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Assateague Explorer Wildlife Cruises

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Address: South Main Street Chincoteague, Curtis Merritt Harbor, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
Phone Number: 757 336-5956

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Probably Great During The Pony Swim

I booked this cruise for us and we waited by the large covered boat with the sign on it for this company. This was not the boat we eventually boarded. They probably use the big... read more

3 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
Springfield, Missouri
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Springfield, Missouri
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked this cruise for us and we waited by the large covered boat with the sign on it for this company. This was not the boat we eventually boarded. They probably use the big boat during the summer and for the pony cruise, but if you go off-season as we did in October, you get the little pontoon boat... More 

Thank Sailorsgirl
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Although the captain and skipper were very nice and they gave a good history lesson about the ponies and the area, it was very disappointing and i feel robbed. the pictures on their website and facebook page show the boat up close and personal to the ponies. this was not the case when i went on the boat. the boat... More 

Thank Leah S
North Bend, Washington
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

I did both the boat tour and the kayak trip, and loved both. The kayak trip was absolutely wonderful. Shane (the guide) was kind and helpful, persuaded me to bring my camera, and even loaned me a dry bag. I was so glad--the photos I got are awesome. We got up so close a pony was nudging my boat. Such... More 

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Hamilton, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 7, 2016 via mobile

Perfect day! Shane was an excellent guide who was supportive and knowledgable. He brought us to within touching distance of a herd, but Riptide was not having it happen :)

Thank Shoguno3e
Wellington, New Zealand
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

I booked a 2 1/2 hour kayaking tour to see the wild ponies. It took about 20 minutes of driving around and asking directions before we found our guide on a public boat ramp. There is no office, no boat slip, no pier, and the only communications were by cell phone. Our tour lasted an hour and 40 minutes and... More 

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Mount Prospect, Illinois
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

Gail, our tour guide, was absolutely hysterical. Generally, if you're stuck on a boat for nearly two hours, you may want to jump off by the end. Gail was so informative and gave so much great information about the history of the island and the attractions. We saw a zillion dolphins and one herd of horses. I didn't bring binoculars... More 

Thank Paula B
Canton, Mississippi
1 review
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 6, 2016 via mobile

We went with Assateague Explorer for the 2016 Pony Swim on Wednesday, the return pony swim on Friday and a Sunset Cruise on Monday. The crew was knowledgeable of the area and we learned a lot. As we are talking about wild animals and the predictability of where they can be seen at any one given time and the ponies... More 

Thank HurricaneAcres
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016 via mobile

We saw a few birds and a herd of horses that was very difficult to see because binoculars were needed. It was like trying to view horses against the Colorado Rocky Mountains. We did see one dolphin that jumped out of the water by our boat. The tour guide was very knowledgeable but you really don't get to see much... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 30, 2016

I took my 86 year old mother on the tour where the ponies swim back to Assateague after the Chincoteague Auction....The weather was perfect when apparently on the swim over (last Wednesday) it was hot at blazes and the horse flies were abundant! Can't control the weather obviously but if you want to see the horses swim and don't want... More 

Thank SWHavens
Middlebury Center, Pennsylvania
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 25, 2016 via mobile

The company said to come early. We drove 1.5 hours and spent entire day on islands in anticipation of our sunset kayak tour. We saw the tour leaving twice throughout this hot 95 plus degree day. 8 minutes prior to our meeting time they called to cancel our tour. Then they tried to sell us a different boat tour. Allegedly... More 

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