I have included the website for Bald Head so you can get all of the transportaion information you need for your trip. This site is a great site. You can get all the phone numbers you need to set up your trip, and see a list of amenities and activities and rentals.
If you are renting a house on the island, make sure that a golf cart is included. If not, you can rent them as well.
I have only been to Bald Head on our own boat. If you don't have a boat, you will have to take the ferry. The website says: "A pleasant 20-minute passenger ferry ride transports you from the ferry terminal at Indigo Plantation and Marina in historic Southport, N.C. to the harbour at Bald Head Island, a distance of two nautical miles." I'm not sure how pleasant it is in rough weather. They go in even the roughest weather because the workers on the island don't live there.
For most of the year, ferries leave the mainland on the hour and the island on the half-hour, beginning at 8 a.m. Advance ferry reservations are required, and should be confirmed three days in advance. Please arrive at the ferry terminal at least 30 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
Round-trip tickets cost $15 for adults, $8 for children ages 3-12. There is no charge for children age two and younger. Tram service to your accommodations is included in the price. A discounted "no-frills" ticket is available at the Bald Head Island Marina for same-day round-trips that originate on the island and require no baggage handling or tram service.
Via Highway 17, Southport is 30 miles south of Wilmington, N.C. and 60 miles north of Myrtle Beach, S.C. From points west, Interstate 40 and Highway 74/76 link the region directly with I-95.
Entering Southport on Route 211 (Howe Street), turn right onto West 9th Street and continue to the ferry landing.
It is no small feat to get the logistics of getting to and from the island handled. You fly into Wilmington NC and take a transport bus (which you prearrange) to the ferry crossing (You can take a cab but the cost is quite a bit higher). Then you check in on the mainland side of the ferry, your luggage is loaded onto carts for you (which you also called and reserved in advance), and then loaded on to the ferry. There is then a short ferry ride (25 min) across the Cape Fear river to Bald head, where your things are unloaded. You pull them off racks and give them to the waiting delivery cart which ferries you and your stuff to the house you rented. At the house, there are usually two golf carts for your use.
>Don't rent a car. You won't need it and the parking lot cost is outrageous.
>If you drive, park at the Wal-Mart or somewhere else and get a cab to take you to the ferry.
>A small cab company can pick you up and drop you off at the ferry almost anytime. That gives you access to The bars, restaurants, and the 10,000,000 square foot brightly lit, brand new 24 hour Super Wal-Mart. (When you're packing, remember that this is available).
Everything on the island is by golf cart. If you're renting, you'll get them with the place, otherwise, they can be rented by the hour. Off the roads, you walk to, on and from the beaches. Nobody walks or swims in the swamps, although you can hire a boat to take you there. Usually houses have fat tire rusted old bicycles if you prefer that. The salty air will rust anything so don't bring your pretty little mountain bike.
Off the island, the ferry takes you to the mainland where calling ahead for a cab to meet you is the best plan.