Why choose The Moresby Explorers Ltd. for your holiday?
We rely on our solid reputation to bring us new customers each season. Wether you've heard all about us from a friend or just found us on the Internet, it is important to us that you come away from your trip with a positive experience to share with others. We will be informative and honest with you throughout the booking process, and if this is not the trip for you, we will help you find other options. Below are some of the things that set us apart from other tour companies.
We choose our staff for an exceptionally high level of talent and commitment. Working at The Moresby Explorers Ltd. is not just a summer job, it's a lifestyle. The owners as well as all the staff live at the office in Sandspit. The owners (who are also guides), guides, and office staff all share in the responsibilities of running the company. Everyone has a basic understanding of everyone else's job, allowing them to help out when the need arises. At Moresby Explorers we do all our own training and do not send guides out on the water before they are ready. All the maintenance on the boats and engines is done by the guides and owners giving the guides a good understanding of how everything works. This allows the guides to troubleshoot and possibly fix almost any issue which might arise. Many of our guides and other staff return year after year, gaining valuable local knowledge and experience which greatly enhance the visitor experience.
Boats - We use the highest quality open boats that money can buy, the same boats used by the Coast Guard and Military. These boats are rigid hull inflatables, manufactured in Canada by Zodiac Hurricane Technology. A "deep V" fiberglass hull creates a smoother ride on the water, and the hypalon tubing around the hull adds extra floatation. The hypalon tubing is seperated into 5 sections and the hull is completely enclosed and self draining, making the boat virtually unsinkable (you would have to rip open the tubes in 5 seperate places then rip open the thick fiberglass hull). The weight of the deep V hull, combined with the high riding tubes, gives the boat great stability. In fact, to tip it over you would have to turn it 110 degrees onto its side. As you may know, the Queen Charlottes are known for unpredictable weather that can flare up suddenly, but with these boats we can be sure of a safe ride even in rough conditions.
Engines - We run Yamaha four stroke outboard motors which are reliable, quiet and clean burning. These reliable engines greatly reduce the possiblity of mechanical problems. Even so, on our single engine boats we carry a small spare for backup.
Redundancy - The fact that we run four boats plus a spare, which we operate out of Moresby Camp (the closest road access to the park), allows us to respond quickly should a problem arise. In most cases we will be able to fix the problem or exchange boats and continue the tour with little disruption. No other company operating in Gwaii Haanas can offer the same.
Communications - We are the only company in Gwaii Haanas with our own VHF radio repeater. This allows us to communicate directly between our boats and the office from most places in Gwaii Haanas. We also program these frequencies into our rental radios, improving communications with kayakers.
We understand that your visit to the islands may be a once in a lifetime experience, and we want to make sure you see what you came to see. If we confirm your trip, we will not cancel it, even if all the other people on it cancel at the last minute. If we cannot safely go out due to bad weather, we will try our best to either move the trip to a different day, explore a different area, or otherwise accommodate the people on the trip.
We Are Local
Moresby Explorers has been a locally owned and operated company since 1988. The owners and many of the staff live full-time on the islands. This means we know not only the highlights of the park, but also the more unique and little-known spots that not everyone visits. Being a local operator gives us the advantage of a long season, with tours and custom trips available whenever there is a demand.
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