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Abc versus The Mass Market Operators

One of the most common questions we are asked is “what is the difference between our luxury dive and snorkel boat and all the larger mass market boats that depart Port Douglas?” The biggest difference is the passenger numbers …..Only 12 Passengers!

Abc Diving vessel – INDEPENDENCE 1 Mass market operators
  • Maximum 12 passengers mixed divers & snorkelers. (The ratio of snorkelers to divers can change daily)
  • No compromise diving & snorkeling.
  • Secret un-dived remote locations.
  • Abc makes full use of the low use, remote reef systems.
  • Between 46 to 420 passengers mixed divers & snorkelers.
  • All locations determined by amount of snorkelers or first time divers aboard.
  • Underwater photographs, buffet lunch, snacks, cakes & refreshments, soft drinks are included.
  • Vegetarians, Vegans & Gluten Free options available.
  • Coffee Machine for a great coffee.
  • BYO Alcohol.
  • Buffet lunch, snacks & refreshments, tea/coffee, included. Soft drinks extra cost.
  • Alcohol at extra cost.
  • Photographs at extra cost.
  • Vegetarians, Vegans & Gluten Free options available.
  • Fantastic access to all reef systems.
  • More exploring and more of a ‘let’s have a look and see’
  • Locations Agincourt or Opal Reef systems
  • More relaxed social atmosphere.
  • Less time in lines waiting = more time in-water.
  • Not a great deal of flexibility always need a mooring see FAQ for mooring definition.
  • Smallest dive/snorkel groups of any day boat from Port Douglas or Cairns.
  • Largest staff to passenger ratio.
  • Exciting exploratory snorkeling between dives.
  • Very experienced crew at all levels.
  • Up to 4 Introductory divers per Instructor.
  • Up to 8 certified divers per guide.
  • Snorkeling between the flags.
  • Our boat is our own and used just by us exclusively for Abc clients.
  • Used by all the other Port Douglas dive schools.
  • More of a relaxed free flowing tour with no fixed agenda.
  • A more scheduled daily tour.
  • Total freedom in outer reef dive locations.
  • Meet at boat 7.25am – Return approx. 4.00pm.
  • Diving is a day price.  3 dives are available. 1, 2 or 3 dives price is the same. No individual dive pricing.
  • Stops along the way to explore unusual sightings
  • Fixed daily schedule.
  • These large boats tie up at same repetitive moorings. (see our FAQ’s to see what a mooring is)
  • Depart 8.30am – Return approx 4.30pm.
  • Diving: 3 scheduled dives
  • Our prices are FULLY INCLUSIVE of professional underwater photographs, soft drinks, reef taxes.
  • Abc enjoys a NO ON BOARD EXTRAS policy.
  • EXTRA costs on board for equipment hire, wet suit hire reef taxes, photographs.


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