H2O Captain Eco-Tour Boat Excursions

Boat to Cape Lookout and Shackleford

At the intersection of Safety & Fun!  H2O Captain has earned all 5star*****ratings on Google My Business, Facebook & TripAdvisor!!!!!

Mission StatementAdventure awaits...H2O Captain Eco-Tour Private Boat Excursions is an authorized permittee of the National Park Service's Cape Lookout National Seashore to be able to perform boat tours on water and on land guide services to view the wild horses and great shelling on Shackleford Banks, our MOST POPULAR excursion, and, The Cape Lookout Lighthouse, plus other day outings. 


Our Private Boat Tours lasts 2+ hours (depending on which excursion you choose). The itinerary is flexible.
•  The typical departure time is 11:00am.  Most groups ask to depart from Atlantic Beach as they receive a longer boat ride, as well as getting to see Money Island with its 4 goats, get to ride on the ICW, view the commercial port of Morehead City, plus the waterfronts of Morehead City and Beaufort, see all of the Rachel Carson Preserve...and it offers free parking for 1 car just 2/5 mile off the Causeway!

•  All passengers are accommodated on cushioned seats, which is needed for any excursion lasting more than 10 minutes! Nothing like a padded seat to absorb the waves!
•  A dining table for up to 6 passengers can be set up by Captain Mark if you bring your own lunch and prefer to dine on the H2O Captain Ultra Elite boat!
•  To get out of the heat of the sun or Mother Nature's rain, we have a bimini to stand under.
•  Locals will tell you to fight the wind, waves, and try to beat the squalls, an engine of at least 140hp is required for a 21' vessel. The H2O Captain vessel is equipped with an engine of 150hp with your safety in mind.
•  In addition, any excursion going to Shackleford to see the wild horses, as well as great shelling, will receive as their keepsake, an official H2O Captain shelling bag!

Regarding safety, Captain Mark is the creator, producer, writer, and voice of the public service announcements,  Boating Safety Minute heard throughout the season on FM107.1, AM1240, & FM92.9, which is presented by the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.

The best days of the week for privacy to create a wonderful memory are weekdays.  Excursions start at $399.

We offer the best way to safely social distance, to be your stress reliever, and to consider your health & wellness.  Please know that Captain Mark has already received both doses of the C-19 vaccine.  North Carolina has lifted the state's mask mandate, as well as all social-distancing and capacity restrictions for gatherings, as of May 14, 2021.

There are plenty of ways to enjoy our many miles of shoreline. By walking on the uncrowded beach while seeing our wild horses and great shelling on Shackleford, take a scenic boat ride down the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) to Swansboro to have lunch, hopefully, see a pod of bottlenose dolphins (Flipper), or enjoy going round the waterfronts of the quaint and historic towns of Beaufort and Morehead City, and viewing the Rachel Carson Preserve, not to mention crossing the Beaufort Inlet while you see and feel the North Atlantic Ocean as you explore all from the comfort of our Carolina Skiff 21 foot Ultra Elite Series with pickups in either Beaufort, Morehead City, or Atlantic Beach.

You will be greeted by Captain Mark and his 1st Mate "Lucky" the dog.  "Lucky is amazing, I love that dog!!!  He can be in my boat anytime.” –Captain Jose P.  Should you be allergic, Lucky will wait on land.

We believe in the power of bringing water and people together. This is why our excursions create compelling memories that deliver life-changing experiences!  Welcome Aboard, Enjoy the Excursions!

The National Park Service [Again] Approves a Commercial Use Permit for tours to Cape Lookout National Seashore to H2O Captain

Captain Mark Cape Lookout National SeashoreFebruary 2021:  Once again, H2O Captain Eco-Tour Private Boat Excursions has landed a Commercial Use Permit and again is an Authorized Permittee of the National Park Service and the Cape Lookout National Seashore for both boat and land tours of Shackleford Banks to see the wild horses, our most popular excursion, and the Cape Lookout Bight and Lighthouse. 

If you travel to either of these destinations H2O Captain is the unique way to go.  For your assurance and safety, travel with H2O Captain who has earned a licensed commercial approved National Park Service Holder Permit!

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Photo by Dave Tolley

 

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Captain's Logbook - 07. 21. 2021

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Adventure Awaits!  H2O Captain is authorized by the National Park Service to have both boat and guided land excursions to The Cape Lookout National Seashore which includes seeing the wild horses and great shelling on Shackleford Banks, our most popular excursion.  Captain Mark looks forward to serving you this season where he has performed 47 excursions already (thru 7/21!) at the 3-way intersection of Fun, Safe, and Educational.

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