Tuesday, April 17, 2018
We were very impressed. Although at least three of their boats are pontoon boats (party barges), they only take 6 passengers out at a time. Very relaxed atmosphere. Off-season it does got cold and windy on the water, but when you call to make reservations, ( highly recommended), they do tell you to dress like you're going to the Arctic. They know the area and they mean it, but if you don't heed their warning, they do have a few blankets to give to the unprepared. They have binoculars to borrow if you'd like. Our Captain was Reggie, a somewhat salty old chap, has spent his life on the water, piloting tug boats most of his life and doing these tours part-time. He was friendly and talkative and really knew his stuff when it came to the local waters and land masses - and from where to see the wild ponies. We did the Sunset tour, and we boarded 2 hours before sunset, and docked maybe a half hour after sunset. I've done whale watching tours on much bigger boats, but Capt Reggie was so knowledgable and friendly, we thoroughly enjoyed this excursion. Don't worry, you don't go out into the open waters of the Atlantic in these boats. You remain in the bays and coves side of the barrier island of Assateague and between the mainland and the western side of Chincoteague. The boats were wonderfully maintained and clean. No buffet or bathrooms aboard. Oh well. The price isn't bad, but don't forget to tip the Captain. Afterwards, you're going to want to tip him. A very nice way to spend 2+ hours. Oh yeah...BYOB if you'd like. Coolers welcomed!