Details for Oriental Harbor Marina

Oriental Harbor Marina

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Average rating 3.7 stars from 29 reviews

Address 518 Water Street, PO Box 217
Oriental, NC 28571


After hours contact

Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager




Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

Payment discounts

Operation (seasonal or year-round)
Year round

Additional info:


Public channel is 8.5 - 10 feet through the harbor. Watch for boats anchored very close to or even in the channel as you enter.





Tide & current additional info

No current in harbor


Approach: 8
Transient dockage: 8
Fuel dock: 8

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Wind tide only, strong SW is negitive 18 - 24 in.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 100
Beam max: Unknown

Other info: New 'A' dock face allows unlimited beam.


Transient: Unknown
Total: 110
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info:

Cable TV (and pricing)

Phone hookup (and pricing)

Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - There's a tow dinghy dock located near the intersection of Water Street and S. Water Street. You can tie up for free.

Liveaboard info


Fuel brand: Gas available at marina next door.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Maintains low market, changes per delivery

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info: Maintains low market, changes per delivery


Yes - Propane refills available at Village Hardware.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info:

Disability access


Launch service


Pump out

No - The municipality of Oriental now runs the pump out station, unfortunately, they put it on one of the free town docks, and since there is almost always a boat there, a pump out is unavailable. The marina removed their station. 2016




Yes - Slip holders.








Yes - 7/10 mile.

Town and Country Great Value Supermarket
Broad Street Ext. Hwy 55E
Oriental, NC
Well stocked supermarket with reasonable prices. Wine available, including box wine.

Oriental's Farmers' Market happens every Saturday on Hodges Street between South Water Street and the Oriental harbor. You can generally check the town dock website ( on Friday to see what will be on sale.


Yes - 1 block to 5/10 mile.


Yes - Nearby

Village Food Emporium
702 Broad Street
Oriental NC 2857
Tue-Sun 8am to 3pm
Closed Mondays
Breakfast, lunch, and specialty take out.


Yes - Nearby

Hotels or motels

Yes - 25 suites, 2 are handicap.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Hodges Street Sails
603 Hodges Street
Oriental, NC 28571

Sail repair loft operated by the two owners. Courteous and experienced. Attention to detail. They are walking distance from any where in Oriental.

Haul out capabilities


Storage facilities


Fishing supplies

Yes - Nearby

Chartering capabilities

Yes - Nearby

Internet access

Yes - WiFi for fee.

Boat ramp availability

Yes - Nearby


Yes - Cab

Other services

Village Health and Fitness
1006 Broad Street
Oriental, NC 28571
Full health spa with showers, steam shower, and heated indoor pool. Day membership is available for $10 per day or 10 visits for $85. Just before the supermarket.


Local color.

Reviews for Oriental Harbor Marina
Any shelter in the time of storm., 2017-07-26
Captain: , Jacksonville, FL (240)

I was appalled!!! Power and water are the "amenities". We were there because it was near a friend's house. Dock master was unusual--had a very strange manner. No cleats--wooden fixed docks and blasted pilings. Shower provides towels and shampoo although we showered on board. Water is filthy and our lines were nasty after dropping in the water from the pilings. Next time, will seek another "shelter". Don't recommend.

Spent a month, 2017-06-27
Captain: , Muskegon, MI (3132)

We just spent a month, paid $275 for a 40' slip. Great place, very nice showers, right downtown....and the Piglet free shuttle is GREAT!

The dirtiest marina we have ever gone into, 2016-10-29
Captain: , Norfolk, VA (701)

We came in here on 10/29/16, after finding the reservation made at Oriental Marina was not honored. We have enjoyed Oriental Marina many times before, and were very disappointed. Apparently both marinas are managed by the same entity. When we found our reservation at Oriental Marina was not honored, we were offered a slip at this marina.

In almost a thousand nights cruising, this was the filthiest we have ever seen. The bird droppings were awful. We tied up, then left. We washed the boat, lines, power cord and hose after docking elsewhere. It was terrible. Think twice if Oriental Marina offers a slip at this marina, should they be full.

