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The Outer Banks is comprised of more water than land, as the fragile strips of terrain that make up these North Carolina barrier islands are bordered on all sides by deep blue major bodies of water.

Saltwater sounds buffer the Outer Banks on the west side, and the Atlantic Ocean expands for miles on the East, with inlets dotted in between each individual island. With this geography in mind, it's no wonder that boating is one of the Outer Bank's biggest activities, and one of the best ways to tour this coastal region.

A double-hull fishing boat returns to Ocracoke

With adventures for all tastes, including dolphin cruises, inshore and offshore fishing, sunset tours, or just lounging on deck a few miles off the beach, any Outer Banks vacation benefits from a day on the water. Bring your boat along on your next vacation, or contact a local charter or water tour business, and get your feet wet in the Outer Banks' largest attraction: the Open Water.

Oregon Inlet boat ramps

Outer Banks Public Boat Ramps

Vacationers are welcome to bring their boats along on vacation, and on a busy summer weekend, it's not unusual to see plenty of trailers towing boats on the bypass, the beach road, or NC Highway 12. Though generally not an issue, vacationers who are bringing a boat down to the Outer Banks should double check with their hotel or vacation rental company to ensure there is parking available for their boat and trailer.

The reward for towing your boat along on your trip is an abundance of public boat ramps all along the Outer Banks for easy launching into the inlet, sound, or ocean.

Currituck Beaches and Currituck Mainland Public Boat Ramps

Corolla: A small public boat ramp is located at the historic Whalehead in Historic Corolla at the end of the parking lot. Plan to spend a little time exploring the expansive and lovely Whalehead in Historic Corolla grounds before launching.

Poplar Branch (Mainland Currituck County): On US 158, turn on NC 3 and travel to the end of the road, approximately 1.1 miles. This ramp is maintained by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Coinjock (Mainland Currituck County): While in Coinjock, turn on SR1405 or SR1405, and travel about .5 miles to SR1142. Then, travel 1 mile to the public boat ramp, situated in between the road and the Intracoastal Waterway Canal. This ramp is also maintained by the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Harbinger (mainland Currituck County): There are two public boat launches in Harbinger at Sound Park, located directly off US Highway 158. Perfect for family fun on and off the water, the park also includes community grills, 2 pavilions, restrooms, gazebos, a wildlife overlook to the sound, playgrounds, a paved walking trail, baseball fields, and volleyball courts.

Friends sailing in Roanoke Sound

Dare County Public Boat Ramps

Kitty Hawk: From Kitty Hawk Road, turn left onto Bob Perry Road and look for the Dare County Public Boat Ramp sign. At this public launch, there is parking available for up to 30 vehicles, as well as a picnic area and canal that leads out to open sound waters.

Oregon Inlet: The Oregon Inlet Fishing Center, located adjacent to the Bonner Bridge on the Northern side, is located directly off of NC Highway 12 and has parking available for up to 45 vehicles with trailers. There is gas, snacks, and tackle available on the Marina premises.

Manteo: Across from Pirate's Cove Marina, on the western side of the Washington Baum Bridge, a NC Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp is available to the public. Parking is available for up to 50 vehicles, and there are several pedestrian walkways for easy, boat-free fishing.

Wanchese: A public boat ramp is located by Fisherman's Wharf Restaurant just past the center of town. Access can be limited due to commercial vessels and parking.

Manteo: Another public NC Wildlife Resources Commission boat ramp is located in the town of Manteo off of Bowerstown Road. Take a left on California Road, and you'll find the relatively private boat ramp with parking for up to 30 vehicles.

Manteo: A public boat ramp maintained by the Town of Manteo is located in the heart of downtown. Turn on Budleigh Street, (at the stoplight in the center of town), and follow it to the end before turning left. The boat ramp is next to the public bridge leading to the Elizabeth II. Because of its central location, parking may be limited.

Manns Harbor: Manns Harbor is located in mainland Dare County, just over the bridges from Manteo. This small town has a public boat ramp on Old Ferry Dock Road with limited parking and access, but an easy run to the Croatan Sound.

