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Assateague Explorer   --   Chincoteague Island
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Discover Hidden Assateague

Visit Chincoteague and Assateague to enjoy pony watching, bird watching and dolphin watching with Assateague Explorer. Join our scenic cruises and kayaking adventures to discover a hidden treasure perfect for your family. Go to the best places that are accessible only by boat. This is your chance to experience awesome areas where wild ponies live on Assateague. Our fully narrated Assateague cruises and kayaking trips take you to great spots to view and photograph. Great for horse lovers that enjoying watching horses, birders that love birdwatching, families that love dolphins and anyone who wants to relax and enjoy the outdoors. Assateague and Chincoteague are different from any other destination in Virginia.

Discover hidden Assateague aboard "Misty". Cruise by Assateague Lighthouse and experience the beauty and solitude of this unique and special place. With a native captain and guide, you will have the best chance of seeing wild ponies, bald eagles, dolphins and other wildlife. We specialize in pony watching. Bird Watching Tours, Kayaking Tours and Sunset Cruises are also available. Call for reservations.

2246 Curtis Merritt Harbor Drive
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Phone 1:  757-336-5956  

Phone 2:  866-766-9794  

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Not Just a Tour....An Adventure

Explore the beauty of the wildlife around the most remote areas of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands with Captain John and his team!  Kayak and canoe rentals, Nature Eco tours, and private tours.

7536 East Side Drive
Chincoteague Island , Virginia  23336


Phone 1:  757-894-2431  

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Bay Country Kayaking - Blue Bill Lane   --   Onancock
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Chesapeake Bay Kayak Eco Tours

Bay Country Kayaking is a family owned and operated kayak eco tour company founded for the purpose of sharing our love of the scenic waters of coastal Virginia and educating others on their ecological, cultural and historical significance. Previous involvement of family members in the charter boat and kayaking industries, combined with their participation in social outreach events with organizations such as the National Audubon Society, Boy and Girl Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, Wounded Warriors and Dragon Run Day, provided the impetus for going forward with a kayak guide service on our home waters.

The primary goal of Bay Country Kayaking is to offer the most personalized kayak tour kayak tour photo experience of any guide service in coastal Virginia. To reach that goal, we secure ongoing education and training for our guides, utilize quality equipment and offer premier locations for our guests to paddle and enjoy.

Bluebill Lane to the end/water
Onancock , VA  23417


Phone 1:  855-865-2925  

Phone 2:  252-564-4533   (Mobile)

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Broadwater Bay Ecotours   --   Exmore
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Custom Ecotours on Virginia's Eastern Shore

Pull up to your own private island beach with Captain Rick Kellam's seaside barrier island tours. From seashell hunting, to clamming to feasting on gourmet delights, Broadwater Bay Ecotours offer a little bit of everything. No one can show the natural wonders or tell the intriguing tales of people who once called these shifting sands home as can this fifth generation Hog Islander.

6035 Killmon Point Road
Exmore , VA  23350


Phone 1:  757-442-4363  

Phone 2:  757-710-0568   (Mobile)

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Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruises   --   Chincoteague Island
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Discover, Interact, Explore, Have Fun

The ultimate high energy adventure cruise with hands-on feet-wet mind-on experiences.

“An interactive experience that differs from all the others”

Hop aboard, kick off your shoes and get ready for an adventure you'll never forget.

We go on an interactive skill building experience. We will be on a floating classroom, a research vessel with hands-on feet wet lessons.                                                     

One of the many things we will be doing is getting off the boat on the sandbars to go dig in in the mud for clams. Maybe we can catch some and eat them!

Then back on the boat to cruise to a cramping spot where you will be pulling crab pots on board to identify and see the day's catch. If you have the courage I will teach you how to hold a crab without getting pinched.

Navigating our way to Shell Island Beach we stop to get off the boat for some shell collecting.

Back on the boat to hunt for jellyfish, the captain's favorite thing.

Then we haul in the trawler net to see that it is full of marine life and sea creatures!... this is always a challenge.

Then slow the boat down to enter the shallow waters to identify the birds.

We use all of our senses – sound, touch, taste, and smell – to make our cruises informative and fun.

There is never any pressure, always lots of fun.... you can relax, sit back on the boat and be the official photographer, or you can get into it. This is the real deal to get your hands dirty and feet wet so you will experience the life of the Chincoteague Waterman.


6262 Marlin Drive
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Phone 1:  757-336-6508   (Dock)

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Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours   --   Chincoteague Island
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Spacious 25' Double Canopy Pontoon Boats

"Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours" offers morning, afternoon and evening boat tours around the Island of Chincoteague during the day and a moonlight trip after dark. Enjoy viewing and photographing the ponies, birds, wildlife and sea life on and around the Islands or the lights and stars after dark.

