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.JUMP RIGHT IN
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 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.
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.
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”?
We don’t have a set daily itinerary. ABC owns moorings on 2 different Reef systems. 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.
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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