Manns Harbor: Another recently updated public boat ramp is located off of Mashoes Road (Approximately a mile down, near the Fish and Wildlife sign.) This double boat ramp offers a large parking lot for vehicles.

Kill Devil Hills: A public boat ramp is located in Kill Devil Hills off of Bay Drive and Dock Street. This ramp is maintained by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission and features multiple docks and paved parking for up to 12 vehicles

Frisco: There are public boat ramps at Scott's Boatyard and Scotch Bonnet Marina. Parking is limited, but can accommodate approximately 10 vehicles.

Hatteras: Hatteras Village has a number of boat ramps located at various small marinas throughout the town. See Marinas for more information.

Ocracoke Village: A public boat ramp is located in the heart of Ocracoke Village, next to the Cedar Island and Swan Quarter Ferry Docks at the very end of NC Highway 12. The launch area also has visitor information and public restrooms.

A jet ski fishing boat returns to Ocracoke

Outer Banks Marinas

The Outer Banks is dotted with marinas, providing vacationers and locals alike with plenty of access to long-term docking, boat ramp access, a number of charter boat businesses, and much more. In fact, many marinas have ships' stores or tackle shops on premise, and some even have waterfront grills, bars, or even fine dining restaurants for Outer Banks dining at its best. While boat slips may be limited, especially in the summer months, long and short term leases are always available, and there are many marinas to choose from to dock your boat. Just call ahead and reserve your spot.

Northern Outer Banks Marinas

Kitty Hawk: The Dock of the Bay Marina features protected dockage, and easy access to the public boat ramp. The marina also offers gas and diesel fuel, public restrooms, a picnic area with plenty of tables and charcoal grills, and a ship's store for sandwiches, drinks, groceries, bait, tackle and ice. The Dock of the Bay is located at the end of Bob Perry Road, bordering the Loving Canal at Hog Island.

Manteo: The Waterfront Marina is located in the center of the action in downtown Manteo, and features showers, dockage, and access to a public boat ramp. Because of its central location bordering the downtown Manteo streets and attractions, there are plenty of shopping and dining opportunities just a short walk off the docks.

The Pirate's Cove Yacht Club, located at the west end of the Washington Baum Bridge, has more of an upper crust feel, and is adjacent to some of Manteo's finest waterfront condos. This marina features a number of fishing charter businesses, and is the launching point for many annual fishing tournaments, including the Pirate's Cove Billfish tournament, the Alice Kelly Ladies Memorial Tournament, and the Rockfish Rodeo.

In addition to standard marina services such as storage, gas and diesel fuel, dockage and slip rentals, Pirate's Cove also features a full-service restaurant that serves lunch and dinner overlooking the docks.

Wanchese: The Broad Creek Fishing Center is always bustling with fishing charters, headboat fishing, fish cleaning services on site, and even commercial fishing crowding the docks. This marina offers gas and diesel fuel, repairs, in and out boat storage facility, a ship's store, marine supplies, and essentials like cool drinks, groceries, and ice. Adjacent to the Wanchese Seafood Industrial Park, it's easy to see why this marina stays consistently busy.

The Thicket Lump Marina, also in Wanchese, features a number of fishing charters as well as fish cleaning services, boat slips for rent, fuel, and the Beach Outfitters Bait and Tackle Shop which is known for its custom rods. This Marina can be found at the southernmost point of Wanchese at the end of Thicket Lump Road. *Note - currently closed but slated to re-open soon!*

Nags Head / Pea Island: You can't miss the Oregon Inlet Fishing Center by the Bonner Bridge. This sprawling marina is the only commercial center on this stretch of NC Highway 12 and features plenty of fishing charters, as well as rental dockage, fuel, and fish cleaning services. The marina features five public boat ramps, and an extensive ship's store that offers marine and camping supplies, food, drinks, bait, tackle and ice, and plenty of fishing information and experts on hand to let visitors know what's biting.

A small sailboat docked near the Roanoke Marshes Lighthouse

Southern Outer Banks Marinas

Frisco: The small Scotch Bonnet Marina in Frisco features limited dockage and slip rentals, but is located next to the aptly named Scotch Bonnet Gift Shop. Featured on Food Network, this small gift shop also has world class fudge and plenty of sweets and candies.