N. Mason
Peggy Sue, Monk 36
Norfolk, VA

Quaint town and marina, 2016-08-03
Captain: , Wilmington, NC (40)

We stayed here fo a night and were met by Tom, who is probably one of the hardest working guys I have ever seen. He helped us get the boat tied up and told us about all there was to see and do. The provisions store was within walking distance as was the Marina inn, a coffee shop and restaurants. We took time to walk through the neighborhoods and also ate at a small deli. People were very nice. The Tiki bar at the inn had great drinks and free appetizers. Nonie, the bartender, has a great spirit and makes great drinks! The marina had good fixed face docks.

Great dockmaster, 2016-05-11
Captain: , Rock Hall, MD (31)

The marina was fine, but we purposely timed a night there in order to get a pump out which was sorely needed. Alas, the town now runs the pump station and placed it on one of their town free docks and since there is almost always a boat there, it blocks the station.....we were unable to get a pump out. Other than that, nice place, easy access to town.

Nice Convenient Stop, 2015-09-29
Captain: , Jacksonville (90)

We tied up on the outside of the long dock, but the wind was from the north so we were fine. I would imagine it would be rough with a south wind. This is where we were sent after calling Oriental Marine. Tom (the excellent dockmaster) seems to manage both places. Interesting waterfront with several restaurants and a well stocked ships store very close by. A grocery store is about a mile walk and you pass a hardware store and large marine consignment store on the way.

Fixed docks booked only by adjacent Oriental Marina, 2015-04-19
Captain: , Moyock, NC (1084)

Oriental is a nice stop. However, the transient slips are booked only by the adjacent Oriental Marina. All the downtown slips are $1.90/ft. with no AGLCA or MTOA discounts, and don't offer any weekly rates.

An excellent marina, 2015-03-21
Captain: , Annapolis, MD (666)

Mark maintains an excellent marina. Easy in, easy out. Good water and power. Did not use the wifi.
Recommend M&M over Water Street Grill, nice marine store (an alternative to WM down the road about a mile).

The one slight negative is that if you take a slip and wind is from S or E there is a slight swell producing a beam on rocking motion.

We will definitely use this marina in the future!

Easy in & out, 2014-05-12
Captain: , Erie, Pa. (1896)

Arrived at 8 PM, ate at Toucan House & left at 6 AM. Facility was in good shape, 10 feet of water at dock, $1.80 per foot, power was good. Tom was very helpful & cordial.

Most enjoyable stay, 2013-11-30
Captain: , Portsmouth UK (30)

We stayed 3 months at this marina over 2 seperate visits during 2013 and enjoyed both the marina and it's facilities. Mark the Dockmaster was most helpful at all times when we needed anything. It's a 'long stay' marina (no transient dock space) as the slips are all privately owned but many are unoccupied but leased out through Mark, as in our case. There's always plenty going on in town but the marina itself is quiet which is fine by us. The facilities were always clean and the wifi was always available. We draw 4 ft being a heavy catamaran and the only concerns over depth were during Tropical Storm Andrea where we bottomed out for a number of hours on B dock. We will certainly return for another visit as we love Oriental and it's friendly people.

Friendly Place, 2013-11-30
Captain: , Wiscasset, Maine (290)

We loved our experience in Oriental. Town is very friendly to boaters and their dogs. Marina staff was very experienced and helpful. Good walking and shopping. Ended up staying longer than planned because we felt so comfortable.

Solid Marina, 2013-07-09
Captain: , New Bern (318)

I really like this marina. And Oriental is in general, as a sailboater, my favorite stop in the entire mid-altantic. Everyone in this town seems to have some connection to sailboats.

With regards to the previous comment, drawing less than 3' is absolutely not a pre-requisite for staying here. The tides on the Neuse are laregely wind-driven, yes, but there are many sailboats drawing 6' that are permanently docked here and seem to have no complaints. If you draw more than 5' and are looking at heavy winds from the north, maybe ask for a slip on A or B dock.

Thanks... But No Thanks, 2013-07-02
Captain: , Nashville, TN (320)

I have mixed feelings here. The facility is great. Bathrooms clean and Mark (dockmaster) is a nice guy. He refunded every penny of our money when we left. We left because he put us in a slip that had no water. In fact, the entire "B" dock had about 3.5 - 4' of water when the SW wind blew for 3 days straight. I knew about the wind driven "tide" but if you put someone in a slip who draws 5' you should make sure they're not going to bounce, and pound the bottom for the next 48hrs when the wind goes to 25knts. He said, "Oh, you guys are in that slip with the hump." Funny... the guy next to me on a boat drawing 6' said you told him HE was in the slip with the hump. Bottome line... A dock is the only dock with water and even that is suspect. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE unless you draw 3' or less or are on a power boat.

