Port Douglas Guided Dive Tours Great Barrier Reef

Privately guided Scuba Diving on the Outer Reef Systems off Port Douglas

Certified divers lets go, it is dive time! Diving the Great Barrier Reef is an amazing experience, made even better with ABC Dive & Snorkel Port Douglas. This passionate company is committed to providing divers with the best service, sites and guides to maximise your day and experience on the reef. We even offer hire cameras or your very own professional photographer for your trip!

ABC Dive & Snorkel Port Douglas are a small family business

At ABC, the day starts and ends with our trip. We don’t own multiple boats, we are not owned by a multi national and we don’t have a human resources department. We have always been, and remain, a small dedicated operator focused on providing you with exceptional customer service and a fun day. Our hand picked staff are our most valuable resource and they work hard to ensure that your day on the Great Barrier Reef is a special part of your holiday.

The smallest dive groups 4:1 ratio 4 divers to 1 instructor guide

It’s time to get excited. A dive trip to the Great Barrier Reef should be memorable for all the right reasons, and it will be with ABC Dive & Snorkel Port Douglas. Our sites offer all the diving enthusiast’s heart could desire – current drenched underwater pinnacles and bommies, exciting drift dives along pristine coral and fan walls, stunning caverns and swim-throughs, coral gardens and an abundance of big and small reef creatures. We offer the best guided dive & snorkel tours on the the least crowded commercial vessel from Port Douglas.

We deliberately avoid setting a firm daily schedule, ensuring wildlife acts naturally and doesn’t begin shying from busy spots so the surprise, “big ticket” sightings are frequent and amazing biodiversity of our sites remains intact. This is a rare luxury, afforded by our particular permit and the size of our vessel which enables us to move very freely and explore. The ability to roam the magnificent reef systems off Port Douglas is a true pleasure for us, only enhanced by the opportunity to share often unknown sites daily with just a handful of people from around the world. ABC Dive & Snorkel Port Douglas is a truly low impact operation. Our footprint is tiny compared to the usual boats that take people to the reef. What are we going to see?



My wife and I did 2 days of scuba diving with ABC. We are both OW certified 10 years ago and have about 20 dives each. The ABC crew were very professional but also fun and approachable. There was about 1 crew for every 2 customers. The first day my wife and I had our own guide for the day (3 dives), the second day we were one of 2 pairs with the guide. The boat was a mix of snorkelers, ‘experience’ divers and experienced divers. Both days there was a really good atmosphere on the boat. The guys sent us their gopro of the (massive honestly) nurse shark we saw on the 2nd day. Couldn’t recommend ABC more. If I come back I will dive with them again.

TripAdvisor November 2018

Simple: Less People = No Crowds = The Diver’s & Snorkeler’s Choice

Our freedom from an obligation to use permanent moorings means we can head for the merely incredible, and if we find something absolutely spectacular on the way, we jump in and have a look. If it blows us away we stay and play. Our agility opens a myriad of opportunities for fantastic, old school, totally exploratory days, getting to parts of the reef that are seen by no one else. Adventures that are nothing short of world class.

  • Luxury versatile boat with a shallow-draft giving us access to amazing reef locations
  • Outstanding customer focused personal service at all levels
  • Fantastic dive ratios – Just 4 divers to 1 Instructor
  • Our tiny dive groups are perfect for those nervous or inexperienced divers
  • Carrying a maximum of just 12 reef visitors per day
  • Remote and pristine sites not accessible to larger vessels
  • Genuine exploratory diving, exciting current drenched underwater pinnacles
  • Diving amongst ramparts of the continental shelf with pristine walls of coral
  • Expert crew of experienced locals, with at least one marine biologist aboard
  • More than 75+ years of combined crew experience living and working on the Reef
  • We explore new sites regularly to avoid sites becoming “over-dived”
  • We are an extremely low impact tourist operation with very low passenger numbers
  • Hire cameras or your own professional photo shoot available

This is adventure diving & snorkeling at its best. We don’t moor the boat at specific locations day after day. We are free to roam the reef and discover new sites: you could be the very first diver exploring a new location. How awesome!