Hatteras: Heading south on NC Highway 12, the first marina you'll encounter is Oden's Dock. One of the oldest in Hatteras, this marina features fishing charters, fish cleaning services, refrigeration and freezer storage, fuel, dockage and slip rentals, and a small convenience store with food, drinks, bait, tackle, and ice. Oden's Dock also specializes in rod and reel repairs, and has a seafood market and small motel on the premises. Most notably, Oden's Dock is also home to renowned Breakwater Restaurant, one of Hatteras Island's oldest fine dining restaurants, with unparalleled soundfront views.

The Hatteras Harbor Marina in Hatteras Village is home to a number of local fishing charters, and offers fish cleaning and storage services, diesel fuel and slip rentals, as well as power, water, telephone, and cable TV hookups. Long-term visitors will also enjoy their shower facilities, Laundromat, ship's store, and efficiency apartments on site as well as the Hatteras Harbor Deli.

Right next to the Hatteras Ferry Docks is the Hatteras Landing Marina. This marina may be slightly overshadowed by the abundance of shops, restaurants, and small collection of condos that border it, but it features all the amenities that boaters need, including fish cleaning services, freezer storage, gas and diesel fuel, slip rentals, and power, water, telephone, and cable TV hookups. There are public restrooms with showers, and the marina shops feature a deli, as well as seasonally open restaurants and food stands.

Teach's Lair Marina is one of Hatteras Island's most recognized marinas and is the launching point for a number of annual fishing tournaments. The marina features a boat ramp, numerous offshore and inshore fishing charters, fish cleaning services, boat and vehicle fuel services, slip rentals, ship's store, Dinky's waterfront restaurant, (one of Hatteras Village's newest favorite restaurants), and The Roost Bait and Tackle Shop.

The Village Marina, also located in this hub of marinas on the southern end of Hatteras Village, features fishing charters, a boat ramp, fuel, dry yard storage, and slip rentals. There are also shower facilities on premise, as well as a gift shop, motel and a campground.

Ocracoke: The Ocracoke Fishing Center, also known as the Anchorage Marina, is the launching point for the majority of Ocracoke's fishing charters. This small but busy marina also has a boat ramp, gas and diesel fuel, dockage and slip rentals. Long-term dockers can also access power, water, and cable TV hookup, as well as scooter rentals for zipping around town. There is a small ship's store with marine supplies, bait, tackle and ice, a gift shop, and a neighboring motel and waterfront SmacNally's Dockside restaurant. Because of its central location, this marina is also an east stroll away from Ocracoke's collection of shops, restaurants and attractions.

Marina at the Downtown Manteo waterfront

Boat Rentals

See our list of boat rental companies.

Want to explore the 100 miles of the Outer Banks coastline on your own? A growing number of local companies offer boat rentals for vacationers, by the hour, day, or week, so that visitors can explore the shore at their own pace.

Boat rentals can range from small Carolina Skiffs, ideal for a day of light fishing in the sound, to fully stocked charter boats, (including rods, reels, fishing line and even tackle), delivered to your boat slip of choice. (A number of these rental companies also offer SEATOW / Boat U.S. service, just in case you run into trouble on the water.)

Bear in mind when renting a boat that all North Carolina boating laws apply. All persons onboard who are fishing are required to have a North Carolina Fishing License, and a Boating Safety Course Certificate is mandatory by NC Law for all persons under 26 years of age.

A sailing tour returns to the Manteo waterfront

Boat Tours

See our list of boat tour companies.

The Outer Banks' infatuation with the water runs deep, as evident by the sheer number and variety of boat tours available in just about every Outer Banks community, from Corolla to Ocracoke. There are a number of local businesses that offer seasonal day, half day or evening tours of the ocean and sound waters bordering the 'Banks, launching daily from the area's major marinas.

Some of the most popular specialized tours are the local dolphin cruises. Dolphins and porpoises are common in both the ocean and sound waters off the Outer Banks, and are incredibly curious and friendly with passing boaters. In fact, it's not uncommon to spot a pod of dolphins swimming up and under a vessel, and bumping along the side as if to say hello. Seasonally offered, there are plenty of dolphin cruises available all along the North Carolina coastline, so visitors have their pick. Be sure and bring the kids and a camera for this adventure.

