It's time to sign up for the Annual New Years Day Pelican Plunge on Hunting Island Beach! 

Join friends and neighbors as we plunge into the refreshing waters of the Atlantic on New Year’s Day.

This outrageous event is organized by the fine folks at Friends of Hunting Island State Park

Proceeds benefit Hunting Island State Park’s Discover Carolina program, a hands-on, curriculum-based instruction program for 3rd, 5th, and 7th grade students in Beaufort County schools. Participating students visit Hunting Island to learn about the ecology of a semi-tropical barrier island. More than 3,000 3rd, 5th, and 7th graders have participated in this unique educational program.


  • Registration is at 11:30–12 Noon, Plunge at 1 PM
  • Register online and receive your ticket via email
  • Each registrant receives an “I Took the Plunge” sticker and two coupons worth $1 each to purchase refreshments— sweet snack, hot cocoa, and coffee
  • Souvenir Pelican Plunge T-shirts will be on sale at the gift shop
  • Park entry fee is not included in the registration fee, however, January 1, 2022, is the last day to use your 2021 Friends of Hunting Island decal for park entry
  • Purchase your 2022 membership and decal at the Pelican Plunge

The Pelican Plunge is one of our favorite annual events. Proceeds benefit Friends Hunting Island in our work to support the park environmental efforts.  Ask us about our sea turtle conservation project, which protects the sea turtles who nest on Hunting Island each year.