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Enjoy a Private Boat Tour for 4 hours on the Shackleford Banks on Captain Mark's 21' Open Center Console Ultra Elite series Carolina Skiff for up to 6 people. Low Rate of $700 for up to 6 passengers. What You Can Expect: This Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat trip is for all ages!. Captain Mark's favorite, the trifecta of excursions (Boat Walk Beach), with a destination right dab in the middle of Shackelford Island. A stop is made either prior or after onshore south and west of Shackleford Slue. With a pickup of no more than 6 private passengers in Atlantic Beach, we cross the Beaufort Inlet, a natural passageway into the Atlantic Ocean, then travel approximately 4.5 miles in the protected waters along Shackelford Island’s Back Sound to historic Whale Creek. Either beached or anchored just a few feet from shore, on a bright sunny day you will think you are in the Caribbean with its clear blue-green waters. Captain Mark will lead you on a guided tour utilizing a circuit trail to the ocean side of the island. On this hike/walk through a maritime forest, dunes, and grasslands Captain Mark hopes to point out some of the flora and fauna, including a significant chance of sighting the famous local Shackelford Banker Horses as well as discovering GREAT shelling! Then, as if we were the first people to sight the ocean you will arrive at a secluded paradise beach to discover most likely by ourselves. Identifying marine shells will be our activity and appreciating the sheer beauty of the dunes and waves will be our companion as we walk along this beach. Then, and almost without notice, we will head back into the dunes for a dramatic scene of the sound with its picturesque colors while paralleling historic Whale Creek. These will be must photos! Of course, a dip in the water is always refreshing! Back onboard, Captain Mark will take you through the north end of Middle Marshes of The Rachel Carson Reserve up the entire Taylor Creek along historic Beaufort’s Front Street. From Lennoxville Point back west to downtown you will have the town on your right and the Rachel Carson Preserve on your left. We have often seen wild horses on these islands as well. If you have any questions, we can answer those through GetMyBoat’s messaging platform before you pay. Just hit, “Request to Book” and send us an inquiry for a custom offer.
We are authorized by the National Park Service to have both boat and land excursions to The Cape Lookout National Seashore which includes seeing the wild horses and discovering great shelling on Shackleford Banks. Adventure awaits...Fun, safe, and educational times for all!
You’ll get directions to the departure location when you make a booking.
Full refund up to 21 days prior.
Leaves from Ft. Macon Marina in Atlantic Beach at 11am and returns at 3pm. Free parking for one vehicle. Includes, petro, Captain, and its 1st Mate (Lucky the dog)! Will take you to a private area on Shackleford Banks to see the wild horses and discover GREAT Shelling. Back in the boat, we will be off to the Rachel Carson Preserve and the waterfronts of the quaint towns of Beaufort and Morehead City. Maximum 6 passengers.