Sunset Seabird Safaris

You won't believe the variety of birds that inhabit the coastal bays right here in Ocean City! Many migratory species make their way here to nest and raise their young near the waters that surround Ocean City and Assateague Island.  Possible Species may include: Royal Tern, Forster’s Tern, Common Tern, Black Skimmer, Brown Pelican, Piping Plover, Brown Pelican, Osprey, Snowy Egret, White Ibis, American Oystercatcher, Willet

The cost for the two-hour cruise is $55/person. Guests can register individually or in groups. We need a minimum of four participants to run a tour. Our maximum number of participants is 14. Tours are mostly offered on Tuesday evenings, but new dates may be added during the summer.

We’ll investigate the bayside OC docks from M.R. Duck’s south to the inlet (there are often good birds hiding out there!), then we’ll cruise by the Assateague jetty. From there, we’ll explore the bayside of Assateague Island south towards Castaways campground, then back to the harbor. The cruise will feature a U.S. Coast Guard-licensed captain and a DBW Guide, so you will be in good hands.  

The OC Bay Hopper has a liquor license and cold adult beverages are available for purchase. Cold water is also available.



The pickup location is located at Pier 23 (Address is 12817 Harbor Road, Ocean City, Maryland 21842. Try to arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled trip departs to park your vehicle and load your gear on the boat. Your birding guide will meet you at the public restrooms at least 10 minutes prior to departure to check you in. For our specific meeting location, use GPS coordinates: 38.327649, -75.106702.

Parking is free and we will use the Pier 23 parking lot. There are a number of great nearby restaurants and bars to visit before and after your tour, including The Shark on the HarborSunset Grille, and the world-famous Harborside Bar & Grill (home of the original fresh-squeezed Orange Crush!).

There is no head/toilet on the OC Bay Hopper, so please use the public restroom in the harbor prior to departure. The restroom is located next to the boat ramp. Even if you don’t have to go when you arrive — please use the restroom!

Trips may be canceled in the event of strong, gusting winds or dangerous weather. If a trip is canceled, you will be notified via email 24 hours prior to the trip departure. Full refunds will be provided within 15 days.


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