Promise to you: We guarantee the most uncrowded uncompromised diving & snorkeling at exciting reef locations; different styles and locations (drift dives and adventure dives); guided diving with guides who care and help create those magic moments during your trip; open dive deck, we dive where we want, when we want; highly qualified crew; dive refresher courses if you need them. We may not be the cheapest but we are the best!

Certified Scuba Diving – Why choose ABC?

We are Port Douglas’ highest rated dive boat on TripAdvisor, for a good reason! Taking the least amount of passengers to the best locations and then diving in the smallest groups! ABC Dive & Snorkel Port Douglas diving day tours take you away from the crowds, to remote reef sites the bigger boats can’t access. What does this mean? Often ours is the only boat you see and our guests the only people you are sharing the water with. Our sites are teeming with marine biodiversity and thanks to our low impact philosophy they remain healthy and pristine.

When you join us for multiple days of diving we will always try to offer as much diversity and variation of dive locations as possible. However please remember that locations sometimes have to be chosen because of prevailing weather conditions.

The Great Barrier Reef is an amazing place to scuba dive! You can expect clear blue waters, sprawling coral gardens and a myriad of marine life, including fish of all shapes, colours and sizes, giant clams, rays, turtles, moray eels, sharks and more. We visit the most diverse secret spots, with unspoiled coral growth teeming with turtles and fish life.

Note: refresher courses are available and are definitely recommended if you have not dived for a while, or are feeling a bit rusty.

NB: If you are visiting between May and September, you might be lucky and get a close encounter with a Dwarf Minke or Humpback Whale who travel through these waters at this time of the year during their annual migration.

Highly Professional and Personal

If you want the best, then this is where to go for diving out of Port Douglas. I have dived all over the world and can honestly say that these guys are fantastic, both highly professional and customer-focused. The boat is good, the hospitality on board is good and you get to go diving with only 2 or 3 other people in your group in more private locations, great if you are an experienced diver, but also perfect if you are just starting out. Obviously you get what you pay for and ABC are a bit more expensive, but the alternative is mainly to have tens of other divers of all levels flapping around you and annoying the wildlife. I wouldn’t hesitate to use them again if I was to go back to Port Douglas.

TripAdvisor October 2018

Guided Dive Tours

ABC Dive & Snorkel Port Douglas is obsessed with scuba diving. With more than 30 years’ experience and over 7,000 logged dives from around the world, your ABC Scuba Diving Port Douglas host Jay Wink has the skills, confidence and equipment to deliver outstanding dive service on the Great Barrier Reef.

That means a day with us is a day dedicated to diving and maximising your experience and memories. All of the ABC Scuba Diving Port Douglas dives are guided. You are guaranteed small groups and personal attention. Your guide will point out interesting marine life during the dive. Our personalised service caters to every diver’s needs.

Each day is tailored to suit your experience and dive qualification level, so you can relax and just enjoy exploring the Great Barrier Reef. Although we love to take the experienced diver, our small group numbers mean that we are the perfect choice for those needing a little extra attention. We want to make you feel comfortable and so with small groups, we can cater for the experience levels of everyone involved. If you haven’t dived in a while, or are a little nervous, you may even want to book a refresher, or even a private guide to look after you.

ABC Scuba Diving Port Douglas loves to see the smile on your face as you witness the wonders of the reef. Personal photos create the perfect souvenir. To capture those moments, why not book one of our fantastic hire cameras for your trip or your very own private photo shoot for the day!

Safety is always Paramount. Do I need a Dive Medical?

In accordance with Queensland Dive Safety Laws all divers must complete a medical questionnaire on board. Certain medical conditions and/or prescription medicines may preclude you from scuba diving and require a release by an accredited Australian dive doctor prior to your dive. If you have not scuba dived and have not had a dive medical for a while or and have started on some medication it would always be prudent even for your own peace of mind to be cleared by a dive doctor.  Please check out the Queensland Medical Declaration (in the resources section).

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