Getting to BHI

The southernmost of North Carolina’s cape islands, Bald Head Island is located at the confluence of the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean. A pleasant 20-minute passenger ferry ride transports you from the ferry terminal at Deep Point Marina in historic Southport, N.C. to the harbour at Bald Head Island, a distance of two nautical miles.


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BY LAND

Via Highway 17, Southport is 30 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. and 60 miles north of Myrtle Beach, S.C. From points west, Interstate 40 and Highway 74/76 link the region directly with I-95.

Bald Head Island’s main land ferry terminal at Deep Point Marina is located at 1301 Ferry Road in Southport, NC, just before the state-operated Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Landing. Entering Southport on Route 211 South (Howe Street), take a left on East Moore Street and then a right onto Ferry Road at the roundabout. Proceed about a half mile and then turn right into the entrance to Deep Point Marina, following the signs to the ferry terminal.

BY AIR

New Hanover International Airport in Wilmington, N.C., is just 35 miles north of Southport, and the Myrtle Beach Jetport is 60 miles south. Please consult your carrier or travel agent for daily flight schedules.

Additionally, Brunswick County Airport/ Ocean Air Aviation, Inc. is a public, non-commercial airport in the Southport area. Please call (910) 457-6483 for more information or visit brunswickcounty.ncflyports.com.

Ground transportation to ferry terminal is available.

PASSENGER FERRY INFORMATION

For most of the year, ferries leave the mainland on the hour and the island on the half-hour, beginning at 8 a.m. The winter schedule may be abbreviated, and the summer schedule expanded.

Advance ferry reservations are required, and should be confirmed three days in advance by calling(910) 457-5003. Please arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time.

Round-trip tickets cost $23 for adults, $12 for children ages 3-12. There is no charge for children age two and younger. Tram service to your accommodations is included in the price. A discounted “no-frills” ticket is available at the Bald Head Island Marina for same-day round-trips that originate on the island and require no baggage handling or tram service.

BY SEA

Bald Head Island Harbour, located near buoy #13 at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, is accessible by boat from the Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean. The full-service Bald Head Island Marina can accommodate vessels up to 94 feet in length, with 8′ draft at MLW. Winter-monthly and daily slip rates are available.

Contact the dockmaster on VHF channel 16, by phone (910) 457-7380 or email bhi-marina@bhisland.com.