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 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.
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 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.
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