Details for Manteo Waterfront Marina

Manteo Waterfront Marina

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Average rating 4.6 stars from 43 reviews

Address 207 Queen Elizabeth Ave, PO Box 1328
Manteo, NC 27954


After hours contact


Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Town of Manteo, NC



Carl Jordan

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - YES

Payment info

MC, Visa

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Take 90 degree right at marker #10 and proceed to the marina leaving the brown topped gazebo to port.

Note: Pay attention when you turn in from the Roanoke Channel into the Shallowbag Bay Channel. There is significant shoaling at G29 in the Roanoke Channel to R4 as you turn in to the Shallowbag Bay channel. There is plenty of deep water but you need to go all the way to R30A before you make the turn into Shallowbag. Then stay close to G3 and G5 and far away from R4. The rest of the channel down to R10 is fine but stay 10-15 yards off the red side to have the deepest water. This is as of June 2013.

The dockmaster reported in February 2015 that the information in the March 2012 chart does not show the current depth coming into the channel to the marina. The channel has been recently dredged out and is now sufficient water depth to get in without a major problem. Call the dockmaster prior to scheduling your trip for specific instructions. YOUTUBE approach video here:





Tide & current additional info

Wind driven, plus or minus 1 ft. No current.


Approach: 7
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info: Use caution approaching the marina and stay in the marked channel. The bottom is soft sand, but there are shoals just outside the channel.

Only in channel shoal is as you turn in to Shallowbag Bay at can 29C. Get well south of this can before making your turn to the West.

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

Additional info:

Size restrictionsLOA max: 150
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: No beam restrictions.


Transient: 25
Total: 53
Transient price: $1.65/ft (2015-04-10)

Other price info: Monthly: $18.00 per foot, in season as available.
Yearly: $120.00 per foot.

Daily rate is $1.45 per foot, Dec. to May 1.
Daily rate is $1.65 per foot, May 1 to Nov. 30.
Weekly rate is $1.15/$1.40 per foot respectively.

The transient dock is the first one after the round cupola. The other two docks are reserved for long term slip rentals. 24 hour free tieup at the lighthouse dock for boats with up to a 4.5 foot draft. A few free overnight deep draft side ties are available at the brown top gazebo dock and on the bulkhead next to the pumpout station.


Transient: 0
Total: 0
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

AC power30 amp - YES
50 amp - YES
100 amp - NO

Additional info: 2-30 and 1-50 amp outlets at most slips, but not all.

Pricing info: 50 amp or 2x30 - $7/day.
30 amp- $3.50/day.

Cable TV (and pricing)

Yes - Included in slip price.

Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)

Yes - In slip and at the pumpout dock.

Dinghy access

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand:

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Nearby

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Nearby


Yes - Fill station or swap (20lb.) is about 1/3 mile.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access

Launch service


Pump out

Yes - On site at Gazebo dock. $5 but call for appointment.


Yes - 10lb. bag of cube ice is $2.00.


Yes - At the head of each dock.


Yes - Clean. Hot.






Yes - 5 blocks. 1/2 mile. Small 7-11 type store 1/2 block.


Yes - Nearby


Yes - Four at the dock. Avenue Grill overlooks the docks and has excellent food and a full bar.

Restaurants within 200 yards include 1587 (outstanding), Full Moon Cafe, Ortegaz,The Hungry Pelicanand Poor Richards. Restaurants within 1/2 mile include La Dolce Vita, Darrell's Seafood, LaCabana, and Golden China. Fast foods, Subway and McDonalds.


Yes - Poor Richard's is a local spot with weekend entertainment. Full Moon Cafe has a brewery where you can sample excellent micro brews.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Tranquil House, Roanoke Island Inn are large B&B's on the waterfront. Several smaller B&B's are within an easy walk and more conventional hotel accomodations are available within 1/2 mile.

Repair capabilities

Yes - General in-water repairs available from local professionals. No haulout or yard. Wanchese at the south end of the Island would be the closest place for a haulout.

Haul out capabilities

No - Not on site but available nearby.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Chartering capabilities

Internet access

Yes - Free WiFi.

Boat ramp availability



Yes - Cabs, rental cars. Rental cars from Ford dealership - R.D. Sawyer Ford - will pick you up. Enterprise on the beach will do the same.

Other services


Far too many to list, including Fort Raleigh, Elizabeth Gardens, Lost Colony Theatre, Nags Head, Kill Devil Hills, Wright Memorial, Cape Hateras Lighthouse, etc.

