Best Boat Tours on North Carolina's Crystal Coast


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From dolphin and wild horse tours to shelling, exploring barrier islands and more, there is an adventure for everyone on these Crystal Coast boat tours.

Cape Lookout Tours

Explore the natural beauty of the coast and all it has to offer on a cruise to Cape Lookout National Seashore. 

Activities include hiking, shelling and crabbing along the coastline, bird and dolphin watching and a variety of fishing.

Dining Cruises

From brunch to lunch to dinner, dining cruises are perfect for  any time of day.

See the muted hues of red, orange and pink paint the sky as the sun drops behind the horizon on a sunset cruise.

Dolphin Watch Tours

Take a morning Dolphin Watch cruise to see dolphins swimming, jumping, and playing in the protected waterways.

You may also see other marine life, such as sea turtles and pelicans.

Ecology Tours

Enjoy a fun coastal adventure and learn about the unique beauty of the Crystal Coast on an ecology tour.

Schedule a full or half-day excursion filled with interactive experiences such as fishing, clamming and seining.

Wild Horse Tours

Assist your guide in tracking the herd of wild horses that have roamed Shackleford Banks freely for more than 400 years.

After the tour, stay on the island and have lunch, go swimming, shelling or fishing.

Pirate Cruises

Take the kids on a pirate adventure filled with swordfights, singing, a chase on the high seas and water cannon battles.

Set sail over the dark waters of the Crystal Coast and see where battles and shipwrecks occurred. 

Scenic Boat Ride

Cruise down the Intracoastal Waterway to explore the historic waterfronts of Beaufort and Morehead City. 

Take in the views and catch a glimpse of the wild horses that roam the islands comprising Rachel Carson Reserve. 

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