The tour was excellent. We saw 20 to 30 cranes. Boat captain was great - pulled to shore whenever they were close enough for photos.
Unfortunately, it looks like the Wharf Cat is no longer running, apparently due to damage from Hurricane Harvey. The web site is still up, but the phone has been disconnected and emails bounce. Rockport Birding and Kayak Adventures is still in operation, though.
There was plenty of seating available both inside and outside for a comfortable trip of about 2 1/2 hours. Restrooms and snack bar are available. The captain tries to find and point out as much wildlife as he can. We made three brief stops to...More
We were here for the Whooping Crane Festival. The first thing we did was the boat tour. We had to travel on the boat for a good hour to hour and a half before we saw any cranes. The tour guide was excellent and obviously...More
600 Whooping Cranes in the world and many flock to south Texas, Port Aransas, to spend their winter making them life birders for most birders. They can be seen October through February. Taking the Whooping Crane Boat tour we viewed over 20. The Wharf Cat...More
We saw 39 Whooping Cranes as well as many other critters including 1 dolphin. The day was cold, no heat inside boat. Narration excellent when we could hear it over the noisy motor and terrible speakers. We tried standing under garbled speaker or next to...More
We enjoyed our boat trip over Thanksgiving break. We saw about 8 pairs of whooping Crains plus a lot of other birds and dolphins. Very few people were on boat so we felt like we had the top deck to ourselves. Advice: take your own...More
Our Whooping Crane Tour on the Skimmer with Captain Tommy could not have been better! We especially were happy with the owners for working with us when we had to cancel our original tour due to a family illness. Yvette scheduled and rescheduled our tour...More
Captain Jay and Debbie did an outstanding job on our tour. Captain Jay is very knowledgeable about area wildlife and in particular Whooping Cranes. He mixes humor with facts and welcomes questions of all kinds. My husband, me and my 79 year old mom took...More
We took the whooping crane boat tour and it was magnificent. The captain seems to know every bird species and variations thereof. We got to see a Whooper family up close plus learned to identify several other bird species. On the return trip, the captain...More