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Awesome Tour!

Awesome tour! Capt Mike is a great host! Was a very lovely way to end our day. We got to see ponies and learned some history about the Islands. Highly recommend him for your tour! Casey Abrell

Highly Recommend!

Captain Mike was knowledgeable, friendly and customized our trip just for us. Would highly recommend this company!

Best Tour in Chincoteague Island!

Couldn’t ask for a better tour! We were lucky to be the first guest on the new boat! Capitán Mike is great guide, made us feel safe and ensure we enjoyed our tout around the island. We were super lucky to find him and would love to return soon.  Captain, we wish you the best and hope many people get to enjoy the pleasure of riding the boat to learn about the island with you!

Pure Joy. A Perfect, I Mean Perfect, Sunset Cruise!

You know when you wonder if paying a little extra is worth it? Let me assure you-you NEED to book with Captin Mike. By far the best part of our trip. Smiles for miles and miles from my whole family, especially my pony-crazy 14-year old. This was on her dream sheet for a while and we couldn’t have asked for a better tour and captain. He knew exactly where to take us for a once-in-a-lifetime encounter.  Mike cared about our experience, was super friendly, shared stories from his Chincoteague childhood, and was absolutely professional, even when our super low, low…

Amazing Time in a Great Place

Absolutely great experience Mike was very knowledgeable and genuine had a great time seeing the ponies and getting to learn all about the island.

Absolutely the Best Tour

Captain Mike was knowledgeable in all aspects of the tour. Explained everything we wanted to know about the entire island. Showed us a pony that was about a mile away just in case we didn’t get to see any others, then brought us within 20 feet of Twister the stallion and his harem. Absolutely amazing! Very mindful of how YOU want the tour to be. Very clean and well kept boat. We will be back and certainly will have him take us for another tour. 6 stars if trip advisor would let me! Thanks again Capt. Jeff C

Highlight of My Vacation

Captain Mike was very knowledgeable. We saw ponies, dolphins, and a bald eagle. This was the single best tour I’ve ever been on. Can’t wait to book Captain Mike again. Fantastic time.

Clean & Friendly

We had two teens and two seniors looking for ponies, dolphins and eagles. Mike was so engaging and fun! We saw EVERYTHING and had an amazing time. The boat was spotless and shaded. I HIGHLY recommend this if you are looking for a close experience of the islands!!

Saltwater Pony Tour

We took the saltwater pony tour with Casey who was terrific. We had a 3rd and 5th grader and he does the best to see horses and keep the kids interested.

Awesome Tour

Second trip with Captain Mike had a great time he always knows where to find the ponies. While out we asked Captain Mike questions about the island and he was very knowledgeable.

Great Photos and Memories

Fortunate enough to get a tour with Mike as it was too windy to kayak – great local history, great boat, Mike knows the horses well and anticipated where they would move, positioned us for a front-row seat and some great photos and memories!


“Capt.” Mike is amazing! His knowledge of the Island, his piloting ability, and his compassion for nature and his concern for his customers, The Best! What a wonderful experience! I highly recommend this tour. We saw more than the Ponies too! Fascinating! We will do this again. Thanks Mike! Kathleen

Great Experience!

What a great experience with Captain Mike and Up the Bay Pony tours. Went on a boat tour and had a excellent time. Saw Assateague ponies and dolphins. Couldn’t have asked for a better time. Captain Mike was polite and and informative about the surroundings. Would definitely recommend!!!! Kathy

Exceptional Customer Service & Tour!

I cannot speak highly enough about Captain Mike and our whole experience!  He was incredibly friendly and accommodating during the booking process and made us feel as though we were his top priority on the day of the tour. And his new boat was gorgeous and comfortable for all us!  Visiting Chincoteague Island has been a dream of my family’s for many years, so we decided to finally visit the island for our parents milestone wedding anniversary and we could not be happier with our selection of Up The Bay Pony Tours.  Even though the ponies were hiding from us…

Great Guide & Experience

Capt Mike was so much fun & super knowledgeable about the island! The ponies were hiding on the day we went out but luckily he new exactly where to find them! We also saw so many beautiful birds including a Bald Eagle. His boat was absolutely gorgeous and such a smooth, comfortable ride for all of us (which included my parents in their 70s and my little ones who are 7 & 4 yrs old). So comfy that my littlest even fell asleep 💛. Thank you for the PERFECT tour and we can’t wait to visit again soon! Kate

Amazing Girls Trip!

