Details for Bald Head Island Marina

Bald Head Island Marina

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Average rating 4.5 stars from 67 reviews

Address PO Box 3069
Bald Head Island, NC 28461


After hours contact

Facility type

Marina - YES
Club - NO
Fuel - YES
Repair - NO
Municipal - NO
Other - NO


VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Ben Traynham



Joene Williamson

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Amex, MC, Visa, Discover

Payment discounts

10% discount for 500 gallons or more.
10% group discount for five or more boats.
10% discount on dockage and 5% for fuel for MTOA and AGLCA members.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Entrance is marked by two concrete jetties with rip rap and ATONs. Directly across from Cape Fear River buoy #13A.





Tide & current additional info

Be careful at the marina entrance on a falling tide with a southwest wind.


Approach: 10
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: 7

Other depth info: Easy run over from the ICW. Lots of water. Only strong winds from the wrong direction would make it unpleasant.

Dock typesWood - NO
Concrete - NO
Floating - YES
Fixed - NO
T/Alongside - YES
Other - NO

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: 32

Other info:


Transient: 25
Total: 155
Transient price: $2.00/ft (2017-08-21)

Other price info: Summer (Friday before Memorial Day to Labor Day) rates are $2.00 per foot.
Winter/Spring/Fall rates are $1.50 per foot.
Minimum fees on daily rates.
Monthly: $11.50 per foot Winter/Spring/Fall. $15.00 per foot Summer.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - YES

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp - $5.00/day; 50 amp - $7.50/day; 100 amp - $15.00/day.
Electric included with monthly slip fees.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - CATV some slips.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - $20 charge for less than 5 hours.

Liveaboard info



Fuel brand: No ethanol 93 octane gasoline.

Gas price$3.59/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: 10% discount for 500 gallons or more.

Diesel price$2.69/gal (2017-08-21)

Other price info: 10% discount for 500 gallons or more.


Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: This is a great destination for pets. The island is very pet friendly. There is a field across the street from the marina and beach access all over the island. The closest access from the marina is just past the ferry landing.

Disability access

Yes - Ramps available to the bathrooms and the restaurant. Access to the docks would only be available at high tide as otherwise the ramps are very steep.

Launch service


Pump out





Yes - At the top of the dock near the bathrooms and throughout the island. Picked up daily.


Yes - One men's and one women's. Dockmaster will give you a code when you check in. Nice facilities. There is a third handicap accessible restroom in the same building also an outdoor shower.




Yes - 1 washer, 1 dryer - $1.25.


Yes - 1.5 miles away. Top rate - with fresh meat, fish, gourmet cheeses, wide variety of vegetables.


Yes - A very nice and well stocked hardware store is next to the grocery store, about 1.5 miles from the marina.


Yes - Multiple choices. Mojo's on the harbor (Formerly Eb&Flo's) serves bar food. The Bald Head Club and the Shoals Club are higher end but across the island - you would need a golf cart. There is also a pizza, sandwich shop near the BH Club that locals say is very good.


Yes - Mojo's on the Harbor (Formerly Eb and Flo's) is right at the marina.

Hotels or motels

Yes - There is at least one B and B down the street.

Repair capabilities


Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities

Yes - Wet

Fishing supplies

Yes - At the Dockmaster's office.

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi. Only available if you are sitting at the dock office. WiFi is broadcast throughout the entire marina.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - There are a couple of places to launch kayaks.


Yes - Golf carts or bikes can be rented. There is a ferry to take you to the mainland (Southport).

Call cYc Marina Shuttle to arrange pickup on the mainland. On demand, pet friendly, low flat fee takes you anywehere in the Southport area - unlimited stops and time. Call Hank @ 910-742-0083

Other services

J&J Boat Services provides underwater hull cleaning, propeller removal, zinc changes etc. as well as Full Service Boat Detailing.
Contact: Justin at 910-616-0959


There is much natural beauty here - beaches, maritime forests, birding, plenty of places to kayak, and of course the turtles in season. Check out the Bald Head Conservancy they have lots of programs and run turtles walks ( There is also a golf course and swimming pool and fitness center at the club.

Reviews for Bald Head Island Marina
Thank god for this marina, 2017-05-05
Captain: , Port Salerno (30)

We left Savannah expecting to make it to Georgetown, but we made grat time so decided to continue to Southport. Of course, the wind died, so we had a slow morning. Tinming was tight since the slack before ebb was at 7:40 pm and we were going to be a little late. We entered the Cape Fear channel around 8 pm and struggled to make it to Bald Head Island Marina. The cjannel is well lit, but with the current, the adreneline was pumping until we made the turn into the marina. It was as calm as coul be inside and we were able to dock in the dark without a problem.
The next morning we were pleasantly surprised to find a nice coffee shop, good hot showers and MoJo's for lunch. We will definitely be back to explore the Island further.

