Ghost Crab Quest
Ghost Crab Quest
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8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
About
Ghost Crab Eco Tours, Astronomy Nights & Scavenger Hunt packages! We are an ecotourism company based on the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Amazed by the beauty of these fragile barrier islands, Ghost Crab Quest is committed to sharing and exploring its wonders day and night. While catching the mighty Atlantic Ghost Crab (Ocypode quadrata) is our main attraction, we also offer Scavenger Hunt Packages, custom birding tours and entry level astronomy course where we come to you!
Kitty Hawk, North Carolina

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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Jean B
Georgetown, DE235 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We decided to have a private ghost crab quest during our stay in Nags Head. I have to say it was truly a great experience. Jim, the owner and our guide was amazing. Booking was easy, the communication excellent and the pricing for a private event at your location was very reasonable.
We booked our quest on our arrival day, not thinking that two kids 2 & 4 would be exhausted at 7:45pm after getting up at 5:30 and being on the beach for hours, I told Jim they might make it an hour. From the time he started showing us different local animals on the beach and how they live, until we counted and released the treasured ghost crabs at 9pm, my 4yr old granddaughter barely left his side.
Jim was very patient with two toddlers and 4 adults( who enjoyed it as much as the toddlers). He took time to show and educate as often as needed and ensured everyone was having a great time. The girls are still talking about it, 3 days later and love looking at the pictures. I highly recommend this for all ages, it is an amazing memory we will cherish for a long time to come.
Written May 23, 2021
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A little chill in the air did nothing to keep us from "Finding Fun in Search of Nature!" We thrive on the energy of our guests and yours was wonderful. We our glad we could add to the memory bank and hope your stay on the Outer Banks was outstanding.
Written May 30, 2021
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Joan M
4 contributions
Jul 2020
We had a great time learning about the night sky with Jim! He was friendly, funny, engaging, and has a genuine love for the subject that's infectious. He was even able to engage my 3 teenage girls! The night sky was stunning and Jim gave us tons of extra time for the pure joy of showing us planets, constellations, the Milky Way, and more, using a laser pointer and explaining the wonders. It was like a live, personal planetarium show, but in the real outdoors. An unparalleled OBX experience. Highly recommend!
Written July 16, 2020
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Wow! "An unparalleled OBX experience." Thank you all very much. I'm so pleased your family enjoyed the evening and I hope that we meet again in the future. Keep Looking Up, Jim.
Written July 23, 2020
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Naomi S
2 contributions
Jun 2021
Loved our time with Jim. He was knowledgeable and his sense of humor made the evening entertaining for both kids and adults. We all. walked away having learned something new. I would whole heartedly recommend it since it was much more than hunting for ghost crabs. A definite highlight!
Written June 16, 2021
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KMCDPR
Chicago, IL21 contributions
Apr 2021 • Family
We booked a Starry Night with Jim in late April. He communicated with us in advance to set a meeting point and time convenient us (we were in Corolla). Our family (two parents, two kids - 7 & 10) spent about 2 hrs with Jim on the beach learning about the night sky. It was an absolute great experience! It was a pink moon that night, so not as many stars but still, so much to hear about. We all left that experience excited to learn more and look up more often ☺️
Written May 12, 2021
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A bright moon only added to the beautiful situation we all found ourselves in. I'm so happy you all enjoyed the crisp evening pondering your existence under the night sky. Thank You!!
Written May 30, 2021
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amcworthy
Richmond, VA67 contributions
May 2023 • Family
A very unique and fun experience that is guaranteed to make a lasting memory! The kids and adults all had a blast and Jim really went out of his way to make sure everyone had fun. Even our youngest family member - who was a little nervous in the beginning - joined in and caught a few crabs!
Written May 19, 2023
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We are so glad your entire group enjoyed the evening out on the beach. A little nervousness is certainly a good thing and over coming it is such a rewarding part of life. Maybe well we see you again, next time on the Outer Banks?! - Jim
Written June 28, 2023
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Sirius57
New York City, NY136 contributions
May 2021 • Family
We booked a private ghost crab quest and had an incredible time. Jim - the owner - has a fantastic sense of humor, immediately got along with the kids and shared many stories about the area, ocean creatures and ghost crabs! You spend an hour and a half on the beach, with a flashlight, chasing the ghost crabs, laughing and learning in the process.

Jim makes this quest a real adventure, fun and educational. We enjoyed every minute of it (and caught a few dozen crabs!).

Highly recommended and we will be back.
Written May 23, 2021
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Thank you all for the kind words. I'm so happy you enjoyed your time on the beach with us and look forward to seeing you again!
Written May 30, 2021
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Bill Harpur
1 contribution
Jul 2020
Just want to thank Jim for a Great Starry Evening experience. He is knowledgeable about astronomy and presents facts about the stars and planets in the night sky in a completely engaging way with humor thrown in and at a level that young children would comprehend. Jim brings in the ancients' mythical stories to explain the constellations and will answer any questions, even philosophical ones, thoughtfully.
It was a special evening for our Family. Thanks Jim!
Bill
Written July 23, 2020
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Bill, Thank you very much for the thoughtful review. I'm very pleased you enjoyed the Starry Night Live experience and the humor that I threw in. I must say, when the clouds are absent, how could one not have a great evening on the beach, under the twinkling stars?
Written July 23, 2020
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Mary N
4 contributions
Jul 2023 • Family
We did Jim's private ghost crab quest. He came to our vacation rental and gave us a short presentation on some of the animals you would see on the beach. Then we went to the beach with equipment he brought and looked for ghost crabs. Our 4 and 2 year old grandchildren loved it. Even the adults had a great time chasing the crabs. In fact, our grandchildren had us go out the next two nights with our own flashlights they had so much fun. There was alot of laughter!
Written July 18, 2023
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Kevin28_13
Fairfax, VA44 contributions
Jun 2020
we had a great time with our scavenger hunt. Jim always does a fantastic job setting up everything. The kids enjoyed following the clues and the adults liked the prizes. It was a great time for all.
Written June 13, 2020
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K H
2 contributions
Aug 2021
This was so much fun!! Highly recommend for any age! Our guide, Aly, was wonderful and very friendly and knowledgeable. We had such a great time running around the beach chasing crabs. Even though it's an activity you can easily do on your own, we will definitely do it again with Ghost Quest Crabs because it's even more fun when you are running around the beach laughing and chasing crabs with 20 other people!! Plus it's a lot of fun to see what others catch and to see the release of a zillion crabs at the end of the night!
Written August 30, 2021
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