Q. Can the Wharf Cat get as close to the
whooping cranes as the smaller tour boats?
A. Yes. Our shallow draft of 4 feet allows us
to get "up close and personal" with the whoopers. Combining close
access and the area's highest observation deck makes for great
Q. Are children allowed on Wharf Cat Whooping
Crane & Birding Boat Tours?
A. Yes, children are allowed on our tours. We
do not allow any running or horseplay on the Wharf Cat. Parents are
responsible for their children and must not allow them in any way to
disturb the other passengers aboard the boat
Q. How long does it take to arrive at the
Aransas National Wildlife Refuge aboard the Wharf Cat?
A. When departing Rockport Harbor, the trip
takes approximately 45 minutes. From Port Aransas, the time is
approximately 1 1/2 hours. Keep your binoculars handy, as your
narrator will be pointing out many species of birds along the way.
Q. Are there restrooms on board the Wharf Cat?
A. Yes, both men's and women's facilities.
Q. Will the birding tour be narrated?
A. Yes, we are proud to have on board the
area's finest birding experts.
Q. May I bring my own spotting scope?
A. Absolutely. Although we do provide scopes
at no charge, you will probably be more comfortable and accustomed
to your own equipment.
Q. Will the boat be stopping for viewing and
photographing the whooping cranes?
A. Yes. The Wharf Cat is a catamaran with a shallow draft and can
drift close to the shore. The boat captain will make several stops,
allowing you to observe and photograph the cranes.
Q. Are reservations recommended?
A. Yes, and we are happy to reserve your trip
aboard the Wharf Cat. Walk-ons are also very welcome when space is
available. We suggest that you telephone us to check availability.
Q. Is food and drink available on board the
A. Yes, there is a concession with hot and
cold foods and drinks served in our heated, air conditioned cabin
that can seat up to 84 people. No outside food, drink or coolers
Q. Are pets allowed on Wharf Cat birding
A. No pets are allowed. Should this present a
problem for travelers, we can provide you phone numbers for local
kennels where you can leave your pet while you tour with us.
Q. Will I get seasick?
A. There are no guarantees that you won't, but
the Wharf Cat is a 75' catamaran that provides an extremely smooth
ride and the trip to the refuge does not go into the gulf, therefore
the seas are much calmer. If you think that you might experience
seasickness, there are over the counter and prescription drugs
available for this condition and Fisherman's Wharf recommends you
consult a physician before using them.
Q. How long before departure should I arrive?
A. Plan to arrive at least 30 minutes before
departure time. There is a U.S.C.G. required safety meeting 15
minutes before departure and all customers must attend this meeting
before boarding the boat.
Q. What should I bring?
A. Binoculars, scopes and cameras, hats,
sunglasses, sunscreen and money for the concession. Depending on
weather conditions, a jacket or coat, as the temperature is cooler
on the water. Dressing in layers is recommended, for cooler mornings
that warm up quickly.
Q. Is there a place to get out of the weather
while on board the Wharf Cat?
A. Yes, there is a heated, air conditioned
cabin with windows for viewing that seats 84 people.
Q. Are major credit cards accepted?
Q. Are group rates available?
A. Yes, we offer group rates, with a minimum
of 10 people required for a
group rate. With larger groups, the discount increases and on all
rates, one person must pay for the entire group. Please call
for more information.
Q. If it is raining, will the trip be
A. No. Actually, some of the bad weather days
are the best birding days. The Wharf Cat does have a large, enclosed
cabin with windows for viewing.
Q. Are gratuities for the crew and narrator
included with my ticket?
A. No, but they all work very hard to provide
you with a great birding experience and appreciate your tips.