Things to Do in Manteo, NC: Boat Cruises

Including Roanoke Island Dolphin Cruises

Roanoke Island celebrates its maritime culture, and chartering boats or boarding a boat tour are two primary things to do in Manteo, NC, that give people a taste of it. A variety of Manteo and Wanchese boat cruises take guests out on the water. Take a guided dolphin cruise in the sound around Roanoke Island. See all of the sound – right up to the Oregon Inlet – on a half-day cruise. Take in the views of purple martins on evenings in the late summer. And for a fun activity on a special occasion, kick back and watch the sun sink into the sound on a sunset cruise.

Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours

Boat Cruises in Manteo, NC
400 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo Waterfront, Manteo
(252) 473-1475
(866) 473-1475

It’s very exciting to watch bottlenosed dolphins frolicking and rolling through the water. Dolphins live in the sounds and from June through October frequent the local waters. Capt. Stuart Wescott, a ninth-generation Roanoke Island native, has been conducting dolphin watch tours in the Roanoke Sound aboard the 53-foot pontoon-type boat Capt. Johnny for nearly 25 years. If you miss the dolphins on your first trip,... read more

It’s very exciting to watch bottlenosed dolphins frolicking and rolling through the water. Dolphins live... read more

Country Girl Charters

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Boat Cruises in Roanoke Island, NC
1 Sailfish Drive, Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six or more people. Call for rates and schedules. These Outer Banks charter fishing trips usually yield tuna and mahi-mahi, wahoo, king mackerel, marlin or sailfish depending on the season and conditions. The Country Girl also offers head boat-style wreck fishing. The 57-foot sportfisher can accommodate up to 27 passengers and... read more

The Country Girl can be chartered for full-day Gulf Stream trips for parties of six... read more

Crystal Dawn Head Boat

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina
Boat Cruises in Manteo, NC
2000 Sailfish Drive, Docks at Pirate's Cove Marina, Manteo
(252) 473-5577

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Crystal Dawn is conveniently accessible for anyone based on the northern Outer Banks. The comfortable 65-foot double-decker boat offers head boat fishing in the sounds and around Oregon Inlet as well as a variety of fun cruises around Roanoke Island. On a head boat fishing trip you'll catch fish... read more

Looking to get out on the water? Docked at Pirate's Cove Marina on the Nags... read more

Grandpa's Charters

Outer Banks Marina
Boat Cruises in Wanchese, NC
708 Harbor Road, Manteo
(252) 473-9991
(866) 473-1475
(252) 305-8862

See how local seafood is caught. On these tours, the captain pulls a small, commercial-type shrimp net behind the boat. Passengers get to sort the catch and examine the shrimp, fish and crabs that are harvested – and they get to take home anything that's of legal size. Grandpa's also offers inshore fishing trips, spear fishing, shark fishing, ocean wreck/bottom hole charters, cobia charters and clam-digging... read more

See how local seafood is caught. On these tours, the captain pulls a small, commercial-type... read more