Great Barrier Reef Shared Boat Charter

Great Barrier Reef – Shared Boat Charter

If you feel like chartering a luxury boat for just your group is too costly then a shared charter is perfect for you. A shared charter on the Independence 1 enables you to visit the reef as a scuba diver or snorkeler with a maximum of 12 passengers, a very private group.

Shared Charters are operated by ABC Snorkel Charters on a daily basis and enable you to enjoy the Great Barrier Reef in a very small, relaxed group, a unique feature of our operation. Whether you are a family, a couple or a group of friends, a whole day shared charter to the best Great Barrier Reef locations will offer you an outstanding Great Barrier Reef experience at a fraction of the cost of private charter.

Visit pristine Great Barrier Reef sites rarely seen by others in total privacy

We choose our locations for their breath taking beauty and remoteness. Our permits mean that we can access reefs that are rarely seen by others and choose sites that are not only world class, but perfect to suit the mind blowing day that you had pictured in your mind. Swim in crystal clear waters with an abundance of tropical fish swimming by. The coral is breath-taking and you may even get that unforgettable experience of swimming with a Turtle, Maori Wrasse, or even a Manta Ray!

Our ability to roam the reef, seeking out new and exciting sites is a true pleasure for us, only enhanced by the opportunity to share them with a group of people of your choice from around the world.

Snorkelling, First time scuba diving, visiting remote islands or sand quays

Our dive and snorkel boat charters are nothing short of world class. No crowds, no rush, just a day where you can enjoy this amazing wonder of the world, just as you imagined it. If you are a thrill seeking adventure diver, a nervous first time diver or would just like a gentle snorkel through some pristine coral gardens, we can easily tailor the ideal day for you. Imagine being the only people on an offshore tropical island or sand cay. Just magical!

We ensure your day on the reef will be educational and totally unique. If you are interested in learning about the Marine Biology, we offer a talk on the way to the reef to educate you on all matters of the reef, including its health and any of your own personal interests.


Your group will visit amazing dive & snorkel sites on the Outer Great Barrier Reef, keeping you busy for a whole day.

Your shared charter will include:

  • All equipment including sun protection suits
  • In Water Marine biologist Guides
  • Remote Low Use Reef Locations
  • Morning and Afternoon Tea and Coffee
  • In- Water Guided snorkeling or diving

Ultimate in privacy, unrivaled service and customer satisfaction

Customer service is our forte. We have a amazing reputation for privacy. We are a locally owned and operated family business, committed to ensuring our guests have the very best Great Barrier Reef experience possible. Don’t just take our word for it:

Great diving experience

My first trip to Australia and I definitely wanted to dive the Great Barrier Reef. It was a great experience from start to finish: the pick-up from the local hotel, greeting upon boarding, the safety briefing, the briefing from the marine biologist, and the dives themselves. It was a welcoming crew: Paul, John, Lizzie, Wayne, and Simon. The sea life was incredible, and the dive masters were quite talented in discovering the hidden and petite treasures of the sea. Professional and top-notch from start to finish (thank you, Jay). I have no reservations in recommending them for snorkelers or divers. 

Trip Advisor March 2018

We’re passionate about the reef and your service and we do this every day. You can look on Trip Advisor at the highly rated reviews for our sister company ABC Dive and Snorkel Port Douglas to get an idea of what we offer on a daily basis.

Fully Equipped for Maximum Enjoyment

Being fully equipped for snorkelers and scuba divers alike makes a shared charter the perfect choice for a group with mixed activities, some of you may just want to snorkel, others might want to try an intro dive and maybe there are some seasoned divers in your group who want to explore the reef a bit deeper. We can cater for all of it.

As a unique feature of our operation we offer dive groups of maximum 4 divers per dive instructor. Intro divers and certified divers are dived in separate group to ensure you can enjoy the dive experience suited to your level.

Certified divers will be diving in groups of 4 with an experienced instructor, we’ll be doing three dives exploring the reef as deep as your certification allows you to go to.

Intro divers will receive tuition on the way to to the reef, and practicing essential skills before diving the reef. Intro diving is a great way to explore the reef a bit further but without having to go to the length of obtaining an Open Water Diver certification. it’s for everyone (subject to medical conditions)!

As a snorkeler you enjoy the exclusive service of a snorkel guide swimming along with you (if you wish) pointing out what the unseasoned eye might miss and educating you on our fascinating marine life here on the Great Barrier Reef.  Our experienced crew will provide you with essential skills for first time snorkelers.

Not sure? Visit us in our shop at 24 Wharf Street in Port Douglas, we are happy to give you advice and have a chat! 

We are the only family owned and operated scuba diving, free diving and snorkel equipment shop in town and carry the biggest range of scuba diving and snorkel equipment in Port Douglas. You’ll find everything here, from a dive torch to reef safe sunscreen, underwater cameras, funky t-shirts and lots more gadgets!

Visit ABC Snorkel Charters for more details.

We have the luxury of tailor-making our day and choosing our dive and snorkel sites to suit the needs of our passengers, whether that be a secluded sand cay to relax on, shallow, crystal clear waters perfect for snorkelers, or more adventures sites for the experienced diver. Whatever you need to make it a perfect experience, we can make it happen!

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Our BenefitsOur Benefits
  • Remote, Private locations
  • Genuine exploratory trips
  • Highly professional staff
  • Mature, Senior Dive Instructors
  • Catered to your preference, vegan, vegetarian, gluten free
  • Fully inclusive pricing
  • Private photographer available
  • Snorkel tuition with in water help
  • Beginner and try scuba dives

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