Great place to stop if coming in or leaving Cape Fear River, 2017-04-06
Captain: , Annapolis MD (150)

Easy in and out ... plenty of water (est. 8ft mlw) if you stay in mid-channel. We stayed here end of March and had swells from the southwest, which created a little roll inside the marina. We were on A dock by the bath house (very clean). Ferries didn't bother us at all. Restaurants and coffee shop on-site. Nice ships store. Friendly staff.

2017 NEW YEARS CELEBRATION, 2016-12-31
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (986)

What could better, returning to BHI and MOJOs for NY Eve and CLEMSON football. Do wish the HOA would replace the light bulbs at the dock ramps. EVERY bulb was out making it very dark and very unsafe!

Easy access, very clean and modern marina. Plenty of water at 3 hours before high tide, 7 to 9 feet. Very helpful staff and well stocked marina store. Experienced Captains should have no problems with docking here. Plenty of room to accomplish go arounds! We were surprised with a new pump out this year! No vehicles on BHI so rent a golf cart and enjoy a wonderful island. Two nice restaurants and both are very good. Nice shopping in several locations on the island. "No seeams" were absent on this visit! Highly recommend stopping here.

Great stop, 2016-11-20
Captain: , Chesapeake Yacht Club (70)

We were getting beat up by the waves and decided to cut this leg short by stopping here. This is a great find. We came in 1 hour before low tide and saw a min depth of 8.8 ft in the channel, much more water inside.
Floating docks and competitive diesel pricing on top of two restaurants and a short walk to beaches.
We will definitely return.

Nice, simple & easy in/out, 2016-10-23
Captain: , North Palm Beach, FL (490)

We stayed here to get an easy out for our long run to CHS and could not have been more pleased. Ben was friendly, helpful, courteous and professional. Dinner at Delphina's was good, docks were nice, and price was right. We will be back-thanks!
Peter & Anne on ARIES

Convenient!, 2016-09-17
Captain: , Tampa, FL (40)

This marina is TOP KNOTCH! Excellent protection on all sides for storms, easy in and out access and a perfect "Pit Stop" due to its proximity to open water or ICW.

Good stop for an overnight we or two as well! Friendly staff, nice floating docks and great restaurants on site. Facilities are clean, modern and well maintained! A favorite stop quick or slow during deliveries!

Capt. Jeff Lewis
On Watch Yacht Delivery & Training

Very Nice Marina, 2016-07-29
Captain: , Wickford, RI (456)

This is a very nice place to stay. The staff is helpful and couldn't be friendlier. Docking is easy, once in the inlet there's no current. There's Power, Water and WiFi at the docks, a resturant on-site. The Island is beautiful, and worth exploring. Near the marina you can rent golf carts to go shopping and explore the island. There are no cars allowed on the island.

I'll be back in the Spring.

We returned in the Spring, we ended up staying for a few days. Explored the Island a little, sampled the resturants. Did some shopping. This marina and Island seems to be a well kept secret.
We'll be back in the Fall.

Another great visit!, 2016-05-10
Captain: , Little River SC (586)

As usual, Bald Head is a great stop and excellent protection after riding the 4-6 footers in the ocean. BTW, the previous poste said there was no provsioining. That is not true! THere is a full size grocery store on the island. Free Pump out and the rate was $1.50 foot.

Bald Head Island Marina, 2015-11-27
Captain: , Leamington, Ontario (710)

Us - 47 foot sailboat, 6' draft, 66' air draft.
Entrance - watch timing for commercial traffic, narrow entrance. Very well protected marina, but not much air movement. Good restaurants close by. Fuel available. Nice showers. No provisioning here.

Very nice facility on beautiful island, 2015-10-27
Captain: , Jamestown RI (263)

Echo Dave77 comments. Very nice marina on a beautiful island. Definitely needed to power up to manage current through inlet but once inside no problems. Jack on duty when we arrived was very helpful. Onsite restaurants were good and island is beautiful to bike or walk.

Just beautiful!! A must, 2015-10-23
Captain: , Wickford, RI (1007)

Roberto & Maria
48' Kadey Krogen
Well....We did return and we're not disappointed. Stayed three nights and didn't want to leave. This marina and the entire island is a gem.
Ben, Joene and Jack in the dock office are as friendly as can be and extremely accommodating. The restaurants are good, the peacefulness of the island and the marina itself is worth the trip.
Will be back in the Spring in our way north.

