Details for Shallowbag Bay Marina

Shallowbag Bay Marina

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Average rating 4.0 stars from 12 reviews

Address 1100-B S Bay Club Drive
Manteo, NC 27954


After hours contact


Facility type

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

VHF channel



Email contact

Owner, manager

Charles McKenney, GM



Pete Davidson

Payments acceptedCredit cards - YES
Checks - NO

Payment info

All major credit cards - Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express.

Payment discounts

$12 per foot per month for a 6 month or longer commitment.

Operation (seasonal or year-round)

Additional info: Someone is generally on site year round. Jan/Feb/Mar call ahead. Give them 30 minutes warning to ensure someone will be there for you.


From the north go south into the Roanoke Sound to G29C in channel; turn starboard at R2M into the Manteo channel.

From the south, clear the high bridge on Roanoke Sound and proceed North to R30A. Turn to port at R30A and keep R2M on your starboard as you enter the Manteo channel.

Once in the Manteo channel, go between G3 and R4; proceed past G5 and pick up R6, R8, and R10 to starboard; turn at R10 and head approximately 240 degrees magnetic. You should see the orange and white informational marker saying SHALLOWBAG BAY MARINA. Here pick up their channel buoys to port. Stay to the right of the green buoys to the marina entrance at GPS coordinates 35°54'2.30"N, 075°39'54.80"W.





Tide & current additional info

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


Approach: Unknown
Transient dockage: 7
Fuel dock: Unknown

Other depth info:

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

Additional info: Inner marina has 25 and 40 foot slips all with floating docks. The Outer Marina has fixed piers with 40, 50, and 60 foot slips.

Size restrictionsLOA max: 65
Beam max: 20

Other info: 300 feet of floating docks for transient dockage. Slip beam is 20 feet. They can side tie larger boats.


Transient: 37
Total: 72
Transient price: $1.75/ft (2017-08-06)

Other price info: Taxes included.
Discounts available. Mention ActiveCaptian and get 20% off our regular daily, weekly and monthly rates plus only $12.00 per foot per month with 6 month or longer lease.


Transient: Unknown
Total: Unknown
Transient price: Unknown

Other price info:

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

Additional info:

Pricing info: 30 amp: $3
50 amp: $5

Cable TV (and pricing)


Phone hookup (and pricing)


Water (and pricing)


Dinghy access

Yes - 300 feet of floating dock for daily use, boats up to 25 feet.

Liveaboard info

Yes - But not year round.


Fuel brand: Ethanol-free gas.

Gas priceUnknown

Other price info: Ethanol free.

Diesel priceUnknown

Other price info:


Yes - Available nearby at ACE hardware. They'll even give you a courtesy ride over if you need it.

Pets welcomeYes

Other pet info: Bags are provided to pick up after your pet.

Disability access

Launch service

Pump out





Yes - Dumpsters on site are to be used for trash.








Yes - Grocery store within walking distance, and gas stations across the street.


Yes - Ship's Store.


Yes - Full service restaurant on site. Striper's Bar and Grille is now open.


Yes - Stripers on site has a full bar, plus others a short walk away. Liquor store within a very short walk.

Hotels or motels

Yes - Information can be provided on nearby hotels, if needed.

Repair capabilities

Yes - Mobile van service available and nearby boat yard with haul out if needed.

Haul out capabilities

No - Available nearby in Wanchese.

Storage facilities

Fishing supplies

Yes - Available in the Ship's Store.

Chartering capabilities

Yes - One fishing charter run out of Shallowbag Bay Marina. Other options are nearby.

Internet access


Boat ramp availability

No - Available nearby in downtown Manteo.


Yes - Taxis and car rental available. They'll even give you a ride for errands nearby.

Other services

TV, fitness center, pocket billiards and ping pong tables, swimming pool, and hot tub.

Full exercise facility on site, open year round with treadmill, bicycle, elliptical trainer, skiers edge, skierg, weight machine, free weights. In season, there's a swimming pool and hot tub. Bicycles for loan, lovely bike/walk/run path, nearby rental of kayaks.


Downtown Manteo, Elizabethan Gardens, Freedmen's Colony, Fort Raleigh National Park, Marshes Light House, Roanoke Island Festival Park, The Lost Colony (in season), NC Acquarium, Wright Brothers Memorial, kite boarding, windsurfing, fishing, kayaking, stand up paddle boards, and beautiful beaches

Reviews for Shallowbag Bay Marina
Nice Marina, 2017-08-19
Captain: , Pearl Harbor, HI (703)

The dockmaster, Pete, is great. I was a "little lost" finding my way to the marina and he coached me in via VHF ch 69. Old Manteo is enjoyable to walk around and take in the sights. Courtsey bikes need work but Pete responded quickly and "found" us two. There is a Piggy Wiggle supermarket within 1/2 mile of the marina.

