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Portsmouth Island Boat Tour

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Address: Community Docks, Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC 27960
Phone Number: (252) 928-4361

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Captain Austin was great and incredibly charming with his tales of the islands and growing up on Ocracoke. He navigated the waters with expertise in somewhat rough conditions and... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 20, 2015
renia w
Key West, Florida
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Lexington, South Carolina
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5 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2015

The actual tour of the island was very nice and informative, but getting there and back in 25-35 kt winds out of the north and 2-3 ft. seas was a bit dangerous without life jackets (PFDs. We ranged in age from @ 60 to 90.). Our group of 19 traveled in two flat-bottom boats across rough seas. (Just in case... More 

5 Thank ride105
Key West, Florida
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37 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

Captain Austin was great and incredibly charming with his tales of the islands and growing up on Ocracoke. He navigated the waters with expertise in somewhat rough conditions and made our trip to Portsmouth and back a memorable one!! Please tip these people generously, they are worth it!!! Also this tour on the beach and village is not for the... More 

4 Thank renia w
Saint Albans, West Virginia
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10 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2015 via mobile

This guy has lived on Ocracoke his entire life. Well worth the 20 bucks a person for the trip! Great deal and family lived it!

1 Thank Lisa K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2015 via mobile

Must go every time I go. The whitest sand in the entire outer banks and the clearest water. Basically imagine your own private beach. You might be on the island with twelve other people total. Historically interesting and visually appealing.

5 Thank Seneca H
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11 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

I went to Portsmouth with the Austins 6 different times during my vacation in Ocracoke in May and loved every trip and found great shells!! Small to large and perfect to imperfect (baby ears, small helmet, mermaid purses, purple tagelus, scallops, sand dollar, scotch bonnets, angel wings, arks, channeled and knobbed whelks, cockles, bittersweet and shark eyes and more.) Rudy... More 

8 Thank Kentucky70
Lewisville, North Carolina
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

Called at the last minute and was able to get a boat ride out to Portsmouth Island. The captain was very friendly and informative. Went out of his way to make the trip fun for the kids too. Low cost, High value.

3 Thank GatorFamilyNC
Algonquin Highlands
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4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

We spent a few days in Ocracoke and when we asked at our hotel about getting a ride to Portsmouth Island they suggested we call this company. When my husband called he asked about going over to the island. The women that answered asked when we wanted to go. When he said that day she laughed and hung up. I... More 

11 Thank SMacaw
Moran, Wyoming
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2015

We had a wonderful day and enjoyed our trip. Be prepared to walk a long way if you start in the village and bring shoes you don't mind getting wet. Bring lots of bug spray too and a lunch or snacks to eat. The Captain went out of his way on the boat ride back to show us some birds... More 

4 Thank WYphotographer
North Carolina
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146 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

This is a must do boat tour!! The price is incredibly reasonable and the Captain is outstanding! Captain Donald (Austin) is a great guide, very responsible, easy going, fun, flexible, and full of stories! This boat tour operator has been in business for a long time! Depending on the time of year, issues can be: Sunburn! Heat, AWFUL mosquitos! Fall,... More 

5 Thank ExploringtheEarth
Apalachin, New York
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21 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 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 

5 Thank Amanda B

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