Families with children can enjoy an adventure on the high seas with a Pirate Cruise, which features swashbucklers on board ready to overtake the ship as it glides through the sound, and plenty of plastic swords and eye-patches to go around.

Sunset cruises are another popular adventure, as tour boats make slow progress along the sound for an unparalleled waterfront sunset. Several companies also offer wine and dining on these cruises for a romantic adults evening out on the water.

Regardless of what type of tour you decide to take, from a standard exploration of the Outer Banks to a relaxing wine and dine cruise, please remember that despite the variety and number of tours available, reservations are often recommended, specifically for larger parties. You'll also want to double check cancellation policies and make-up dates for tours, as the weather in the Outer Banks is famously fickle.

Fishing

Local Charter Boats

Dare Native Charters
Dare Native Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 12 ft

Capacity: 3 persons

Inshore Fishing


First Light Charters
First Light Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


**Cutawhiskie Charters**  #1
**Cutawhiskie Charters** #1

Manteo, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 8 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Carrisma Sportfishing
Carrisma Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 62 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Provider Sportfishing
Provider Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


X-Spearmint Sportfishing
X-Spearmint Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras
Predator Sport Fishing Hatteras

Hatteras, NC

Length: 57 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Got-em Charters
Got-em Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Righteous Fishing Charters
Righteous Fishing Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


C Level Sportfishing – Manteo
C Level Sportfishing – Manteo

Manteo, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Simple Math Charters
Simple Math Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing


Poacher Sportfishing
Poacher Sportfishing

Nags Head, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Mott Ridge Charters – Manteo
Mott Ridge Charters – Manteo

Manteo, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Island Saltwater Adventure
Island Saltwater Adventure

Hatteras, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Fintastic Sportfishing
Fintastic Sportfishing

Nags Head, NC

Length: 56 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Carolina Girl Sportfishing
Carolina Girl Sportfishing

Hatteras, NC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Reel Lucky OBX Charters
Reel Lucky OBX Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Blue Chip Sportfishing
Blue Chip Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Burrus Custom Outfitters–Reel Angel
Burrus Custom Outfitters–Reel Angel

Hatteras, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hatteras Blue Inc.
Hatteras Blue Inc.

Hatteras, NC

Length: 48 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Bill Me LLC
Bill Me LLC

Hatteras, NC

Length: 54 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Riptide Charters
Riptide Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Fish Ocracoke Aboard The Free Ranger
Fish Ocracoke Aboard The Free Ranger

Ocracoke, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp
Croatan Charters – Crab & Shrimp

Manns Harbor, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Backcountry Fishing


Shine Eye Girl Charters
Shine Eye Girl Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Half-Fast Sportfishing
Half-Fast Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Short Rigger Sportfishing
Short Rigger Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 57 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Backwater Adventures
Backwater Adventures

Kitty Hawk, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 2 persons

River Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Absolut Fishing Charters
Absolut Fishing Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Fishing Taxi Sportfishing
Fishing Taxi Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Vicarious Charters
Vicarious Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Finn Charters
Finn Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Carly A Sportfishing
Carly A Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 57 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Sportsman’s Paradise Adventures
Sportsman’s Paradise Adventures

Corolla, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Free Agent Sport Fishing
Free Agent Sport Fishing

Hatteras, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hatterascal Charter Fishing
Hatterascal Charter Fishing

Hatteras, NC

Length: 30 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing


Old School Fishing Charters
Old School Fishing Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Flats Fishing


Under Pressure Charters
Under Pressure Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Gecko Sportfishing
Gecko Sportfishing

Ocracoke, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Bonehead Charters
Bonehead Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Little Shell Charters
Little Shell Charters

Nags Head, NC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Chasin' Tyde Charters
Chasin' Tyde Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Karma Charters, LLC – Oregon Inlet
Reel Karma Charters, LLC – Oregon Inlet

Nags Head, NC

Length: 27 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Outer Banks Outdoors
Outer Banks Outdoors