My friends and I were looking for something fun but relaxing and this was the WAY TO GO! Captain Mike was very knowledgeable about Chincoteague and all of it’s wildlife. We saw many different birds and ponies, WE GOT TO SEE THE PONIES and they were so beautiful!  Captain Mike joined right on in with all of our silliness, this was a Girls Day out to remember. We already booked with Up The Bay Pony Tours for our next Girls Day on the water later this summer. THANK YOU CAPTAIN MIKE for a memorable day with my friends and we…

Fantastic and Flexible Tour!

Captain Mike was incredibly flexible and accommodating for our family. Weather and tides were not in our favor and he was able to reschedule us for the next morning when tides would be better. His boat was in immaculate condition and very comfortable. His knowledge of the area made the experience one to remember. Captain Mike took our family on an amazing trip and we even saw some ponies!

Great Experience!

I can’t recommend this experience enough. Captain Mike is fun, knowledgeable about the island’s history, and was able to find a great spot to see the wild ponies! This was the best way to explore the bay – definitely schedule a tour with Captain Mike! Emily

Comfortable, Special Tour around Chincoteague

Great cruise, Captain Mike asked us what we wanted to do & see, making it a true personal tour around the island. Saw North herd & South herd of Chincoteague ponies. Very knowledgeable Captain, answered all our questions and the boat couldn’t have been more comfortable. Gail H.

Awesome tour! Definitely worth it!

We went on a private tour with Captain Mike and it was the best! He was super friendly and he really knows the area and it’s history. He gave us really cool insights about Chincoteague and let us know about events and stuff to do the next time we visit. I would highly recommend going on this tour! Adrian S.

Amazing Tour!

Seeing a foal, who was just born, take her first steps. Amazing! Captain Mike was great. Friendly and knowledgeable about the island. Couldn’t have had a better experience! Doris M.

Best boat tour to date!

Went on a morning boat tour with Captain Mike and saw a brand new baby foal take its first steps. Definitely a trip to remember! Jackie M.

Great private tour!

Captain Mike did a great job getting us great views of the ponies. He knew exactly where to go and was very knowledgeable about the history of the island. We also saw many types of birds which Captain Mike went into great detail about the different types. The boat was brand new and we loved the private tour. We highly recommend Up the bay pony tours. We will be back in the summer to see the dolphins. Kim M.

The highlight of our Chincoteague trip!

I wish I could give Captain Mike 6 stars. We stayed on the island for a week and this was the highlight of our trip. He was extremely knowledgeable and friendly. He will take you as close as possible to the ponies!

Awesome Tour!

Captain Mike gave us an amazing tour of Chincoteague and Assateague Islands. We saw ponies, dolphins and so much more!!!

Excellent as Always!

Captain Mike goes above and beyond to give each family/person their own tailored experience! He has an amazing rapport with people of all ages, and he truly makes you feel like family. Our family could not wait to return to Chincoteague to enjoy another trip with him on his beautiful boat! Robin

Best pony ride!

Excellent trip captain Mike is the best. He knows all the best places to look at and where to find the ponies. We also saw dolphins that were really close to the boat and found some seashells too. Best captain in Chincoteauge. Abram B.

A Pleasant Surprise!

Honestly when my girl said she booked the trip; I wasn’t too excited. But once Captain Mike got us out on the water that changed very quickly. I was pleasantly surprised with all the wildlife in addition to wild ponies. I soon forgot all about my job and the rest of the stress in my life. Captain Mike was very professional, personal, & knowledgeable about the Island history and all of its wildlife. Captain Mike also runs Hardwired Charters for daytime flounder trips and night time shark trips, so we plan on booking a fishing trip when we come back….