Reviews for Manteo Waterfront Marina
In the center of town, 2016-10-20
Captain: , Annapolis (2677)

A very friendly town. A great place to spend a few days and explore the outer banks.

we were treated very nice, 2016-07-19
Captain: , Lighthouse Point, Fl (280)

George did a nice job tying up up and walking us in he channels. I was doing 1 knot at the entrance and the wind blew us up on a shoal. Hug the green at the entrance.
Carl is as nice as everyone says. There must be 6 restaurants within 4 blocks . Fine dinning to sandwich shops. Our favorite was the Avenue grill. Chef owner did a few things differently for us so we went back the following night.
Safe Returns 65 ft Fairline Squadron Lighthouse Point Fl

Still Fantastic, 2016-05-21
Captain: , Brooklin, ME (361)

Carl Jordan is still doing a super job! Helpful dock attendants, great services and ammenities, excellent restaurants, interesting sightseeing on Roanoke and the Outer Banks, etc. The laundry machines take quarters, so Carl keeps a stack of them on top of the washer for guests to use. We wanted a set of wheels to visit the Wright Brothers Memorial, and the local Ford dealership picked us up at the marina and rented us a car. A weak noreaster rolled up the coast during our stay (NE 25 knots on Roanoke Sound), and we found the marina well protected.

Beautiful stop, 2015-05-14
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (165)

This marina is well kept by dockmaster Carl Jordan and associates. They lent us a willing hand when our four trawler group sought shelter here during Tropical Storm Ana, May 10th, 2015. The restrooms are clean and there is a nice cruisers lounge with a book/movie exchange. The pump out is the only one for 30 miles and costs $5. The little town of Manteo has put forth a great effort to attract visitors. The little downtown is walkable and has many shops to include a bookstore, antique shops and clothing shops not to mention several coffee and ice cream shops. If you have a bike, ride over to the Roanoke Island Park and travel the shoreside wooden walkway in the early morning for beautiful views of the Sound.

Carolina Loop, 2014-10-01
Captain: , Newport News, VA (153)

Great marina right at the foot of town. Dockmaster Carl is very acommidating. Stayed late or returned late in the evening for a late arriving boat. Convient to resturants, shops, and attractions. restroom, shower, laundry all close and clean.
Water a bit shallow getting to the east side of Roanoke Island from the north. Follow charts closely!

it's all true, 2014-09-29
Captain: , Boca Raton, FL (935)

Everything that has been said is true. Carl is a down home guy that gets you safely in. The town is cute but I will say, at least during this time period, most restaurants are closed on Monday so we missed the place we wanted to go. The docks are older but in good shape. Worth staying at.

A Must Stop, 2014-09-08
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

Carl will talk you right into the harbor making it less stressful. Rented a car from local Ford dealer for $47 and easy tour of Kill Devil Hills, Wanhese, etc. Marina is first class even though they have some slips with short fingers, so ask when you reserve if this is an issue. Strong winds coming from the sound can be an issue, but otherwise well protected with no wakes and beautiful scenery.

Loved Manteo, 2014-09-01
Captain: , Oriental,NC (327)

Docked behind a superyacht. Very nice comfort station, laundry, showers are great. walking distance to delicious restaurants and brewery. plenty of green space for dog to do business and/or pleasure. Ice cream for the kids. Don't even think about taking a stroller to the brewery. No strollers allowed.

We'll certainly be back!, 2014-07-26
Captain: , Williamsburg, VA (107)

Terrific stay, 7-23-14 to 7-25-14. Great town with plenty to do within walking and biking distance. We enjoyed microbrews and a great dinner at Full Moon Cafe & Brewery and we also recommend the Coffeehouse. We biked to the Elizabethan Gardens on the north end of the island (on the National Park grounds). There's a separated bike path most of the way. The advice in the approach section should be followed carefully because of shoaling around Red 4 as you turn out of the Roanoke Sound Channel. Dockmaster Carl was great...thank you!

Pay attention!, 2014-07-24
Captain: , San Diego (300)

The approch into this marina is tricky call ahead and get instructions from the dock master Carl. Saw a 42' catalina here so entry is possible! Nice marina close to the touristy downtown for some groceries and a lot of nice places to eat.

