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Frequently Asked Questions!

Here are some of the questions we get about Wrightsville Beach and out scenic boat tours.

When is the next low tide?

Birding is best at low tide. That’s when all the birds are on the exposed sandbars.

Tides courtesy of, who offer a rich information source for beach going on Wrightsville Beach. Full Site and Just the tide chart for the next week.

What’s the surf look like?

The Blockade Runner provides a Beach Cam and a weather report for your travel planning needs. They also run a pretty good hotel – All Wrightsville Beach Scenic Tours leave from the Blockade Runner dock.

Where can I park?

Parking on Wrightsville Beach is expensive. So, it’s best to car pool. The meters along Wynick directly in front of the Dock are $2.50 an hour. You can pay by credit card with a phone in service. Capt Joe and his Mates keep plenty of quarters in case you need change.

Where can I shop for supplies?

There are a couple of places to pick up supplies for you trip on the island. Roberts Grocery is a long time favorite. Lighthouse Beer and Wine has a wide selection of beverages. And, there is a Harris Teeter .5 mile past the draw bridge on 74.

What should I bring on my tour?

The Shamrock is shady for your ride or tour. But, if you are getting off on Masonboro Island, be sure to bring everything you need. There are no facilities on the island. Food, drinks, towels, sunscreen, shade – everything you need for a day at the beach. Shoes – not flipFlops -are recommended for Masonboro Island.

Coolers, mellow dogs, surf boards, beach chairs and unbrellas – You can bring it all (within reason) on the Shamrock. There is plenty of room all but the most busy of days. If you need to bring a very large amount of stuff, just call ahead to make sure there’s room.

Can I bring my own cooler?

Yes! We love coolers. You may bring whatever you like inside the cooler. Water, soft drinks, wine and beer are stocked in limited supply on the Shamrock.

Can I get off the boat?

Harbor, Sunset and fishing tours, no. The masonboro shuttle, of course, you get off the boat. Advanced birding and shelling tours allow you to leave the boat.

The answer is – it depends.

What is required to make a reservation ?

Review the site and get an idea of what and when you would like to come on a trip. Then use the contact page to get in touch! You can reserve with a credit card and pay on the day of the trip.

Are alcoholic beverages permited on the boat?

Yes! You can BYOB or sample from the boats supplies.