Martha's Vineyard

All Island Bus Tour

Martha's Vineyard, USA
ALL ISLAND BUS TOUR
  • 3 hours (approx.)
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

An excellent choice for first-time visitors to Martha’s Vineyard, this tour is led by a third-generation local and offers a good overview of the island. Listen as your host shares stories and history and even passes around items such as shells and wool for you to see and feel. There’s time for photos, shopping, and snacks along the way.
  • Explore Martha's Vineyard with a guide who knows the ins and outs of the island
  • An ideal choice for first time visitors
  • Hear stories about the island as you explore from the bus
  • T-shirts and other souvenirs available for purchase

What's Included

  • Rain ponchos
  • Air-conditioned vehicle
  • Screen at front of bus shows what certain sites looked like in the 1800s
  • Tshirts, homemade items (key chains, jewelry) available for sale
  • Gratuities are not included

Meeting and Pickup

Meeting point

  • 1 Seaview Ave, Oak Bluffs, MA 02557, USA

    When coming off Steamship Authority Boat that lands at the Oak Bluffs wharf, we will be located across the street from the ticket office at the end of the ramp... you will see a blue bus with HomeGrown Tours logo on the side. When arriving to the Vineyard by way of the Island Queen: At the end of the ramp continue straight ahead up the hill til you arrive at the Steamship Authority (about a 5 minute walk) we will be parked across from the ticket office. You will see a blue bus with HomeGrown Tours logo on the side. When arriving to the Vineyard by way of Hy-Line from Hyannis: At the end of the ramp bear right to walk into town. At the center of town will be an information booth. Look to your left (towards the water) and you will see a very large flag, that is the Steamship Authority and Police Station. That is where we are parked. We are across the street from the ticket office. You will see a blue bus with HomeGrown Tours logo on the side. When arriving to the Vineyard by way of Steamship Authority that has landed in Vineyard Haven: You will need to get on the Vineyard Transit Authority and take the bus to Oak Bluffs and get off at the Ocean Park stop. The ride shouldn't be more than 20 minutes. When debarking from the bus, look to your left and you will see the Steamship Authority. We are parked across the street from the ticket office. You will see a blue bus with HomeGrown Tours logo on the side. The best method of travel to meet our bus tour is by way of Steamship Authority that leaves Woodshole at 9:30 am....arriving at 10:15 am..... NOTE: You CANNOTpark in Woodshole to get on the boat!!!!!! You must park in Falmout lot and take shuttle (free) to the Woodshole Steamship and vice-versa. Ride to Woodshole Steamship is approx 20 minutes.

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

Meet for this Martha’s Vineyard island bus tour in Oak Bluffs and get ready to explore Martha’s Vineyard with a local guide. This tour is ideal for first-time visitors looking to learn the ins and outs of the island.

As you set off to explore, your guide tells you all about the history of the island. Some of the highlights you stop at include Aquinnah Cliffs Overlook and Martha's Vineyard Camp Meeting Association Cottage Museum. Bottled water, snacks, and ponchos are provided for you to make this experience a smooth one. Plus, no matter the weather, enjoy sitting in your bus on the way to different sights.

This Martha’s Vineyard full island tour ends back at the original meeting spot in Oak Bluffs.

Aquinnah Cliffs

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Martha's Vineyard Camp meeting Association (MVCMA)

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • not recommended for children under 10
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 14 travelers
Operated by HomeGrown Tours