4175 Main Street
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Phone 1:  757-894-0103  

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Chincoteague Island Adventures   --   Onancock
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Island Boat Adventures

Experience the unique landscape and marsh habitats near Chincoteague and Assateague Islands with island native and boat captain, Randy Birch.  This 1½ hour guided tour shows wildlife in its native habitat and explains the geography and history of the two islands while viewing the Assateague Lighthouse. Sunrise, early afternoon, and presunset tours are available 7 days a week, including holidays: $35 per adult / $30 per child 12 and under. Boat charters are available for the Pony Swim, 4th of July Fireworks, and Wallops Island rocket launches. Dock across from the Assateague lighthouse. 

25-A Market Street
Onancock , Virginia  23417


Phone 1:  757-894-1430  

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Chincoteague Nature Encounters   --   Chincoteague Island
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Custom Charter Boat Tours

Join Captain Debbie Ritter on her 25 foot pontoon boat while you explore the waters around Chincoteague and Assateague Islands.  See wildlife such as eagles, waterfowl, and the wild ponies on Assateague Island. Custom plan your adventure.

Curtis Merritt Harbor Drive, slip 63
Chincoteague Island , Virginia  23336


Phone 1:  757-990-0053  

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Daisey's Island Cruises   --   Chincoteague Island
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Dinner Cruises, Pony Viewing, Rocket Launches

Year round Chincoteague Island to Assateague Island
boat tours and cruises

Dinner Cruises, Pony Viewing, Rocket Launch Viewing
Large Groups, Sunset Cruises, Weddings

On our nature cruises you will experience Assateague Island in a way that is simply not possible from land. Let us show you the hidden beauty and wildlife of Assateague Island. Our nature tours feature close-up views of the world-famous ponies, dolphins, an abundant bird population, and beautiful sunsets... all from our exceptionally comfortable pontoon boats.

On our dinner cruises relax and enjoy open air dining with delicious food from a local eatery, while experiencing the sights of Chincoteague and Assateague Island from the water.

Experience Rocket launches from the best vantage point possible. NASA Wallops Island is becoming a busy space port. The massive Antares rocket being used to resupply the space station is a must see.

We do weddings, too. Options are endless.

Group rates are available. We are versatile and flexible so if you have a large party we can help.

Don’t forget to stop by the South Side Dock House for last minute supplies, unique gifts and post cards by local photographer Carla Landolt. 

3335 Main Street
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Phone 1:  757-336-5556  

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DayTrippers   --   Wachapreague
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Cruises - Fishing - Clamming - Hunting

Meet us in Wachapreague for an exciting boat ride and experience unspoiled nature. Enjoy a sun soaked tour of Virginia's amazing barrier islands, dig for clams, fish and hunt with your best buddies, or spend a day on the beach. The ocean is the limit!

1 Main Street
Wachapreague , VA  23480


Phone 1:  757-787-2108  

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Eastern Shore Adventures   --   Franktown
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Experience the wild beauty of salt marshes and remote seaside barrier islands where Nature rules unchallenged. Custom ecotours, Barrier Island visits, birding, exclusive sport fishing, sunset & sunrise cruises, with Captain Buddy Vaughn.

5561 Bayford Road
Franktown , VA  23354


Phone 1:  757-615-7723   (Mobile)

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Fair Weather Adventures   --   Bloxom
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Custom Scenic Cruises and Bay Fishing

Join Captain Mark and the "Miss Shell" on the Onancock Crteek and surrounding waters. Whether you want to catch dinner or enjoy the sunset with friends and your favorite beverage for an unforgettable experience.

Two and Four Hour Cruises
Bottom Fishing
Artifact Hunting
Sunset Cruise

16242 Big Road
Bloxom , VA  23308


Phone 1:  757-709-0106  

Phone 2:  757-710-1493  

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Island Queen Inland Charters   --   Chincoteague Island
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Fishing Charters - Sunset Cruises - Pony Tours

We specialize in Flounder, Kingfish, and Croaker fishing trips with Captain Charlie who has 30+ years experience.

We also do Nature & Sunset Cruises to see the beautiful surroundings of the island. We may see in the wild the World Famous Chincoteague Ponies, Dolphins, Bald Eagles and an assortment of shorebirds.

We have a 26’ pontoon boat equipped with a bathroom. We will also customize trips upon requests. Reservations are recommended.

2246 Curtis Merritt Road, Slip # 16
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Phone 1:  757-990-2404   (Mobile)

Phone 2:  757-894-1051  

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Kayak Nature Tours   --   Norfolk
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We are the premier kayak tour company in the greater Hampton Roads. We offer guided kayak tours throughout the area including the Eastern Shore.          Happy Kayaking!

