Early Flight Excursion

On the Northeast Cape Fear River


A relaxing, scenic 1hr 45min cruise from downtown Wilmington up the Northeast Cape Fear River.

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.


  • Cancellation Policy
    • Individual Tickets:  We offer a full refund for cancellations made at least 24 hours in advance of the departure date.
    • Group Charters:  We offer a full refund for cancellations made at least 2 weeks in advance of the departure date.
    • We offer a full refund if we cancel due to weather
    • Patrons that are not present at the time of departure will be charged full charter price.

Wilmington Water Tours

212 South Water Street Wilmington, NC 28401