Our facilities include

Large Historic Dining Hall

Pennington Marine Science Center Aquarium


Multiple Campsites with Tents

Ship Store

“Chapel” Area with Seating

Campfire Circle

Incredible Waterfront


We have 20 cabins with bunkbeds, these rustic cabins sleep 8. Campers should bring a pillow and sleepingbag/bedroll.

Campsites with Tents

Our campsites include canvas tents with 2 cots and mattresses. Campsites vary in size and capacity. Our tents sleep 450. Campers should bring a pillow and sleepingbag/bedroll.

Dining Hall

Our large dining hall and kitchen produce high quality buffet meals. Meals are eaten outside on the covered patio overlooking the bay or on the shaded pavilion.

Pennington Marine Science Center

Our aquarium is run by our resident marine biologist. We proudly exhibit and care for many of the native marine animals that can be found in and near the waters of Emerald Bay. Some of these animals can be found in our touch tanks. Our staff also participate in ongoing research and restoration projects. We are currently a host of an ROV (remote operated vehicle) for the Marine Protected Area Collaborative Network, this allows researchers to learn more about species while being less disruptive than a traditional SCUBA diver.


A short hike up from the cabins is our “chapel”. This area features breathtaking views overlooking Doctor’s Cove to the mainland, benches, and a podium. This is the perfect place to pause and reflect on all that has been learned during your stay.

Campfire Circle

Our amphitheater makes the perfect spot for campfires and group gatherings. With stadium style seating to fit 500 and campfire rings you are sure to make memories here!


We have two waterfronts, there is Emerald Bay where we do the majority of our boating activities and Doctor’s Cove where we do our snorkeling activities. Both offer incredible views and are part of the Arrow Point to Lion Head Marine Protected Area.

Ship Store

Our Ship Store is open daily for about 30 min where campers can purchase souvenirs and snacks.

Restrooms and Showers

We have two different styles of restroom/shower facilities depending on where in camp you are. The restrooms near the cabins are style more like a public restroom with stalls and common sink area. The shower buildings for cabins have a locking door with a small changing area in front of the shower. Near the tents the restrooms and showers are all single stall with locking door.

Students at Emerald Bay Sign


  • “Emerald Bay took learning and made it fun, which is hard to do”

    Ava, student
  • “I would say that it was a way to get closer to the people that you see everyday. Like for me I feel closer to my classmates than other classes because of this experience. My class and I were the first class in our school to go to this trip and it was filled with many fun activities. I think other people should visit because they will learn many new things and have fun rather than the everyday to day life. It’s nice to do something different. Like for me I sometimes get bored at home but knowing that I had something to do in a new place was nice compared to the same repetitive lifestyle. All of the staff were very helpful and happy to help and answer any questions that you have. The food was also great! Everything had a great flavor and everything was fresh and warm.”

    Emma, student
  • “Emerald Bay is so much fun, it teaches you to be a good contributor to the environment. It takes doing something serious into something fun! It makes your bunkmates feel like they are family, AND you might make new friends!”

    Liam, student