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Chincoteague Island Boat Tours

A scenic nature boat tour is a must do activity for your Chincoteague Island vacation! You will gain a perspective of the area that is not achievable any other way! Scroll down for complete list of tour boat companies. Each of these tour boat companies has licensed, capable and experienced tour guides.

Assateague Explorer Pony Watching Cruise
"Where are the Wild Ponies?" Since 2001, the Pony Express Nature Cruise has provided the best opportunity to observe wild ponies along the boarders of Assateague's extensive calm western shoreline. Departs from the southern end of Chincoteague Island and spend more time along the best part of Assateague looking for wild ponies, dolphins, eagles, shorebirds and other wildlife. Enjoy a sunset wildlife cruise for a spectacular coastal experience or add a kayak tour for more adventurous experience. Cruise/kayak packages & group/family discounts available. Be sure to call ahead for reservations. Featured on the ABC "Good Morning America" show, Coastal Living Magazine, Southern Living Magazine, Family Fun Magazine and more.
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor, Chincoteague
Phone: (757) 336-5956
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Assateague Tours
Assateague Tours offers the best Boat Tours and Kayak Tours along Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. We offer group tours as well as Private Exclusive Tours. We will take you to the most remote areas of the National Refuge for ponywatching and birdwatching. Assateague Boat and Kayak Tours will get you up close and personal with the wild Chincoteague ponies and all the wildlife Assateague Island has to offer. We offer morning tours, pony tours, nature tours and sunset crusies. Assateague Tours will tour the great marshlands of Chincoteague & Assateague. We go around the islands to find the world famous Chincoteague ponies, dolphins and the biggest selection of native birds on the east coast. Just call us at 757-336-6176 to make a reservation or visit www.assateaguetours.com for more info.
Location: 7512 East Side Road, Chincoteague
Phone: 757-336-6176
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Barnacle Bill's Boat Tours
Come take a boat tour with Master Captain Barnacle Bill! Enjoy breath taking scenery as you sail the Chincoteague and Assateague Island waters in search of adventure and discovery. Amoung some of the things you will see are Bald Eagles, Wild Ponies, The Assateague Lighouse, Dolphin, a large veriaty of birds and waterfowl, and some of the most beautiful sunsets you will ever experiance. Because Bill and his family are from Chincoteague he can tell you many storys about life as it was years ago when his grandparents lived, worked, and even whent to school on Assateague. "I am Barnacle Bill, your Captain, born and raised in the same house that my dad was born and raised in on Chincoteague Island."
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor
Phone: 757-894-3745
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Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruises
Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruises is an interactive skill building experience. We are a floating classroom, a research vessel with hands-on, feet-wet lessons. One of the many things we do is get off the boat on the sandbars to go dig in the mud for sea creatures. Then its back on to cruise to a crabbing spot where you will pull crab pots on board to identify and see the day's catch. If you have the courage I'll teach you how to hold a crab without getting pinched. Navigating our way to Shell Island Beach, we stop and get off the boat for some shell collecting then back on the boat for Captain Barry's favorite activity... hunting for jellyfish! We will then haul in the trawler net with its abundance of marine life. Now its time to get a taste of Chincoteague, harvesting our famous salt oysters. Time to slow the boat down to enter the shallow waters... how many birds can you identify? We use all of our senses - sound, touch, taste and smell - to make our cruise informative and fun. There is never any pressure, always lots of fun... you can relax, sit back on the boat and be the official photographer, or you can get it. This is the real deal If you want to get your hands dirty and feet wet so you will experience the life of a true Chincoteague Waterman.
Location: 6262 Marlin Street (next to the Fairfield Inn)
Phone: 757-336-6508
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Captain Dan's Around the Island Cruises
Try our newly modified "Pony Tour" now available daily in the afternoons, search up to 21 miles of pony viewing coastline. Our “Pony Tour” finds ponies at a distance of less than 100 yards over 90% of the time. On our "Around the Island Tour" we search for ponies, dolphin, wild fowl, and other local sights. Travel over 25 total miles of unique coastline, never passing the same area twice, see it all! All trips are 2-3 hours, and include local history and commentary from your guide. Afternoon "Pony Tour" may be aboard our larger 14 passenger boat. All other trips aboard our 6 passenger pontoon boats. Groups of more than 6 inquire about a private tour aboard our larger boat. Board from the floating dock in the Downtown Park adjacent to Don's Seafood Restaurant.
Location: 4161 Main Street - Parking against the back of "Baxter Insurance Group", in the grass, against the fence with the "Captain Dan's" banner.
Phone: 757-894-0103
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Chincoteague Island Adventures
Captain Randy Birch is a true "Teaguer" - he was born and raised on Chincoteague Island and for his whole life has made his living on and around the island. He is a waterman by trade, harvesting hard and softshell crabs, minnows and horseshoe crabs during the summer, and guiding waterfowl hunts in the winter. He knows the waters intimately and lends a unique authenticity to the tour experience. Captain Randy knows where the Wild Ponies live and he will take you to see them. Sunrise and sunset tours are recommended, other times are available upon request. Please visit his web site for more information.