Roberto & Maria
48' Kadey Krogen

Our first time here, and can't wait to return. Friendly staff, decent restaurants, clean showers. Rented a golf cart and explored and enjoyed the nature, beauty of the island.
Don't agree with previous comment. We had to turn around (twice), in our 48' Krogen and had no issues at all.
Just a great paradise.

Put this stop on your list, 2015-06-19
Captain: , St. Petersburg, FL (201)

Easy in/out and the island is definitely a must-see (I agree with the other reviews). Rent a golf cart and explore. Good market and h/w store in the center of the island.

A great island marina!, 2015-06-12
Captain: , Sunbury, Ga (352)

Easy in and easy out. Just watch the tidal surge at the entrance. Marina staff was fantastic in helping us dock and hooking up power and water. Nice docks. Clean restrooms. 2 onsite restaurants. The island is a must to see.

Great Marina, 2014-11-20
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (310)

The staff here are the best.

sweet stop, 2014-11-08
Captain: , South Portland, Maine (847)

We came in on a draining tide, a little crabbing at the entrance to offst the current but all was well as soon as we cleared that. If you power up to get in and are crabbing, the turn to starboard or port to straighten out can be fun.

We are travelling with 4 YO twins and the golf cart rental option was a huge hit to go see the alligators at the golf course.

Great staff, would come back often for the tranquill setting and exploration of the island. Golf cart is $64/day, a little steep, but worth it for the kids, they have bikes for rent too or use your own.

Nice Marina, but surgy, 2014-10-18
Captain: , Dillon, CO (31)

Good quality floating docks, decent showers and laundry. No current inside the basin. Island is very beautiful and well worth a visit. Only two drawbacks: 1) There can be surge inside the marina basin, especially in a westerly wind. 2) The basin is kind of tight, not a lot of room to turn around for a 44 LOA sailboat like ours. You can ask to be put on a T-head to make docking easier.

A Must Stop, 2014-10-13
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (115)

The Marina; Staff and Island itself is a must stop on your way through the Southport / Oak Island area. Ben, Joene, Will & Jack (Marina Staff) are always helpful and will make your stay a wonderful memory. We have stayed several times and always look forward to our return.

Great stop, 2014-09-05
Captain: , Sanford, Fl. (887)

This was our first time to the island. Rented a golf cart and got to see a beautiful island left pretty much natural (at least as natural as can be and have people living here). The marina is first class. It is a little rolly with the ferry coming and going every 1/2 hour. But other than that very nice. We will be back!

resort living, 2014-06-08
Captain: , CHARLESTON (330)

after crossing the choppy cape fear river inlet, this sheltered harbor is welconing. Helpful hands, no current, great suroundings. We biked the island and enjoyed the history, quanit buildings and the market has wonderful meats and produce. Would make a great vacation spot with kids

One of our faves!, 2014-05-19
Captain: , Savannah (20)

We have stopped at Bald Head Island Marina several times and we have never been disappointed. The marina and island are BEAUTIFUL! Rent a cart or a bike and take a tour. The marina staff have always been helpful and couteous. I can't comment on any showers/bathrooms as I've never used them, but there is a vey nice restaurant at the marina. They used to offer free appetizers to marina guests, but the restaurant changed owners and that stopped, but it isn't a deterrent for us. Wonderful natural scenery, wildlife, and gorgeous beach houses for viewing.
Definitely make it a stop!

Enjoyable Stop, 2014-05-10
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL (241)

The Island and what if offers is definitely 5 stars. We rented a golf cart and toured the island, beaches and shops. Had excellent meals at the restaurant near the marina. The staff were all friendly and helpful. Went kayaking on Baldhead River - good birding. Saw a sea turtle. The Marina facility is excellent, but a little tired. The restrooms are clean, but not at the same level of quality as the rest of the resort. In all, a pleasant respite from slogging up the ICW.

Worth a Stop, 2014-04-14
Captain: , Colorado Springs CO (180)

We spent several days at the marina after the high season (end of October, 2013) and enjoyed biking all over the beautiful island which does not allow automobiles. The beaches are prisitine, and the staff was very friendly.

Great Marina with terrific staff, 2014-03-23
Captain: , East Coast (184)

Thoroughly enjoyed our stay here on New Year's Eve, our first time at BHI. Per other reviews, getting a handle on the cross-current before approaching and entering the basin is VERY important and, as has been said, prepare to apply extra power coming through the breakwater if the current is moving. Dock staff was quick and courteous with response on VHF and couldn't have been more friendly and helpful with suggestions on how to best enjoy the island. Looking forward to returning!