Up Close & Personal

Mike was an awesome guide! Funny, informative and congenial. He went out of his way to get us up close and personal with the ponies! A childhood dream come true! Higy recommend!!! Janet G.

Captain Mike was Amazing

Captain Mike was Fantastic! Very knowledgeable about the area and gave great details about the history of the island. The boat was brand new and very comfortable. We didn’t see many ponies from the southern herd so Captain Mike took us all the way up to see the Northern herd and we saw 2 big bands of ponies. Captain Mike knew most of the ponies by name and described there personalities. We couldn’t of asked for anything more! We highly recommend. Anna B

Fantastic Trip!

Had a fantastic trip around the entire island! Captain Mike was very knowledgeable and an all around fantastic guide! Can’t wait to go again soon! Megan L.

Wonderful Time!

Had a wonderful time having Captain Mike as our guide! He was very personable and we had a lot of fun. The ponies were so close and gorgeous. Can’t wait to go again and we will be requesting Captain Mike. Devan M.

A Trip of a Lifetime!

Wow what a fantastic trip around the entire island. Capt. Mike was very knowledgeable and knew the history of the Island. We saw and got close to bands of ponies in the northern herd and southern herd. Got up close for some great photos. Boat was spotless clean. Saw different wildlife. Will be back in the summer to see the dolphin. Capt. Mike and his new boat are a must to see and experience. Stop by and have a trip of a lifetime. Bob Ballinger

A Lot of Laughter & Kindness

We had a great trip!!! Captain Mike was so fun and great with our 9 year old!!! We saw many ponies and even got to see one up close!!! However, if we never saw one pony we would still count this boat tour as the highlight of our trip!!! The boat was so clean and comfortable and there was a lot of laughter and kindness! Thank you Captain Mike! Erin

Immaculate Boat!

Great trip! Captain Mike was so informative and fun. The boat was immaculate. Highly recommended! Jessica

Fantastic Tour!

My wife and I had a wonderfully memorable tour around Assateague and Chincoteague. Captain Mike was a friendly and knowledgeable guide. The ponies cooperated as well as we could of hoped – we got within 20 ft of one!  A boat IS the best way to see the ponies. Randy G

Awesome Trip!

My husband and I had a Captain who had turned out spent some time in the area where we were born and raised in Pennsylvania. He asked us what we wanted to see since we were the only ones on the boat since Covid hit. He took us all around the island and showed us some the ponies in the north and south parts of the island. He was able to identify the ponies without looking in a book and shared stories of the bands of ponies in the north. He awesome and we had a great time. We would…

A great family outing!

Captain Mike showed our family of four an excellent tour of Chincoteague and Assateague. We saw several groups of wild ponies up close, plus bald eagles, all kinds of seabirds including a pelican in late October, and some beautiful scenery.  Mike knows the area very well and was happy to answer all of our questions. Jack L.

We Loved Everything about Our Tour

We booked the 3 pm tour with Captain Mike. The boat was SO comfortable! It was 4 of us, and my daughter and I were able to lay out on the seats and enjoy the breeze & sun as we learned about the history of Chincoteague and life on the island. While we didn’t see any ponies, the boat ride itself was a treat. We did see someone’s “pet” pony running around and that was a pretty cool site in itself! Captain Mike was awesome. He explained the ponies usually hang out in the wooded areas during the hot parts…

Greatly Recommend a Tour

I must say this was a fantastic tour my family and I had. Captain Mike was great, he took us to see the wild ponies by the beach they had to be about 30 ponies there. Then we rode to see the dolphins that was a beautiful and smooth ride, the boat is top of the line, seats are comfortable and a canopy over us. He got us in a spot and manage to see about 20 dolphins. I wanted to get the family out from all this COVID 19 look down. This one I greatly recommend and it’s all…

Bucket List…Check!

This was the highlight of our entire Eastern Shore Trip! Captain Mike was the BEST!! He was informative, funny, and super personable. We had the boat to ourselves due to Covid and just had a blast. Right out of the dock we ran into a large pod of dolphins. Not long after we saw a pair of bald eagles. Captain Mike stopped at all the great pony swim hot spots. We ended up getting to see up close a band of ponies. Captain Mike let us hang out and just gawk in awe for at least a half hour. This…

We had the best time.

