Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Co. Tours

Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Co. Tours

Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Co. Tours
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Join us for a 2.5 hour narrated tour of all six towns, including a mid-tour comfort stop at the beautiful and famous Gay Head cliffs and lighthouse. Along the way you will see beautiful and enchanting island vistas, historic homes, scenes from Jaws, and the Gingerbread cottages of Oak Bluffs. Tour price includes admission to the Martha's Vineyard Museum and the Gay Head lighthouse ($17 value.)
Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts

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2023

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NancyJovi
Glen Burnie, MD35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples
This was a 2 1/2 hour tour of Martha’s Vineyard and our driver Troy was awesome! He took us all over the island and was so full of interesting information. He showed us places where several scenes from the 1975 movie Jaws took place. He told us about all the celebrities who either visit or have homes on the island. We stopped to see the only red brick lighthouse on the island (Gay Head Lighthouse) and it was pretty cool. Plus several others. We saw several different towns including Menemsha, Vineyard Haven, Chappaquiddick where Ted Kennedy was driving and the woman he was with died in an accident with him. Also saw Edgartown (my favorite) and of course Oak Bluffs where we started. The cost was only $45 and was well worth it, We did the 5:00 pm tour and booked it only a couple hours beforehand. There was only one other couple on our bus do it was like a private tour! We even met a couple at the Gay Head Lighthouse from Annapolis MD, right down the road from our home town!

Highly recommend this tour and Troy! He was amazing!
Written June 30, 2021
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PaulaCorrigan
Pontiac, IL7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
Took the island tour yesterday and thoroughly enjoyed it! The van was clean and comfortable with all 8 passengers and drive wearing masks and ventilation running. Troy was our driver/guide and was awesome. His knowledge of the island history, landmarks and current events made the tour interesting and entertaining. His love of the island and ease in communication kept us engaged and made the 2 1/2 hours fly. Also appreciate that the tour company was flexible as we needed to move out our tour reservation a day. Highly recommend taking this tour.
Written October 12, 2020
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Brian M
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
My wife and I were on our maiden visit to Oaks Bluff and wanted to see the island with our limited time. We had chosen Oaks Bluff tours because of the reviews on line and because Troy was mentioned frequently as the best tour guide. Our tour group van was filled to capacity and I quickly realized that seating next to my wife with my height (6’3”)was going to be excruciating. Troy accommodated me with the front passenger seat . The tour was exceptional with Troy navigating our route around the island. Troy knew all the history and particulars of MV. His passion was impeccable as he told stories of residents, celebrities and pointed out land marks of significance. The tour was over 3 hrs and I’m sure nobody on board wanted it to end. Troy was so passionate on what he does I swear I saw a glint of tear in his eyes as he spoke. We also met the owner of the Dockside inn John Tiernan a wonderful man also.
If you need a tour of MV do yourself a solid and book Oakbluffs with Troy.
Written July 18, 2021
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DayTrip70487
16 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022 • Couples
They would not take booking over phone even though it was clear there was an issue with booking via website.
Tour guide had a thick accent. We,well as others, could not understand 90% of what he said.
Van was very hot if you sat in the back, too crowded when they force full capacity seating.

My follow up phone conversation with the “first impression” manager about our issues was unacceptable, he needs to take some basic customer service lessons.

Use a different tour group or just buy an all day ticket on public bus. You can use the free tourist map and google. It will be a lot cheaper, more informative and you can make multiple stops to experience more of the island.
Written November 1, 2022
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JohnS
New Jersey86 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
First time visitors to MV so we took a 2.5 hour tour @ $45 per person in a clean 14 pax van w/AC and comfortable seats to get to know the island. 4 people were on our trip made it very nice. Our driver/guide was Troy. He was polite, knowledgeable, answered all questions, and was a very good ambassador for MV without being pretentious. I recommend this trip for first time visitors and highly recommend Troy as your guide/driver. We took the tour on the afternoon of Sep 27, 2020. Tour hits all the island highlights. Company paid attention to COVID guidelines.
Written October 2, 2020
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Sundevil7
2 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
The van was overpacked and without sufficient air conditioning (despite the driver’s best efforts). This made the ride quite uncomfortable. We did not feel the ride lived up the “Luxurious air conditioned” ride as advertised.

Though the driver was clearly knowledgeable, he spoke so fast and soft-toned we could only catch every 2nd or 3rd word which took away from truly learning anything from him.

We were very excited about this tour, as it was highly recommended by our hotel's staff and has strong reviews online, but the experience has left us regretful of the event and feeling like we could have spent our time and money elsewhere. We spoke with a few of the other guests on the tour who unfortunately felt the same way. If there are multiple members in your party you're better off renting a vehicle for 2 hours and following the main roads.
Written June 16, 2022
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Hi! Thank you for your review, and we are sorry you found the tour to be less than satisfactory. Our Ford Transit Vans seat 14 total passengers and the driver allowing for 15 people total. We would never over populate the vans as it would be unsafe, however we will fill all 14 seats very often. Each of our vans is equipped with two air conditioning systems, one from the front vents and another through the top vents to reach the whole van. We are sorry the temperature wasn't up to your personal preference but it can get quite cold in the vans and we try to find a level that can accompany everyone. We do our best to create a pleasant communal experience for all of our customers and we have taken your comments into consideration and done our best to address them. Should you find yourself back on Marthas Vineyard and wish to take a private tour where you can completely customize your experience we would be happy to help set that up for you! Have a great summer!
Written June 22, 2022
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kenspidey52
Hartford, CT74 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
My wife and I were going to be in Marthas Vineyard for five days and wanted to get the lay of the land. Troy of Oak Bluffs Land and Wharf Co. Tours provided a lively and informative 2.5 hour tour of the island's history and culture. Troy has a true radio and TV voice, his passion and love for the island is evident in his story telling. As is so often is the case on tours, the narrators normally take on a boring tone due to their repetitive story telling. That was NOT the case on this tour as the narration had the feel as it was for the first time. This is a true talent and skill that is hard to master. We had a wonderful time. Thanks Troy.
Written September 15, 2020
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Happiness07042012
Mission Viejo, CA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021 • Couples
My husband and I rode with Troy and we had an excellent experience. Troy was funny and informative. The van was clean and comfortable. My husband runs hot and it was quite humid outside and he was very comfortable with the air. Troy has a mic so it’s easy to hear him from the back. He talked the entire 2.5 hours and pointed out great spots and told great stories. We were in MV for only 24 hours and this tour was a great way to see and hear about the entire island. Thanks, Troy!
Written July 19, 2021
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Srinivas D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We visited the island in July'2021. Troy drove us around the island in his van and provided constant commentary about the place, history, etc. It was a very a very windy and rainy day but he was very energetic with his commentary. He did an excellent job!!!
By the time we came back, we were told that the cruise will not be leaving from that place due to some thunderstorm warning. He came to know about it on his way back. Then he came back to pick us and drop us at the other location. There was no reason for him to do it, but he did it. This shows the character of the person, and his willingness to go out of the way to help his customers. Thank you Troy!!!
Written October 1, 2021
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Maeve L
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021 • Couples

As we got off the ferry we were introduced to this tour company. It wasn’t high pressure, just some general information. We decided to do the 2:00pm tour since our ferry wasn’t leaving MV until 6:10. The tour was to be 2 1/2 hours but ended up being 3 hours since no one had to be back until 6:00. Troy was very knowledgeable of the island and told us lots of interesting stories. It was obvious he loved not only the island but his job. Everyone on our tour seemed thrilled with how Troy entertained us and how he held our interest. I highly recommend this tour company.
Written June 10, 2021
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