Virginia birdwatching along Assateague Island
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Virginia Birdwatching Tour
See bald eagles & various wetland birds along Assateague & Chincoteague Island, Virginia.
Virginia birding
Time:
Departs daily at 10:30am, 1:30pm & Sunset
Tour duration approx. 1 1/2 to 2 hours
Package discounts: Add sunset cruise, kayak tour or kayak rental and get 10% off second one.
The schedule is subject to change.
Price:
Adults $43 tax free
Children ages 3-11 receive a $10 discount
Children under 3 are free
 
Reservations:
Call (757) 336-5956 or 1-866-PONY SWIM (toll free).
An advanced reservation is highly recommended.

Cruise departs from Chincoteague Island, Virginia, right next to the beautiful southern part of Assateague. The Assateague Explorer crew will meet you approx. 15-20 minutes early at boat slip #43 at the left side of Curtis Merritt Harbor. (Be sure to reserve online or call now for reservations.) Driving Directions

 
• Private charter, group, cruise & kayak packages available.
 
Cruise, Kayaking Tour & Kayak Rental:
Pony Express Nature Cruise
Sunset Wildlife Cruise
Kayak Tour
Kayak Rental
 

Virginia birdwatching at its best. Excitement is in the air when you join Assateague Explorer's Bird Watching Tour in this special region of Virginia. A spectacular way of birdwatching along Assateague Island National Seashore. We see bald eagles most every day. Migrating birds along Assateague Island National Seashore exist in some areas of the refuge that visitors can only encounter by boat. Our bird watching cruises offer you the best way to experience many of the shore birds along the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge at Assateague.

bald eagle

Surround yourself with a mixture of species in this sanctuary. The extensive mudflats here are the perfect place to see oystercatchers, plovers and more on your birding voyage along Assateague's calm waterway. It is a thrilling experience and the most efficient way to to see shore birds and other species of birds here. Our Chincoteague Island native captain knows where to take you birding in this part of Virginia. Many birds you will encounter with us are in secluded parts of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Refuge. We have binoculars and a bird book for you to use while on the tour but feel free to bring yours also.

We take you to parts of Chincoteague NWR that provide an awe-inspiring experience. This area is exceptionally important for migrating birds. We see different species of migratory shore birds most every day on our tours (May thru October). You will go to areas where we encounter bald eagles on a daily basis.

The birding trip travels the protected inner coastal waters along Assateague Island, Chincoteague and Wallops Island in Virginia. You'll experience the best scenery that Assateague and Chincoteague Island offer. Magnificent coves, creeks and salt marshes await you. We search for osprey, black skimmers, oyster catchers, peregrine falcons, terns, pelicans, godwits, curlews, plovers, dunlins and more. The birding tours take you to see the most beautiful and wildlife abundant areas of the refuge. You will treasure the wildlife and scenic wetlands you discover near the Assateague Lighthouse and many seldom visited pristine areas here. Migrating species stop here during the Summer.

 

Birding trip departs from Chincoteague Island, Virginia (Birdwatching is included on the Pony Express & Sunset Cruise). Driving Directions

 
We also recommend reserving a Sunset Cruise, so you can experience a beautiful sunset with birds & herds of wild ponies while on your vacation to Chincoteague & Assateague Island. The kayaking tour or kayak rentals offer another great way to connect with nature if you are looking for a more adventurous experience here.

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