Wanchese, NC

Length: 37 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Tradition Fishing
Tradition Fishing

Hatteras, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Missphitty
Missphitty

Frisco, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Island Time Charters
Island Time Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Alibi Adventures Sportfishing
Alibi Adventures Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 61 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


Sea Era Charters
Sea Era Charters

Nags Head, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Salty Charters
Salty Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Em In Charters
Reel Em In Charters

Rodanthe, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Reliance Fishing Charters
Reliance Fishing Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing


Dunn Deal Sportfishing
Dunn Deal Sportfishing

Hatteras, NC

Length: 42 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Reel Thang Charters OBX
Reel Thang Charters OBX

Wanchese, NC

Length: 27 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Fishy Bizness OBX
Fishy Bizness OBX

Manteo, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Waymaker Charters
Waymaker Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing


Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters
Rabid Tuna Sportfishing Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 48 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Sounds Good Charters
Sounds Good Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 20 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure
Wet Kitty Charters – High Water Adventure

Wanchese, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Haley Adyson Sportfishing
Haley Adyson Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 44 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Miss Nell Sportfishing
Miss Nell Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 44 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Phideaux Fishing
Phideaux Fishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 52 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Grandpa Charters
Grandpa Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Godspeed Charters
Godspeed Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 34 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


OBX Inshore Charters
OBX Inshore Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


DreamGirl Sportfishing
DreamGirl Sportfishing

Ocracoke, NC

Length: 41 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Grandpa Charters – Shrimp & Crab
Grandpa Charters – Shrimp & Crab

Wanchese, NC

Length: 40 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Hitman Sportfishing
Hitman Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 41 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Speck-Tackler. Light Tackle Fishing
Speck-Tackler. Light Tackle Fishing

Hatteras, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Chasin’ Broke Outfitters
Chasin’ Broke Outfitters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

River Fishing, Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Outcast Fishing Charters OBX
Outcast Fishing Charters OBX

Wanchese, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Get UnWound with UnWind Charters
Get UnWound with UnWind Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Knot Tell'n Charters
Knot Tell'n Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 38 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Sea Dream Offshore Charters
Sea Dream Offshore Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Captain Duke Charters
Captain Duke Charters

Nags Head, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Shoal Rider Fishing Charters
Shoal Rider Fishing Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 29 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Uptick Charters II
Uptick Charters II

Nags Head, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing


Split Shot Sound Charters
Split Shot Sound Charters

Corolla, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Flatland Charters
Flatland Charters

Hatteras, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Somerset Charters- Crab and Shrimp
Somerset Charters- Crab and Shrimp

Wanchese, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Carolina Style Sportfishing
Carolina Style Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 35 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Stick Em Fishing Adventures
Stick Em Fishing Adventures

Wanchese, NC

Length: 24 ft

Capacity: 5 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Game Changer Charters
Game Changer Charters

Nags Head, NC

Length: 60 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Offshore Fishing


I Sea Fish
I Sea Fish

Manteo, NC

Length: 26 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Salty Johnson Charters
Salty Johnson Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Backin’ Up Sportfishing Charters
Backin’ Up Sportfishing Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 46 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


T-Time Charters
T-Time Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing


Simple Math Sport Fishing
Simple Math Sport Fishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 21 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing


C-Legs Sportfishing
C-Legs Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Twin Bills
Twin Bills

Hatteras, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing


No Sweat Sportsfishing
No Sweat Sportsfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


OBX Fishing Outfitters
OBX Fishing Outfitters

Kill Devil Hills, NC

Length: 34 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Getcha One Fishing Charters
Getcha One Fishing Charters

Manteo, NC

Length: 22 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing


Fishin Fannatic Sportfishing
Fishin Fannatic Sportfishing

Wanchese, NC

Length: 53 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing


Captain Froggy's Charter Fishing
Captain Froggy's Charter Fishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing, Backcountry Fishing


Seas The Day NC
Seas The Day NC

Hatteras, NC

Length: 28 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing, Flats Fishing


Virginia Dare Sportfishing
Virginia Dare Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 32 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Reef Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Fish Ocracoke - Inshore
Fish Ocracoke - Inshore

