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Interesting Facts About

Hatteras Island

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Hatteras Island is a barrier island with the Atlantic Ocean on the on the eastern border and the Pamlico Sound on the western border.  It is about 50 miles long and at the widest point is 3.5 miles wide.


Sunrises on the beach at SEAcret Treasure!

Hatteras Island is one of just a few places you can watch both the sunrise and sunset over the water!  Enjoy the beauty of the sun rising over the Atlantic Ocean then see the stunning glory of the sun setting into the Pamlico Sound.  Spectacular views!!

Hatteras Island was once known as Croatoan Island.  Named for those inhabiting the island at the time.

There are 7 villages on Hatteras Island.  These villages are Rodanthe, Waves, Salvo, Avon, Buxton, Frisco and Hatteras Village.  SEAcret Treasure is located in Rodanthe.

The three villages on the north side of Hatteras Island are Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.  This area is also known as the Tri Villages.  They were once referred to as the Chicamacomico Banks and known for being the home of the Chicamacomico Life Saving Station Historic Site and museum.  This life saving station can be seen from decks of  SEAcret Treasure.

This beautiful island is approximately 30 miles from the mainland and is also cut off from the other Outer Bank's barrier islands.  Hatteras Island is separated by the Oregon Inlet on the north end and the Hatteras Inlet on the south end.

Sandpiper on the shore as waves crash on
Flying Seagulls

Hatteras Island is part of the Cape Hatteras Natural Seashore.  Over half of Hatteras Island is completely natural and undeveloped land.  Two of the several refuges here are the beautiful Pea Island Wildlife Rescue, close by SEAcret Treasure, and the Buxton Woods Coastal Reserve located in Frisco and Buxton.

More than 350 bird species can be found on Hatteras Island.  Pea Island Wildlife Rescue, near SEAcret Treasure, is wonderful place to see them.

Diamond Shoals, located off shore here is the site of hundreds of shipwrecks over the last 500 years.  This is a group of sandbars always shifting and making it extremely difficult for ships to navigate this area.  This area is said to be responsible for approximately 600 shipwrecks along the shorelines of the Outer Banks and Hatteras Island.  Due to the huge number of shipwrecks here it has earned the name “Graveyard of the Atlantic”.

There are two ways to access Hatteras Island.  Either by car, crossing the Oregon Inlet via the Herbert C. Bonner Bridge or you can take a Ferry.

The Cape Hatteras National Shoreline is among the top spots on the East Coast for star gazing!  Due to the extreme darkness of the night sky the Milky Way can be seen here.

The cooler sands of Hatteras Island produces mostly male sea turtles!  The temperature of the sand determines the gender of the hatchlings.  Warmer sand conditions produce mostly females and cooler sands produce predominately male.

An endangered Hawaiian Green Sea Turtle

The movie Nights in Rodanthe, staring Richard Gere and Diane Lane was filmed here.  The movie is based on a novel by Nicholas Sparks and was released in 2008.  There is a copy of the book and the DVD to enjoy at SEAcret Treasure!

Fish Hook

Hatteras Island is a world-renowned fishing destination.  It is your choice of Surf Fishing, Pier Fishing or taking a charter boat for Off Shore Fishing.  It's all good!

Blackbeard is the most famous pirate ever and he spent a lot of time terrorizing the merchant ships off Hatteras Island.  His real name was Edward Teach and he would actually tie lit fuses (slow matches) in his black beard to incite even more fear.  He met his demise in a brutal battle at the Ocracoke inlet in November of 1718.

Wind surfers on the blue sea.jpg

Hatteras Island is a huge destination for all types of watersports enthusiasts.

In 1912, the United States Weather Station in Hatteras Village was one of the first to hear of the sinking of the Titanic when it received the distress telegraph.

Cape Hatteras Lighthouse

The tallest brick lighthouse in the world, Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, is located on Hatteras Island.  The lighthouse is 208 feet high with 257 steps that lead to the top and has 1.25 million bricks.  The beacon light can be seen for 20 miles.  The original Cape Hatteras Lighthouse was 90 feet tall and was made of sandstone.  It was built in 1802 was first lit in 1803 but it was unable to effectively protect the ships that passed from the treacherous Diamond Shoals.

The spiral black and white stripes make



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