Beaufort NC Scenic Tours, Ferries & Water Activities

Beaufort Inlet Watersports
601 Front Street
(252) 728-7607


Providing a variety of activities including para-sailing, paddle boarding, kayaking, boat cruises, shelling, sight-seeing and
more. Kayak and paddle board rentals and lessons. 

We offer a variety of kayaking trips including hourly rentals and guided trips.

2-Hour Tour: Rachel Carson Preserve (islands across from Beaufort)

3-Hour Eco Tour: Rachel Carson Preserve and Bird Shoals

1.5-Hour "Ride the Tide" Trip - Great for Beginners!

Fall fishing in Beaufort Inlet is world class and most inlet trips provide non-stop action when fishing for bluefish, trout, and spanish mackerel.

Crystal Coast Lady Cruises
617 Front Street, Boat & Ticket Booth
Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-TOUR(8687) 


The M/V Crystal Coast Lady's regular cruising schedule begins again in the Spring - sailing daily from the Beaufort Docks. Buffets includes a bountiful selection of brunch items. Call for prices, information, or reservations. From breathtaking sunset dinner cruises to wild pony and dolphin scenic cruises, the 75 foot custom design super cruiser accommodating up to 150 passengers offers unforgettable outings. This cruiser offers the comfort of both enclosed and open air seating on the upper and lower decks, kids steering station, giant bow viewing area renowned for creating amazing photo opportunities, as well as on board restrooms. This vessel is also available for Private Charters.

Good Fortune
Coastal Ecology Tours
Beaufort Town Docks, Front St.
Beaufort, NC
(252) 241-6866

Good Fortune is a 41' yacht custom built for the complete cruising comfort of those who enjoy adopting the simple and causal lifestyle unique to sailing and cruising. Her cabins and two full heads accommodate 4 guests, captain and mate. Captained by marine biologist Ron White, GOOD FORTUNE maintains a nearly predictable annual schedule fashioned by seasonal changes, the wishes of the passengers, and a sprinkling of fickle weather.

During the spring, summer and fall around the southern Outer Banks of North Carolina, Capt. White is the host and guide for birding expeditions, island hopping and exploration of pristine beaches with ports of call at coastal villages full of character and history.

Plans aboard Good Fortune and reservations are made by contacting Capt. Ron White well in advance of the planned vacation time period. Wishes should specifically include preferred activities, food choices (likes and dislikes), dates, and the extent to which you would like to be involved in sailing the boat.

Hungry Town Tours
400 Front Street Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 648-1011 

Open year-round

Visitors can pedal or walk through 300 years of Beaufort's history as we explore America’s Favorite Town. Your guide will entertain you with fascinating details, historical narratives and true stories that make up the rich history of this seaport town. You'll get an insider's perspective on where the locals go to eat and play. Choose from several unique walking, bike, culinary and history guided tours. 

A Ride to Remember takes visitors to several locations in Beaufort as described in Nicholas Sparks' bestselling novels “A Walk to Remember” and “The Choice.”

Explore Beaufort’s local restaurants on our guided culinary tours. We’ll stop at several of the best local culinary treasures in town. You'll enjoy Southern culinary dishes from restaurants offering fresh, local products that support our local fishermen and farmers. You’ll nosh and sip on some of the most delicious flavors on the Crystal Coast North Carolina's Southern Outer Banks.

Island Ferry Adventures
610 Front St.
Beaufort, NC
(252) 728-7555

Island Ferry Adventures is located at 610 Front Street on the Beaufort waterfront across from the Inlet Inn. This passenger ferry service operates approximately from late March to mid-October, seven days a week beginning at 9 AM daily, weather permitting, with departures to Shackelford Banks, Carrot Island, Sand Dollar Island and Bird Shoals. The 1-1/4 hour "stay on the boat" Horse and Waterfront Cruise departs at 10 AM and at 1:15 PM. The 1-1/2 hour Surf and Turf cruise departs at 11:30 AM and at 2:45 PM. On this trip, passengers stay on the boat for one hour and then spend 30 minutes on Shackelford Banks. These two scenic tours operate approximately from June through August. Private charters are also available. Reservations are highly recommended during June, July, and August for all trips. Island Ferry Adventures has been recognized for its outstanding service by being voted "Favorite Ferry Service" and "Favorite Tour Service" by Coaster Magazine readers. Call for reservations and prices.

Island Express Ferry Service
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Cape Lookout National Seashore
Ferry service to Cape Lookout and Shackelford Banks
Reservations Recommended

National Park Service Concessioner

Lookout Cruises 
Beaufort Waterfront
Beaufort, NC
(252) 504-SAIL (7245)

AM Dolphin Watch - Sail to Cape Lookout -  Sunset Sail - Moonlight Sail

Steve Bishop captains Lookout, a 45-foot catamaran that can hold 42 passengers. The vessel operates public tours on a regular schedule from April 1 through November 30 and is available year round for special charters such as parties, birthdays and anniversaries. The regularly scheduled early morning, two-hour dolphin watch is very popular with children and families; the trip is a smooth ride up the Newport River. If you want to swim, snorkel and look for shells, try the six-hour trip to Cape Lookout. This trip leaves the dock at noon and offers catered lunch, snacks, fresh fruit, shell bags and complimentary beverages. At the end the day, board the Lookout for a relaxing, 90-minute sunset cruise tailored for adults with complimentary beverages. It is always best to call ahead to book a cruise on this popular vessel.

Group Tours Division
Port City Tour Company
610 Front Street
(252) 772-9925

Over 10 years of experience, and providing a wide variety of boat tours, walking tours, ghost tours, pirate tours, and kid’s adventures. The popular Beaufort Ghost Walk takes guests on a evening stroll through town, with stops at historic sites and the Old Burying
Ground. This business can also arrange ecology tours for viewing wild horses and for shelling, kayak tours, as well as boat tours. In Beaufort, costumed pirates lead a guided tour and talk about the Legend of Blackbeard. Reservations are needed for the tours, which vary in price and in point of origination.

Waterbug Tours
326 Front Street
(252) 342-3577

Waterbug Tours offers narrated history and wildlife cruises from the historic Beaufort waterfront. On this 45-60 minute cruise, you’ll discover nature’s beauty, see Beaufort’s landmarks and learn about our local lore. Most of all, you'll have fun and a memorable experience.   
       We will cruise along the calm waters of Beaufort, Taylor's Creek and the Rachel Carson Reserve in search of wild ponies...along the way it's common for us to see dolphin, sea turtles and a variety of other wildlife on the reserve.
it's common for us to see dolphins, sea turtles and a variety of other wildlife. 
       You'll enjoy panoramic views of Beaufort's charming old homes and working waterfront, while learning the history of our quaint seaport village.