Machapunga Ecotours

Capt. Peter Boettger Belhaven, NC Incorporated Licensed Insured

The goal at Machapunga Ecotours is to educate people about the ecology of our estuaries in a fun, interactive, hands on way, while promoting the Pungo River/Pamlico Sound region in a sustainable manner. Experience the beauty and natural resources of the area with your personally guided tour.  Choices include a variety of ecotours, boat assisted kayaking, and light tackle fishing. 

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  Launch Location

Water Street, Belhaven

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Trips start at $35

4 Trips

1-6 guests

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1990 25' Center Console

200 HP engine(s)

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder
  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Alcohol
  • No Hard Liquor. Beer Allowed.
  • No Illegal Substances

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BIRDING BY WATER

Includes 1 guests
+$35 per additional guest, Max 6 guests

Includes 1 guests (+$35  $ per additional guest • Max 6 guests)

Trip time: 8:00am to 12:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

An absolute must for the birding fanatic or the beginner. Let Capt Peter put you in the back waters inaccessible on foot and by driving. Sightings can include neotropical songbirds, wading shore birds, birds of prey, wintering waterfowl, and many more in unspoiled habitat. Sun Screen, insect repellent, drinking fluids, binoculars, and a camera are strongly recommended.  MIN 2 Guests.  

Iced cooler for drinks and snacks
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private

LIGHT TACKLE FISHING

Includes 4 guests

Trip time: 7:00am to 11:00am (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Learn the basics of gear, techniques, and tactics for light tackle fishing in the Western Pamlico region, and how its unique environment effects the diversity of fish that it supports.  Bait, tackle, and iced coolers are provided for fish, drinks, and snacks.  Targeted species include Speckled Trout, Red Drum, Striped Bass, and Flounder.  

fish cleaning and filleting
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private

ALL ABOUT CRABS

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 8:00am to 12:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

This tour emphasizes the fascinating life cycle of NC’s most prolific seafood product. On this trip you will check crab pots and learn how they work, cruise by water to a crab shedding operation when available, and go crabbing with hand lines on Captain Peter’s private dock. By the end of your tour you will be very knowledgeable about these cranky crustaceans, and will be familiar with crab terminology. On top of all that you can take your catch home for a tasty feast. Sun Screen, insect repellent, drinking fluids, binoculars, and a camera are strongly recommended. Tours are offered late spring through early fall. 

Iced cooler for drinks and snacks
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ESTUARINE OVERVIEW

Includes 6 guests

Trip time: 8:00am to 12:00pm (4 hours)

3 Day Cancellation Policy

Learn all about what our estuaries really are, the inter-dependency of the diverse life forms they support, and the amazing productivity and services they provide for us. Activities on this tour may include learning local history and culture, measuring changes in salinity, watching dolphins and sting rays, observing shoreline birds and wildlife, wading in the shallows to pull a seine net and examining the catch, checking eel and crab pots, cast netting for shrimp, and much more. Activities are seasonally dependent. Tours are offered mid-spring through early fall.  

Iced cooler for drinks and snacks
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Fish Species

Atlantic Croaker
Bluefish
Flounder
Redfish
Spotted Seatrout
Striped Bass
White Perch

Additional Details

Safety Features

  • Life Jackets
  • Fire Extinguishers
  • First-Aid Equipment
  • CPR-Trained Crew
  • Flares
  • VHF Radio

Navigation

  • GPS
  • Fishfinder

Facilities

  • Toilet

Fishing Techniques

  • Light Tackle
  • Spinning

Fishing Policies

  • Children Welcome
  • Clients Keep Catch
  • No Alcohol
  • No Hard Liquor. Beer Allowed.
  • No Illegal Substances

Price Includes

  • Catch Cleaning & Filleting
  • Lures
  • Rods, Reels & Terminal Tackle

Fishing Location

  • Backcountry
  • Flats
  • Inshore

About the Vessel

Captain

Capt. Peter Boettger

Boat Type

Center Console

Boat Length

25 ft

Year Built

1990

Engine Manufacturer

2012 Honda

Number of Engines

1

Engine Horsepower

200 HP