The ocean and waterways of North Carolina's beautiful southern coast satisfy a wide range of interests. Whether your passion is swimming, boating, surfing, fishing or simply watching waves, the sea offers endless possibilities for exploration, education and contemplation.
Binoculars are great for spotting ships at sea, watching the playful dolphins and whales, and keeping an eye on pelicans as they dive for fish. As ships enter Wilmington, be sure to wave to the sailors on deck because inbound ships have probably been at sea for months and the guys seem eager for a friendly greeting.
A truly fun activity is to ride the Fort Fisher-Southport ferry across the wide mouth of the Cape Fear River from Fort Fisher at the southern tip of Pleasure Island to the charming village of Southport (or vice versa).