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!

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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.

July 21,  "A 2-Island Tour."  Sand Dollar Island and Shackleford

July 18,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 15,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 14,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 12,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 10,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 7,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 5,  On The Outside

July 4,  Round We Go!

July 3,  Beaufort Cruise

July 3,  Double Trouble:  Shack Attack & A Lighthouse

July 1,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 30,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 28,  Round We Go!

June 24,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 19,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 18,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 17, Double Trouble: Shack Attack & A Lighthouse

June 12,  Beaufort Cruise

June 9,   'Round We Go!

June 7,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 6,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 5,   'Round We Go!

June 2,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

May 29,  Two (2) Beaufort Cruises!!

May 27, Double Trouble: Shack Attack & A Lighthouse!!

May 26, On The Outside (The Cape Lookout Lighthouse)

May 23, On The Outside (The Cape Lookout Bight)

May 22,  Two (2) Beaufort Cruises!!

May 21,  Beaufort Cruise

May 16,  'Round We Go!

May 15,  Beaufort Cruise

May 9,  Beaufort Cruise

May 8,  Beaufort Cruise

May 2, Boat Handling / Local Knowledge

May 1, two (2) Beaufort Cruise

April 27, Beaufort Cruise

April 19, Beaufort Cruise

April 16,  Double Trouble:  Shack Attack and a Lighthouse

April 12, Beaufort Cruise

April 9,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

April 8,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

April 7,  Cape Lookout Lighthouse (on the Inside!)

April 3,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

April Fool's Day, the joke was on all of us as our booked excursion, “Double Trouble: Shack Attack and a Lighthouse!!” had to be postponed due to Mother Nature making herself known.

March 31, 2021, working with a friend and fellow Captain, we cleaned, waxed, and safely provisioned the H2O Boat in great anticipation of this season’s excursions which include 3 new and unique experiences. The 1st mate and Captain Mark checked the boat at on water going to both Shackleford Banks and out to The Cape. All checked out perfectly.

2020
November 21,  2020 Round We Go!

November 20,  Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks:  H2O Captain was honored by the Carteret County Development Authority in taking part in transporting the videographer team (Chuck Hill) which is providing content for the 2021 Tourism Video for the Crystal Coast. Leaving port at 5am on a cold November morning to get to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse via the ocean before dawn created some great opportunities for Chuck and the team. Then off to Shackleford Banks where Captain Mark got his boat with 50 feet of a wild horse. This was followed by photographing 2 different species of dolphins on the way back as well as a fishing boat flocked by many birds including pelicans. A perfect day.

November 19,  On the Outside

October 12, Shackleford Banks

October 10, Shackleford Banks

October 8, Shackleford Banks

October 2, Sunset Cruise

September 27, 'Round We Go!

September 25, Sunset Cruise

September 24, Shackleford Banks

September 20, Sunset Cruise

September 17, Shackleford Banks (Canceled due to Mother Nature)

September 14, Shackleford Banks

September 13, Swansboro

September 11, Sand Dollar Island & Shackleford Banks (postponed until Oct 10)

September 7, Shackleford Banks

September 6, Shackleford Banks

September 4, Bird Shoal, Beaufort

September 3, Shackleford Banks

August 30, Beaufort and Boardwalk into the Rachel Carson Preserve

August 12, 'Round We Go!

August 28, Swansboro

August 27, Cape Lookout

August 24, Shackleford Banks

August 22, Shackleford Banks

August 21, Sunset Cruise

August 17, Sunset Cruise

August 16, Shackleford Banks

August 15, Shackleford Banks

August 14, Three Different Tiki Cruises

August 13/14, Shackleford Banks (Canceled due to Mother Nature)

August 12, Shackleford Banks

August 10, Shackleford Banks

August 9, Shackleford Banks

August 7, Three Different Tiki Cruises

August 5, Shackleford Banks

July 30,  Sunset Cruise

July 30,  Whale Creek, National Park Service Trip

July 26,  Sunset Cruise

July 24,  Cape Lookout

July 24,  Sunset Cruise

July 23,  Whale Creek, Shackleford

July 22,  Cape Lookout and The Bight

July 20,  Sunset Cruise

July 19,  Our Waterways:  Local Knowledge

July 17,  Sunset Cruise

July 15,  Sunset Cruise

July 14,  Sunset Cruise

July 12,  The Double Bill, Shackleford AND Cape Lookout!

July 10,  On The Outside, Cape Lookout

July  6,  BWB...Repeat Cruise

July 5,  Sunset Cruise

July 3 ,  Beaufort, Morehead City Sunset Cruise, Boathouse Lennoxville Point AND Sunset Cruise

June 28, Sunset Cruise

June 27, Sunset Cruise

June 26, Shackleford Banks and Rachel Carson Preserve

June 24, Sunset Cruise

June 23, Round We Go 

June 22, Cape Lookout Lighthouse (on the inside as the ocean was quite wavy and windy!)

June 21, Shackleford Banks (saw two foals!!)

June 20, Two excursions!!  Round We Go and Sunset Cruise

June 19, Sunset Cruise

June 13, Round We Go

June 8th, Shackleford Banks, plus going through Rachel Carson Preserve, Beaufort and MHC

June 7th, Sunset Cruise

Monday, June 1st, a beautiful day to go out to The Cape Lookout Lighthouse (see photos on www.facebook.com/h2ocaptain) with the Senior Captain of Island Express Ferries.

Wednesday, May 27th, another day on the Tiki Bar Boat celebrating a 38th Birthday with wonderful people from Virginia.

Tuesday, May 26th, As one of the Captains of Cruisin' Tikis, we had a good time with the owner and his wife this early this afternoon just prior to the rain commencing

Memorial Day Weekend 2020
Saturday, May 23rd, The Other 1/2 Excursion from the mainland to the island!
The fun started Friday, May 22nd sightseeing around Beaufort.

March 2020
Monday 9, t
rip to Shackleford Banks on a lovely day in March.  Crossing Beaufort Inlet was smooth with sand bars getting decidedly larger and growing more northward.  We cut back through Middle Marsh in low tide as a shortcut back to Beaufort for the entire length of Taylors Creek.  First Mate Lucky with Dave Tolley.

Early March:  Preparing to open up shop.  Waxing the boat.  Purchasing all new Type 1 Commercial Life Jackets with whistles and safety lights.  Change of oil, etc. in our 4-Stroke 150hp Suzuki Engine.

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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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