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Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours

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Address: 4113 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757-894-0103
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Description: Ask about our exclusive “Money-Back Guaranteed Wild-Pony Tour” (limited...
Ask about our exclusive “Money-Back Guaranteed Wild-Pony Tour” (limited availability and separate pricing). Family friendly tours 7 days a week from April 1st to December 1st, trips are 2 to 3 hours. We limit our trips to only 6 passengers per boat, to maintain a semi-private setting, and allow for plenty of face time with your guide. With our two boats, we are able to accommodate groups up to 12. Local family owned and operated, your guide will be Captain Dan or his father Captain Ray. Our signature tour, the “Around the Island Tour”, is a family favorite. This trip has it all! We cruise over 25 miles of unique coastline, never passing the same spot twice. We go searching for wild ponies, dolphin, bald eagles (and other local wild fowl), sea turtles, and sting rays. Your captain is your guide, pointing out all the local wildlife, historic areas, and explaining the local customs and cultures, both past and present. We will travel completely around Chincoteague Island, while viewing the entire bayside coastline of Assateague Island in Virginia.
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Absolutely wonderful boat ride. I will do this again.

Captain Dan gave us all an absolutely wonderful time on the boat ride around Assateague Island and the inlets. We saw tons of wild ponies and new foals. The information he... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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Front Royal, Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

We came here because I read Misty of Chincoteague as a child, so it was a sort of pilgrimage. Our tour was a sunset cruise, and it was very cold out on the water. The narration was not polished, but it was interesting. We saw probably 20-25 ponies, mares with foals or pregnant, and a few stallions. Beautiful views.

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Front Royal, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

Captain Dan gave us all an absolutely wonderful time on the boat ride around Assateague Island and the inlets. We saw tons of wild ponies and new foals. The information he provided along the ride about the island and the history of the pones only added to our enjoyment. I loved every minute and plan to go on his boat... More 

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Dover, Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

We did the sunset cruise on Wednesday, May 20, 2015. My son is a photographer so we had hoped for a great sunset. We were not disappointed but that turned out not to be the best part of the evening. We were treated to a great show by dozens of dolphins, close ups with ponies, pelicans flying overhead, osprey in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

We asked at our hotel about tours because there are so many & with no hesitation they said Captain Dan ! Could not have had a better experience . Dan is so nice & knowlegable .

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Nashville, Tennessee, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

Pee before you go because this is a pontoon boat with no head (bathroom). Dan is very nice, entertaining guy and knows a lot of history behind the ponies and the area. On our trip there were only six of us and we were on the boat for nearly three hours! We saw ponies not once, not twice, but three... More 

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shipwreckedan, Owner at Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours, responded to this review

I'm so glad y'all had a nice time. We do try our best to meet our guests expectations. I am sorry about the potty, we do have one, but it folds up into a concealed compartment, and isn't visible unless needed. I could have popped it up in just 2 minutes, had I known you needed it. I hope that... More 

Saint Louis Park, Minnesota
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

My adult daughter and I had a wonderful trip with Captain Dan on the evening cruise. He found several herds of ponies for us to see, and has great stories about local history. Definitely recommend him for seeing the island!

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Chester, VT
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

Great cruise on 5/7 at 9 a.m. We saw lots of ponies up close & about 4 foals, one nursing. Also a pair of black vultures perched 20' from the boat, a life list addition. Capt. Dan is full of good stories, has spent most of his life on the water, is a native of Chincoteague and is a watchful,... More 

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Newfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

This is a must when you come to Chincoteague Island. We've been on this tour twice and each time it got better. Captain Dan is so knowledgeable in regards to the ponies. We saw four separate herds with three of them having foals. We were able to get close enough to get great pictures. We know there is no guarantee... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Fantastic Around-the-Island tour with Captain Dan, who had endless info about the island, its residents, and the ponies. Though ours wasn't a "guaranteed ponies tour," we saw three separate herds, two of which were remarkably close. The two herds with foals were a particular delight. Cap'n Dan's reporting on the romantic troubles of a stallion and his two groups of... More 

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Delaware
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2015

Hubby and I went on this fabulous tour today. We had a wonderful time, the boat was very comfortable and Captain Dan was very entertaining and informative! Highly recommended!

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