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Captain Barry's BackBay Cruises

6262 Marlin St, Next to the Jackspot, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-2416
+1 757-336-6508
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Best Tour of the Island!

This hands-on trip with Captain Barry was recommended to us by a friend who has taken this boat... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
BubbleToesMaryland
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Kensington, Maryland
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My favorite experience in Chincoteague ever!

A couple of summers ago my fiance and I took a cruise with Captain Barry and it honestly is still... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
Therese B
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Captain Barry'sBack Bay Cruise is an INTERACTIVE skill building experience. We are a floating classroom, a research vessel with HANDS-ON FEET-WET lessons. One of the many things we do is get off the boat on the sandbars to go DIG IN THE MUD FOR CLAMS. Maybe we can catch some to eat. Then it's back on the boat to cruise to a crabbing spot where you will Pull CRAB-POTS on board to identify and see the days catch. If you have the courage I will teach you how to HOLD A CRAB without getting pinched. Navigating our way to Shell Island Beach, we stop and get off the boat for some SHELL COLLECTING than back on the boat for Capt. Barry's favorite activity... hunting for jellyfish. we will then HAUL in the trawler net and will see that it is full of Marine life and sea creatures.... this is always a challenge! Time to slow the boat down to enter the shallow waters.... how many birds can you identify? we use all of our senses-SOUND,TOUCH,TASTE and SMELL- to make our cruises informative and fun. They are is never any pressure always lots of fun.. you can relax, sit back on the boat and be the official photographer, or you can get into it. This is the real deal to get your hands dirty and feet wet so you will experience the life of a Chincoteague Waterman.
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6262 Marlin St, Next to the Jackspot, Chincoteague Island, VA 23336-2416
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+1 757-336-6508
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This hands-on trip with Captain Barry was recommended to us by a friend who has taken this boat tour annually for years. Our family of four greatly enjoyed this trip the past two years in a row and my kids are already asking us to...More

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Reviewed 5 days ago

A couple of summers ago my fiance and I took a cruise with Captain Barry and it honestly is still my favorite memory from any of our travels! I would do it again in a heartbeat! Captain Barry is so funny and down to earth,...More

Thank Therese B
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was our fourteenth trip with Captain Barry over the last seventeen years. Each time out was better than the last time. The Captain takes you out for a great adventure on the Bay. You get to experience the island and the water with a...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Went out with Captain Barry again this afternoon (went 4 years ago). When we left Chincoteague in 2014 Captain Barry was all the boys would talk about. This time I was wondering if they would be too old to enjoy the tour (16 and 13...More

Thank Andrew S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was probably our 10th trip with Captain Barry and still as much fun as the first! Our children were 4 and 6 when we met Captain Barry and now they are 19 and 21! We even brought my 75 year old mother in law...More

Thank 451mary
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My daughters call Chincoteague the best place on earth and in no small measure because of Captain Barry. We have been seeing Captain Barry every year since my daughters, now young adults, were toddlers. He is amazing with children, making learning about this very special...More

Thank Jeanne P
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ended up staying an extea day in Chincoteague to be able to get a reservation for the tour and was completely worth it. Our kids 11(Girl) and boys 9, 8 and 11 months had a blast. Captain Barry was great he lets the kids...More

Thank janaygriffin710
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Captain Barry's Back Bay Cruises is a MUST when visiting the wonderful Island of Chincoteague! Captain Barry allows you to learn about the island in a hands-on approach that everyone can enjoy. The time flies while you embrace nature! Ask him anything! Captain Barry is...More

Thank HilarryO
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My family and I had a great time with captain Barry, he is very kind and funny. The bay was lovely and we saw lots of wildlife, along with beautiful views. We’ll definitely go again!

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Reviewed 11 July 2018 via mobile

My kids (6 & 10) really wanted to explore the island’s marine life & Capt Barry showed them more than they ever imagined. They learned a lot about the local eco system and got to touch and hold some critters. 100 percent recommend and will...More

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hopesmith7844
16 June 2018|
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Response from thegman1975 | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes, if you cruise to the east side of the island. The back bay tour is more about cruising the bay and tidal pools.
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AdventuresWithMommy
28 August 2017|
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Response from thegman1975 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, before starting out, Captain Barry goes over the safety features in the boat and has life jackets available for children to wear.
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