Excellent & Convenient, 2013-11-08
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1011)

Convenient stop if you are running outside. We were only transient in early December, but fueled and settled in to a quiet night at this excellent marina after fueling.

Pay attention to the strong current outside the harbor "Shute" and carry a little extra speed as you transition the entrance pilings in or out. These are fendered with numerous tires for good reason!

This is great place to stretch your legs or ride your bikes, around the well planned and lovely landscaped community with no traffic. You can climb to the top of the historic lighthouse and appreciate the extensive marshlands and beaches.

Special Island, 2013-11-07
Captain: , Pasadena,Maryland (510)

The island is a must stop. It is a 2-mile side trip from Southport. Island accessed only by ferry, tug/barge, and boat. Plenty of entertaimnet watching the tug/barge come in. Took a island tour- great. Visit Old Baldy lighthouse. Marina has all the basics. The side trip is made worthwhile by the island. Well worth the side trip.

Great marina and community, 2013-07-10
Captain: , Apollo Beach, FL (928)

We stopped here to visit with friends who have a house on the island. Marina facilities are first rate. Walking up to the marina office, we had an offer of a ride to the grocery store if we needed one. Had excellent dinner at Delphina's. Nice grocery but very limited chandlery. They are trying to address the shoaling issue, but since I draw less than 4 feet it was not an issue for me. When turning into the marina channel, be sure to leave some room to turn away in case a ferry or other large boat is headed out.

Favorite Marina, 2013-06-30
Captain: , Beaufort, S.C. (640)

Bald Head is one of our favorite destinations for a summer cruise! We love the island atmosphere. The marina is well protected and quiet as long as you request a slip away from the ferry dock. Pump outs are free. Getting around is accomplished either by walking, biking or renting a golf cart (no cars). There is a grocery store, hardware store and a few nice boutiques at the Island Center. You can purchase a weekly pass allowing you to use all of the amenities at the beach club. The beach itself is gorgeous and one of the few places where due to location you can watch the sun both rise and set from the beach. This is a great place to relax for a week or more.

We loved Bald Head Island, 2013-06-16
Captain: , Miami Beach (245)

We were going to stop in Southport, but after reading reviews, we made a last minute decision to come here. Glad we did. The marina, well protected and surrounded by quaint homes, is nice enough. But the real beauty of this island is a bike ride away. If you don't have a bike you can rent one. There are no cars on the island, only golf carts. There are miles and miles of golf cart paths/bike paths. You can bike through maritime forests or along the coast through the dunes. They are very careful to make sure the homes fit in with the environment, the entire place built since the 80's but made to look like a weathered seaside village. 80% of the island is a nature preserve. There is an well hidden golf course, visible when you climb to to the top of "Old Baldy" NC's oldest lighthouse. Beautiful everywhere we went. There is a shopping area with a great hardware store and a very good grocery store, but it is a bike or golf cart ride away. Other reviews complained about the ferry operation, but we actually enjoyed watching the ferry come in and out. The marina is very well protected. We were here when a 30 knot squall line came through, and we didn't even wake up. We will definitely come back here when we return south.

Be careful coming through the inlet. Be aware of the cross current of the Cape Fear River. When you compensate for that current, once you get inside the Bear Head Island cut, you will be out of the current, and you may need to quickly adjust your steering to eliminate the compensation. Stay to the green side of the cut; there is a sand bar that sticks out on the red side.

Wonderful destination and marina, 2013-06-09
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1850)

This is a great place to spend a week. The marina is spacious with large slips as you come in straight ahead and slightly to the right. The ferry does come in every hour. There are three tee heads to the left with a wide thoroughfare. The thoroughfares down from each tee head dock appear narrow. We stayed at the end of C dock.
Great staff and amenities.

Bald Head Island is wonderful. Very flush with flora, fauna and wildlife. The small central village has a hardware store, grocery and some shops. An earlier poster commented that the grocery store is not a provisioning stop. This is true but for food and stuff you may need during your stay it is fine. Not as expensive as other groceries along the way. I don't agree about going to Southport to provision - ferry is $27 and there isn't a store nearby to the central city.

Bicycles are a must or rent a cart. Easy peddling everywhere. Visit the Conservancy and take the two hour guided tour. (only available on certain days).

This is a beautiful place and well worth the stop.

They do offer a discount for AGLCA members.

NOTE: Well protected marina. We sat Andrea out hear without any problems.

Awesome Marina, 2013-05-11
Captain: , St Petersburg, Fl (222)

Wonderful dock master and the restaurant is out of this world I would definitely come back

Great Place, 2013-05-01
Captain: , Miami, FL (94)

This is our second time here, and it certainly won't be our last.

