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!!!!!

 

Reawaken your inner traveler.  Adventure 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 discover great shelling on Shackleford Banks, our MOST POPULAR excursion, as well as The Cape Lookout Lighthouse, plus many other outing adventures, and we are regulated by the USCG to go into the North Atlantic Ocean!
Our Private Boat Tours lasts 2 to 12 hours depending on which excursion you choose. The itinerary is flexible. 
•  The typical departure time is 11:00 am.  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 6 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 this location offers FREE parking for 1 car right off the Causeway!
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The advantages gained in the H2O Captain Center Console walkaround boat over a flatboat are more square footage for the passengers, a larger storage area, and a more comfortable ride in waves and chop, especially since all passengers sit on cushioned seats. Hence, we are even permitted to go into the ocean by the National Park Service, something the USCG doesn't recommend for a flat bottom boat. Please note the relatively high deadrise and freeboard, both of which make our boat a more capable and safe vessel.
•  H2O Captain is NOT a ferry boat!  Passengers can see and talk with each other and can sit very comfortably for an extended time, hence, a
 dining table can be set up by Capt Mark if you bring 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 engage in discovering great shelling will receive as their keepsake, an official H2O Captain shelling bag!

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

H2O Captain has received the blessing of the USCG as the company participates in the voluntary safety program receiving a formal and detailed Safety Inspection of its boat from bow to stern.

TBottlenose Dolphins Looking at youhe best days of the week for serenity to create a wonderful experience are weekdays.  Excursions start at $499.

We offer the best way to safely social distance, to be your destress, and to consider your health & wellness.  Please know that Captain Mark has received both doses of the C-19 vaccine and its booster.  

 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 your Adventure Travel!

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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 in 2022 at the 3-way intersection of Fun, Safe, and Educational.

And if I had a boat
I'd go out on the ocean
And if I had a pony
I'd ride him on my boat
And we could all together
Go out on the ocean
I said me upon my pony on my boat

--Lyle Lovett's "If I Had a Boat"

2022

September 18,  A Trip Down the ICW to the Emerald Isle / Swansboro Area

September 16,  'Round We Go!

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

September 13, Teaching Tuesday, Boat Handling

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

September 4,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

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

August 15,  'Round We Go!

August 27,  On the Outside

August 24,  On the Outside

August 21,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 17,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 15,  'Round We Go!

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

August 11,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 10, Money On The Horses: A 2 Island Tour, Sand Dollar Island, & Shackleford Banks

August 8, Double Trouble:  Shack Attack and a Lighthouse!!

August 6, Double Trouble:  Shack Attack and a Lighthouse!!

August 5,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 4, Money On The Horses: A 2 Island Tour, Sand Dollar Island, & Shackleford Banks

August 3, Money On The Horses: A 2 Island Tour, Sand Dollar Island, & Shackleford Banks

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

July 28,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 27,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 25,  Double Trouble:  Shack Attack and a Lighthouse!!

July 24,  Double Trouble:  Shack Attack and a Lighthouse!!

July 23,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 20,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 18,  Double Trouble:  Shack Attack and a Lighthouse!!

July 16,  Boat Handling

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

July 13, Money On The Horses: A 2 Island Tour, Sand Dollar Island, & Shackleford Banks

July 12,  Boat Handling

July 11,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

July 8,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!) Postponed due to weather

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

July 4,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

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

June 27,  Money On The Horses: A 2 Island Tour, Sand Dollar Island, & Shackleford Banks

June 26,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 25,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 24,  Money On The Horses: A 2 Island Tour, Sand Dollar Island, & Shackleford Banks

June 23,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 22,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 20,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

June 8,  A 3 Island Tour: Sand Dollars, Wild Horses, and a Lighthouse Oh My!!!

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

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

May 29,  'Round We Go!

May 28,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

May 25,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

May 21,  'Round We Go!

May 19,  'Round We Go! (with a stop for lunch at the Beaufort Docks!)

May 15,  Money on the Horses:  Sand Dollar Island and Shackleford Island

May 14,  'Round We Go!

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

May 5,  On the Outside

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

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

April 23,  'Round We Go!

April 21,  On The Outside

April 13,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

April 4,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

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

April 1,  'Round We Go!

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

March 26,  'Round We Go!

January 5, Local Knowledge

2021

October 22,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

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

October 13,  EXCLUSIVE EXCURSION - Lunch in Swansboro and the ICW (Intracoastal Waterway)

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

October 6,  A 2-Island Tour:  Sand Dollar Island and Shackleford

October 4,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

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

September 29,  'Round We Go!

September 27,  On The Outside:  Cape Lookout

September 26,  Sand Dollar Island, "Round We Go!"

September 25,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

September 24,  A 3-Island Tour: Sand Dollars, Wild Horses, and a Lighthouse Oh My!!!

September 20,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

September 19,  Local Knowledge / Boat Handling

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

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

September 13,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

September 5,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

September 4,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

September 3,  Sand Dollar Island, "Round We Go!"

August 29,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 27,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 26,  A 3-Island Tour: Sand Dollars, Wild Horses, and a Lighthouse Oh My!!!

August 25,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 19,  A 2-Island Tour:  Sand Dollar Island and Wild Horses on Shack

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

August 16,  Captain's Training Cruise

August 15,  On The Outside

August 14,  'Round We Go!

August 13,  On The Outside

August 12,  Double Trouble:  Shack Attack and a Lighthouse

August 11,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 8,  'Round We Go!

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

August 6,  On The Outside (canceled by client)

August 5,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

August 4,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

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

July 29,  Local Knowledge / Boat Handling

July 23,  BWB Repeat - Boat, Walk, Beach...Repeat (our most popular excursion!)

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,  At First Light

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.