Diamond on a Bracelet, 2014-06-30
Captain: , Kemah, TX (612)

we were very impressed with this place. Nice facility, Wonderful Staff - really enjoyed Carl, the Dockmaster, close to shopping and wonderful history. A bit of a pucker coming in to the marina. Talk to Carl when you make a reservation to get the lay down on entering the channel. We were coming north on the Wanchese Channel up from Walter Slough. Go all the way to Marker 30A before making the turn west. Then hug the G#3 marker as there is only 2 feet of water on the R#4. Then head directly toward G#5 to pass it to port with about 10-15' between you and the marker. The rest of the way into the marina, stay to the center of the channel. We saw 6.5 feet with a 6 foot keel. Nerve racking the first time, but very worth it. If you rent a car, make sure you see "The Lost Colony" theatrical presentation and the Wright Brothers National Monument and museum.

Delightful Dockage, 2014-06-11
Captain: , Beach Haven NJ (150)

Close by restaurants and shops, help with lines, lots of nearby grass for dogs.

Amazing Marina, 2013-12-02
Captain: , Los roques (10)

Spent 1 night here in December. Dockmaster Carl is a great guy. Bathrooms are very clean and comfortable. Great Place!!

WELL-RUN MARINA, 2013-11-02
Captain: , KEYPORT, NJ (94)

The staff here is a blessing, and did an excellent job of handling our lines and securing the vessel. The facilities were more than adequate and access to town was perfect. Clearly, this town is focussing on tourist/transient trade. For that reason, it is a bit too obvious in its courtship and not so truly indicative of "The Lost Colony."

Friendliest town-great people great marina, 2013-10-26
Captain: , Mystic,CT (202)

Carl was more than a dockmaster, he is a top notch conceirge and new friend. He and other boaters treated us like old friends. It is a great town to walk around. One sign in town summed it up for me.
Manteo -------->
<---Real World

Do NOT have mail or packages sent to this marina, 2013-09-09
Captain: , Sunbury, Ga. (80)

We have been here several times and have always enjoyed our stay. However, during this stay, we tried to have extremely important meds sent here. They were never delivered, in spite of checking regularly with the dockmaster. Turns out, they were sitting in the town PO BOX all week. No one ever bothered to pick up the package, Fortunately, the postmistress has agreed to forward them to our next stop. Laid back is fine, but customer service is or should be paramount. Not sure whether the town management or the dockmaster is to blame, but you failed us.

We Liked It, 2013-08-13
Captain: , Between Boats, USA (623)

Aug 2013... We spend only two nights here and we liked our stay. Carl was a wonderful dockmaster and very helpful. There were TONS of things to see and do very close by and the area seems to be thriving this summer. The marina seems to be well maintained. Boards and piles are solid.

Bullet points:
*Fixed docks and short finger piers. If you have a sundeck trawler and enter and exit well above the waterline, ask for and end slip of boardwalk slip. Piers wouldn't reach out side gate. We were up against the boardwalk. A little noisy, but it's better than getting on and off our stern.
*Bathroom facilities are a little small and you will have to keep up with a key instead of a cobination lock.
*The liveaboards and permanent boaters are very nice.
*Ice is expensive.
*Rates are a very, very good value!
*Cleats would be nice ;-)
*If I had a magic wand, I would remove the giant condo building. It really makes you feel a little closed in. Compared to Beaufort or Ocracoke, it's like having a 40' wall right next to you. It would be lovely to see into downtown.

All-in-all, we had a very special time there and will certainly stay there again when we go back. A couple of my points were not things withing the marina's control. I just am noting what I felt like. It didn't count against their rating. Go there and enjoy.

Great Stay, 2013-07-21
Captain: , Mackeys NC (123)

We were there on 3rd and 4th of July. This was agreat place stay. Several nice restaurants and shop all in easy walking. The bath rooms and laundry were very clean. We could not have asked for better treatment. We were on the T Dock and could not get wi-fi. other wise this would be a 5 star.

Very Nice Destination, 2013-06-25
Captain: , St. Louis, MO (1696)

Manteo and the surrounding Roanoke / Kitty Hawk / Nags Head / Kill Devil Hills area is a great place to be. Manteo itself is great but you'll probably want to rent a car for provisioning, sightseeing or shopping.

Captain Carl at the marina is just a totally first class guy and the marina area is lively and interesting. There is a great marine parts store south of Manteo in Wanchese called Just Right Parts. They have everything. The folks at the West Marine in Nags Head all seem particularly helpful and knowledgable too.

Glad we did the whole Pamlico Sound tour. Very glad we stayed here at Manteo Waterfront Marina.