First, be careful coming into the marina through the channel. Watch the tide and the wind, and then don't be surprised if the boat gets "sucked" starboard. Just be careful: come in a little "hot" and stay in the middle of the channel.

Ben, the regional marina manager, and Doug, the manager, and the staff are knowledgeable and friendly. What more can a captain ask for!

People on the island are friendly and helpful. We needed to receive a fed ex package because delivery to the island is sometimes difficult. The package was delivered to the sister marina on the mainland, and the marina staff got the package to the boat.

Mojo's, the restaurant at the marina has great food -- reasonably priced. Good ice cream and snacks are also available.

One caveat, don't re-provision here. The local market is a "rip off." If absolutely necessary, take the ferry (or your boat ) over to the mainland (Southport), which is about - four mile trip.

First class and safe, 2012-11-13
Captain: , Sandusky Oh (615)

11-12-12 QueSera Sera Huron Oh.
Arrived just at dawn mid tide saw nine feet over the fifty foot wide sand bar at entrance. The harbor master came in after us from Southport in his inflatable said pick any dock you like and then helped us tie up, a great start.
They were dredging today the 13th so it will be much deeper leaving after our enjoyable stay.
Prices still fair Mojos restaurant fine every one helpful and good at their jobs.

Needs some polish, 2012-07-27
Captain: , St. James, NC (253)

Things are slipping at this marina. We have been there many times but our most recent trip was a big disappointment. The dock crew is very good but from then on it goes down hill. The docks were really dirty with bird droppings, the showers (there are only three) were dirty with hair all over the walls and dirty floors and the staff at the office is less than grateful to have you there. We were informed that the members of the Bald Head Island Marina were "a different class of people". That comment showed no class to me.

The island itself is a fun place, lots of things to see.
You must have a bike or rent a golf cart. For a longer stay, get a club membership.

First Time Here, 2012-07-09
Captain: , Sodus Point, NY (718)

First time here, but not our last. Love this place. Like a small Block Island, but quieter with no cars.

Marina facilities are only single occupancy, so plan to wait or use your boat. We joined one of the clubs, $50 for two days for all on board. We showered there instead. If you do not like a long walk, or plan to not rent a cart, do not stay on F Dock. On the opposite side of the main road and facilties. Tide and SW wind can be strong at the dock, so plan accordingly.

If you plan to stay a few days, I recommend getting a memebership at one of the two clubs. Each club has three dining choices. Mo Jo's is great, but not every day. Carts were $60 a day. When it is cooler, we will rent bikes, which were $22 per day.

rent a golf cart, 2012-07-08
Captain: , little river, sc (50)

Nice place to stay. Be sure to rent a golf cart so you can see the island. It is beautiful.

Fantastic help, 2012-06-23
Captain: , West River (42)

Limped in from offshore on one motor. Josh in the dock office stayed well past closing to insure our safe arrival (missed 2 ferries to get him back to the mainland!) Clean facility, well maintained and beautiful island. Okay dinner but they were out of most of the fresh fish - almost like an island experience!

Can be a bit tricky getting in., 2012-03-11
Captain: , Olcott, NY (2536)

We draw 6' and with an eye on the tide we didn't have any trouble.
If your in doubt, Follow the ferry and you'll have a good line on the channel

One of the more unique places on the east coast, 2012-01-20
Captain: , Southport, NC (916)

Bald Head is a unique opportunity and Bald Head Marina is the gateway. Great people and nice marina store. In smaller vessels, the approach from the Cape Fear River can be dicey in the wrong wind and current but once you enter the marina it is well worth it. Be sure to call ahead or reserve a golf cart ahead of your arrival and have fun exploring.

Beautiful Location, nice marina, and lots of scenic history, 2011-12-02
Captain: , Gulf Shores Alabama (748)

This is a must see place if you are cruising anywhere close. Lots of history here and they have preserved the tranquility and natural effect of the Island. Rent a bike or golf cart and see the island, shops and lighthouse. We only stayed in the Bald Head Marina one night because it was more rocky-rolly than we wanted to contend with. The wind was from the West at 20 knots and that pushes sea right into the marina. I would imagine it is quite calm with wind from anywhere except the West. Marina management was friendly and helpful. Pricing was reasonable at $1.75 ft. nightly.

First class facility, 2011-11-22
Captain: , Texas (465)

This is a very nice facility and relatively inexpensive compared to other marinas on the way down the coast. The entrance is narrow and the dockmaster reported 7' at low tide. I would try to come in a slack tide. We rented bicycles and rode from one end of the island to the other. There is a beautiful old lighthouse to climb from which you can see the entire coast.

