FHBI Marsh Cruises are offered September thru November each year.  

Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. (FHBI) offer their popular marsh cruise programs each fall. This one and a half to two hour interpretive tour leaves the Hammocks Beach State Park mainland at 1:30pm and navigates the waterways around Bear Island, Huggins Island, and Swansboro on a Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat.  

Space is limited and preregistration is required.

A minimum donation of $20.00 per passenger secures a seat on the cruise. Registration is completed online by clicking the link for an an upcoming cruise at www.fhbi.org/Marsh-Cruise  A minimum of 15 registrered passengers is needed to leave the dock and the maximum capacity is a total of 21 passengers for each cruise.  Additional donations are welcome and can be made online at fhbi.org/donate or during the cruise. 

Check in time is 1:15pm. Departure time and length of tour is subject to the discretion of the ferry captain. Average tour length is 90 minutes. Please allow adequate time for arriving and checking in prior to departure.

Proceeds from the marsh cruises benefit the Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc., the non-profit 501 (c)(3) support group for Hammocks Beach State Park.  Some recent projects the friends have helped with are purchasing 5 kids kayaks to assist with the kids kayaking orientation and camp, purchase of a touch tank for live specimen programs, materials for a story walk trail, two projectors in the auditorium for programs, along with support and educational materials and supplies for special events including Military Appreciation Day; and ongoing educational and interpretive programs.  Proceeds this year will go toward events, educational programs, special projects, as well as any assistance that may be requested by Hammocks Beach State Park or the Division of Parks and Recreation.  

For more information on becoming a member of Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. go to www.fhbi.org/join

Participants agree to be rescheduled in the event a minimum of 15 passengers per cruise is not reached or unforeseen circumstances make it necessary to cancel any marsh cruise. FHBI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule cruise without any prior notice.

Cancellation Policy

A decision will be made at 3:30 pm the day before any scheduled marsh cruise event to determine if the minimum of 15 registered paid participants has been reached to allow the cruise to leave the dock.  Participants will receive an email advising if there is a decision to cancel.   

In the event a minimum of 15 passengers per cruise is not reached or unforeseen circumstances make it necessary to cancel any marsh cruise, passengers agree to be rescheduled or may receive a refund of the donation.  FHBI reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any cruise without prior notice.  Sorry, no refunds will be given for no shows.  Please allow up to 14 business days for refunds to be processed. 

Refund requests should be emailed to cruises@fhbi.org and will be honored if received by the following deadlines:

Individuals: 

24 hours prior to the scheduled marsh cruise departure time.

Groups of 10 or more:

7 days prior to the scheduled marsh cruise departure date and time.



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