Captain Barry’s Back Bay Cruises 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 sea creatures. Then it’s back on to cruise to a crabbing spot where you will pull crab pots on board to identify and see the day’s catch. If you have the courage, I’ll 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 then back on the boat for Captain Barry’s favorite activity – hunting for jellyfish! We will then haul in the trawler net with its abundance of marine life. Now it’s time to get a taste of Chincoteague, harvesting our famous salt oysters. 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 cruise informative and fun. There 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 if you want to get your hands dirty and feet wet so you will experience the life of a true Chincoteague Waterman.