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Portsmouth Island Boat Tour

Community Docks, Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC 27960
(252) 928-4361
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Ranked #2 of 17 Activities in Ocracoke
Type: Boat Tours
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Apalachin, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

While visiting Ocracoke, we took a boat trip, operated by the Austins, over to Portsmouth Island. I didn't catch the boat driver's name, but he was very informative on the rides to and from the island about the local history of the islands and the inlet, Blackbeard, Beacon Island, and the style of fish-netting used in the area. We were... More

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Charlottesville
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73 reviews 73 reviews
11 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

If you hate bugs and freak out at a mosquito bite, this is not for you. If you are sensitive to heat, this is not for you. If you always need to be in air conditioning & feel comfortable, this is not for you. But if you love riding ATVs on a lonely beach, seeing sea turtle nests, collecting rare... More

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Durham, North Carolina
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29 reviews 29 reviews
4 attraction reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

We expected just a ferry ride to and from Portsmouth Island, but got so very much more. The captain took us to the pelicans' island where we saw tons of baby pelicans (from the boat, of course). He also took us past Teach's Hole, the lighthouse, the house where he was born, and he shared the stories that went along... More

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Edenton, North Carolina
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164 reviews 164 reviews
7 attraction reviews
86 helpful votes 86 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

The boat tour is outstanding, and if you like history and a little bit of exploring, you'll totally dig this one. Our Capt. was Donald Austin, and I really liked this guy. He has tons of stories and knowledge, and the more questions you ask, the more you'll learn! He stuck around with us the entire tour, which we really... More

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milwaukee, wi
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

The Boat Tour itself is outstanding. $20 per person (no discount for kids). Tipping is traditional. Capt. Austin is a life-long islander and has personal connection with the last inhabitants of Portsmouth. The ride over on the skiff is a lot of fun, and Capt. Austin is very generous with sharing stories of Ocracoke and Outer Banks. He brought us... More

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Pulaski Va.
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38 reviews 38 reviews
5 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2014

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
17 helpful votes 17 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
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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37 reviews 37 reviews
20 attraction reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
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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48 reviews 48 reviews
15 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
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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