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The Division of Ports and Harbors (Division) manages several facilities from which passenger vessel operations are conducted. Passenger vessel operations are varied:

  • Charter Boats: fishing, diving, sightseeing, cruising
  • Party Fishing Boats
  • Whale Watching
  • Ferry Boats
  • Cruise Ships

Passenger vessels operating from Division properties must have a Pier Use Permit issued by the Division. Contact the Division at: (603) 436-8500 for details.

Pda 700 Slip Permits


Charter Boats

Charter boats operate from 3 of the Division’s facilities: Hampton Harbor, Hampton, NH; Rye Harbor, Rye, NH; Market Street Marine Terminal-Burge Wharf, Portsmouth, NH. The vessels range from the 6 passenger (6 pack) boats to 100 passenger vessels. The boats are chartered for fishing for stripers, bluefish, cod or blue fin tuna; scuba diving excursions to the Isles of Shoals or the scallop beds; cocktail or lobster bakes; lobster trap-hauling demonstrations. For more information, visit our marine directory.

Party Fishing Boats

There are several party fishing boats, half-day and full-day, that operate from the Hampton and Rye Harbor Marinas. These vessels range in size up to 75 feet in length and carry up to 150 passengers. Kayaking, parasailing and paddle boarding are also available at the Hampton Harbor Marina.


For more information, visit our marine directory.

Whale Watching

Some passenger vessels offer whale watching trips that operate from the Hampton and Rye Harbor Marinas.

New Hampshire Seacoast Cruises

Al Gauron's Deep Sea Fishing and Whale Watching

For more information, visit our marine directory.

Ferry Boats

The Isles of Shoals Steamship Company provides ferry service to Star Island at the Isles of Shoals from the Market Street Marine Terminal-Barker Wharf. The Isles of Shoals is a group of islands located approximately 7 miles off the coast of New Hampshire. The majority of activity on the islands is at the hotel/conference center on Star Island.

Contact for more information.

Cruise Ships

For information regarding Portsmouth, NH as a destination via the Division, please contact the Greater Portsmouth Chamber of Commerce.