is The Great Barrier Reef Special?

This amazing environment is as large as it is diverse. Covering 344,400km2, the Great Barrier Reef Marine Park is bigger than the UK, Holland and Switzerland combined, it’s approximately half the size of Texas (USA) and roughly the same area as Japan, Germany and Italy.

This complex structure is comprised of over 3,000 individual coral reefs, including Agincourt and Opal Reefs off Port Douglas, 600 continental islands and 300 coral cays. It’s home to 600 types of hard and soft corals, 1,652 types of fish, 133 varieties of sharks and rays, 6 of the world’s 7 marine sea turtle species and more than 30 species of whales and dolphins.

Explore New Reef Sites with ABC Snorkel Charters

The Great Barrier Reef is a key part of a much bigger set of ecological systems, the sum of which give us the Wet Tropics, including the Daintree Rainforest and more. New critters are being identified all the time!

At ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas, we’re delighted to take our guests to new Reef sites, selecting the best on the day to maximise your experience. Our open deck policy means guests can swim and snorkel where they like. On a typical day we may approach a new or unknown area and our guests are simply asked “are you ready to be blown away”?

Your Great Barrier Reef Day With ABC

We don’t have a set daily itinerary. ABC owns moorings on 2 different Reef systems and has a permit to visit Low Isles. However, because we take such low passenger numbers, we aren’t locked in to using just these areas. This ensures each day to the Reef with ABC is different.

With ABC, you’ll be exploring pristine sites that may never have been snorkeled before. As a result, our ‘big ticket’ animal encounters are as frequent as they are amazing. We care for our snorkel sites and by frequently changing them, we help to ensure the ecosystem remains diverse and intact. Being able to explore the reefs at our leisure is a rare luxury, afforded by our particular permits and the size of our vessel.

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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