COVID UPDATE: For the safety of everyone, we require face masks during your tour
Jim Shinn is a retired 27 year USCG veteran and a Licensed USCG Captain. Jim and Katrina are longtime residents of Eastern North Carolina and Virginia, with over 30 years of boating experience. Knowing the area, they both fell in love with Southport and made it their home. We want people to experience all that Southport has to offer. On our Cape Fear Cruise, sit back, relax and enjoy incredible sights of our beautiful coastal area. Water views of Bald Head Island, Oak Island, Southport and the Intracoastal Waterway. Don't forget your cameras as photo opportunities will present themselves and you don't want to miss it....egrets, herons, seagulls and an array of wildlife up close and personal. It's always a great day when you encounter the dolphins at play. Please feel free to share your photos on our Facebook page - we love to share the fun! We also offer our Sunset Cruise where you can witness panoramic views of the most spectacular sunsets.
Cruise lengths - 2 hours
Maximum passengers - 6
Our 24 ft Sailfish has space for everything, with cockpit and bow cold storage, hard-top and rear canvas added for plenty of shade, and underwater lighting for those sunset cruises.
We have comfortable seating for 6 passengers. The Sailfish offers 360 degree visibility from any seating location to ensure you don't miss a thing!
We know you will enjoy this venue as a memorable gathering place for your family and friends while enjoying some of the area's most picturesque coastal scenery.
We accommodate up to 6 passengers. We limit our cruises to your party only so we can personalize your cruise, customize your trip to what you want to see and do and enjoy time with your family or friends. We want your trip to be an experience you will remember.
*Great day with friends on the water and bonus: dolphin sightings galore and all around us. Thank you Southport By Seaside. Such a terrific cruise.
*Thank you Jim and Katrina of Southport By Seaside. Katrina, you're definitely the Dolphin Whisperer!
*Great sunset cruise with Jim and Katrina! My group of friends had so much fun and saw SO many dolphins. Great job Captain Jim and First Mate Katrina!
*This boat tour is highly recommended! You get 2 full hours with 2 amazingly sweet people on a super nice comfy boat. We saw dolphins and learned a lot about the history of the area. Got a ton of amazing photos and videos! Thank you so much!
*We have had a couple of wonderful outings with the Shinn's. Very professional, always fun. Highly recommend!
*A grand time exploring the local waters, dolphins all around us. The spectacular sunset capped off the evening. Highly recommend!
*We enjoyed a lovely evening with Katrina and Jim, out on their boat for a sunset cruise. We highly recommend this tour! We saw dolphins, Bald Head Island and a beautiful sunset, thanks!
*We met this couple when all of our loves came together. The LOVE of Southport. Just one introduction and we all became instant family in the small town. We would strongly suggest taking a cruise with Jim and Katrina. They will not only make you feel welcome but share with you our little slice of heaven that we now call home.....Southport!
*This was the highlight of our trip! Jim and Katrina were great, friendly and informative. Katrina took some beautiful pics. I was a "little" nervous at first having two 5 year olds on the boat but they were secure in their little life jackets and everything went without a hitch. We enjoyed a beautiful sunset and saw LOTS of dolphins close to the boat. I couldn't believe it! The kids enjoyed "riding the waves" and the occasional splashes from sitting in the front. The scenery was breathtaking and I felt very safe.
*Absolutely fantastic experience! Jim and Katrina are super friendly hosts and very knowledgeable. The boat is very comfortable. The dolphin put on a great show and we saw a spectacular sunset. We will go again - highly recommend!
*This was mine and my siblings last activity before we left to head back home and it was amazing! Seeing so many dolphin was the highlight of the boat tour and made for an experience we won't forget! Jim and Katrina were great. Not only did they go out of their way to make sure we had a good time, but they also told us about the history of every place we visited and shared some of their previous adventures with us! Next time we're in Southport, this is a definite visit for us.
*My hubby surprised me with a boat tour with Southport By Seaside and it was a delight! Staff was so nice and accommodating. Beautiful sunset and got to see a lot of dolphin. Best tour I have ever been on!
*We would highly recommend Southport By Seaside Boat Tours! One of the most fun and relaxing things we've done! Can't wait to visit again.
Departs from Southport Marina, cruise lower Cape Fear River, Bald Head Island, Oak Island and Intracoastal Waterway
9:00 am & 1:00 pm
Tours Fri - Sat - Sun
Children (12 & Under) $35
Departs Southport Marina 2 hours before sunset, cruising the lower Cape Fear River, Bald Head Island, Oak Island and Intracoastal Waterway. Call for departure time
Tours Mon - Sun
Children (12 & Under) $35
Whether you're visiting, new to the area or just want to take a break, we can customize a boat tour for you, your family and friends