Getting Here By Land, Sea or Air

Bald Head Island is located two miles off the coast of Southport, NC, where the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean meet. A 20-minute passenger ferry ride transports you from the ferry terminal at Deep Point Marina in historic Southport, N.C. to the harbor at Bald Head Island. Map your Trip to the Bald Head Island Ferry.

By Land

Via Highway 17, Southport is 30 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. and 60 miles north of Myrtle Beach, S.C. From points west, Interstate 40 and Highway 74/76 link the region directly with I-95.

Bald Head Island's main land ferry terminal at Deep Point Marina is located at 1301 Ferry Road in Southport, NC, just before the state-operated Southport-Fort Fisher Ferry Landing. Entering Southport on Route 211 South (Howe Street), take a left on East Moore Street and then a right onto Ferry Road at the roundabout. Proceed about a half mile and then turn right into the entrance to Deep Point Marina, following the signs to the ferry terminal.


Passenger Ferry Information

In just 20 minutes, the Bald Head Island Transportation, Inc. passenger ferry transports you from Deep Point Marina in Southport, NC, to the shores of Bald Head Island. For most of the year, ferries leave the mainland on the hour and the island on the half-hour, beginning at 7 a.m. The winter schedule may be abbreviated, and the summer schedule expanded. Download the Bald Head Island ferry schedule:

  • Summer Schedule (4/1 - 10/31)
  • WinterSchedule (11/1 - 3/31)
  • Contractor Summer Schedule (3/1 - 10/31)

Round-trip tickets cost $24.75 for adults, $13.75 for children ages 3-12. There is no charge for children ages two and younger. Tram service to your island destination may be provided based on ticket type and availability. A discounted "no-frills" ticket is available at the Bald Head Island Marina for same-day round-trips that originate on the island and require no baggage handling or tram service. Tram reservations should be made by calling (910) 457-5003.

Download helpful hints on How to Pack for your trip to Bald Head Island.


By Air

New Hanover International Airport in WIlmington, N.C., is 35 miles north of Southport, and the Myrtle Beach Jetport is 60 miles south. Please consult your carrier or travel agent for daily flight schedules. Additionally, Cape Fear Regional Jetport/Howie Franklin Field Airport is a public, non-commercial airport located nearby on Oak Island. Please call 910-457-6483 for more information or visit Ground transportation from the airport to the ferry terminal can be arranged.


By Sea

The Bald Head Island Marina, located near buoy #13A at the mouth of the Cape Fear River, is accessible by boat from the Intracoastal Waterway, Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean. The full-service marina can accommodate vessels up to 100 feet in length, with 7' draft at MLW. Monthly and daily slip rates are available. Contact the dockmaster on VHF channel 16, by phone at 910-457-7380 or email


On-Island Transportation

Part of the charm of Bald Head Island is our reliance on electric golf carts for transportation, rather than cars. Upon arrival at the Bald Head Island ferry landing, you'll disembark the ferry and follow the signs for tram assignments or golf cart rentals. Tram service to your destination is included in the price of your ferry ticket. Tram reservations should be made by calling 910-457-5003. Once you've been given your tram assignment, you'll need to claim your baggage and place it next to your assigned tram. The tram will then take you to your accommodations. Most rental accommodations include the use of one or more golf carts as a part of your stay. You'll want to confirm this with your rental company.

If you're coming to the island just for the day and you won't be needing tram service, you can rent a golf cart by the hour or by the day from Cary Cart Company 919 215-5696.  Advance reservations are recommended.

Download an island map to help you find your way around.