We came down from Beufort and the day we arrived it was blowing 25 kts from the North. This made for tall, short period waves on the way in from the Atlantic and a very uncomfortable ride. I would not recommend the entrance from the outside when the winds are strong out of the north.

Great Destination and wonderful people, 2011-11-16
Captain: , Morristown, NJ (383)

Bald Head Island Marina is the 'destination'. It's the place to stop and take a moment to appreciate why your on the water. Excellent marina, very clean, and great staff. We used our coupon and had a great dinner! The next day we enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the golf club 'poolside' and it was fabulous. The beaches are pristine and the trails are well marked including name tags identifying plants and trees. We rented a golf cart and toodled around the island,, lots of fun. The market was a great surprise, not overly priced and well stocked with delightful finds. We stayed here two nights and felt refreshed, and re-energized. It's now on our favorite stop list.

Wonderful Respite, 2011-11-10
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (121)

We came for one night, but stayed two because our overnight FedEx took 2 days to get here. Turns out they deliver to a mainland address and consider they've got it there, but it doesn't get to the island until afternoon the next day. Just a heads up if you're planning to get mail sent to you here. The marina is lovely, with terrific bathrooms, a very good restaurant (we used our coupon the first day's lunch, then came back for more today - it's good!), and a beautiful, very quiet / non-commercial island that suited our bikes perfectly! We recommend it!

Nature's Delight, 2011-11-06
Captain: , City Island New York (600)

Spent 3 nights here and enjoyed every minute. The dock crew are helpful and friendly, the showers & laundry are spotless and the island is a little gem. Rent a golf cart and toodle around the island taking in the architecture of the houses and the wildness of the surroundings. It is truly glorious, the sea, the dunes, the woods and everyone is friendly. There is a market and several stores, a cafe and restaurant...everything you could need for a delightful stay.

One of our favorites, 2011-11-03
Captain: , Huron Ohio (608)

We try to stop every fall if possible. Spent two nights 10/31 and 11/1. Staff were very helpful. Got a free $20 gift certificate to the new restaurant, Mo Jo's, food was good and locals were very friendly. We always rent a golf cart and take beach chairs to sit in the dunes on the far east side of the island to watch all the surf fishermen at Frying Pan Shoals. Even bundled up in coats, gloves and hats, the sun was warm and the scenery was beautiful.

Hooray Bald Head Island!, 2011-10-31
Captain: , Clearwater, FL (551)

After hearing about BHI from many other cruisers, we finally stopped there for a night. What a super place! The staff was accommodating and couldn't have been nicer. They gave us a $20 gift card for the marina restaurant so we had lunch on them. We suggest that you rent a golf cart for a few hours to tour the island.

Bald Head Island - A Cruiser's Delight, 2011-07-11
Captain: , Cruising (112)

Bald Head Island is a beautiful, interesting island with miles and miles of beaches. Exploring it's beauty by golf cart was fun and easy. We joined the Shoals Club for $50 (2 days) which was well worth it for the pool, umbrellas, and chairs. Climbing Old Baldy provided a lovely panoramic view. Attractive cottages dot the island among the trees and grasses; and the beaches were very nice. The Captain and crew of Silver Boots enjoyed a delicious and reasonably priced breakfast at the Market.
We received a friendly welcome by Doug as he helped us very efficiently with the lines. Our location on the C dock T-head kept us away from the ferries which was very much appreciated. Doug provided a wealth of information about the island, and was eager to please. We received a 10% discount for our MTOA membership because he told us about it. The $20 coupon to Ebb & Flo's is a nice extra. Doug is a very good asset to the marina.
We found the docks, power, and water in very good shape. Enjoyed our stay very mjuch, and plan to play there again sometime.

A "not so hidden" Treasure!, 2011-06-02
Captain: , Cruising Caribbean (30)

Our first visit to this marina. Staff was very welcoming, very precise with lots of helpful information. Good, clean laundry. Location to restaurant, shop, golf cart and kayak rentals right there! We look forward to returning again some day!

Good marina, 2011-06-01
Captain: , Southport, NC (80)

Good marina, although the head/showers could be improved. Too small. Helpful staff and great location

A Type of Oasis, 2011-05-31
Captain: , Buffalo, New York (1809)

With access to a beach from the docks, or, within a short walk or bicycle ride; hours of available bicycling; a top-rate grocery store; the village center and conservacy; and, peaceful, open air - the island is a delight. We visited in mid May, and, were lucky to be on C dock, away from the hustle of the port and ferry surge. The winds were stiff and created an aggressive surge throughout the whole harbor (to the extent that it created seasickness for some of us....) - if we hadn't met others who had been there before and claimed it was unusual, we would not consider going back. As per the review below, the dock team is terrific - friendly, knowledgeable, and, helpful. If I had a wishlist, I'd add enhancements to the laundry and showers.

