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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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A very good tour by a lifelong local. Our captain was very knowledgeable about the local history and told some good stories. It was a little bit of a rough ride back but it was... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 18, 2016
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I traveled to Ocracoke for a couple of days to go shelling on Portsmouth Island. Both the Austins and Portsmouth ATV tours are listed in the Ocracoke brochure, which I picked up at Cedar Island. The women at Cedar Island recommended the Austin's as did the receptionist at the Ocracoke hotel. I called BOTH numbers for the Austins listed in... More 

Thank winsomelosesum
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016 via mobile

A very good tour by a lifelong local. Our captain was very knowledgeable about the local history and told some good stories. It was a little bit of a rough ride back but it was worth what we paid. If you are looking to go to Portsmouth Island these are the folks to take you!

Thank RFissel
North Carolina
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13 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 16, 2016

Never got to take the tour, as we called two days in a row and never got a return call. Terrible way to treat people that would easily have spread the word had we gotten a good response. Customer service is everything and they miss this 100%

Thank Sue B
Mooresville, North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 15, 2016

This was our 2nd trip to Portsmouth with the Austins. We had the older brother the first trip and the younger the second trip. Capt. Rudy shared some personal stories that added to the trip since he is an Ocracoke native and he was nice enough to take us to the beach this trip since we did the village last... More 

Thank angelaohedgepeth
lancaster, pa
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7 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016 via mobile

Talked toooo much Drove like a maniac ‼️‼️‼️‼️ Boring driver Mosquitos as big as cats Why must I keep talking driver boring drove to fast island infested with huge mosquito

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Lexington, South Carolina
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2 of 5 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles 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 bubbles 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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5 of 5 bubbles 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 

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