Visitors come to Cape Lookout National Seashore primarily to take advantage of the recreational opportunities found on the islands of Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks. Others are drawn to the park because they are interested in lighthouses, the wild horses or great shelling. Total recreational visits to the park are over 500,000 people per year.

The months of June, July, and August receive the highest visitation, primarily from day users. During a typical year, December through February are the months with the lowest visitation. The majority of visitors to Cape Lookout National Seashore come from within North Carolina. Traditionally these visitors have made trips, sometimes for generations, to this section of the coast for summer visits. However, an increasing number of park visitors come from all fifty states and many foreign countries. At H2O Captain we welcome all visitors to this wonderful national resource of the seashore which belongs to all of us!  H2O Captain looks forward to lifting our anchor and taking you to Shackleford Island and Cape Lookout.

- David, Stephanie, and Oliver F. from Ohio wrote, "We had a great time! Thanks," on their excursion to see the wild horses on Shackleford (they saw 5 of them and collected some real nice shells!)

- Gail S. recommends H2O Captain, as seen on Facebook: "I was planning on a boat trip with my sister and her husband, unfortunately, hurricane Sally came through. the weather was pouring, cold and the ocean was wild. Captain H2O was understanding and refunded our money! such a kind and considerate man. I would recommend Captain H2O as he wants you to have a good time."

- Amy & family from Nebraska.  "We spent the afternoon with captain Mark from www.H2Ocaptain.com  and had an awesome time. He took us to Shackleford island where we saw wild horses and then we toured around the area in his boat. Can’t recommend this enough! Great time!!"

- Niki & family from North Carolina.  "Shelling and swimming and horses Oh My! Review of: BWB Repeat (Boat, Walk, Beach)
Our favorite part of our trip was stepping over a sand dune and seeing some of the wild horses coming right towards us. Captain Mark had lots of information about Shackleford Island and the history of the horses. We had plenty of time to do some shelling, swimming, and horse watching. On the way back, Captain Mark took us on a little tour through the Beaufort Inlet and pointed out some great places to eat. Even though some rain showed up on the way back, it was a remarkable experience."

- Brandon & Melanie's family from Texas.  "This was absolutely the best experience! All due to Captain Mark. He is so wonderful. We brought our 6 and 8 year old and he was so amazing with them!!!! DEFINITELY 5 stars"

- Meredith & Family from Texas.  Another 5 Star Review!!!!!  "This was our first time doing an excursion like this in the Beaufort area and we would now count it as a "must-do" part of a vacation here. Our entire family loved it! The boat ride was a blast, we learned a lot of history, and the beach Captain Mark took us to was incredible! He even surprised our two children with extra beach toys and floats! The boat was very comfortable and we loved being able to have a flexible itinerary to work around how we wanted to spend our time. Captain Mark goes above and beyond and we look forward to going again!"

-  Milton & Amelia from North Carolina:  "Where do we begin? We had a fabulous day with Captain Mark! My wife and I love this area and are planning to purchase a boat next summer. We were looking for someone with expertise in boating to show us around and give us guidance navigating the area. We were more than pleased with Captain Mark. We had a blast! He showed us the most beautiful spots while teaching us the rules of the waterway and boat navigation. He is a real professional and went above and beyond to show us what we needed to do to get started with boating. We were even lucky enough to see wild horses and dolphins - 3 times! We highly recommend Captain Mark and we look forward to boating with him again!"

-  Shirley from West Virginia:  "WOW Captain Mark.....really impressed with H20"

-  Dave from North Carolina:  "The Captain was very informative about the island and the surrounding area. We felt very safe on the boat ride over and back from the island."

-  Sarah from Kentucky:  "Thank you so much for the great trip yesterday!  It was a highlight for sure, and I think you even topped the pirate ship for the boys.  Thanks again for everything!!"

-  Linda from Maryland:  "Captain Mark did an excellent job getting us to Shackleford. We did a short hike on a sandy path to the ocean side. Beautiful beach! We also ran into about 4 wild horses including a baby.  Cape lookout lighthouse was next. Again excellent ride over. Walked on the boardwalk out to the ocean. Pristine beach. Captain Mark was always making sure we were well taken care of and were having fun. Highly recommend!!"

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Captain's Logbook - 11. 21. 2020


H2O Captain is 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 on Shackleford Banks, our most popular excursion.  Captain Mark looks forward to serving you in 2021.  Last year we spent 77 days out on the water!  Fun, safe, and educational times for all!

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