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Portsmouth Island Boat Tour

Community Docks, Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC 27960
(252) 928-4361
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Ranked #3 of 14 activities in Ocracoke
Type: Boat Tours
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Pulaski Va.
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014 NEW

Taking a tour with the Austins was a great choice for our family. We were dropped off on the beach of Portsmouth Island for four hours and had a great time exploring the beaches with the kids. You can find no friendlier people on the Island and they are part of the history here so their knowledge is unsurpassed.

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East Liverpool, Ohio
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14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2013

Captain Rudy Austin was our Guide..he did a wonderful job of describing the area and its history while also telling us wonderful stories of his childhood..we hiked it thru the beautiful village and into the woods..mosquitoe replellant is a must.walked thru the endless watery marsh..bring beach shoes for this..bring a backpack for snacks and drinks ..its a long walk...getting to... More

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2013

My husband and I went with our daughter when she was about 9 years old. We wanted to explore a little beyond the usual Outer Banks attractions. You catch the ferry to Ocracoke (go early to avoid lines) and that was fun in itself with the wind in our face and the broad expanse of sea and nearby island and... More

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Carrboro, North Carolina, United States
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20 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2013

Austin's boat tours to Portsmouth Island should definitely be on your list if you are planning a visit to Ocracoke. The trip leaves from the Community Square in the middle of the village. Be sure to leave time to go park your car in the visitor's parking at the end of the village, by the ferry. (We didn't, but they... More

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Concord, North Carolina
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7 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

We went out to Portsmouth Island with Austin's Ferry Service. Donald Austin took us out and did a great job telling stories about the history. We saw a dolphin mom teaching her babies to fish on the way out and saw an island of pelicans nesting on the way back. Portsmouth is an interesting abandoned village and has great beaches... More

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Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 10, 2012

Best trip ever! In April ,we took our 4 yr old nephew .The village was interesting,worth seeing for it's historical value despite the Mosquitos .He LOVED the lengthy ATV ride over the dunes out to the widest,most beautiful beach we have ever seen! We found several scotch bonnets,several huge black whelks,big weathered white whelks,a blow fish,giant horse shoe crab,olives.They gave... More

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

perhaps it was the time of year, but we found very few shells, which was disappointing because it was one of the main reasons for our trip. the beach was certainly beautiful but it was hot and there were many green flies- bring strong bug repellant and beach umbrellas! Did not need the whole 4 hours- 2 would have been... More

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Fort Collins, CO
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44 reviews 44 reviews
7 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2012

Captain Austin's boat tour to Portsmouth was one of the highlights of my recent trip to the Outer Banks with friends. Eleven of us went out to the island with six of us hiking to the beach. Even in April, the mosquitos were pretty thick! The hike to the beach was delightful with probably the largest beach I have ever... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2011

Be warned: The mosquitoes were absolutely ferocious there in the summer, as advertised. I would suggest long sleeves and long pants or the strongest repellent you can get. But besides that, the place is amazing. The first part is history, the second part is a long walk down the most beautiful beach I have ever seen. Plus a stop on... More

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