We had a wonderful time on the Tour. We saw four groups of ponies. Captain Mike did a great job. I recommend this tour. You’ll really enjoy it. Reynne H.

Well Worth It

Incredibly knowledgeable guide. Showed us beautiful views and had interesting information on tour. Went above and beyond. Thanks, captain Mike! Susan H

Captain Mike Was the Best!

After reading the reviews, we decided to book a tour for Monday, August 24, 2020. Our Captain was Mike Gellis. He was fantastic. He is very knowledgeable and tells a great story. We were very fortunate in that we saw lots of dolphins, ponies and birds. We enjoyed it so much that we decided to book another tour for the next day. On Tuesday, August 25th, we were greeted by not only Captain Mike but also his beautiful boxer Piper. We took a completely different tour from the day before and boy did we see ponies. Lot’s of ponies. We…

Up Close to the Ponies

The trip was phenomenal! Easy to work with. The boat was clean, and the company seemed to take extra care that we felt comfortable. I appreciated the flexibility we had on where to go. My wife and I went out with Captain Mike. He has amazing understanding of the island. As we were leaving the harbor, he tracked sightings of the pony herds. He has encyclopedic knowledge of all the various birds. We thoroughly enjoyed the perspective of someone who knows the town and the territory, and even learned a bit about night shark fishing (Captain Mike’s charter fishing company…

Fantastic Boat Trip!

We went for a 9 AM boat trip- Captain Mike was great! He was friendly, kind, and very knowledgeable about the island. We got very close (within a few feet) to a group of ponies eating salt water grass! They were beautiful! We also saw 2 bald eagles and other birds. Thank you Captain Mike, it was a great trip! Magshe

Excellent Pony Tours!

Everything on Chincoteague Island has been fantastic so far, but we thoroughly enjoyed our trip with Captain Mike. He took us to see everything we wanted to see and let us guide the tour. We got up close to see ponies, bald eagles, and dolphins. The entire boat ride was picturesque and we loved going fast on the tritoon. Captain Mike was very knowledgeable, easy going, and accommodating even with a 2 year old on board! Would definitely recommend & would take this trip again! 🐬 🌊 🏝 🐴 Kaitlin Williams

Great Morning Exploring Out on the Water!

We took the 9AM tour with Captain Mike, who was a great host. We saw an eagle and Don Leonard’s band, which came very close to the boat. Toured the whole island and cruised past old oyster beds and shacks and through the remote grassy back channels. Highly recommended. Sjtam

Ponies & Dolphins – What a Great Morning!

We had a great experience on our recent pony viewing tour. The boat was clean and comfortable. We enjoyed hearing about the history of the area and the care of the ponies. Added bonus were the pod of dolphins we were able to watch frolicking. Would definitely recommend this company. Senior Rider

Captain Mike is Passionate about Chincoteague

This was a great time. Captain Mike is clearly passionate about the area, history, and especially the ponies. A wonderful tour with a Captain that wanted our experience to be the best he could provide. Wayne W.

Great Two Hours

Our family of 3 really enjoyed our boat ride. We especially liked that the cost of the boat was for your entire party so you don’t have to ride with strangers (important during this pandemic). Captain Mike was great and knew just where to go in order for us to see eagles, ponies, dolphins, and more. Very relaxing and enjoyable ride. Highly recommend! Jessica D

Captain Mike!

Kind, knowledgeable, warm. Clean boat. Extra time and care. Perfect night. Family time at its best. Relaxing, learning laughing and appreciating nature. Jillaltman72

Captain Mike Was the Best!

We had a great cruise with Captain Mike! From the moment we met him on the dock, he was friendly and engaging. He went out of his way to make sure we had an enjoyable experience. He askes lots of questions to make sure that the cruise met our expectations and it did! We found a beautiful herd of ponies and we were able to get incredibly close. Mike was a consummate guide – we learned lots of interesting things about Chincoteague, the ponies, and life on the water. The pontoon boat itself was very comfortable. We would do it…