Ocracoke, NC

Length: 23 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point
OBX Inshore Fishing – Stumpy Point

Manteo, NC

Length: 20 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing


Risky Business Shrimping & Crabbing
Risky Business Shrimping & Crabbing

Manteo, NC

Length: 45 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing


Team Dempsey Guide Service
Team Dempsey Guide Service

Hatteras, NC

Length: 25 ft

Capacity: 4 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Flats Fishing


Fish-N-Fool Charters
Fish-N-Fool Charters

Nags Head, NC

Length: 36 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing, Nearshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Hallie M Charters
Hallie M Charters

Wanchese, NC

Length: 39 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Inshore Fishing


Artemis Sportfishing
Artemis Sportfishing

Manteo, NC

Length: 43 ft

Capacity: 6 persons

Nearshore Fishing, Offshore Fishing, Wreck Fishing


Naturally, one of the biggest reasons to bring the boat along is the exceptional offshore and inshore fishing the Outer Banks has to offer. Visitors will quickly find there are dozens if not hundreds of charter businesses that serve the Outer Banks and depart daily from the local marinas.

Offered year round, you have the option to book a fishing charter during your vacation, or bring the boat along for some of the best fishing on the East Coast. With easy access to the Gulf Stream, and a national reputation as the Blue Marlin Capital of the World, the offshore waters of the Outer Banks is ideal for novice and experienced anglers alike on the hunt for big game.

The Center of Wooden Boats in Manteo

Outer Banks Boating Tips

While the Outer Banks is clearly very boater friendly, there are a few items to keep in mind before you launch and take to the water.

  • A fishing license is required for anyone over the age of 16 who is fishing aboard a boat. You can purchase a fishing license at a number of local Outer Banks tackle stores, or purchase one online at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission website.
  • All persons over the age of 26 must take a Boating Safety Course before operating a boat. Courses are available online and at local marinas.
  • The Outer Banks is served by 3 major Coast Guard stations, located in Hatteras Village, Ocracoke, and Elizabeth City on the Eastern NC mainland. The Coast Guard regularly patrols the areas surrounding the Outer Banks.
  • SEATOW / Boat U.S. service also services the waters off the Outer Banks for boats that have mechanical problems and need to be towed.
  • Please pay attention to the weather forecasts and plan accordingly. It is not unusual for the weather to change quickly on the Outer Banks, and boaters should be on the lookout for nor'easters, coastal lows, impending storms, and high winds.
  • Some inshore areas on Hatteras Island may be seasonally closed to visitors during nesting seasons. These areas are generally well-marked, so be on the lookout for signs posted by the National Park Service indicating where boating access may be restricted.
  • Avoid the green and red channel markers between Hatteras and Ocracoke which indicate the channel for the Hatteras Island ferry to pass though. Use caution in heavily populated areas, such as the Hatteras, Ocracoke and Oregon Inlets.
  • Observe all boating safety rules and regulations and be sure and have enough life jackets for all passengers on board.

The waters off the Outer Banks are ripe for exploring, and boaters are always welcome from Carova to Ocracoke for fishing, touring, and just all around enjoying a leisurely day on the water.

On your next Outer Banks vacation make plans to book a boating tour, commandeer your own rental, embark on a fishing charter, or just let your own boat tag along with you. The rewards are endless water views, incredible offshore and inshore fishing, and a boatful of fun family memories to take back home.

Boating Photos

       A sailboat anchored in Shallowbag Bay

Avon Marina 

A fishing boat returns to Hatteras

Fishing boats moored in Hatteras

A tour boat in Hatteras

NCDOT Ferry takes visitors between islands

A sail boat anchored in Silver Lake in Ocracoke

The Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry run by NCDOT

A fishing boat heads out to the Atlantic Ocean

Miss Oregon Inlet offers tours

A small marina on Hatteras Island

Boats docked at Hatteras Landing in Hatteras Village NC

 

Ben Franklin

Ben Franklin

Stop by Nags Head's Ben Franklin at Mile Post 10 on the Bypass where you will find everything you need for the beach! From Clothing, T-shirts and Swimwear to Boards, Chairs, Umbrellas and Tackle. You'll find it all…and of course, we have the best selection of Souvenirs anywhere on the Outer Banks. Enjoy your vacation! Independently owned by a member of one of the Outer Banks’ oldest families, the Ben Franklin store is stocked with just about everything a visitor would need to go to the beach.

