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Assateague Explorer Wildlife Cruises

Address: South Main Street Chincoteague, Curtis Merritt Harbor, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757 336-5956
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Kansas City, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

I visited recently with my family and we all really liked this the most of all we did there. What a wonderful place, the people that work here are so nice. We saw 3 herds of ponies real close and the boat was so nice. We went kayaking the next day and it was very calm and we knew we... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

My family took an evening cruise in June. We used the larger boat which was spacious and comfortable, the boats captain arrived on time but I agree with other posters that he was very aloof and unperson-able for someone in the tourist industry. I don't think he spoke ten words loud enough for everyone on the boat to hear during... More 

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Boston, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

First of all, I booked my crusie through paypal, and when I called the women had trouble finding the reservation. These things happen , but there was a child crying in the background and It felt like I was calling a crackhouse not a business. I sent her an email and she was finally able to find it...I asked what... More 

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Harpers Ferry, West Virginia
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

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
5 reviews 5 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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41 reviews 41 reviews
6 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

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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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
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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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6 helpful votes 6 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
6 helpful votes 6 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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