Island Express Ferry Service

Island Express Ferry Service

600 Front Street, Beaufort, NC, USA | (252) 728-7433|(252) 728-7433

The only ferry authorized by the NPS to drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks. Departing from Beaufort and Harkers Island.

New fast, large and comfortable catamaran ferries-Local Experienced Captains-Finest pristine waters & sandy beaches-Best shelling in NC-Wild Horses-Hiking-Fishing-Photography. Leave your stress of the mainland behind. “An Experience to Last a Lifetime”. National Park Service Authorized Concessioner.

Beaufort to Shackleford Banks Round Trip

$17-Adults/Campers (includes 2 carry-ons) $5 additional carry-ons or over-sized carry-on, $10-Children (3-11), Infants (2-0)-Free, $7.00 Pets

Beaufort to Cape Lookout Round Trip

4 hour narrated trip departs from Beaufort. Look for various types of marine life while enjoying panoramic views of Shackleford Banks, Middle Marsh, Harkers Island and South Core Banks. We drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse giving you approximately 2 hours to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this island. While you are there take time to bird watch, swim, climb the lighthouse or look for some of the most beautiful shells in the world. Sailing twice daily on a 49 passenger stable, fast catamaran. Departs at 9:00am and 1:30pm. 4 Hour Trip, $35.00-Adults, $25.00-Children (3-11), Infants (0-2) FREE 

Special Trip

Departs from Beaufort. Sunset Shackleford Banks Wild Horse & Dolphin Cruise with 1 hour on Shackleford Banks. BEST TIME TO BE ON THE BEACH!                                                                               Tuesday-Saturday from 6:30-8:30pm, $20.00-Adults, $15.00-Children (3-11), Infants (0-2) FREE, Reservations recommended.

Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks Round Trip

$17.00-Adults/Campers (includes 2 carry-ons), $5.00 additional carry-ons or over-sized carry-on, $10.00-Children (3-11), Infants (0-2)-FREE, $7.00-Pets

Harkers Island to Cape Lookout Round Trip

$17.00-Adults/Campers (includes 2 carry-ons) $5.00 additional carry-ons or oversized carry-ons, $10.00-Children (3-11), Infants (0-2)-FREE

Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks/Cape Lookout Combo Trip

$28.00-Adults, $15.00-Children (3-11), Infants (0-2)-FREE, $7.00-Pets MOST POPULAR

Special Trip

Departs from Harkers Island-Sunset Cruise, Dolphin Watch and drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse for 1 hour to enjoy the sunset and possibly see the Shackleford horses.
$20.00-Adults, $15.00-Children (3-11), Infants (0-2)- FREE. Reservations recommended.