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Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours

4113 Main Street, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
757-894-0103
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: Ask about our exclusive “Money-Back Guaranteed Wild-Pony Tour” (limited availability and separate pricing). Family friendly tours 7 days a week from... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Powell
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

We booked this tour on the recommendation of a local resident. It met all our expectations. Captain Ray was a wealth of knowledge. He told about the history of the island, shared historical stories about early settlers and his family, pointed out the ponies and other wildlife and shared other interesting facts. We went out on a very rough day... More

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Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Captain Dan's tour was recommended by both a local friend and out hotel and completely lived up to our expectations! Dan is personable and knowledgeable, and the tour covered everything we wanted and expected to see. Definitely recommended!

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Wisconsin
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

This did not feel like a tour. It felt like we were taking a pontoon ride with a friend while he shared stories with us. Captain Ray was very friendly, and pointed out everything from birds (eagles, osprey, oyster something or other) and ponies to muscles and jellyfish. No dolphins for us, but we saw what he hoped for and... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014 NEW

Took this tour on my birthday and what a great day it was. Captain Dan shared so much information about the area. We saw dolphins, an eagle and ponies. It was such a beautiful tour and very personalized. Highlight of our trip!

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Chesterland, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014 NEW

This was our first trip to Chincoteague and we started it out with round the island cruise with Captain Dan. What a great way to start. We saw lots of ponies up close and learned a lot about the island. This is a must do if visiting Chincoteague.

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Medford, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014 NEW

Went on the Guaranteed Pony Tour, where he guarantees you will see ponies within 100 yards or you don't have to pay. And...we saw ponies! We were able to see ponies in a few different spots within varying proximity. The closest we got to was a family of ponies - mother, father, and baby. They were closer than 100 yards,... More

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Alexandria, Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

I recently went on Captain Dan's guaranteed pony tour, which is a boat ride around Chincoteague Island where you try to see wild ponies along the coast. The "guarantee" is that you will see a pony within 100 yards or the trip is free. We saw a dolphin up close and a bald eagle in a tree. We also saw... More

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

I’m glad ya’ll had a nice time, and am sorry we didn’t get a close up view of the ponies. On that trip, my route was limited a bit by an abnormally low tide. Just a little more water and we could have gotten closer to those couple ponies, and accessed a few more areas. Just to clarify, all guests... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

We booked an island tour after spending 10 summer's camping, crabbing and beaching on the Island. What a great adventure at a reasonable cost for a 3hr tour from a native of Chincoteague who takes his full time profession with joy. We circled the Island and saw sights we have never seen from the land side. Capt. Dan showed us... More

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Syracuse, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

This was a fantastic boat tour that we almost cancelled because we were running late - so glad we didn't! Captain Ray took us out with one other couple. He was so knowledgeable about the island and it's surroundings. He explained everything along the way and had some great stories. I was starting to get discouraged when there were no... More

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Quinton
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2014

We have done both the around the island and the guaranteed pony tour. Loved both of them! Captain Dan has a wealth of local knowledge to share - definitely one of the best guides ever.

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