Assateague Kayaking Tours

Kayaking in Virginia for an unparalleled adventure. Land on Assateague at a pristine beach.

Assateague Explorer Kayak Tour



(Sunset tour starting time varies during season. See sunset departure time.)


Approximately 2 1/2 - 3 hours



Adults $69
Children 11 years old & under receive $10 off


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.

* Group discount available.
* The schedule & price are subject to change.
* Release forms must be signed prior to all kayak tours.
* 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 10:30am cruise, it returns about 12:15pm, grab lunch (there are good places for food nearby), eat your lunch nearby at scenic Memorial Park where the kayak tour departs from overlooking the lighthouse, conveniently get on the 1:30pm kayak tour there. The kayak tour goes into pristine remarkable parts of the Wildlife Refuge for wild horses etc.
Example 2: Do the 8:30am kayak tour, get back about 11:30am, have lunch, then do the 1:30pm or sunset cruise.

Kayaking along Assateague

Guided kayaking tours include:

  • Kayak & paddle (Premium sit-inside single or sit-on-top style tandem & top quality fiberglass paddles)
  • PFD (personal flotation device)
  • Guide(s) with other necessary gear
  • Safety & paddling instructions prior to departure

What to bring:

Come prepared to get a little wet from the drip of your paddle and be out in the sun. Dress for the weather. Lightweight, synthetic clothing is best. You can bring a camera, but they do have the possibility of getting wet, so we recommend using a water proof bag. Guided kayak tours include kayaks and gear, so just bring your personal items such as:

  • Bathing suit or clothes (e.g. t-shirt & shorts) that can get wet and are appropeiate for kayaking
  • Shoes that cover feet, stay on feet & can get wet (NO flip-flops)
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun block
  • Bottled water
  • Raincoat (just in case & serves as a good windbreaker)
  • Change of Clothes
  • Camera (recommend keeping in a water proof bag)
Assateague Kayak Tour


Kayak Virginia with Assateague Explorer

Chincoteague to Assateague kayaking tour from Chincoteague Island, Virginia to see wild ponies and the magnificent natural surroundings of the refuge. Guides make sure you get to the best areas where the wild horses and wildlife are. Join us in a unique kayaking adventure and experience amazing areas where the wild ponies and other wildlife live. See the best parts of Assateague. This is scenic beauty - just a 1 hour drive south of Ocean City, Maryland. Explore hidden areas of the National Seashore and Wildlife Refuge. From the remote beaches to the pine forests, our guided kayak tours are a favorite of those who wish to travel to one of the most special places in Virginia. All skill levels welcome.

The kayak tour will start from the closest dock to Assateague and has the best access to wildlife including many herds of wild ponies along the island. Enjoy extraordinary views of Assateague's lighthouse and wildlife refuge. Phenomenal kayaking in amazing areas. The kayak tour is great for families with children, couples or anyone who likes to have a peaceful adventurous coastal experience. Paddle through the warm back waters of these barrier islands in our premium sea touring style or sit on top kayaks. Explore creeks, channels, coves or land on a remote beach depending on where the adventure takes us. We accommodate any skill level from novice to advanced. No experience required.

Assateague Kayak Tour with Wild Ponies

What is the best time of day to see wild ponies and wildlife?
Anytime of day is great, wild horses graze and move around anytime of day. Shorebirds, eagles and dolphins are also seen at all times of the day. Mid April through mid October is awesome.

Visiting Ocean City, Maryland or Virginia Beach? Be sure to bring your family to Chincoteague to explore Assateague on an exciting kayaking adventure. Where else can you kayak to see wild horses, bald eagles and dolphins potentially all at the same time? Ponies, shorebirds, and eagles are encountered often on our kayak trips, but dolphins are found more often on the nature cruise. Our kayaks are top quality expedition kayaks that are fast, comfortable and stable. Our guides show you how to brace yourself using your paddle and other kayaking tips that make it easy. Kayaks are more efficient than canoes. See this stunning area while using quality kayaks & paddles that help you go further into this unspoiled destination.

The captain of our mothership tour boat often relays information to our kayak tour guides on the whereabouts of wild ponies, wildlife and outdoor conditions. That’s a great help in determining where our guides go on the kayak trip. This is your opportunity to see the famous wild ponies in the special habitat they have called home since they first arrived on the island (some say by Spanish shipwreck over 300 years ago). Kayaking here is great because we go between the two islands of Assateague and Chincoteague, which means sheltered waters amongst the tall pines and wetlands. Kayaking in this part of Virginia is a popular form of eco-tourism and a rewarding recreational activity. Visitors from Washington D.C., Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and all over the country enjoy our guided kayaking tours on their vacation here to Chincoteague and Assateague Island.

Kayaking along Assateague and Chincoteague allows you to enjoy some refreshing exercise and often brings you eye-to-eye with a variety of wildlife that share this habitat. This Virginia kayaking destination is great to explore on our tours, so bring your friends. Families, school groups, boy & girl scouts enjoy our kayaking trips that allow you to reach out and touch the ecology here. Horse clubs, pony clubs, and birding groups find our tours appealing. Meet other paddlers and connect with nature. Immerse yourself in this wonderful ecosystem where wild ponies, crabs, stingrays, fish, shorebirds, bald eagles and other creatures share the estuary. Birding is awesome on our kayak tours. Our guides know the likely locations to find wild ponies and other wildlife. Don’t be shy, you can ask questions along the way. Assateague Explorer's kayak guides love to provide you with information on kayaking, wild ponies, island history and hidden wonders of this magnificent area in Virginia. Our guides are excited to pass on information, show you the area and work hard to provide the best kayaking experience for you during your vacation. Chincoteague & Assateague definitely have some of Virginia's best kayaking.

Egret at Assateague
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Photo Gallery

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

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Videos of the cruise & kayaking along Assateague & Chincoteague.

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Cruise or Kayak: March 15th - November

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

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