Could Be Better, 2011-05-23
Captain: , Southport, NC (82)

WiFi is not operating and the response form the office crew is less than adequate as it has been reportedly down for a long time. Dock hands are vey efficient and friendly when coming in to the transient slips but non-existent when arriving at the fuel dock. Doug is GREAT!

Location 5-star - Marina 3-star, 2011-05-23
Captain: , Between Boats, USA (623)

Bald Head Island is a MAGICAL place that everyone must go see. Houses tucked into the forest, pristine beaches of amazing beauty, and a quiet ambience that is hard to put into words. Take your own bicycle and you can avoid the $80 golf cart or expensive bike rental. We biked around the whole island in just about an hour. We'd go back in a second.

But this is about the marina... and the marina needs work. The docks are getting old. The wi-fi is deader than dead. The bathrooms are VERY small for the size of the marina. There is one men's and one woman's for the entire marina (one shower stall and one toilet each). That's insane.

We were also told that they were going to be packed the weekend we went (5/21/2011) and were put all the way down on E-Dock. TBH... considering the noise from Ebb & Flo's and the ferry, it was kind of nice, but I just felt lied to.

The staff was great and the $20 coupon to E&F's was nice (the food was good). Still, the staff is only half of a marina. With just a little effort, this place could be world class.

Fun to Explore, 2011-05-18
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (1090)

We stayed for two nights and had a great time here. We rented a golf cart (a little pricey at $60/24 hours) and toured the island's beaches and other attractions.

The marina is a bit rolly with surge from the inlet, but not enough to be a problem for us. Try to get a slip on B, C, or D docks - A is located directly in front of the marina inlet where both surge and the ferry create some waves.

The marina staff and accomodations were fine. We had a good meal at Eb & Flo's restaurant at island type prices. The marina gives you a $20 coupon to eat there and that softens the blow considerably.

We recommend it for a stay and will be back.

Great Please to Visit, 2011-05-10
Captain: , Green Cove Springs, FL (180)

We stayed for 2 nights in May 2011. The staff was the best and very helpful. We had to change our reservation several times and they were understand and accommodating. This is not our first stay at Bald Head Island and every time the staff was helpful and very knowledgeable. You must rent a golf cart and explore the island. The air is so clean with very little regular traffic. We will be back.

BHI_Marina, 2011-05-01
Captain: , Southport (10)

Very nice marina and helpful staff. Very clean with nice facilities. Only thing that is disappointing is the restaurant "Ebb & Flos". Food is unsat and cleanliness less than expected.

Listen to the quiet!, 2011-04-22
Captain: , Stratford, CT (658)

With only bikes and golf cars as transportation, it was refreshing to listen to the quiet. The restrooms, docks and staff were terrific. The Eb and Flow Restaurant was delicious and we enjoyed using the $20 coupon the marina gave us, making the stay even better!
This should be a "Must" stop along the ICW to decompress.

What a gem..., 2011-02-24
Captain: , MV Red Head (61778)

We decided to go to Bald Head Island to hunker down and do some business work. It seemed remote and a good place to get away to. We picked it because it seemed like a great place to take the dogs. Wow, what a surprise this place is.

We stayed for 2 full months and got a very good sense of the marina, the island, and what's possible for this place.

First, the facilities are first class. The best floating docks, power, gangways - everything is top notch. The prices are pretty low, especially off season. Access is right off the inlet, just a couple of miles from the ICW. The approach and entry is simple although at mid-tide, you have to work the current until you're in the protected entrance.

Bald Head Island is a great place to explore. There's an incredible supermarket 1.5 miles away - perfect bike ride. Right next to that is a very large hardware store - good enough to get most boat projects done with. The beach is a 1/4 mile walk around the marina and is an outstanding place if you have dogs. Our dogs loved our time here - we went walking for a mile or more on the beach every day. We also took them in golf carts to the other end of the island where the Frying Pan Shoals starts - that beach is one of the best on the east coast. It's about 3 miles from the marina.

There are too many things that are wonderful about Bald Head Island to name. This is a destination place and if they fix a couple of things, I can imagine a time when every snow bird will stop here as a major stop along the way north and south.

Here are the things that need to be fixed:

- The ferry comes in once an hour. It comes through the entrance too fast and causes a lot of stress on lines, fenders, etc. They should knock the speed down a few knots. When we saw them come in slow, it was delightful. It is an issue - I wish they'd deal with it.