Nice place, 2012-11-27
Captain: , Pensacola, FL (695)

Stayed here on 22 Nov 2012. Easy to get into except watch for boats anchored and encroaching on the entrance channel. Walking distance to several restaurants. Nice helpful people run the place. Bathhouse could use an update and work on cleanliness a bit but OK.

Nice marina right in the middle of everythng, 2012-11-15
Captain: , Corpus Christi,Tx (1569)

We were met by a friendly and helpful dockhand. Very little tide with fixed docks. We were put in a slip not on the face dock. Long walk to toliets. Serveral nice restuarants nearby. Will be back.

Helpful with docking, 2012-11-13
Captain: , Detroit (270)

As others have mentioned, a little confusing on what dock is what. We called Oriental Marina and they put us on the dock at Oriental Harbor. I think Oriental Marina (motel) has taken over service for transients at Oriental Harbor. In any event, as we arrived under difficult conditions we were met at the dock and helped until we were all tied up and wired in. Great service.

No protection from SW winds, 2012-08-09
Captain: , Fort Myers Florida (190)

Stayed at the transient dock here - but the Oriental Marina manager actually manages the transient slips, all on the out "face dock". Very convenient location, nice facilities, but is exposed to the SW winds - which we have now and are bouncing around nicely.

Oriental Harbor Marina, 2012-05-02
Captain: , Oriental, NC (130)

OHM is a very nice marina. The dockmaster is a great guy. He takes great pleasure in helping others and is well liked by all. The docks are fixed docks, and nicely built. The marina has a nice store.

OHM is within walking distance of great restaurants like M&Ms, The Trawl Door and others. Unique shopping is very close too.

Available thru Oriental Marina, 2011-06-04
Captain: , Madison, Ohio (400)

We tried to get a slip at Oriental Marina and they were full, but said that they had slips available for the same price at Oriental Harbor Marina that they could reserve for us. OK marina, fixed docks, clean showers.

No Longer Tankes Transients, 2010-10-15
Captain: , North Myrtle Beach, SC (3210)

We were just there and they told us they no longer take transients, so we stayed at the hotel, which is great. They do have some sort of agreement that if the hotel is full, they MIGHT take a transient.

Neuse River Yacht Club, 2010-06-26
Captain: , Boca Raton FL (274)

Now open to the Public. Short before the bridge. Call Wayne Lamm the owner @ 252 249 0550. GREAT place for dinner. Tell him we said Hello

Has everything you need, 2010-06-03
Captain: , Ft. Lauderdale (1244)

Very accomadating and helpful dockmaster. He loaned us his car to go to the market just about a mile away. Super dog friendly. Lots of novel shops and lovely galleries within easy walking distance. M&M is an especially nice place to eat as is the Toucan on the property. Nice pool,and Tiki bar.The only reason for the 3 star is the awful fish smell and the trash cans were overflowing Not emptied in the 2 days we were there.

Two marinas, 2010-02-28
Captain: , Sarasota (1427)

There is the main marina, which is quite small and seems to fill quickly. The other marina, by the bridge, is managed by the first marina and is another condo/dock/minium gone wrong. The ride there is rolly all the time. Not our favorite stop on the ICW.

good acces for large boats, 2010-02-16
Captain: , Colington Harbour OuterBanks NC (155)

Delivering a Fleming 65. Good stop, nice town. Great Marine store

rude, rude, rude, 2009-10-05
Captain: , Worton (445)

Stayed for the night, never will again. Rude staff.

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

Great in every way. Oriental is a great town, even for power boaters!

Great place to ride out a blow., 2008-10-17
Captain: , Fort Lauderdale (103)

Managed by Oriental Marina. Great new face dock for cats, clean facilities and free laundry. Several restaurants only a short walk and a great chandlery practically on site.

Marina dock, 2007-09-11
Captain: , Punta Gorda, FL Cape Cod, MA (513)

Basically a motel dock, but in good shape and right downtown.

Really good place, 2007-09-08
Captain: , Melbourne, FL (112)

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