Great spot!, 2013-05-19
Captain: , redondo Beach, CA (252)

Manteo is a really quaint little town, and the marina is awesome. Nice facilities, smackdab in the middle of lots of restaurants, and grocery store is walkable.

great facilities close to nice town, 2012-11-02
Captain: , Wilmington, DE (780)

all the facilities at this marina were excellent, as were the staff. a number of good, and even one great, restaurants are within walking distance. nearby shopping and bars.

Great marina, 2012-10-07
Captain: , Richardson, TX (552)

We initially tried to reserve slip here on a busy weekend and they were booked solid so we reserved a spot another place much further away. MWM put us on a waiting list, but then called us the next day saying they had a cancellation which I thought was good follow up! Marina is right downtown, close to shops & restaurants and it's a short walk (10-15 mins) to grocery stores and more restaurants on I-64 (sidewalks all the way). Clean restrooms and friendly marina staff. It's pretty scenic too, great sunrise. Will definitely be back.

Clean, helpful, 2012-07-25
Captain: , Georgia (65)

A very nice marina with a helpful dockmaster. Clean restrooms and a very nice town to visit. I would definitely go again.

Great small marina and town, 2012-05-25
Captain: , Bristol, RI (766)

Great marina staff. Very friendly. The town has a good local art scene. Wonderful high end restaurant at the Tranquil House Inn. Also a good tex-mex place. Be sure to walk over the bridge and visit the museum for the "lost colony" of 1587 British settlement complete with a working ship of the era. There's a also a good exhibit on the Civil War battle of Roanoke Island.

Outstanding facility, even the second time around., 2012-05-14
Captain: , Kings Creek Marina (736)

We stayed here last fall. The Dock Master came running out to show us our assigned slip. Right on the boardwalk at the Tranquil Inn. Great staff. Great restaurants in the quaint town. Light party atmosphere. Easy in, easy out, easy on the AMEX card. Great time %u2013 we%u2019ll be back.
We are back. What a swell place to spend a couple of days. All of the docks are in good repair, and most of the city has recovered from Hurricane Irene. There is an excitement in the air as if something was about to happen. Children actually play in the streets here. The waterfront invites residents and tourists alike to walk along its length. BBQ pits and picnic tables! Park ben...ches! I keep looking over my shoulder to see if Norman Rockwell is drawing all this, or is it really happening. Someone should make a list of the best Cruisers Restaurants and put the Full Moon Restaurant and Brewery at the top of that list. Their shrimp and crab enchilada is the best in the whole world. Come tie up here. Eat here. You%u2019ll like it here.

Great little town and accommodating marina, 2012-05-10
Captain: , Key West, FL (748)

Though there is opportunity for finding "skinny" water on your way to Manteo, it is well worth the trouble. Great little town with good restaurants, plenty of interesting shops and some very nice parks, museums and people. From the South take Old House Channel for a scenic and shortened trip in.

stopped 10/24/11, 2011-11-05
Captain: , Bear, DE (255)

Great marina. Friendly staff. Ideal ICW stop over North or South bound. Area is rich in history and there is MUCH to visit. We stayed two nights and visited what was still open. The village was hit hard by Irene and were without power for about a week. Many businesses had to close. So if you can they sure could use your patronage to survive.

5 weeks of no power from Hurricane Irene, 2011-10-13
Captain: , Marco Island, FL (1135)

The marina had no power for 5 weeks! They are up and running and it's a great stop. The dockmaster was a great guy, very helpful wiith navigation. The town is right here and quite nice. And steeped in history. This is a better stop then the ICW thru the Alligator River and Belhaven.

Great stop!, 2011-07-19
Captain: , Palmetto Fl (545)

We were glad we came a little out of the way to Manteo. It was worth the stop. Helpful staff and cute little shops. Quiet and laid back during the week. Used the bike trail to go north on the island.

Vermont Village in NC, 2011-06-21
Captain: , Daniel Island, SC (310)

Just a terrifc stop! Hands on marina management, T-docks for trawlers and a quaint little village with excellent art shops and restaurants. The jewel of the Outer Banks and a must stop, at least for two days (we stayed four!)

Manteo Marina, 2011-05-02
Captain: , Wilsonville, AL (474)

Very friendly and helpful staff. I got lucky and got the wide slip on the bulkhead next to the 1587 restaurant. Definately the calmest slip any any weather. Everything in town is within walking distance. Two grocery stores are about a half mile away, but a nice walk unless you are bringing back something heavy. Would have rated it five stars if the restrooms and showers were cleaner.

Terrific Staff, 2011-04-29
Captain: , Pensacola (307)

Our first time there. Approach to the town is shallow but the dockmaster gave us excellent instruction for following the channel into the village docking area.

