Atlas Ocean Tours Review

A truly small ship cruise

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Atlas Ocean Tours was founded by Captain James Nickerson, born and raised in Queen Charlotte, British Columbia. He grew up in a fishing family that provided passage for some of the first visitors to Gwaii Haanas after it was established as a National Park Reserve in the 1980s. For over a decade, he led tours in the Gwaii Haanas archipelago and worked for multiple operators through the years.

Based on the knowledge he learned from those experiences, he, along with his wife, built their own business. Their boat the Atlas was designed by renowned naval architect Arthur Defever for both comfort and style, and is the sole vessel in the family-run operation – built specifically for Haida Gwaii.

Ships: 1 – MV Atlas

How Many Passengers: 6 passengers

Personality: The Atlas is a pilothouse trawler, which is a form of yacht. The onboard atmosphere is incredibly intimate because there are only six guests and the crew, and there are large windows onboard for viewing the scenery and wildlife.

Fellow Passengers: Guests of all ages are welcome, including kids who receive discounted fare.

Cabins: There are two cabins on the boat, which feature mahogany wood interiors both in the sleeping area and bathroom. The cabins are comfortable and are decorated simply, but tastefully.

Dining: The boat has a large salon area for dining, and the galley is full-equipped for beautiful, fresh dishes. Fresh bakery items made by Captain James’ mom are delivered to the boat at the beginning of each journey, and there are fresh vegetables and meats for a variety of dishes. Guests with fishing licenses are also welcome to share what they catch, which can include fish, crabs, prawns, and more. Since the trips are such small groups, everyone tends to pitch in, so guests will usually help the crew prepare each meal.

Amenities: The boat has a swim grid, an onboard library, kayaks for tours, and fishing equipment. The aft and side decks are also open but covered – perfect for many types of weather. The focal point of Atlas Ocean Tours is the nature and land adventures, so you won’t find a lot offered onboard the small boat.

Best For: Any small group that wants a cruising adventure all to themselves and those who are seeking a personal experience.

Included Alcohol: Wine, and guests are also welcome to bring their own favorite wine, beer, or spirits.

Where They Go: The Haida Gwaii archipelago in British Columbia, Canada.

For More Info: Visit Atlas Ocean Tours