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Boat Tours

All aboard for wonderful cool breezes and a tour of the Crystal Coast's beautiful waterways and seaside attractions. Area boat tours and harbor cruises take you for a relaxing ride along the coast, showcasing such sites as the Cape Lookout Lighthouse, Beaufort's historic waterfront, a view of Fort Macon State Park, the Morehead City state port and more. Some cruises even offer a superb dinner while you enjoy the scenery. Natural attractions such as local wildlife and beautiful seascapes are always treasured sites.

Beaufort Pirates Revenge

Come aboard NC’s newest and largest pirate ship holding 73 passengers, the 65’ M/V Renegade, and you are immediately taken back in time to the “Golden Age of Piracy." Our Pirate Cruise for children of all ages, departs daily and feature costumed crew, a fun-filled adventure with sword fights, singing, a chase on the high seas and water cannon battles for treasure -- an all-around good time!

Our Treasure Hunt begins with hoisting the colors, and tattoo/face painting. our pirate crew will teach you how to talk, sing, dance like a pirate, and share the tale of the treasures of Beaufort and explain how the evil pirate, Billy Bonez, stole a chest of this fortune. All crew members aboard the Renegade that assist with capturing the treasure share in the booty! We also offer pirate birthday parties, themed weddings, receptions and rehearsal dinners aboard this timeless beauty.

View Website 600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-7827

Cape Lookout Conch Tours

Provides island transportation and historic/eco tours on Cape Lookout National Seashore from the Lighthouse South to Cape Point. Take a ferry over to Cape Lookout from Harkers Island or bring your boat and come for a ride around the barrier island. The service is 15 dollars and that takes you to the cape point, going through the village and giving you a history of the park service, lighthouse and the houses on the island. Schedule with the driver your desired time of return. 


Carolina Coastal Maritime Adventures

Providing individualized interactive private adventure tours by boat of the Cape Lookout National Seashore, the Carteret County NC Crystal Coast, the Rachael Carson Nature Reserve and local Beaufort and Morehead City waterfronts. Including Shackleford Banks horse observation, dolphin watching, shelling, swimming, scuba diving, picnic and sunset dinner cruises. Creating a lifetime of memories.

View Website 501 Marine Drive
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 665-2473

Coastal Ecology Sails Aboard Good Fortune

Small groups (6 max.) are offered customized trips for dolphin and turtle watching, shelling, birding and sailing aboard a 41' yacht. Departures are from the Beaufort docks. 2-1/2 hours, half- or full day, sunset.

View Website 500 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 241-6866
or (252) 247-3860

Continental Shelf

The Continental Shelf offers a variety of charters to accommodate you. Morehead City's Largest and Fastest Party Boat!

View Website 8th Street (Waterfront)
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-7454

Crystal Coast Ecotours

Discover hidden natural treasures on personalized tours of the Crystal Coast with Captain Jess Hawkins, 30 years experience as a professional marine biologist in North Carolina(B.S and M.S. degrees). We provide full or half-day adventures exploring barrier islands, shelling, dolphin watching, clamming, wild horse watching, birding, snorkling, seining, crabbing, and fishing.

View Website 112 Hodges Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 808-3354
or (252) 241-6909

Crystal Coast Ferry Service

Located on the Morehead City waterfront between Jack's & the Carolina Princess.  Plenty of All-Day FREE parking just steps away!

Hourly trips to & Sand Dollar Islands

View Website 201 S. 6th Street
Morehead City, NC 28557

Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

"Beaufort's Premiere cruising fleet offering daily sightseeing tours on the M/V Crystal Coast Lady.

The 75’ M/V Crystal Coast Lady is the largest, most comfortable super cruiser in Beaufort! She features the areas only large fully enclosed top deck that is able to be customized to fit every occasion.  This yacht is also equipped with state of the art electronics (GPS, Fish Finders, Sound and Lighting systems), kids steering station, and a giant bow viewing area that enables guests to walk out over the water, taking large group photos or intimate portraits.  On board amenities include: a fully stocked galley with full ABC permits and two restrooms.  From ½ day family fishing to dolphin and pony watching, Lunch Cruises and Dinner Cruises, the M/V Crystal Coast Lady will provide your group with an experience to last a lifetime.  This vessel is USCG certified for up to 149 passengers and specializes in customized private charters. www.crystalcoastlady.com   

617 Front Street 
Beaufort, NC 28516  (252) 728-8687 or (252) 728-7827"

View Website 600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-8687
or (252) 728-7827

Emerald Isle Adventures, Inc.

Captains Roy and Hunter Heverly both were born and raised fishing the waters around Emerald Isle and the Crystal Coast. We offer great family fun as well as hard core fishing trips. Our main goal is to make sure you have a great time and catch fish. We depart from Island Harbor Marina in Emerald Isle which is close to Swansboro, Atlantic Beach, and Beaufort Inlet. Our local waters have great fishing and you don't have to go far to do it.

View Website 510 West Marina Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(910) 538-2749

Emerald Isle Surf Shop

3102 Emerald Drive
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-8422

Fish'N4Life Charters

Inshore/Backwater fishing and ecology tours. NC Licensed educator Jeff Cronk- 24 years professional experience fishing the Crystal Coast.