A good reason to take the ALTERNATE ICW South or North!, 2011-04-13
Captain: , East Coast USA (79)

I will second all the nice things said about the marina and the town but add that for those headed north or south on the ICW...this marina puts you on the path of the Alternate ICW hooking off the Albemarle Sound and passing down the Pamlico Sound before hooking up once again with the ICW at the Newuse River in Oriental. Why do it?
Manteo and Ocracoke are great spots to visit off the beaten path.
ONE bridge that is a FULL 65' high!
YOU CAN SAIL rather than motor.
Depths are at LEAST as good as the ICW with no in channel shoals.
Relax as you drive...once out of the channel can wander a bit without the buoy to buoy concentration!

Update 4/ transient docks in place with 90 ft. T-head, Catamaran slip, longer finger piers and full power/water/cable & free wifi at each slip.

Great marina off the beaten track, 2011-02-14
Captain: , Beaufort, NC (521)

We have stayed here a number of times and always find it a great place to spend a few days. Located in the middle of Manteo, you can walk to just about anything you will need. Just about everyone you run into is friendly and helpful.

It is well protected from all but strong winds out of the south. On our last trip, in December of 2010, we stayed a week. The weather was terrible, it rained, sleeted and finally snowed with the wind howling out of the north the whole time. We were tied up on the face of the tee and had no problem with the wind. The tide is less than 2 feet, so one we got tied up we were fine.

It was cold and even the harbor had a film of ice on it. The water line froze up for two days and we had to break ice when we left. Pirates Cove is the closest place to get fuel on this off the ICW route.

This is a great place to stop either befor or after you tackel the Albermarle Sound with it's sometime rough ride and almost always wall to wall crab pots.

Nice Marina, 2010-11-12
Captain: , Cape May (75)

nice marina, can be tight, good dock line handlers though. Would return

A reason to take a slight stray from the ICW, 2010-02-16
Captain: , Colington Harbour OuterBanks NC (135)

Just off the "path"! The dockmaster is the best and Manteo is the Mayberry you always wanted to visit. This is supported by the fact that Andy Griffith lives there. A great place to spend some time and explore the Outer Banks

Great winter spot, 2009-11-09
Captain: , Frederick, MD (13)

We're back for 2009-2010 ! Can't get enough of this great place. .............We kept our boat here for most of the winter in 2006-2007. We enjoyed our visits so much that we came back in 2007-2008 and are staying onboard. We have only had a few days when the temps were below freezing, so do not have to winterize. Except for those few days, the fresh water has been left on and available all winter. Free Wi-Fi at the dock is a big plus. We will probably come back again next season. ......Oh yes, ....the boat is documented and has a Maryland sticker so even though the boat was here at the first of the year it was reported to the tax office as a transient, and we were not hastled to pay NC personal property tax.

Add this one to your itinerary!!!, 2009-10-12
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (370)

You'll LOVE it!!! The location is right smack-dab in the middle of everything. Even if you never got off your fly bridge, the view is worth is all! Carl, the dockmaster, always wears a smile and can't do enough to make your stay a pleasant one.

Marina with a Great Location, 2009-08-29
Captain: , South Portland, ME (537)

Good docks, good service and access to a very fun little town with a lot of history.

One of our favorites, 2009-07-25
Captain: , Marathon, FL (1150)

This was our second stay here, and we still haven't seen everything. The dockhands are wonderful, great food in town, lots of shopping, Rent a car and drive down to Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, don't miss the movie "Move of the Century". Stop at one of the many beach accesses, watch the surfers, do some boogy-boarding. Visit the Wright Memorial in Kill Devil Hills. Learn to hang glide at Jockey Ridge. There is so much to see and do on the Outer Banks, and this is probably the best place to do it from.

home, 2007-09-20
Captain: , Manteo, NC (1)

We came and never left. And it's true, the dockmaster is the best.

Great spot for relaxing and sightseeing., 2007-07-15
Captain: , Lewes, DE (70)

I agree with everything in the previous review. Indeed, Carl Jordan is a great fellow and very helpful.

Manteo Waterfront Marina, 2007-02-03
Captain: , Patterson, La (1441)

Vry nice place to stop. The marina is right in the middle of the restored part of town. A number of ressaurants within walking distance. Good place to use your bikes. A watermans museum and all the cutsie shops one could hope for. Good book stores as well. I see a note in our log that this place is" too cute for words". The harbor master is the nicest guy you will ever meet on the East Coast.

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