Sand Dollar Island

When the tide is low, it’s time to go…collect sand dollars on a hidden sandbar island!

Ride in comfort aboard the Miss Morehead City, the largest boat to Sand Dollar Island, an excellent location for shelling due to the shallow tidal pools found there. The island is only accessible at low tide.

There is plenty of room aboard the cruise boat, which means no crowding. Passengers can ride to Sand Dollar Island from Morehead City while enjoying a fast, safe, fully narrated ride past the Morehead City State Port, Sugarloaf Island, Fort Macon, and the famous Shackleford Banks.

Sand Dollar Island tours stop at different points depending on wind conditions to maximize your chance to collect beautiful sand dollars. Our local captain, Captain Dave, has been navigating these waters for the last 45 years. If anyone can help you find the sand dollars, Captain Dave can!

Sand dollars are a great souvenir to take home with you, and we encourage you to do so. However, please keep in mind that you should leave live sand dollars behind in their natural habitat. Live sand dollars are brown or purple in color, have tiny moving bristles on the bottom, and will sometimes stain your hands yellow. Sand dollars that are not alive will be white, smooth, and feel more like shells. Be sure to bring a small container or bucket to put them in!

All of these trips are 3 hours long, it’s 30 minutes there and back and 2 hours on Sand Dollar island.

The cost of these trips are $20.00 for Adults, and $11.00 for children (3-11).

How to Book Your Trip to Sand Dollar Island

  • Reservations Required! Telephone reservations at 252-504-2488
  • Limited availability due to the size of the boat.
  • Tours available from April 5 – September 2.
  • This tour is once a day depending on the tides.
Drive Time
12 min.
Distance from Hotel
5.7 miles
Group of sand dollars on beach

Locals Recommend

“We found more than a dozen sand dollars. You have to have a good eye, but they are there!”

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