Up to 5 People Private Oyster Farm Tour
This tour typically sells out fast. Check the ‘Book Now’ calendar for available dates.
Want to see how it's done? Join us for a tour of the oyster farm!
We pick you up at the public launch in the Lagoon in our custom designed 22' 1978 Boston Whaler work boat. Attire is beach/farm (it is a work boat so you might get a little dirty from the residual bio-fouling). It's BYOB. We provide an ice cooler with waters, lemons, cocktail and hot sauce. The tour is educational and lasts about 1.5hrs.
We start by cruising over to our baby seed nursery raft, where we explain the process of raising baby oysters, show you the equipment and let you handle the baby oysters!
Afterwards, we venture under the drawbridge and out into the Vineyard Sound (300ft from shore) to visit the Cottage City Oyster Farm.
Our solar powered work raft becomes the stopping point, where we pull up a cage full of market oysters and show you how we shape and cull the oysters. Be prepared to be put to work as you cull your own to eat. We end with a journey into Vineyard Haven Harbor to show you the landing port for our oysters. It's an experience like no other. Both tour guides are USCG licensed captains. 100% refunds if operator cancels due to bad weather. Rescheduling available.
Oyster Farm Sunset Tours
Summer: weekly June-September
Book Now: Farm.Field.Sea for tickets and info.
This tour combines oyster education, a farm tour, oyster tastings and a little mischief sailing to our farm aboard the beautiful ‘pirate vessel’ Sea Gypsy X, a custom made 40-foot wooden boat.
Guests will meet at the dock of Pirate Adventures Martha's Vineyard. Once we set sail, we will dive into a talk with biologist Rick Karney from the Martha's Vineyard Shellfish Group to learn about shellfish and what aquaculture is all about. At Cottage City Oyster farm, brothers Dan and Greg Martino will introduce us to their nursery and how they grow, care and harvest their oysters (and we get to see the process in action). Our adventure is topped off with a shucking demo of fresh oysters, sampling of oysters and a sunset sail through the Nantucket Sound and back to the Oak Bluffs Harbor. Read more here.
The two-hour experience includes:
Conversation and hands-on learning with a local biologist
One on one with local oyster farmers
Live shucking demo
Tasting of Oysters
Cheese, and other local snacks
The tour is BYOB.
The journey is safe for younger kids, but the program ideally suited to adults and children 10 and up.