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Welcome to Moore To See Photo Expeditions..

..where we will help you discover the Virginia Beach most people never see!

Campbell's Landing - Back BayCampbell's LandingJanuary 2017 - Back Bay froze over.

Some of the most beautiful parts of Virginia Beach are rarely visited. Very few of the millions of tourists that visit the coastal beaches of Virginia each year have the opportunity to see that part of Virginia Beach that has scarcely changed for millennia. In fact, few locals venture into the backwaters that pervade the region. There are miles of rivers, creeks, and bays in the southern half of the city that are accessible only by boat - just waiting to be rediscovered by you. In 1728, while surveying the border between Virginia and North Carolina, Col. William Byrd called the area "The Green Sea", referring to the thousands of acres of marsh swaying in the wind like waves. Beautiful, undisturbed natural areas - that make for relaxing trips on the water and beautiful photographs - await you!

Virginia Beach has thousands of acres of marsh and pocosins, Bald Cypress and hardwood forests.  In fact, Back Bay, Knott's Island Bay, the  North Landing River and all of the surrounding rivers, creeks, and marsh are the northernmost part of a much larger estuarine ecosystem known as the Pamlico Estuary. There are also small, secluded beaches scattered throughout the area. 

The region abounds with wildlife as well, with over 50 species of rare and endangered plants and animals. Otters, nutria and muscrats can be seen swimming in the tannic waters. Bear, mink, deer, raccoons and bobcat are some of the native species to be on the lookout for. Feral horses and hogs have inhabited the shores since colonial times. Millions of birds make the area their home and stop to feed and rest on their migrations along the Atlantic Flyway. Bald Eagles are to be found year round. Depending on the season, Northern Harriers, Osprey and Peregrine Falcons are some of the raptors you might see. Great Blue and Little Blue Herons, Cattle Egrets, Great White Egrets, Ibis, Green Herons, American Bitterns and thousands of ducks are just some of the birds that inhabit the marsh and shorelines.

All of our private tours are customized based on your desires, the season, water levels and the weather. We will discuss your needs and desires along with possible options prior to your tour. All boat tours are for 1-4 guests.

For photographers, light availability is most important. I am more than willing to discuss being on the water as early in the morning or late in the afternoon as you like.

To learn more about boat tours to discover Back Bay, Knott's Island Bay, the North Landing River & tributaries, False Cape (including overnight stays), and even a nearby rookery, visit our Tours page. For prices, visit the Rates page.

I look forward to helping you discover a part of our region most people never get to see!!

Great White EgretMonkey IslandGreat White Egret rookery on Monkey Island

Air Battle - Bald Eagle & Osprey - North landing RiverAir Battle - Bald Eagle & Osprey - North landing RiverAir Battle - Bald Eagle & Osprey - North landing River

Back Bay - FrozenBack Bay - Frozen. February 2018


Whether your interest is wildlife, landscape photography, birding, or simply being out in nature, join me on a trip through the Virginia Beach most people never get the chance to see. We will be on the search for beautiful landscapes, birds, and native animals as we cruise the waterways and discuss some of the local history on the North Landing River and Back Bay.

Capt. Erik Moore

United States Coast Guard certified Captain

Licensed & Insured

Our ecotours are listed on         

To make a reservation or make inquiries, email me at 

the address above or call 757.401.2583