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“Absolutely Amazing and Very Accommodating”

Chincoteague Cruises & Nature Tours
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Owner description: Chincoteague Cruises & Nature Tours with a Native Son. Glide along island waterways and plunge into local history with Eco-Tour Guide, Captain Charlie Birch, former US Coast Guardsman & seventh-generation Islander. We take pride in personalizing your tour to your interests--be it getting as close as possible to pony families, dolphin watching, scoping out the incredible variety of bird species , or enjoying a fun and educational hands on experience. On your tour you may visit Captain Charlie's "Hoof Prints" oyster farm, harvest and sample some of Chincoteague's world famous "salt" oysters. Another popular destination is the mini-barrier island, a remote sandbar that will allow the young ones to run free, explore and splash. We specialize in family groups, with a maximum limit of 6 guests. Our motto, "YOUR FAMILY, YOUR BOAT, YOUR TOUR".
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 4 June 2012

My girlfriend and I were looking for a neat boat tour. I was preparing to propose to my girlfriend and spoke with Captain Charlie about it. He was very accommodating and recommended some locations where I could do it. We had the boat to ourselves for the sunset cruise, which allowed for more one on one attention to questions and personalizing the trip. We left from the southern tip of Chincoteague and worked our way into the southern waterway. Almost immediately, Captain Charlie began telling us of some of the history of the island and pointed out several sites that would be great for photography. We saw several ospreys, which Charlie circled several times to ensure we had the best shot. We saw Wallops Island, and worked our way into Assateague Channel. He pointed out his personal clam/oyster claim, as well as pointing out that his family dates back to the days of the founding of Assateague Village, which they were the second family. To accommodate my proposal plan, Charlie turned around at the bridge to Assateague and we worked our way over to the southern tip of Assateague. Charlie originally had suggested dropping us off in the middle of the bay on a large sandbar, but due to an extremely high tide, he was able to drop us off at the most extreme end of Assateague, which was completely cut off from the rest of the island. We hunted to seashells, and I proposed in the light of the setting sun. After that we headed back to the dock and parted ways.

In summation, Captain Charlie and his wife helped make our dreams come true in an extreme way, and we are both very grateful. Thank you Chincoteague Cruises!

1  Thank Gregory D
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Reviewed 2 June 2012

On may 21 st 2012 my husband and I came from Florida especially to see the wild ponies . We booked a cruise with Captain Charlie Birch and he was fantastic .

1  Thank irishrovers007
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Reviewed 30 May 2012

We had a great time on the cruise with Captain Charlie. He is a great resource of local knowledge and history of the area and very experienced waterman. It was so good, I am looking forward to going back to Chincoteague for one of his cruises!

1  Thank Jillian C
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

Our family did a two hour cruise with Captain Charlie Birch and we all LOVED it !!! Captain Charlie is a real local who knows so much local history and about raising oyster and such. WE got great views of the ponies. The boat was very comfortable with extra binoculars for everyone in our party as there are bald eagles in the area and other rare birds. Over all a great family adventures we will do again.

2  Thank Ward T
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Reviewed 26 May 2012

Charlie is the Best. Great experience. He made sure we saw the famous ponies
Go early in the day before it gets hot. Charlie was great with the kids. His love of the land comes put. Makes you forget about your hectic day. I will come back

Thank Matt P
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