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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.

AAA Adventures of the Crystal Coast- Beaufort Pirates Revenge

Come aboard NC's Newest and Largest Pirate Ship, the 65’ M/V Renegade, custom built and christened in 2012 with lovers of folklore in mind.  Once you step aboard this beauty, you are immediately taken back in time to the ‘Golden Age of Piracy’ creating an event space like no other.  Our Pirate Cruises for children of all ages, depart daily and feature costumed crew, treasure hunts on Shackleford Banks, and battles with Billy Bonez, using our 16 water cannons.  The interactive adult themed pirate parties on Friday nights offer adults a unique venue to start the weekend.  Our Sunset Champagne cruises offer complimentary beverages and cruise into the sunset with our costumed crew.  This vessel is USCG certified for up to 73 passengers.  We also offer Pirate Birthday Parties, Themed Weddings, Receptions or Rehearsal dinners aboard this timeless beauty. www.beaufortpirateadventures.com  252-728-7827

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

AAA Adventures of the Crystal Coast- Crystal Coast Lady Cruises

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

The 40’ M/V Shackleford Lady is the most comfortable, covered catamaran departing from the Beaufort docks and the largest boat to Shackleford Banks! This comfortable, stable catamaran is able to land directly on the island, providing the easiest access to the beach!  On this trip, you will have approximately 1.5 hours to spend relaxing on this beautiful pristine island, shelling or exploring.  Our knowledgeable and friendly Captain and Crew will provide shelling bags if you would like, and assist in identifying items collected during your time on the island.  Bring your camera and keep your eyes peeled for the Wild Shackleford Banks Ponies!

www.crystalcoastlady.com   252-728-8687


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

AAAA 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

AdventureCALO-Pirate Island Treasure Hunt

Pipe up the Wee Buccaneers and embark on an adventure that you won’t soon forget. Be ferried to Pirate Island where the Treasure Hunt will begin. Marooned by Blackbeard’s Crew for burning the treasure map, this savvy pirate knows more than he’s letting on. Possessing the only clue to the location of the treasure, only the help of a dedicated Crew is needed to track down Blackbeard’s treasure. Your Crew must help solve puzzles, crack riddles & compete in challenges in order to uncover the clues that will lead them to the buried treasure. Kids will love this engaging experience! Parents and kids take home some unique booty! Truly an interactive experience that will entertain and educate!

View Website 601-4 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 772-9925

AdventureCALO-Shackleford Wild Horse & Shelling Safari

Take a 15 minute ferry ride over to the pristine Outer Banks Island of Shackleford Banks, which is part of the Cape Lookout National Seashore. There you will be introduced to the Wild Horses of Shackleford Banks. This free roaming herd is believed to have descended from Horses that were brought here roughly 400 years ago, and still survive as one of the last isolated groups of wild horses in the United States. You will help your guide track the horses and see first hand the fascinating behavior of horses in the wild,  a rare experience with nature that you’ll never forget.  Bring your camera for pictures that will forever remind you of this amazing place and its fascinating inhabitants. After the tour, you will be directed to one of the best shelling beaches in all of North Carolina where you can spend some time on your own shelling your way down the beach with the Cape Lookout Lighthouse off in the distance.  Shackleford is well known as one of the best shelling destinations on the East Coast.  Among other things, you can find Conchs, Whelks, Queen’s Helmets, Scotch Bonnets, Olive Shells, Sand Dollars, and more...

View Website 601-4 Atlantic Beach Causeway
Atlantic Beach, NC 28512
(252) 772-9925

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. The tours accept cash on site, or you can pay with credit card at any of the 4 ferry services out of Harkers Island -Calico Jacks -HI Fishing -Cape Pointe -Local Yokel Call 252-732-4578 or [email protected] for more information Please note that this is not a service that is run through the Cape Lookout National Seashore Office.


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

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

Island Express Ferry Service

View Website 701 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-7433

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

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.

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. Seavisions Charters is a Cape Lookout National Seashore authorized commercial use operator.

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

Up The Creek Tours, LLC

Up The Creek is a private charter for four to six persons onboard a 32' Grand Banks motor yacht. We offer half, three quarter and full day tours to Shackleford Banks and the Cape Lookout National Seashore as well as Beaufort and Morehead City waterfront cruises and Dolphin Watches. Each tour includes snacks and complimentary beverages. Lunch is provided on three quarter and full day tours. Visit our website for detailed information.

View Website 106 Taylor's Creek Lane
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 241-5250
or (252) 504-2500

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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