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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?”

Abc Diving vessel – INDEPENDENCE 1 Mass market operators
  • Maximum 12 passengers for reef days.
  • No compromise diving & snorkeling.
  • Secret un-dived locations.
  • Between 46 to 420 passengers.
  • All locations determined by amount of snorkelers or first time divers aboard.
  • Buffet lunch, snacks, cakes & refreshments, soft drinks are included.
  • Variety of Teas.
  • Coffee Machine for a great coffee.
  • BYO Alcohol.
  • Buffet lunch, snacks & refreshments, tea/coffee, included. Soft drinks extra cost.
  • BYO Alcohol.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Depart 6.45am – Return approx. 2.45pm.
  • Diving: Minimum 2 Dives with unlim – 60/70min dives are common, some even longer consumption if your air permits). If a member of the group runs out of air, they will be taken up while the rest of divers finish their dives.
  • No scheduled dive times, a much more relaxed day!
  • Visit 4 or 5 different locations – Snorkel – Dive – Snorkel – Dive
  • 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
  • Limited dive time.
  • Our prices are inclusive of professional underwater photographs, soft drinks.
  • EXTRA costs on board for equipment hire, wet suit hire reef taxes, photographs.


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