My parents traveled to the Eastern Shore from Texas to see the beach, the SEA and we stayed in Chincoteague so we could be literally a 5 minute drive to the National Wildlife Refuge. So, much to my chagrin, we awoke on Tuesday, October 1 to realize that the US government had decided to SHUT DOWN THE OCEAN. Yes, our access for a full 24 miles of coastline was blocked because of the gov't shutdown. HOWEVER, the day was saved by Henry and his amazing tour! Henry took us on his boat all around the island of Chincoteague and delivered on every single promise. We saw dolphins, lots of dolphins and he was even able to get us up close, very close to several of the beautiful painted Chincoteague ponies. (One foal felt so comfortable with us, that she took a nap while her mother grazed near us. It was one of the moments that you think: "This is such a beautiful moment!!" And it was...) His flat bottomed boat is perfect for anyone who thinks they can't be out on a boat, because even in the waves, this boat was sturdy and would not cause motion sickness.
I would absolutely recommend this tour to everyone, whether the ocean is shut down by our ridiculous numbskull (and I'm including all parties, here) politicians or not. Henry is knowledgeable about the best places around the island for viewing natural sites, birds, ponies, dolphins and I bet he could even find that elusive Chinco unicorn (I'll keep visiting until I see this thing....)
Bonus points because Henry is also an incredibly nice person and answered questions that I'm sure he's heard 1,000 times. Gracious, prompt and confident--exactly what you need and want in a person steering a boat. We had an incredible, unforgettable experience.
Thanks for letting me rant in this review! Please don't hold any of my negative views of my gov't sway you from taking this incredible boat ride. Call Henry and schedule your ride. I agree with the other reviewers who said he treated us like family visiting him on his boat. Do it!
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