Dive into adventure. Take a tour of North Carolina’s aquatic life “from the mountains to the sea.” Talk with divers as they swim with sharks in the Living Shipwreck. Laugh at the antics of playful river otters, touch a stingray or enjoy programs free with admission. Field trips and other activities are available for additional fees.

The Living Shipwreck is a key habitat at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. At 306,000 gallons of saltwater, it is the largest manmade ocean habitat in North Carolina. The habitat features a replica of the U-352 German submarine that was sunk off the coast of North Carolina in 1942. The U-352 was the first U-boat sunk by the U.S. Coast Guard and is one of three U-boats off the North Carolina coast accessible to sport divers. The wreck is a rare oasis of structure on the sand, resting in 115 feet of water, the debris attracts swarms of fish seeking food and and shelter.

The replica habitat at the Aquarium hosts many fish, sharks, and a green sea turtle. Sandbad sharks, sand tiger sharks, nurse sharks, sheepshead, Atlantic spadefish, tarpon, crevalle jack, and others can be found in this habitat. It is one of three replica wreck habitats at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. Daily dive shows are held in the habitat, and visitors can speak with divers about ocean environments, diving, and conservation.

General Admission


Images provided by the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores.

Drive Time
26 min.
Distance from Hotel
13 miles
Shark swimming in tank

Locals Recommend

“Loved the shark tank and the added natural shipwrecks that were found near by. The aquarium is filled with information about the animals that live in North Carolina. The otters are easily the favorite, as they are fun to watch.”

Where your Outer Banks adventure begins.

Situated on ten acres, the Beaufort Hotel is offers the privacy of a boutique hotel within minutes to some of the best experiences you’ll enjoy on the Southern Outer Banks.

During your stay. discover, experience, and explore Beaufort – named the Best Small Town for Adventure in America by USA Today.

The Beaufort Hotel is a private escape that’s close to every kind of adventure you can imagine. We encourage you to explore like a local, as we give you a slice of what it’s like to live here on the Crystal Coast.

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Good to Know

  • Family Friendly
  • Rainy Day Activity
  • Free Parking
  • Groups Welcome

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