Safe Harbor Outer Banks

By Molly Harrison | Monday, March 27, 2023

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Whether you’re at the helm of your own boat or looking to get on the water, the Safe Harbor marina complex in Wanchese has everything you need. They take care of transient and local boaters with a ship’s store, fuel docks, bathhouses, wet slips for boats up to 70’ (including transient slips), dry storage and winter storage and a service yard for all kinds of boat repairs and upgrades.

If you want to try dolphin watching, one of the most popular Outer Banks activities, Paradise Dolphin Cruises at Safe Harbor is an excellent choice. Paradise offers two-hour tours on the Kokomo to see wild bottlenose dolphins, ospreys and other birds, lighthouses, islands and all the sights in the Roanoke Sound. Tours are available May through September, and advanced reservations are required at (252) 573-0547 or online at

No matter the reason for your visit to Wanchese, be sure to check out Safe Harbor’s waterfront Tiki Bar, offering drinks and snacks with a view of the boats and activity in Wanchese Harbor. It’s become a favorite place to enjoy sunsets and live music on Friday and Saturday nights.

(252) 473-5344
708 Harbor Road, Wanchese

Safe Harbor Marina website
Paradise Dolphin Cruises website

About the Author Molly Harrison
Molly Harrison is managing editor at OneBoat, publisher of She moved to Nags Head in 1994 and since then has made her living writing articles and creating publications about the people, places and culture of the Outer Banks.