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All You Need To Know For Island Hopping In Wrightsville Beach

Masonboro Island

Deciding where to go in Wrightsville Beach? Lets’ plan a day of island hopping!

I think it’s safe to say that most people have heard of the term island hopping. And for most people it most likely conjures up dreamy images of far off Cays sprinkled through turquoise waters in places like the Bahamas. Or bouncing from beach to beach through the emerald gems of the Virgin Islands. But did you know that there are beautiful uninhabited islands right off Wrightsville Beach? In fact, the only true way to experience our area is to hop aboard a boat, like all the locals do, and head over to one of the hidden paradises that can only be accessed by boat!

boats anchored on Masonboro Island

Masonboro Island


Our favorite islands for island hopping

Masonboro Island, Mason’s Inlet, and Lea-Hutaff Island…just to name a few, are among the favorite spots you will definitely want to see on a Wrightsville Beach boat !  Each island is special in its own way, and will have something unique that differentiates it from the others.  There’s no need to travel to the caribbean to island hop, our beautiful islands are perfect for a day of island hopping!

Masonboro Island

Masonboro Island is an all-time favorite destination. This uninhabited island filled with beautiful coves and dunes is known for its epic surf, shelling, and island camping. It’s the perfect destination for those looking for a mix of surf on one side and calm waters in the coves on the other side.  Pack a lunch or pick up food along the way at Fish House Grille or Dockside, and go enjoy the beautiful island for the day, or camp out for the night. 

Boats acnchored at Masonboro Island

Masonboro Island

Mason’s Inlet 

Mason’s Inlet is the destination that the locals flock to for the turquoise waters that are reminiscence of the Caribbean. The island is located at the northern end of Wrightsville Beach, separating it from Figure Eight Island.  Mason’s Inlet is known for its beautiful beaches, sandbars , natural swim pools, and clear water, making it the perfect spot for those looking for a beach day and a great place to swim. Around the inlet there are lots of serene marshes and waterways, which make it the perfect area for paddle boarding.  Take a paddle boarding charter with us, and tell your captain to head over to Mason’s Inlet for a paddle boarding adventure followed by a relaxing day on the beach!

Lea-Hutaff  Island

Lea Island is a hot spot for those looking for secluded beaches and nice places to swim.  This island is to the north of Figure Eight Island. It’s a bit further of a boat ride from Wrighstville Beach (about 20-30 minutes), however the scenery along the way is beautiful!  Lea Island is filled with beautiful sandbars, coves, and wide beaches . It’s a great spot for shelling and combing the sand for unique finds like sand dollars and conch shells. If you are taking a Lea Island boat tour you will want to make a day out of it.  Pack a lunch, or make a stop on the water at Sailfish restaurant in Scott’s Hill for a quick bite and an island beverage! There’s lots to see and explore, so make sure you have your sunscreen ready for a day of fun, sun, and island time.

barrier islands of wrightsville beach

Get out and explore our waterways

Needless to say, there’s no shortage of seafaring and exploring in the waters surrounding Wrightsville Beach. In fact, locals are setting out by boat to enjoy and explore these waters on a daily basis. If there’s a warm day in January, you can be guaranteed to see the waterways full of boaters, and the waterfront bars and restaurants filling their outside decks.  And if it’s a sunny day “in season”, May through September, it can seem like everyone in town is out on the water!

It’s completely possible to visit Wrightsville Beach and fall in love without even setting foot on a vessel, but locals know that if you really want to see what this area has to offer, you need to cast off the dock lines and set sail. The fact that there are so many nooks and crannies to explore by boat, where the water clarity and emerald green color on most days can rival spots in the Caribbean, are what make this place truly special.  Therefore, this is the reason you need someone who knows the area and can put you in the right spot.

For an adventurous day of island hopping, book a private boat charter with Epic Excursions. Ask your experienced local captain to take you to the best spots. If you want to be the captain of your own domain, rent a boat from one of the boat rental companies. There are lots of options, and you can bet you will love seeing the islands of Wrightsville Beach!

a boat in the water near salt marshes

Islands & Marshes of Wrightsville Beach