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Assateague Explorer Wildlife Cruises

South Main Street Chincoteague, Curtis Merritt Harbor, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
757 336-5956
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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014 NEW

Loved our outing with the Assateague Explorer. Boat guide took his time and did a great job of pointing out lots of wildlife besides just the wild ponies. We saw a bald eagle, dolphins and lots of migratory birds. A definite addition to your island visit. The kids will enjoy too.

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Falls Church, Virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Do not go on this cruise and do your research before you book! Owner was late arriving, they didn't use the speaker system at the beginning of the cruise so we couldn't understand anything they were saying when we were docked regarding safety, an introduction or any birds that were sited. Luckily we sat near the owner and he was... More

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We took the boat tour with Capt. Mark on a cloudy, Sunday morning in early September. As there was only one other couple, we were on the small boat. The tour was pleasant and informative. A small herd of wild horses was visible, although -- not unexpectedly -- at quite a distance. This was fine with us, as we had... More

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6 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This was not a good boat tour at all. The boat is very slow and steady, which can be a plus for families with young children, but that means that in the one hour span of the trip, you end up seeing very little, as the boat slowly navigates the channel between Chincoteague and Assateague island. We didn't see the... More

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Leesburg, Virginia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

Rented a tandem kayak for the day and the young HS attendants were very helpful but obviously not permitted to act on their own. They had to call and text in the owner with basic questions. Most unnerving was giving our credit card number over the phone with all details. Upon our return 7 hours later we were told the... More

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Pelham, New Hampshire
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014

We rented kayaks and paddled on our own. The kid that checked us in at the dock was quite bad at his job. He did not know of our reservation, had to text the owner and wait for a reply. He did not have a map of the area, and when asked for directions to a beach or interesting area,... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 via mobile

Unfortunately, I didn'T think to check the reviews before before booking on the Assateague Explorer. A recording played the first half of the trip. For the money we paid, trip was only an hour and a half...up a little bit one way on the Assatague channel and then down a little bit the other way. Native captain was quiet with... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Boat was SO SLOW and so was the captain. Saw NOTHING exciting. Spent over 200 bucks just for every other boat to speed past us while our boat went one mile an hour. Was a huge waste of money. Very disappointing. Never again...

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Taking the kayaking tour was a great and healthy activity for our family. We had 2 adults, 17 year old, 10 year old, and 5 year old. Everyone of us had fun. The staff were very professional and knowledgeable of the area, natural resources, and wildlife. We were able to see the ponies on Assateague, which was a wonderful sight... More

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Ocean View, Delaware
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Very, very, very disappointing!! Four adults and one child . . . packed a picnic lunch thinking we'd be near the Nature Center and be able to explore that, eat, and then go on the cruise. But that did NOT happen. The Nature Center is no where near this site. There were no benches of any kind, only one port-o-john... More

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