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Barnacle Bill's Wild Pony Boat Tours

Curtis Merritt Harbor slip #72, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-894-3745
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Wonderful tour, a peaceful morning on the water

I have been on a boat tour in Chincoteague, but this was my first time with Captain Bill. He was... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Meg F
via mobile
Great Captain

We scheduled our pony trip on Assateague Tours, but they did not show up. Fortunately another... read more

Reviewed 31 May 2018
Michael M
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Chattanooga, Tennessee
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We offer boat tours around Assateague and Chincoteague Islands in Virginia to see the famous Chincoteague Ponies, dolphins, American bald eagles and the beautiful, serene waters surrounding the islands.
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  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible6%
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Curtis Merritt Harbor slip #72, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
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+1 757-894-3745
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I have been on a boat tour in Chincoteague, but this was my first time with Captain Bill. He was knowledgeable and gave a lovely tour of the area, discussing the wildlife and history, as well as life on the island, interspersed with wit. My...More

Thank Meg F
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Reviewed 31 May 2018

We scheduled our pony trip on Assateague Tours, but they did not show up. Fortunately another captain at the dock called Assateague and told them there were four customers waiting for the morning trip. Biarnacle Bill was our substitue and he quiickly overcame our disappointement...More

Thank Michael M
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Reviewed 8 May 2018 via mobile

We took a tour on a chilly day, but it was still great! Bill was a wonderful tour guide & sprinkled in personal stories during the tour. He had an eagle eye" and was able to point out several eagles & even a nest on...More

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Reviewed 27 April 2018 via mobile

We happened to be blessed with a beautiful off-season day for a boat ride, with a total of 4 passengers. We saw ponies close-up on the beach, and learned about migratory birds, clam & oyster aquaculture, Chincoteague history, and Bill’s personal experiences in being a...More

1  Thank Laurel M
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Reviewed 6 September 2017 via mobile

A small pontoon boat is definitely the way to tour Chincoteague and Assateague islands. Bill really knows his stuff and covers history, all the sites, and did a great job with bird identification. Neither of us are boat people so if you are worried about...More

3  Thank VaStateParks
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Reviewed 27 May 2017

Wasn't sure what to expect as Bill called us as an overflow guide for a company we originally called. Turned out great as Bill grew up in Chincoteague as is full of local knowledge. Was a nice slow paced tour full of stories about the...More

1  Thank Pete B
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Reviewed 30 April 2017

Captain Bill is a lifelong resident of Chincoteague and knows his way around. The whole family enjoyed his stories about the island, the ponies, his life there, his experiences as a saltwater cowboy, and the history of the island. He also has a way with...More

1  Thank David S
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Reviewed 22 April 2017

We picked up the brochure for Barnacle Bill's at our hotel so had no expectations. Bill is a charming man who grew up on the island and has been a 'Salt-water Cowboy'. His boat is a flat-bottom with deck chairs that are freestanding. They can...More

1  Thank DrJHyde
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Reviewed 21 November 2016 via mobile

We were on the island visiting off season and didn't expect that we would be able to take a boat tour. We were staying at the Channel Bass Inn. They called Bill and he said that he had room on a 1:30 tour. We thought...More

1  Thank Patti D
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Reviewed 29 October 2016

Our family took a tour on Bill's boat. My dad was unable to climb over the side, so Bill moved the boat to a ramp to assist him. It was a small boat which made it perfect since it was just us on the trip....More

Thank Renee F
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Dennis G
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Response from Pete B | Reviewed this property |
No, its a pontoon boat with chairs, pretty basic
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