Bag it. Don't bother., 2016-11-16
Captain: , Seabrook, NH (172)

We tried to stay here after reading the "glowing reviews" on Active Captain. WOW. I went SO far out of my way to even get in contact with somone because no one returned my calls, or my emails. I did some online sleuthing and figured out that the manager of the adjacent restaurant also owns/manages the marina, so I called the restaurant and left amessage for him at the restaurant.

He finally called me back, and gave me a cell # to call when I got close. However, when we got there, the # didn't work.

We had winds out of the N NE, so when we tied up to the fuel dock to try to find someone to help us, we were getting the $h^t kicked out of us. No one was around. It was a total $h^t show.

By that time, it was later in the afternoon, we decided to cut and run, and called the Manteo Waterfront Marina, just on the other side of the little bay. It was AWESOME. Loved it. Highly recommend it over Shallow Bag Bay.

Glad we found this marina, 2016-07-12
Captain: , pending (10)

We loved our two-night stay here, because of the floating docks for our 22-ft C-Dory and the pool. Since we don't have A/C we look for marinas that have a pool and/or an A/C lounge. This marina has both. Also, we liked the availability of good restaurants we can walk to.

Update on a great place, 2015-06-06
Captain: , New Bern, NC (486)

This is a great place to stay. Echo what everyone else said. Pete is trying real hard to make this wonderful place for cruisers to visit. Pump out is now working.
Private bouys mark the way into the marina from Red 10 with good depth. Entrance into marina is small opening so if wind is blowing hard use extreme caution.

Week at Outer Banks Marina, 2014-06-16
Captain: , Cruising (112)

Pete Davidson was a very helpfull dockmaster. He advised us of the Manteo Channel video on the internet which was very educational for severe shoaling conditions. We draw five feet and never saw less than .5 feet under our keel following the video instruction. After we cleared the Shallowbag bay Channel Pete guided us into the Marina, and did an excellent job securing our lines.

The marina has a very nice pool and hot tub, and they provide complimentary bicycles.

Mention Active Captain and receive a twenty percent discount on dockage. We are 49 ft. and stayed a week for $325 including power.

Very quiet compared to the downtown marina, and the view was great. On-site restaurant, other restaurants, and town within walking/biking distance. We will return.

No Pump Out. Paperwork for the pumpout is in process.

Great place to stay and great dockmaster, 2014-06-05
Captain: , Annapolis (42)

This is great alternative to going the intracoastal route. And the dockmaster Pete is a great guy. They also give a great active captain discount.

Best marina ever, 2013-07-06
Captain: , Southport, NC (716)

Shallowbag wasnt our first choice. We wanted to be right in town. However, they offered us a weekly deal we couldnt refuse. Upon arriving we were shocked at the ammenities. Fitness center, pool, game room with ping pong, pool table. Bikes to loan out (we had our own). Very nice restuarant and bar (Stripers). The map was misleading. It's only a short bike ride into town. We also saw many attractions while we were there (too many to list). We planned on only staying only a few days, waiting on the wind to lay, we stayed 10 days. We couldnt imagine how nice Shallowbag marina is and how much fun we had in the town of manteo. The dockmaster helped us in every way. The new owner has a great team and manteo is a real destination off the beaten path. I think Shallowbag is the East Coast best kept secret. we will not only be back, we will spend another week there. Thanks Pete and Elisha

June 2012 overnight at Shallowbag Bay Marina, 2012-08-04
Captain: , Topping, VA (30)

Owners very helpful from point of reservation to point of tying up; offered us their bikes, even their car in the interest of our having a look at Manteo, which is about 15 minutes walk away. Private channel is wide, about 8 feet deep, well marked with small buoys, marina well protected especially the inside slips, restaurant is good and nice location. Pool, exercise facilities nice. Floating docks, new facilities.

Shallowbag Bay Marinia under new management; great alternative to Manteo town docks!, 2012-05-10
Captain: , Hertford, NC (61)

We stayed at Shallowbag Bay Marina for 3 nights in late April. New owners Carol and Rita were very friendly and helpful. The marina is well built and has good protection from all but easterly winds. The ships store and facilities were clean and adequately stocked. On-site restaurant and bar STRYPER'S was very good. Darrell's restaurant next door is also good. Next to Darrell's is the Christmas Store, a favorite of my family for many years. They have recently expanded and have excellent art work and books now. Downtown waterfront is about a half mile away, easy by bike. Only negative is finding the channel marker to approach the marina. You cannot head directly into the marina because of a shoal but must go all the way to Red 10 before turning left 90 degrees towards land. you will see the outermost green can and marina can straight ahead to guide you into the channel to the marina.

New owners, 2012-04-29
Captain: , Hertford, NC (35)

Good docks, pool and restaraunt

Nice restaurant, 2010-02-16
Captain: , Colington Harbour OuterBanks NC (155)

Stripers Restaurant over looking the water is a nice stop.

nice place, 2007-07-10
Captain: , St. Inigoes (1)

staff helpful, nice place with pool hot tub etc.

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