Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc. (FHBI) is offering their popular marsh cruise programs again in 2022! This one-and-a-half to two-hour interpretive tour leaves the Hammocks Beach State Park mainland and navigates the waterways around Bear Island, Huggins Island, and Swansboro on a Coast Guard inspected pontoon boat.
Space is limited and pre-registration is required.
A minimum donation of $25.00 per passenger secures a seat on the cruise. All registrations must be completed at www.fhbi.org/Marsh-Cruise .
Check-in time is 1:15pm at the Hammocks Beach State Park visitor center. Departure and length of tour are at the discretion of the ferry captain. Average tour length is 90 minutes. Please allow adequate time for arriving and checking in prior to departure. We recommend a minimum of 20 minutes to park, check-in, and make your way to the dock before the 1:30 departure.
Proceeds benefit the Friends of the Hammocks and Bear Island, Inc., a non-profit 501 (c)(3) support group for Hammocks Beach State Park. Some recent projects the friends have helped with is purchasing a new golf cart to facilitate the volunteer ferry dock to beach front assistance program on Bear Island, a beach wheelchair, and educational materials and supplies for special events, 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. Additional donations are also welcome and can be made online at www.fhbi.org/donate or during the cruise.
A minimum of 14 pre-registered passengers is needed to leave the dock. A determination will be made at 3:30 pm the day before the scheduled marsh cruise event to ensure the minimum required number of pre-registered paid participants has been met to allow for the cruise to proceed as planned. Participants will receive an email to the address they registered with if there is a need to cancel.
In the event of cancellation, 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. No refunds will be given for no shows. Please allow up to 14 business days for refunds to be processed.
Refund requests are to be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and will be honored if received by the following deadlines:
Individuals: 24 hours prior to the scheduled marsh
cruise departure time.
10 or more: 7 days prior to the scheduled marsh cruise
departure date and time.
Note: The online registration process registers one (1) person for one seat on the marsh cruise. Guests are then added as a total of one (1) plus the number of guests. Example a group of four (4) would register for the event as one person (first name, last name, email, contact phone, plus three (3) guests.