110 W Randall Avenue
Norfolk , VA  23503


Phone 1:  757-480-1999  

Phone 2:  888-669-8368  

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Seaside Ecotours   --   Wachapreague
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Creating Your Custom Cruise

~ Custom Boat Tours

~ Birding Trips

~ Wildlife Photography

~ Beach Trips to the Barrier Islands

~ Sunset Cruises

Captain Meriwether Payne, a Certified Virginia Ecotour Guide, will create your custom cruise departing from the quaint village of Wachapreague on the Seaside of Virginia's Eastern Shore.

Scenic creeks meander through emerald marshes out to the barrier islands which are part of the Virginia Coast Reserve; a United Nations Biosphere Reserve created by The Nature Conservancy in the early 1970s, and the longest expanse of coastal wilderness remaining on the eastern seaboard of the United States.

These islands are a birders paradise, sheltering more than 250 species of shorebirds, waders, raptors, songbirds, ducks, and geese, which find food in the adjacent bays and salt marshes.  Birding is a year round activity with spring and fall migrating shorebirds, summer nesters and winter waterfowl.  This intricate ecosystem supports hundreds of other species as well and you will also have opportunities to see animals from the all important, yet tiny, fiddler crab, to Diamondback Terrapins, sea turtles, dolphins and the occasional seal.

Beach stops on the islands are easily arranged for picnics, shelling, swimming and we can put the seine net to use and see what creatures are in the water or dig for clams!

Island taxis are available if you simply want to spend the day on the beach; or take a sunset cruise before dinner at one of our fine local restaurants.

Capt. Meriwether is USCG Licensed and insured.   All trips are on a comfortable, new 23' Carolina Skiff carrying up to 6 passengers on trips from 2 to 8 hours and departing from the Wachapreague Town Marina.  Please contact for prices on your custom trip!

Town Marina, 34 Atlantic Avenue
Wachapreague , VA  23480


Phone 1:  757-710-2454  

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Seaside Tours   --   Cape Charles
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An amazing experience awaits as you explore the waterways of the remote seaside barrier islands with an experienced captain. Enjoy the thrill of sportfishing, discover nature's many secrets on an ecotour, learn to clam and enjoy your fresh catch, or just get away from it all in this water meets sky wilderness.

5335 Poplar Grove Lane
Cape Charles , VA  23310


Phone 1:  757-331-4016  

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Spider's Explorer   --   Chincoteague Island
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Pontoon Cruises

Captain Spider has been exploring the waterways around Assateague & Chincoteague Islands for years. Being USCG licensed, Captain Spider owns and pilots his inspected and insured boat.

Although there are many reasons to cruise with us, here are just a few:

  • 2 hour tour circumnavigating Chincoteague Island taking you to areas most don't see.
  • Specialized tours can be arranged.
  • Birds:
    Herons, egrets, terns, ducks, oyster catchers, swans, pelicans, Canada geese, eagles, osprey, laughing gulls (they arrive with the tourists), piping plover and more have been sighted on our cruises. Hundreds of birds migrate through Chincoteague and Assateague in May and October. (Time approximate depending on the weather.)
  • Nature:
    Ponies, dolphins, sea turtles, gorgeous sunsets, ocean views could very well be seen. We cannot guarantee what mother nature will provide, but we're sure you'll enjoy your cruise.
  • Photography:
    Amateur and professional photographers find this tour an excellent source for their hobby or career. Captain Spider knows how to handle the boat so that you will get that superb shot!
  • Many reasons for a cruise!
    Honeymooners have been aboard just after their wedding. Other honeymooners have been aboard MANY years after the wedding!
    Engineers have cruised to study Chincoteague from the water.
    Groups of women take rides for a "girls only" trip - great for a group getaway, a bachelorette party, birthday party, or a Red Hats group trip.
    You can even get married on the boat!

3801 S Main Street
Chincoteague Island , VA  23336


Phone 1:  757-990-4242   (Mobile)

Phone 2:  757-336-0611  

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Tangier Island Waterman's Tour   --   Tangier Island
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Spring ~ Summer ~ Fall

Take a Waterman’s Tour with a Tangier captain and discover the island’s oyster and soft-shell crab “farms”. Tangier Island Tours are available with a Coast Guard Licensed Captain who has years of experience working the waters of Tangier Island.


When calling the Chesapeake House regarding tours, ask for Glenna or Susan.  They will be glad to make reservations for your Tangier Island Experience, whether it be Oysters, Crabbing, Eco-tours, Birding, or ask about their Sunset Tours after dinner.


Hilda Crockett's Chesapeake House

Restaurant and Bed & Breakfast

PO Box 232 - 16243 Main Street

Tangier Island, VA  23440


PO Box 232, 16243 Main Ridge Road
Tangier Island , VA  23440


Phone 1:  757-891-2331  

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