Outer Banks Boat Cruises

What’s a trip to the Outer Banks without some time spent on or in the ocean or sound? Outer Banks boat cruises give you a way to explore the beach from a watery view. Boat cruises can vary between a tour, a charter boat at your command for a day, taking a ride at a marina, a sailing lesson or a quick cruise around the coast as you watch the sun set. Depending on how much time you have, boat cruise lengths might be half an hour or a day-long event. On Outer Banks boat tours, you might have the opportunity to search for dolphin frolicking through the waves, watch the sunset at the close of a perfect day or just zip around the coast where you can view the rugged shoreline. Ships’ individual captains and mates, who will take you on idyllic trips where you can lounge in style on the boat, lead Outer Banks charter fishing trips. Whichever way you choose to experience Outer Banks cruises, our listing below can help you find the best activity to suit your plans.


Outer Banks Things To Do by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Things To Do by Category

Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours

Outer Banks Boat Cruises
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
Outer Banks Boat Cruises
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
Outer Banks Boat Cruises
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

Kitty Hawk Kites Whalebone Watersports

Outer Banks Boat Cruises
7517 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-4124
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites' Whalebone Watersports location offers dolphin-watch tours, kite boarding, Jet ski rentals and standup paddleboard rentals – some of the most sought-after Outer Banks activities. In addition, kayak eco-tours and rentals are available, including a moonlight and bioluminescence tour. If you’ve never seen these glowing organisms, you owe yourself this experience!

Nor’Banks Sailing Center

Outer Banks Boat Cruises
1314 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 489-4490
Nor’Banks' friendly staff, professional service, modern equipment and gorgeous location make it the ideal destination for watersports on the Outer Banks. Offering Jet ski rentals and tours, parasailing, tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, pontoon boats, bike rentals, sailboat rentals and private sailing instruction, Nor’Banks truly has something for everyone. They've upgraded facilities for 2018, and now you can kick-off your adventure at... read more
Nor’Banks' friendly staff, professional service, modern equipment and gorgeous location make it the... read more

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Outer Banks Boat Cruises
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of 48 boats offers a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting). Nearshore, inshore vessels offer half-day or full-day trips, while the headboat offers a choice of morning or afternoon inlet/sound fishing. Offshore vessels travel to the Gulf Stream, where anglers enjoy a full day on... read more

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of... read more

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

Outer Banks Boat Cruises
2000 Sailfish Drive, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Manteo
(252) 473-3906
(800) 367-4728

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing boats return from the Gulf Stream to the Pirate’s Cove Marina to unload their catches of tuna, dolphin, wahoo and other deep-sea fish. If you’re interested in seeing the fish before they’re cleaned, head down to the docks and watch the mates hurl the whopping creatures onto the docks. Kids... read more

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing... read more