Ocean Explorer
Ocean Explorer
4.5

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WOScott
West Orange, NJ26 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
We did a Saturday evening sunset cruise a few weeks ago and had a wonderful time. The boat was not too crowded, which gave us plenty of space for social distancing--and to avoid getting our lines tangled with others.

The crew, in particular Anna, were outstanding. Attentive and helpful if you needed assistance with a fish or re-jigging your line, and not at all condescending or irritatable that you were making her do someting that you should do by yourself. And since the crowd was manageable, the crew had plenty of time to help anyone who needed it.

Weather was great for our trip, a decent amount of fish were caught, though only some shorts for us.
Written August 16, 2020
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Dianne C
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021
My friend and I went whale watching with the Ocean Explorer. Captain Bobby and his crew were amazing. they went out of their way to make it a perfect day. We drove out into the ocean and watched two whales spouting and jumping then on the way back in we saw another whale jump out of the water and dive back in.
There was also a naturalist on the boat who spent a great deal of time going around and talking with each individual group on the boat, showing us all pictures of the different types of whales and explaining how they are different. She also answered all of our questions. I got an education about whales and this made the day even more interesting.
Bobby and his crew were wonderful. They told us exactly where to watch for the whales and there they were.
We will defiantly go again in with Ocean Explorer in 2022.
Written October 25, 2021
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jngorski
Scotch Plains, NJ17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
My daughter 13, nephew 14, and I had a terrific day fishing with Captain Bob , Anna, and Dave. Couldn’t have asked for a better experience first time deep sea fishing. Everyone on the boat was super friendly and it was not intimidating at all. We brought our own poles and rented as well, we were immediately educated and Dave and Anna were always checking in on us! We caught several sea bass and took home some good keepers. I would strongly recommend anyone wanting to try deep sea fishing but nervous about the “professional” atmosphere- take the Ocean Explorer!
Written June 17, 2020
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Jimmy B
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
I really enjoy the camaraderie with the guys. There all like family. Fast Eaddy, Jocko, Jimmy, Frankie, The professor, Blackfish Bobby,Big Skip and many other good guys. I really look forward to the competitive fishing. Captain Bobby always comes through.
The Summer Fluke Season is awesome, along with The Blackfish/Tog season are just exceptional. The Seasonal Pools always attract the best fisherman with upwards of over $10,000.00 to win.
Written February 14, 2020
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Diane B
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
I took my 86-year-old mother on this excursion, and we both LOVED it! Trish, our naturalist, provided tons of interesting information about the area and its wildlife. Captain Jeff kept us on time, while still ensuring that we saw both dolphins (hundreds of them!) and humpback whales (two!).

Not only that, but we had met a couple while waiting to board, and it turned out that they were about to become engaged. I shot video of the proposal and photos of the happy couple, as did Trish. She, the captain, and other crew posed for photos after the cruise. We really couldn't have asked for a more memorable or more pleasant experience!

A note: On this page, they ask if the experience is exciting, unusual, or risky. It IS exciting, it IS unusual, but it's not risky. It's fun! And they ask who you were with, but only let you choose between young children or teens. Well, again, it was me and my mother, both senior citizens, and it was great!
Written July 18, 2022
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Robyn S
2 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Do not use Ocean Explorer. We went in July and did not see one whale or even a dolphin and the boat is very small. We were told to contact them to obtain a free trip since we did not see any whales. When I contacted them in August the voicemail is full and the message says to text them. I text them three times and no response!
Written September 22, 2021
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Mary M
Saddle Brook, NJ1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020
Booked a whale/dolphin watching tour on the Sea Eagle Belmar NJ. At first I thought the boat was small, and would feel every wave, not the case. We felt very comfortable on the boat. What a day!! Whales! right beside the boat. Dolphins The captain and his first mate were awesome! They had such enthusiasm, when they saw the whales. It was amazing to see that although they are out there everyday seeing the whales, they still get as excited as we did ! I recommend this boat very highly!
Written August 22, 2020
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nriz600
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
What a great time on the Ocean Explorer . We went Whale watching and the Whale came up to eat like 20 times. It was amazing I will be going back The captain and crew was awesome as well'
Written July 12, 2021
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James K
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
I have fished on many of the Belmar boats and ocean explorer is tops. Captain always works hard to find fish and mates are always there to offer help whether you ask for it or not. Untangling lines, freeing snags, tips and advice, unhooking fish etc. Hardest working mates you'll ever find. Tip them accordingly.
Written June 21, 2024
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ddtrickster
Trenton, NJ5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2021 • Family
We went on a whale watching tour with Capt. Jeff. The crew was friendly. You could tell they really wanted us to see a whale! We did see a whale and watched it for awhile. Very enjoyable trip. It was a nice boatride as well. Would recomend.
Written October 11, 2021
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