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Reviews

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Learn the History
ellen_i, May 2024
If you want to learn the history of Martha’s Vineyard this tour is great! Dee Dee is a third generation citizen of the island and she really knows her stuff!
Great Stories
Vicki_A, May 2024
Our tour guide was great! Enjoyed her stories and her humor. Would have liked to have a little more time at the stops that we made but understand that we had a lot of ground to cover.
Island Tour
Jacquie_W, May 2024
DeeDee was a wonderfully informative and entertaining tour guide and driver. The tour is a nice introduction to the island, and the stops along the way were interesting.
On time, small crowd, covered all the places
Ravi_S, Apr 2024
Didi was very informative and detailed. She had little stories that she shared with us and kept us engaged.
Excellent tour; friendly & knowledgeable guide
susanne_j, Apr 2024
Deedee was a fabulous host. Arrived at the appointed time and was very organized. She even texted me early that morning to ensure I would be at the correct location. She’s an excellent orator and knows the history of the island (3rd generation). We stopped at important viewing stops and had time to time pictures and a little shopping. She encouraged us to ask questions, loves her community, and was very friendly. I highly recommend a tour with her. I read some of the other reviews, such as cancellations, etc. I called before booking to make sure they would be taking passengers on the tour. On the phone, she told me that they no longer cancel if they don’t have enough people for the tour for the medium size bus. They would take a smaller vehicle to do the car. Note. I usually don’t do reviews unless the service was exceptional because it takes a long time. I highly recommend this company. I even recommended it to a new resident of the island that I met while I was waiting for the local bus.
All Island Tour with Dee Dee
RoyL_C, Sep 2023
Great personal care taken by Dee Dee for all her passengers. She greeted us as if we were old friends. She went still further to serve us by returning my wife’s handbag that was mistakenly left on tour bus. She drove to NCL tender site to personally deliver the handbag. Dee Dee is Home Grown Tours most valuable asset. Roy and Janet Crumly
A wonderful afternoon in MV
Camille_R, Jun 2023
The personal anecdotes our guide Devin added to his narrative enhanced our ability to grasp the evolution of the island and its past & current communities. The Orange Peel Bakery stop was a bonus. Julia’s passion for her craft is amazing; her commitment to her community & customers is inspirational.
Get to know Martha’s Vineyard
Lorraine_D, May 2023
Deedee from Homegrown tours was amazing. She is a very informative, knowledgeable local resident who provided history , historical photos , and the stories behind the history. Also provided a great flavor of Martha’s Vineyard today.
Fantastic tour!
Albert_D, May 2023
Devon was great. We really enjoyed the tour. He was very knowledgeable of the island and had a ton of info to share. We got to see everything we wanted. We traveled just as one couple. Bus was perfect. Thank you Devon for a great experience! We would highly recommend this tour !
Highly recommended
Che_T, May 2023
Devin was very knowledgeable and the pace of the tour was good. Definitely recommend getting the lobster roll!
Great guide, very...
LouAnn_S, Apr 2023
Great guide, very informative. Clay cliffs and Oak bluff. Story about the glaciers and rock walls. Jaws movie info.
The tour guide was great...
Arno_A, Sep 2022
The tour guide was great by giving all the customers interesting information about the history of Matha Vineyards.
VIATOR is unreliable!
Caroline_D, Sep 2022
Sue was great but I had to pay twice the Amount! VIATOR…… Took $120 then I had to pay Sue 110 I need to be reimbursed from VIATOR… please n thank You!V
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you.... I'm glad someone finally said something about this booking company.... most of my bad reviews come from VIATOR'S mistakes! I will look into this for you on my side.... and enforce the refund!!
Homegrown tour is highly recommended
MaryAnne_P, Aug 2022
Homegrown Island bus tour was wonderful. Very pleasant tour guide with great customer service. Called for directions, very accommodating.
Awesome Martha's Vineyards Tour!
Henry_P, Aug 2022
I brought my parents to Martha's Vineyard on Saturday, August 6th and wanted them to see a large part of the island in only a day. This 3 hour bus tour was perfect. Didi, a three generation islander, was a fantastic tour guide. We started in Oak Bluffs, a simple 3 minute walk off the Ferry to her Blue and Yellow Home Grown Tours Bus. It was that simple to get on. Didi took us to all 6 towns including two stops at Menemsha and Aquinnah to see the gorgeous Cliffs and Lighthouse. There is also enough time to get something to eat. Didi also brings a lot of the making of the movie 'Jaws" to life right in front of your eyes with stories from the film production and great sound effects throughout the trip. She is treasure of the island and I was tuned in on every word she said. This Tour is perfect if you're looking to visit all 6 towns and you do not have a car, and doing so in a short amount of time. The only thing I would recommend to Didi would be to spend more time on the Tour in Edgartown, specifically main street. That little town is the Jewel of the island (or at least a close second to the views at Aquinnah). Other than that, I wouldn't change anything : )
The tour guide needed to...
Peter_N, Jul 2022
The tour guide needed to be a bit more in tune with who he was driving; mentioning Spike Lee never smiles and is not nice to a bus filled with black people is not necessary. In addition, him pointing out confederate statues or plaques, black segregated beaches should be avoided whenever possible. My opinion
Worst tour ever
nkslewis, Jul 2022
This tour was the worst. The driver/tour guide Didi was rude and impatient. She refused to let a man translate for his wife because she didn't want anyone talking while she was talking. We rushed to get to the meeting spot because our ferry was late arriving, but got there with a few minutes to spare. I asked if my husband could use the restroom before we left and she said we'd be stopping in 30 min so we got on the bus. We didn't stop for over an hour. The tour guide seemed like she wanted to rush through the tour as fast as possible. We had one stop instead of two and were threatened with being left behind if we were late returning to the bus. Most of the tour was spent driving through the island while hearing her stories. We hardly saw anything. Additionally, most of the listed inclusions never materialized. We got a tiny bottle of water but no snack, the AC wasn't working well and the bus was HOT and there was no swag bag or items passed around. I feel ripped off as the tour wasn't worth nearly what we paid.
Highly recommended!!
Gregory_B, Jun 2022
Our tour guide was a fourth generation Martha’s Vineyard resident who grew up here. He had incredible knowledge of the island and was very entertaining when speaking on this really great tour.
Great Tour.
Charlotte_L, May 2022
Martha's Vineyard has been on my bucket list for years. I was not disappointed I wad able to experience the entire island.
Most Enjoyable Experience on Martha’s Vineyard
Geralyn_D, May 2022
Visit to Manemsha fishing village and view from Aquinnah. Devon was our driver and narrated throughout the tour with local color and interesting history as we rode thru Chilmark and Edgartown. Highly recommend this introduction to Martha’s Vineyard.
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