View Website 113 Ryan Glenn Drive
Swarnsboro, NC 28584
(252) 764-2174

Hot Wax Surf Shop And Camp

At HOT WAX SURF SHOP we are celebrating our 25th year as a core family owned surf shop with everything you need to surf, including the best instruction on the east coast. Brand name Sportswear, Clothing, Sunglasses, Hats, sandals and Accessories. A large selection of HOT WAX Tees for the entire family starting at only $12.99. Emerald Isle's largest selection of Surfboards, Stand-up Paddleboards, Kayaks, Skimmers, and Body boards, surfboard accessories, sales & repair. Used surf board appraisals are also available. Complete WATERSPORTS rentals, a wide verity of sizes and types to meet your needs. www.hotwaxsurf.com 252-354-6466.

View Website 200 Mallard Street
Emerald Isle, NC 28594
(252) 354-6466

Island Adventures

Offering service 7 days a week year-round to Bird Shoal, Sand Dollar Island and Carrot Island.

View Website 326 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

Land N Sea Tours

Offering overnight yacht cruise packages with a great selection of itineraries/destinations!  Also small boat rentals, limousine services and a 30 foot double decker pontoon boat for groups of up to 10 for comfortable and customizable day and night cruise tours on the Crystal Coast.

View Website 501 Marine Drive
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 342-8687

Local Yokel Ferry

Offering relaxed scenic boat tours around Cape Lookout National Seashore and Shackleford Banks (home of the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks). Tours are approximately 1 1/2 hours long. Call the day before to make a reservation- 252-728-2759.

516 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
(252) 728-2759

Lookout Cruises

Lookout Cruises offers daily sailing excursions departing historic Beaufort for up to 42 passengers on a 45-foot catamaran with cushioned seating, plenty of shade and large clean restrooms on board. Tours to Cape Lookout National Seashore.

View Website Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516

Mermaid Express Harbour Tours

View Website (252) 646-9312

Sandbar Safari Eco-Tours

Sandbar Safari offers you the opportunity to experience the rich ecosystems of the Crystal Coast first hand. Explore the marshes, islands, and sandbars, & catch your own seafood feast of clams, blue crabs and shrimp. Create a custom fit to your needs!

Email: [email protected]

View Website 328 Live Oak Drive
Cape Carteret, NC 28584
(252) 725-4614

Sea Dragon

Sea Dragon roams the inland waters in and around Morehead City. She likes to cruise Beaufort Inlet out to Shackleford Banks, poke around in the salt marshes of the Newport River or visit the Beaufort waterfront. Along the way we may see dolphins playing in the clear blue water, or banker ponies running along the shores of Carrot Island or Shackleford Banks.

Join us for an experience you’ll never forget. We have regularly scheduled cruises departing from the Big Rock dock at the Morehead City waterfront. Or book a custom charter for your group, time and destination of your choosing. Call 252-474-6000 or email [email protected] for more information

View Website Big Rock Dock (405 Evans Street)
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 474-6000

Seavisions Charters

Seavisions Charters provides get wet up close and personal eco tours of Cape Lookout, Shackleford Banks and the Rachel Carson Reserve. We tailor our tours to your interests and desires. We offer private tours that accommodate up to six passengers. 4 to 6 hour guided tours to Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout National Seashore.

View Website 503 Courtyard East
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 732-5794

Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari

Spend a morning on one of the few remaining undeveloped coastal barrier islands in the world!  Shackleford Banks is a pristine, undeveloped, 9 mile-long island that is the Southern-most barrier island in the Cape Lookout National Seashore.  It is most famous for the wild ponies that roam the uninhabited island.  These ponies are possibly descendants of Spanish shipwrecks from over 500 years ago, and one of the few remaining isolated groups in North America.  This ecological jewel is a unique place for a naturalist guided eco-tour that will introduce guests to the barrier islands’ natural beauty, wind shaped sand dunes and maritime forests, and make them aware of the importance of these habitats on the plants and wildlife which inhabit the island.  Seashell seekers can also build their shell collections on this guided tour, enjoying some of the best shelling in the area.  We will visit remote areas of the island, and secret shelling spots known only to our knowledgeable and experienced captains and naturalists to find Conchs, Whelks, Queen’s Helmets, Scotch Bonnets, Olive Shells, Sand Dollars, and more.  This tour leaves at 9am, and returns at approximately 11:30am, although guests can board a later ferry if they would like to spend more time on the island.  Cost - $25/adults, $15/children 11 and under. Trip minimums apply.  Reservations required!

View Website 600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-8687

Waterbug Tours

See the Historic Beaufort waterfront and the Rachel Carson Reserve up close, aboard the Waterbug our 16 passenger retired USN Captains launch. Enjoy panoramic views of Beaufort’s charming old homes and working waterfront, while learn the history of Beauforts  quaint seaport village. Cruise along the Rachel Carson Reserve in search of Wild Ponies…..It’s common to see Dolphins, Osprey, Pelicans, and Sea Turtles and a variety of other wildlife!

Narrated cruises depart every hour 10:15 am to 5:15 pm. Monday---Saturday. Sunday we start at 11:15 am. (Weather permitting) Adults: $15, Children $8.

“A little History, a little Nature, a lot of fun!”

View Website 326 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 342-3577

Waterfront Tour Services

Departs from Portside Marina, Morehead City. Pets may be accommodated, but call first.

209 Arendell Street
Morehead City, NC 28557
(252) 726-7678

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