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Black Water Adventure

Come & get close up to the birds


This cruise is a favorite for photographers, birders & nature buffs

The perfect morning adventure !

The ideal way to spend an unforgettable morning. This has become our signature cruise and Captain Doug’s favorite. Join us as we head up the Northeast Cape Fear River to the upper reaches of the black water system of this mysterious river.

Start your day on the water in search of wildlife and many of our feathered friends, while listening to interesting commentary about the rich history of this area. This close to 2 hour cruise  is a rewarding experience as you learn about Wilmington and our precious wildlife, while enjoying a peaceful morning ride on our safe and relaxing catamaran. Visit our full bar for a freshly brewed cup of coffee or for the best Bloody Mary on the river.

The Northeast Cape Fear River is still largely unpopulated and looks much as it did when Wilmington was colonized in the late 1600s. We cruise through the Castle Hayne Aquifer and by the bluffs of the Rose Hill Plantation.

This excursion is comfortable and inspirational. Photographers, birders, and nature buffs love the variety of wildlife and native plants that adorn the river banks. Your time with us presents you with the opportunity to see osprey, alligators, sea turtles, and river otters, just to name a few. Bring your camera so you won’t forget the untouched beauty of this early morning adventure.