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Daisey's Island Cruises


The Daisey's were among the original settlers of Chincoteague and their love for Chincoteague Island and its way of life has been passed down through generations. Tom Daisey worked as a waterman for over thirty years, his son Ted has been a U.S. Coast Guard Licensed Captain for over 15 years.

Daisey's Dockside, operated by Tom and Mary Ann Daisey as a bait & tackle store and fishing pier for over 18 years, is now operating as the base of operations for Daisey's Dockside Nature Cruises. Captains Tom and Ted strive to provide their guests with an exciting and authentic expedition on the local waters.

Pictured to the right are Parker and Elizabeth Daisey, great-great grandparents of Ted Daisey. The photo was taken in the late 1800's on South Main Street, near Daisey's Dockside.


Matthew Haraminac

Monday, May 7, 2018
Our tour guide was Nate, he was amazing! Everyone on the boat had a great time. We saw several birds including Bald Eagles, many ponies (all of which Nate knew by name) and learned a lot about the history of the area. Nate even pulled a couple of massive conch shells out of the water to give to my daughter as souvenirs and harvested fresh oysters to eat! This tour was perfect and I'd do it again in a heartbeat!

Christopher Steele

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Boat captain very colorful and informative. Enjoyed immensely. Pony yearlings and colts, bald eagles, ospreys...

Tom Bain

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!

Misa Martin

Sunday, April 8, 2018
Had a great time and learned so much with our guide, Nate. Will return at a different time of year to see other migratory birds and wildlife! A+

Tracy LaCroix

Saturday, May 5, 2018
The boat captains are very knowledgeable about the surrounding Waters, wildlife and there's nothing better than a Sunset Cruise around the island

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