 

Ben Franklin stores were once part of a five-and-dime retail empire, with about 2,500 locations across the country in its heyday. As decades passed and the times and customers began to change, many closed their doors, leading to fewer than 150 of these nostalgic shops. Nags Head Ben Franklin, however, has withstood the test of time and adapted to the needs of its customers to provide a memorable shopping experience on the Outer Banks.

 

Debbie Terry Tolson, manager of the Ben Franklin location in Nags Head, recalls working with former owner Tommie Daniels. Daniels’ father, Moncie Daniels, started the business in downtown Manteo in the early 1900s. The Daniels family has been a longstanding fixture in the Outer Banks business community—Moncie even sold gas to the Wright brothers in 1903.

 

Tommie, with an excellent business mind, saw the opportunity the new Bypass presented and, in 1977, he opened the Nags Head location of Ben Franklin. He was one of the first businesses on the Bypass,” Tolson says.In addition to a new location, the Ben Franklin store saw a new group of customers.

 

“People would come from all around because Tommie had a little bit of everything—it was more like a five and 10 then,” Tolson explains. “As he went to the beach, he began to get more tourists, so he started catering more and more to visitors.”

 

Today, the 21,000-square-foot souvenir shop quickly catches the attention of anyone driving by thanks to the ocean-themed mural that decorates the façade of the building, painted by local artist Rob Snyder. This Ben Franklin location has become the must-stop shop for both first-time visitors to the area and generations of families who escape to the Outer Banks annually.

 

Tolson credits the great prices and friendly customer service to the success of the location, which keeps families returning.“People come in all the time and tell me, ‘my grandmother or my grandfather used to bring me here and now I’m bringing my children,’” she shares. “One of my favorite parts about working here is seeing the people come back year after year.”

Sundogs
Poke Box
Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education
Outer Beaches Realty
Surf or Sound Realty
Chicamacomico Life-Saving Station
The Farmer's Daughter
Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum
Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Jimmy's Seafood Buffet

Home of the Crab Leg & Lobster Buffet! Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a great stop for an all you can eat affordable dinner extravaganza. The buffet offers over 100 different items. It even serves Jumbo Alaskan crab legs and Jumbo steamed shrimp, something you will not find on any other buffet in the OBX. The buffet offers a variety of seafood and non seafood options. Try some of Jimmy’s seafood options and load your plate with blackened tuna, Louisiana crawfish, steamed scallops and mussels, fried oysters and deviled crabs. Not in the mood for seafood? Fill your plate with steak, pineapple glazed ham, fried chicken, BBQ ribs, and fettuccini Alfredo to name a few. The buffet also offers a kid section. Let your kids load their plates with chicken tenders, mac and cheese, and corn dog nuggets. Don’t forget dessert! The buffet also offers soft serve ice cream and a plethora of baked goods. 

 

It’s been 22 years since Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet opened its doors for the first time. Since that inaugural summer, the goal has remained the same: provide customers with a tasty, fresh array of seafood full of Caribbean flavor.

 

Elizabeth Dowless and her husband Jerry had always worked in restaurants in the Outer Banks, so when the opportunity to open Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet with a couple of friends arose, it was an easy yes. The Dowlesses bought out the business in 2003, excited to turn Jimmy’s into an Outer Banks staple. When Jerry passed away later that year, Dowless knew she wanted to continue pursuing their dream on her own.

 

Dowless went all in on the concept of a fresh, flavorful seafood buffet and her hard work paid off. Jimmy’s Seafood Buffet is a beloved fixture of Outer Banks dining, with customers returning year after year for the fresh fare.

 

“Customers keep in contact with me throughout the winter. I get people every day asking me when we’re opening for the season, and customers book their vacations around our opening,” Dowless says. “I absolutely love getting to see familiar faces come back to see us each year. I love seeing them lose their minds over the buffet! Their excitement is what I love most about my job.”