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Portsmouth Island Boat Tour

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Community Docks, Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC 27960
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Best Part of Our OBX Vacation

We've taken the Portsmouth Island tour three times now. It has never disappointed. The trip is so... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
AuntTra
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Westerville, Ohio
Definitely a worthwhile trip !

After reading reviews, we weren't quite sure what to expect but all 5 of us had a great time. Yes... read more

Reviewed August 28, 2017
melanie333d
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“rough seas” (2 reviews)
“scotch bonnet” (4 reviews)
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Community Docks, Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke, NC 27960
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"abandoned village"
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"great shelling"
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"shallow water"
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"post office"
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"tour guide"
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"general store"
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"off season"
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"donald"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

We've taken the Portsmouth Island tour three times now. It has never disappointed. The trip is so interesting. Our favorite part is riding the ATVs up the beach that appears to be just covered in shells. If you love shelling, this is the trip for...More

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Reviewed August 28, 2017 via mobile

After reading reviews, we weren't quite sure what to expect but all 5 of us had a great time. Yes, there were mosquitoes but bring bug spray with DEET and wear the bug jackets that Donald provides and you'll be fine. He was knowledgable and...More

1  Thank melanie333d
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Reviewed July 31, 2017

We went to Portsmouth Island twice this visit to Ocracoke. We love shelling and quiet beaches and so we usually come now just for those things since we have already done the abandoned village. Yes, there are bugs, mainly up above the high tide line....More

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Reviewed July 17, 2017

great staff.... captain was very informative, yes, the village was buggy but wear pants and bring spray and its fine.... the beach was awesome, quite a few shells

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Reviewed May 3, 2017 via mobile

Two brothers run this family business, we had Donald Austin captain the boat on our trip today. He gave good advice on bug spray, water and was spot on in his suggestions. He was patient and accommodating with this tour of nine people and took...More

1  Thank ChristineChughes
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Reviewed April 10, 2017 via mobile

Met up with Captain Donald the day before our tour as he was coming in from a trip to Portsmouth. We chatted as four other folks walked up to request rides to the island. All of us agreed to meet back the next day at...More

4  Thank Chris L
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Reviewed October 29, 2016

Took the ferry to Portsmouth Vlg, the company had contracted to take us shelling first at one end of the island, then pick us up 2 hrs later and take us to the Village. The Village was closed but the driver (can not call him...More

8  Thank Ann C
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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...More

Thank RFissel
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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...More

3  Thank Sue B
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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...More

Thank angelaohedgepeth
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Judith D
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Response from RFissel | Reviewed this property |
For just 2 we were told $30. per person plus tip. If more people go it's $20. per. You have to call for more information on operating hrs.
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