Location: 4436 Williams Lane, Chincoteague
Phone: 757-894-5964
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Cowboy Cruise Company
Cowboy Cruise Company offers a unique experience that will immerse you in Chicoteague Island heritage. We provide a hands on experience that allows you to see what the locals see and do what the locals do! Your guide, Hunter Leonard, is one of the Chincoteague Volunteer Fire Co. Saltwater Cowboys and his knowledge of the ponies is unparalleled. Capt Hunter will take you to where the Ponies live. Capt Hunter is also a local shellfish farmer, with a degree in marine biology. He will take you to his clam and oyster grow locations where you can dig up some clams and oysters and take them home with you to steam! The best part of your experience will be the knowledge & insight Capt Hunter shares with you. Head over to our web site and check out the three different tours we offer daily.
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor
Phone: 757-990-1414
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Daisey's Island Cruises
Cruise remote areas of Assateague Island with the life-long local guides of Daisey’s Island Cruises. Owner and Captain, Carlton Leonard, is a Chincoteague Island Native and been a waterman most of his life. Every tour is rich with history, humor and education on the wildlife and local landscape of Chincoteague and Assateague Island. We will take you to where the wild ponies live. Our scenic nature tours feature close-up views of the world-famous ponies, dolphins, bald eagles, and beautiful sunsets... all from our exceptionally comfortable pontoon boats. With tours limited to six passengers, there is always plenty of room to relax on the spacious sofas, while your Captain fills you in on all the local knowledge. Don’t miss what is sure to be the highlight of your Chincoteague vacation! Please check out our web site and read our customer testimonials.
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor
Phone: 757-336-5556
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Island Queen Inland Charters
Chincoteague Island Inland Bay fishing for flounder, kingfish, croaker, bluefish, trout, or spot on board a 26 ft. Pontoon Boat. Species may vary during season. All bait, fishing rod/tackle & licenses supplied or bring your own. Captain experienced with over 30 years fishing the inland waters of Chincoteague Island. Children welcome and handicap access available. Scenic Cruises available also.
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor - Slip 16
Phone: 757-854-1567
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JS Expedition
Here at JS Expedition we are passionate about sharing this beautiful area we call home with our customers. On our tours we always go to the best areas to see wildlife, including ponies, dolphin, bald eagles, and much more. Your guide, Captain Jon, was born and raised on Chincoteague Island. He has an extensive knowledge of the saltwater life around Chincoteague Island and would love to share it with you. Please give us a call and come on our tour. We have so much to show you and tell you about! We promise it will be a memorable experience, and maybe even the highlight of your Chincoteague Island vacation.
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor, Slip #8
Phone: 757-894-5179
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Light Tackle Charters, Inc.
Over 45 Years "On The Water". A very seaworthy Parker 23' Center Console Boat with Yamaha 200HP Motor which can accommodate up to six (6) people. Offering exclusively, trips out of Crisfield Maryland only on the Chesapeake Bay side of the peninsula (only a 50 minute drive from Chincoteague). Fish the middle Chesapeake Bay with Captain Walt where we catch Striped Bass, Speckled Trout, Red Drum, Bluefish and other species. Also offering trips to remote and quaint Tangier Island Virginia as well as Smith Island Maryland.
Location: 543 Wellington Road, Crisfield, MD 21817
Phone: 410-845-3231
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Marshland Charters
Bay fishing or cruising the bays and coves around Chincoteague Island can make some great lasting memories for you and your family. Captain Matt is dedicated to helping you with these memories. We fish the bays and channels for flounder, croakers, blue fish, and many other species. We will also take you on a true back bay cruise. We go places no other cruise boats go to see birds on the flats, Ospreys on their nest, and Eagles. Dolphins can be seen feeding and playing. You may also get to walk on a sand bar and get sand in your toes!
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor - Slip #85
Phone: 757-894-1627 or 757-894-1626
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Proud Mary Charters
THE PROUD MARY is a 24 foot BayRider skiff with plenty of room for six anglers or pleasure cruisers. Take a fishing charter with Captain George, or tour the surrounding area and go to the back bay to view nature. All bait and tackle is included. Just bring your snacks and beverages. Don't forget your sun screen, cameras and sun glasses. With no more than six passengers, sit back and enjoy your trip. The Proud Mary offers two hour and four hour trips. THE PROUD MARY TOO is a 19 foot Carolina Skiff. Join Captain Mary on a CUSTOM TOUR of the beautiful waters that surround the Island. Captain Mary will create an experience made just for you. Possibilities include a quest to find wild ponies and see dolphins in their natural habitat, pulling crab traps and bringing home your catch, or a private picnic on a sand bar.
Location: Curtis Merritt Harbor, Floating Dock 1, Slips S & T
Phone: 757-894-0771 or 757-894-9862 or 757-336-5931
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Spider's Explorer
Around the Island we go! Cruising April-October around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Compliments abound from our customers who have experienced wild ponies, bald eagles, dolphins, shared lore of this area. Please call 757-990-4242 to reserve your personal, intimate tour on our very plush and comfortable boat. Captain Fleming is also an Accomack County, Virginia, Marriage Celebrant.
Location: 3801 Main Street (behind the Marina Bay Hotel)
Phone: 757-990-4242
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