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“Great way to see the islands”

Captain Dan's Around the Island Tours
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: We specialize in the wild ponies! Ask about our Afternoon Pony Tour, available daily. Family friendly nature tours of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. Our trip combines sight-seeing and a guided tour together. We search for wild ponies, dolphin, bald eagles, sea turtles, sting rays, all manner of wild fowl, and local creatures. We talk about local history, culture, seafood industry, economy, and modern day life. Our signature “Around the Island Tour” covers over 25 miles of coastline, in 2-2.5 hours, never passing the same spot twice. We specialize in taking small groups, on extended trips, into isolated areas. Most trips take 6 guests max, but we’ve added a 33’, 14 passenger boat to our fleet. We run our 33' boat on our afternoon pony tour, and by request for larger groups. Local family owned and operated business by Capt. Dan, his wife Miss Abby, and his father Capt. Ray.
Manchester, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great way to see the islands”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 August 2011

From initial contact with Abby we had great service. Dan scheduled an early trip as we were passing through on a road trip. He was friendly, knowledgable and clearly loves his job - who wouldn't!! A great way to see the islands wildlife and the ponies and waving to the local fisherman. Thanks Dan for helping us unwind and switch off the outside world.

Visited August 2011
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Alexandria, VA
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great experience.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2011

Dan's a cheerful and fascinating guy with considerable knowledge of Chincoteague, including historical information and the natural wonders of the island. Plus, it's a great boat ride and a very pleasant way to spend a couple of hours.

Visited August 2011
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Lancaster, PA
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17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Pleasant, enjoyable tour!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 August 2011

Our family of 5 took a morning cruise with Captain Dan this week and enjoyed every minute of this informative trip around Chincoteague led by a friendly native of the island. Our 4-year-old ended up falling asleep, which attests to how comfortable and stress-free the trip was! As we sailed, Captain Dan pointed out landmarks and animals, as you'd expect, but he also shared facts, insights, local color, and personal experiences that gave us a feel for life on Chincoteague. According to his brochure, Dan's cruises are limited to six passengers or fewer, so you can be assured of getting answers to your questions and having an experience that is tailored to your particular interests.

And we saw ponies! About eleven ponies from the Northern Herd came to the water's edge to check us out and pose for photos. Very cool!

Captain Dan is very easygoing and friendly, but we also felt very safe on his tour. His pontoon boat was clean and very comfortable. We brought a small cooler with drinks, because it did get a bit warm out on the water.

The cash price was $30 per person, $25 per child under 11, and we felt we got our money's worth and then some.

This experience was the highlight of our trip. We recommended Captain Dan's tour to friends who later joined us in Chincoteague, and they had a wonderful time as well.

Visited August 2011
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Magnolia, Delaware
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36 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great day!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2011

We went on this tour with our two year old and six year old. It was wonderful!!! Captain Dan was a great tour guide. The boat was roomy, clean and on time! My kids loved it!

Visited August 2011
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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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242 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Pass the others and go with Dan's. Boats had extra long tops to keep us cool.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2011

I books boats for 30 people in our group and Dan and his father Ray did not disappoint us. The boats have extra long tops to keep you comfortable under the summer sun (others have one and you don't want to spend 2 hours in the sun and heat). They are clean and have water on board. They both provided excellent information on the islands, we saw the ponies, birds, and other animals and everyone couldn't stop talking about the boat trip hours later. Dan and Ray told stories and had a wealth of knowledge of the area, and recommended places for us to go and tours to take. Thanks Dan for great memories.

Visited July 2011
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