Port Douglas Low Impact Reef Tours

ABC is committed to ensuring you have the best Great Barrier Reef experience, with the lowest possible impact on the environment.

We are deeply respectful of the Great Barrier Reef. It’s an amazing place and we want to preserve it for future generations. That’s why we limit our numbers, use modern vessels, vary our Reef sites and destinations, and always strive to provide very low impact tours.

We’ll show you how to protect the Reef during your visit. You’ll explore stunning coral gardens, teeming with abundant marine life. Learn more about the environment with enthusiastic marine interpretation and presentations, by our crew.

The Great Barrier Reef is an international and tourism icon. See it with us, a small local business and Eco Certified operation.


The ABC Snorkel Charters promise to you

We protect the Great Barrier Reef at ABC Snorkel Charters Port Douglas. It’s at the core of our operation and all that we do. Why? Apart from the incalculable intrinsic value, we are very directly reliant on a healthy Reef for our existence as a company. We understand the Reef is a fragile ecosystem, subject to numerous threats. We are committed to protecting the reef and the environment in general. We are thrilled to be in a position to conduct a minimal impact Reef operation. At ABC Snorkel Charters we provide small number Reef trips, big on experience.


Taking a maximum of 10 passengers to the Outer Great Barrier Reef Port Douglas.


We’re a very small local business, deeply committed to the protection of the reef.


Our highly valued local crew, share stories and information gained over decades of living and working on the Reef.


A true outer reef experience! We’ll visit the best locations on the day, pending conditions.


Enthusiastic marine interpretation for anyone curious to learn more about the Reef.


Our vessels are modern and environmentally efficient. Extremely versatile snorkel vessels, ensuring minimal impact.

Our Low Impact Port Douglas Reef Tours

  • We protect the reef by promoting a strict “Take only photos, leave only bubbles” policy.
  • Educate our customers about reef ecology with informative marine talks and teaching reef conservation courses (Project Aware).
  • Use very fuel efficient and economical vessels, with modern diesel engines.
  • Choose live boat snorkeling wherever possible, over physical attachment options like anchoring. If anchoring is unavoidable, then hand guided placement is used for tight spots.
  • Use “green” and recyclable materials where appropriate. In line with our ECO certification.
  • Explore new sites regularly, which helps to avoid sites becoming “over-used”.

Head For The Incredible with ABC Snorkel Charters

Our freedom from obligation to use permanent moorings, means we head for the merely incredible. Should we find something spectacular on the way, we jump in and have a look. If it blows us away, we stay and play. 
Our ability to cruise and explore, enables us to provide fantastic, old school, totally exploratory days.

ABC Snorkel Charters will get you to parts of the Reef, rarely seen by others. Adventures that are nothing short of world class. Snorkelling these pristine, un-visited environments is a rare thrill. It’s certainly not the standard experience of other visitors to the Reef. ABC is visiting the Reef, the way it should be done.

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.

Rebecca Pandeli

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!!!

Angi Yeo

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.

Jenni Mildon

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!

Kim Withrow

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!

Allison F

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!

Lisa-Marie Melville

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.

Elsa Hsieh

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.

Karen Burgess

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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