- Be careful about the depth in slips. We draw 6' and were first put in a slip that is 4.5' at low tide. They were great about making everything right - just realize that there is silt build up at times (now). Come in at mid-to-high tide.

It would be really nice if there were courtesy golf carts - you really need one or need bikes to explore the island properly. We had 2 bikes and it was very nice taking them to the grocery store a couple of times a week.

Bald Head Island is a natural gem. It is pure and real. If you're looking for Disney World, this isn't it. If you want to be able to see nature up close, go kayaking on interior streams, watch sea turtles being born and rush to the water's edge, Bald Head Island is the place for you.

I can see this place being a bigger destination for cruisers than Charleston some day. If you come, spend a few days to get into it.

everything $, 2010-12-09
Captain: , Wilmington Deleware (330)

We stopped here for 2 nights May 2010 and will not stop again. Everything has a price tag, even internet $10 a day. They have a pool, but you must rent a golf cart for $60 a day to get there and then pay a daily membershp to the club $22 to use the pool. There are a few restaurants, but the food was better from our own galley. Glad we saw it once, but that is enough.

Beautiful Island, not crazy about the marina, 2010-10-14
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (73)

Bald Head Island is worth a visit. A wonderful marina/resort community. Good restaurants.

BUT, we had a lot of difficulty in the marina. The wind and waves were blowing right down the inlet channel. We rocked and rolled against the face-dock all night. The ferry (every half hour all night) filled the basin with diesel fumes. A long whistle blast every time they left.

Were I to go again, I%u2019d tie tie-up at Deep Creek and take the ferry to Bald Head Island.

Fuel dock needs attn., 2010-06-07
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (297)

Ease in and out of fuel docks. But no help with lines or fueling. Was windy the day we pulled up to get fuel. Had to tie up ourselves and drag the fuel hose down the dock and roll it back up by hand as hose reel was broke. To be a high class place fuel dock was poorly ran.

Great stop, 2010-05-09
Captain: , Solomons, MD (1915)

One of the few ways to see Bald Head Island.
Walk to the Lighthouse or take a tour i fyou have more time.

Convenient for offshore legs, 2009-11-12
Captain: , Great Island, Maine (323)

Marina is a little long in the tooth with a need for some attention. Staff was friendly but not particularly attentive. The facilities were poorly cared for. The resort has some nice architecture and is a lovely place for a bike ride. The location is excellent for taking off or coming in from offshore.

Fantastic Island!, 2009-06-16
Captain: , Wrightsville Beach, NC (368)

Dockmaster and crew are very nice and helpful. Worth an extended stay while cruising north or south. Basin can get a little choppy when ferries come and go.

Neat Place, 2009-06-11
Captain: , clear lake texas (435)

This is a neat place to stop. Marina is nice with floating docks. There are at least three ferry boats that come and go every hour. It is hard to see thru the entrance so watch out when entering or exiting the harbour. Otherwise no problems. Pricey-

plan ahead, 2009-05-26
Captain: , Belhaven, NC (363)

Make sure you know that you have to head out the Cape Fear River Inlet almost to the breakers before you turn to port to their entrance. Also the wind and tide can provide a thrilling approach, not to mention the ocean going tugs, barges and ferries. Once there, it's a great 'whole 'nother world'!

Good stop, watch the ferries, 2008-06-18
Captain: , Long Beach (983)

Very nice marina facility and fun island. Do be careful of the ferries in the marina that arrive ever half hour from 0600 to 2300. The car barge with tug is also in the mix about ever other hour. The current at the entrance runs crosswise up to three knot. Quite a bit of rolling surge in the large slips.

Excellent Place, 2007-04-28
Captain: , Nashville, TN (21)

As of this date excellent place to relax,dine and play golf. Have diesel fuel, but pump out is temporarily out of service. Should be back in service by Wednesday May 3, 2007

BHI Great Stop, 2007-02-12
Captain: , Stuart,FL Wilmington,NC (53)

We travel to BHI several times per year. It is a great marina/area. Golf carts are used on the island exclusively. They are about $45(4) -$60(6) per day.There are several restaurants in the Marina. Eb and Flo's is low key. The food quality is hit or miss. It also closes early so the staff can make the 11pm ferry. They just completed a $10mm Shoals Club with a terrific view of the Frying Pan Shoals. You can get a pass from the Marina for a family for $10 per day. They have a kids pool with sloped entry and an adults/older kids pool. There is usually live music here on weekends during the season. We love it and keep going back.

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