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Barnacle Bill's Wild Pony Boat Tours
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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.
Curtis Merritt Harbor slip #72, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336
+1 757-894-3745
Most Helpful Positive Review
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
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 28 April 2014

the boat is a small party barge with some patio furniture, no bathroom, we never got close to any horses or the lighthouse, we could see the ponies about a half mile away, but they said they couldn't get closer, we basically went in a...More

1  Thank Jero52691
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My wife and I did this tour on the spur of the moment, based on a pamphlet we saw at our hotel. we had some time to kill before the tour started, so we drove to the dock to get a look at the boat....More

1  Thank Randy M
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Barnacle Bill is a treasure! A native waterman with a family history going back generations, it was a delight to take his tour. Both my husband and daughter were equally fascinated and we all immensely enjoyed the stories he told about growing up in the...More

Thank All H
Reviewed 4 October 2018 via mobile

We haven’t been to see the ponies ever before and because I was in a cast we chose to go via boat. It was an informative trip w a bit of history and interesting facts and fun things that Capt Billy knew because he has...More

Thank Lisa J
Reviewed 28 August 2018

Bill is born and raised in the area so he has a lot of knowledge to share. Well worth it. Because of a miscommunication and lack of people wanting to take the tour he was going to cancel the trip but because we were there...More

Thank nobo47
Reviewed 20 August 2018

Barnacle Bill's Wild Pony Boat Tours is a fun time for all. We've returned several times to ride with Barnacle Bill to the point I consider him a personal friend. As a lifelong resident Barnacle Bill is a living legend and an encyclopedia of knowledge...More

Thank Kyle B
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

My family and I took a last minute tour with Bill and had a blast! We’ve got two teenagers and an 8 yr old daughter who was initially afraid and had anxiety. Within the first couple minutes she wouldn’t stop asking Bill questions! One awesome...More

Thank nathanchambers1998
Reviewed 7 August 2018 via mobile

Barnicle Bill was a fantastic guide. Saw lots of wildlife including ponies on the beach. Great way to start the day!!!

Thank loveditalyinmay
Reviewed 5 August 2018 via mobile

Bill is quite an original character. He is informative and makes the whole experience a boatload of fun!! 🙃🤣👍🏻

Thank jsconservice
Reviewed 23 July 2018

Captain Bill and boat tour were wonderful and memorable. Captain Bill knows the island, its wildlife, and fascinating history. He shared about his time as a saltwater cowboy and his life on the island. We saw a dolphin from a distance, ospreys and other sea...More

Thank Kathy P
Reviewed 25 June 2018 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 MegF217
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31 July 2018|
Response from Kelly C |
Wonderful and very educational! Bill was raised on the island and is very informative. Gave an amazing tour and catered toward the experience we were looking for. We saw everything from eagles, dolphins, sunsets, to... More
Dennis G
19 June 2017|
Response from Pete B | Reviewed this property |
No, its a pontoon boat with chairs, pretty basic