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Welcome to Southport Water Tours, where Southport’s maritime magic comes to life aboard our tour boat, The Sally Ann. Operated by two lifelong friends that grew up in Southport on the Cape Fear River, our vessel promises not just a boat ride but an experience of coastal nostalgia and natural wonders.

Cruise in comfort on The Sally Ann, boasting cushioned seating, ample shade, and a restroom facility for your convenience. With plenty of cup holders on board, you’re invited to bring your preferred beverages—yes, beer and wine included.

As we navigate the Cape Fear River and Intracoastal Waterway (ICW), be prepared for an ever-changing journey. The exact route shifts by the hour, ensuring every tour is a unique exploration of this dynamic region.

Embark on a tranquil yet exhilarating ride with us, where the allure of Southport meets the serenity of open waters. Book your seat today and let Southport Water Tours and The Sally Ann be your guides to an unforgettable nautical adventure.


Relax and discover the beauty of Cape Fear River!


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Great way to see Southport!

A ride aboard the Southport Water Tours boat is a must-see for visitors to Southport. What better way to see the town--ANY town--than from the water that provides so much revenue and livelihood for a community!

– Lisa O, TripAdvisor
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Educated 50 minute cruise

On vacation in Holden Beach and wanted to check out Southport one evening. Saw they had a 50 minute tour and it was a great time for all. We had a nice breeze. The boat had a cover to keep the sun off us. The captain would give us info on all the islands and stuff that we would pass. Best $20 you can spend.

– Presto67, TripAdvisor
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Fun trip!

We took out of town visitors on the cruise looking for a cool way to get some relief from the heat. It was wonderful! We learned a lot about the history and wildlife, we even got to see some dolphins. Really a fun way to learn about the area. Highly recommend.

– Kathy C, TripAdvisor
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We did this tour to pass some time before walking over to Provision for an early dinner. It was fun and informative, and there were even passing dolphins in the vicinity that were visible from the boat. We enjoyed it.

– blargoe, TripAdvisor
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Beautiful sunset tour

We enjoyed a great tour with Captain Ted! Eli and the team were very responsive when booking the tour. Highly recommend the private sunset tour. We saw several dolphins and enjoyed learning about the ecology and local hot spots!

– Beth D, TripAdvisor
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Trip around Southport

Eli and Tina made this a great tour. Eli giving a great commentary on Pilots for the huge cargo ships going up and down the Cape Fear River to Wilmington. The boat has padded seats, (no backs), and overhead cover keeping the sun off you if you wish. Neat little tour

– Harvey C, TripAdvisor