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From Corolla to Ocracoke, we have the best tours of the area.

Southern Hatteras Tour

Northern Hatteras Tour

Ocracoke Tour

OBX Tour

Hatteras Village

Cape Hatteras

Enjoy a leisurely drive along the southern dog-leg of Hatteras Island, referred to by the Hatteras Indians of long ago as "Croatoan." Today these are the beautifully-sublime villages of Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras. You'll hear stories about Buxton Woods, the largest maritime forest in the United States; historic Trent (Frisco), the Island's oldest community, and the once-vibrant world seaport of Hatteras and it's fascinating evolution.



Highlights of the tour include:



Hatteras Weather Station

"Let there be Light(s)"

     Alexander Hamilton, that guy on our $10 bill today, is a Hatteras Island hero. Without him, there's no lighthouses on the American shoreline.


"Wash-Ups, Been-Here's, and Come-Here's"

     The natives and locals may have gotten on this sandbar in different ways, but one thing's for sure, we've all got sand in our shoes and salt water in our veins!


"Somethin' Fishy"

     Hatteras village was once home to the largest active Porpoise Fishery in North America.


"Blue-eyed Indians"

     English explorer John Lawson lands at King's Point in April 1701 and is "shocked and amazed" at what he discovers.


"Weather? Yeah, we got that"

     Hatteras village housed one of the nation's earliest and most critical weather stations with many "Firsts" and a dark secret with it.


"When Hatteras was the Capitol"

     President Abraham Lincoln took seriously the Hatteras Convention of 1861 to expedite the end of the Civil War."

This is a tour of the northern most villages on Hatteras Island from Kinnakeet to Chicamacomico.  Now that's a mouthful. For those who are not familiar with Hatteras Island, this tour includes the villages of Avon, Salvo, Waves and Rodanthe.


Cruise the Outer Banks National Scenic Byway, step back in time and experience Avon village and the tri-villages of Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo the way it used to be. This popular tour is a buzz saw of Native American heritage, barrier island dynamics and coastal processes, personalities of long-ago, and a boatload of neat information like the origin of place names, wreck commissioners and Civil War and U.S. Lifesaving Service history.

Highlights of the tour include:

"The Midgetts are BIG around here"

     Learn the fascinating history of this iconic Outer Banks



"The Chicamacomico Races"

     Betcha didn't know that this area was pivotal in the outcome

     of the Civil War


"Ribbon of Sand"

     There's more geologic energy in one tidal cycle than a

     volcanic eruption.


"Moments of Sheer Terror"

     Strap yourself in and experience the realities of this

     dangerous profession.


"King Kinnakeet"

     Solve the mystery of The Lost Colony with the tribal leader

     who knew....

Why wait in a long ferry line to go to Ocracoke? Our tour bus has priority status on the ferry so you can save time, go in comfort and learn something at the same time.



Hatteras Tours most popular tour.  A family favorite not to be missed.

The ferry ride is only half the fun.  Traveling 13 miles on a remote island to a historic Outer Banks village completes your day of adventure and excitement.

Highlights of the tour include:


  • Little Known Facts about Blackbeard the Pirate
  • Ocracoke personalities
  • Ocracoke Lighthouse
  • Springers Point
  • Ocracoke Ponies & Mounted Boy Scouts of Ocracoke
  • Family name origins
  • Howard Street
  • Ocracoke, celebrity destination
  • Portsmouth Island

Silver Lake and Ocracoke Village

This tour runs on Wednesdays and/or Thursdays and picks up at Duck, Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills and Nags Head and tours southward to Ocracoke Island, taking in three famous lighthouses along the way. Call or email for pick up points and times."

Bodie Island Lighthouse

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

Ocracoke Lighthouse

Lighthouses & Lifesavers Itinerary for OBX Tour

6:45 - 7:15 AM Pick up stops from Duck to Nags Head


8:00 AM Bodie Island Lighthouse, Oregon Inlet & Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge.


9:00 AM Cape Hatteras Lighthouse – Visit the tallest brick beacon on the American coast, standing at 208 feet high.  Learn the marvelous history, which includes its half-mile move in 2000 away from the sea.   30 minutes


9:30 AM Board bus for Hatteras - Ocracoke Ferry


10:00 AM  Board free ferry to Ocracoke Island. - Enjoy a 40-minute free ferry ride to

historic Ocracoke Island.  This is where the famous pirate, Blackbeard,  was beheaded by a British naval captain in 1718.  40 minutes


11:00 AM Ocracoke Pony Pens & Ocracoke Beach – See & hear the intriguing story behind the famous ‘Banker Ponies and view the #1 Beach in America in 2007-2008!


11:30 AM Ocracoke Museum & Visitor Center  -  Explore Silver Lake and these attractions at historic Ocracoke Island. 15 mins.


11:50 AM Lunch “on your own” at world-famous Howard’s Pub.   1 hour


1:00 PM Ocracoke Lighthouse - Nestled along Silver Lake, this whitewashed tower is as picturesque as lighthouses can get!  Built in 1823 it is the oldest operating lighthouse in the Carolinas & the 2nd oldest in the nation. 20 mins.


1:30 PM Board bus for Ocracoke – Hatteras Ferry


4:30 - 5:15 PM Return to northern Outer Banks

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