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Masonboro Island Reserve, Wilmington

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Masonboro Island is a barrier island in New Hanover County, North Carolina. The island, which is undeveloped and accessible only by boat, is a component of the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve and a North Carolina State Natural Area. It lies south of Wrightsville Beach, separated by Masonboro Inlet, and north of Carolina Beach, separated by Carolina Beach Inlet. The island is a destination for boating, surfing, and camping.
Masonboro Island is a mix of marshes, dunes and tidal flats, with beaches along its Atlantic coastline and a chain of small hills and wetland islands along Masonboro Sound, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. The beaches are a nesting ground for loggerheads and green sea turtles, and the waters on the sound side of the island are a nursery for spot, mullet, flounder and pompano. Masonboro Island Reserve is just one of the many highlights you can arrange to see using our , online itinerary creator Edition.
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Masonboro Island Reserve reviews

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  • Great kayak trip with Manahaim Adventures! We loved the trip to the island, the island, and the beautiful beach and shells! Don and James were great guides. Can’t wait to go again! 
    Great kayak trip with Manahaim Adventures! We loved the trip to the island, the island, and the beautiful beach and shells! Don and James were great guides. Can’t wait to go again!  more »
  • If you've got a boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board to get yourself over here it's a great spot to have a picnic, a swim, or a private sunbath. It's scenic and there are generally not other people... 
    If you've got a boat, canoe, kayak, or paddle board to get yourself over here it's a great spot to have a picnic, a swim, or a private sunbath. It's scenic and there are generally not other people...  more »
  • My family enjoyed collecting shells and exploring Masonboro Island Reserve. Not much wildlife save a crab or two, but plenty of shells. It was extremely windy the day we went and felt at least 15... 
    My family enjoyed collecting shells and exploring Masonboro Island Reserve. Not much wildlife save a crab or two, but plenty of shells. It was extremely windy the day we went and felt at least 15...  more »
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  • Beautiful and relaxing. Well it can be relaxing if inconsiderate people don't come along and start blasting loud music. It amazes me how people act like they are in their own backyard and no one else is around and do whatever they like. Get off their jet ski or boat and let their dogs run free. And blast music. When people who have already been there minding their business are not being loud and obnoxious have choice but to leave because they will catch a charge if they beat some manners into you. But Masonboro Island itself is a beautiful place
  • Beautiful reserve. We go out here with the Wrightsville Beach Tours on their Pirate Tour and sometimes with our kayaks. It's a great area for a picnic and for seashell and sand dollar collecting. Lots of fun.
  • Absolutely gorgeous! It’s like having your own private island. Just be careful of the tide so you aren’t left high and dry.
  • This little island is so beautiful. Uninhabited and only accessible by water, it still feels untouched by humans. The sand is white, the water is blue, and it feels like youre a million miles from home. (Bring a trash bag, to keep it that way)
  • Beautiful island that is well worth the extra effort to get to it. The extra payoff for having to take a boat is so many less people and the unique ecology.

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