Chincoteague Sunset

Enjoy unforgettable highlights of Assateague & Chincoteague on your vacation.

Assateague Ponies & Bird Watching


Departure time varies during season.
See sunset cruise departure time.)


Approximately 1.25 -1.5 hours



Adults $55
Children 3-11 years old receive $10 off
Children under 3 years old are free


Chincoteague Island, Virginia
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Call (757) 336-5956

7 days a week 7am-11pm

Advanced reservations are recommended. Reserve now and you are confirmed, we have your name on the list at the dock.

Private tour is availabe also. Call for details.

* Group discounts available.
* The schedule & price are subject to change.
* 6% fee will be applied to all the transactions.

Combo Tour (SAVE 10%):

Get the most out of your vacation. You can do the cruise & kayak tour or go twice on the boat or kayak (the same day or separate days). Every time we go out is different. Herds of wild horses, dolphins & other wildlife move around all day long. The combo tour is the best way to see the most wildlife & scenery.
Combo tour scenarios:
Example 1: Do the 8:30am kayak tour or 1:30pm kayak tour, then end your day with sunset cruise.
Example 2: Daytime cruise then the sunset tour later that day or the next day.

Assateague Explorer Tour Boat MISTY

The Assateague tour boat "Misty" is a Coast Guard Certified inspected vessel. A Coast Guard Certified vessel undergoes stability tests, periodic inspections at various phases of construction, continuous hull inspections & annual safety inspections by the coast guard. The boat is guaranteed to get you to the best areas, is really comfortable and has a restroom.

USCG inspected vessel

Dolphin Watching near Assateague


Wild Ponies, Dolphins & Scenery are waiting for you

You will discover Chincoteague & Assateague on the sunset wildlife cruise. This is an incredible outdoor experience. Enjoy this relaxing part of your vacation with wild ponies, dolphins, birds and incredible scenery during the beauty of a sunset. Assateague Explorer’s 40ft. tour boat provides great views plus a very stable and smooth ride along these waters. A memorable vacation to see the famous wild ponies is complimented by a fantastic sunset. The sunset cruise is an excellent opportunity to see Assateague’s wild ponies, dolphins & scenery.

Assateague Explorer Sunset Cruise

Visit hidden gems some visitors never see. Explore pristine coastal areas of Chincoteague Island and Assateague, where a wonderland of spectacular unspoiled waterways await you. Relax and take in the local scenery and natural splendor here in Virginia. The cruise provides a unique outdoor adventure for travelers who desire to experience the great outdoors in a special way. You have found one of the best destinations in Virginia to visit. See why so may visitors come out on the water with us to see the wild horses that have roamed these shores since the 1600’s. Meet other families, couples, and photographers that have a love for nature. Assateague is one of the best vacation spots.

Assateague Explore Cruise to see wild ponies

This is your chance for some great wildlife and sunset photos at the best locations along Assateague Island. If you love horses, dolphins, birding and the peaceful surroundings of the outdoors, this is the place to be. Experience magnificent views along the waters between Chincoteague and Assateague in areas where coves, channels, marshes, and pristine beaches are often teeming with wildlife. Watch and listen to the natural surroundings. While you are here, we make it possible to explore many of the areas that wild ponies frequent the most. This is probably the best kept secret tourist attraction in Virginia. Experience the unique natural history, wild ponies, splendid abundance of migratory birds and other wildlife that is off the beaten path.

You will enjoy the sunset cruise while pony watching, looking at dolphins, birds & exploring the natural ecosystem along the Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge along Assateague. The cruise provides easy smooth access to the best locations along Assateague. Observe wild ponies and witness how they live in family groups along the most productive portions of the island. Search for ponies, see their young foals playing and rolling around in the sands, just as they have for hundreds of years. Reserve the sunset cruise plus the pony express or kayak tour in order to experience more wildlife along this exceptional ecosystem.

Chincoteague Sunset

Photo Gallery

Photo Gallery

Photos taken on the tour of Assateague, Chincoteague wild ponies, wildlife & scenery.

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Video Gallery

Videos of the cruise & kayaking along Assateague & Chincoteague.

Tour Brochures

Tour Brochure

Explore and experience that feeling of discovery. Your outdoor adventure begins here.

Good Morning America

Media Coverage

Assateague Explorer featured on the ABC Good Morning America Show.

Cruise or Kayak: March 15th - November

7 days a week.
Reserve now, the reservation office is open all year.
Advanced reservations are recommended.

Wildlife Art Prints