The area's system of barrier islands, sounds, and estuaries is rich in flora and fauna, and diverse habitats, including rivers, creeks, mud flats, sand beaches, dunes, marshes, peat bogs, cypress swamps, bird islands, and coastal forests, making the area an excellent haven for those interested in the pursuit of marine science. Visit our webcam to see a live view looking from Pivers Island, over Taylor's Creek to the Beaufort Waterfront.


The Marine Lab provides tours to prospective students who intend to enroll at the Duke Marine Lab for a summer or semester. We do not provide tours to the visiting public. We have a small staff and unfortunately are unable to accommodate all the requests we receive for public tours. Pivers Island is open to the public during business hours Monday through Friday and visitors are free come onto campus to see our facility and browse the island. We are happy to send you a map and you could pick up a brochure if you are curious to know what we do here on Pivers Island. If you are a high school or college-aged student and would like to schedule a tour, please email Tours are available Monday – Friday from 9 am to 4 pm.

Hours of Operation

The Duke Marine Lab administrative offices are open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Duke Marine Lab shares Pivers Island with a federal NOAA facility. A gate has been installed in compliance with federal Homeland Security requirements. The gate is open Monday - Friday from 6 a.m. - 6 p.m.. The gate is closed at night and on weekends and can be accessed with a Duke University ID card that has been validated for access. If you are a Duke student or employee please email to have your Duke Card activated for the gate. Other visitors may contact security through the gate intercom system.

Please notify the Duke Marine Lab if you plan to visit so we can ensure your access to the island.

Most facilities at the Duke Marine Lab are open 7 days per week, 24 hours per day, including the auditorium, library and teaching labs. The Marguerite Kent Repass Ocean Conservancy Center is open daily from 6 a.m. - 12 a.m. All events and meetings are scheduled and booked through the Duke Marine Lab Campus Services. To inquire about a tour, please email:

Dining Hall Hours

Breakfast: 8 - 9 a.m.
Lunch: Noon - 1 p.m.
Dinner: 5- 6 p.m.

Needs for alternate meal hours can be accommodated, please contact us for arrangements.