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Island Express Ferry Service

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Island Express Ferry Service
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Island Express Ferry Service is the ONLY ferry service out of Beaufort and Harkers Island, NC that is authorized by the National Park Service to drop passengers off at Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout. Shackleford Banks is the southernmost barrier...more
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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600 Front St, 1800 Island Road, Beaufort, NC 28516-2210
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Reviewed yesterday

Another person and I wanted to take the early ferry to Cape Lookout National Seashore. When we bought our tickets, we were told, it will only run if there are 4 people. However, the owner of the concession was captain of the boat that day,...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Lynn Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

On a visit to my son stationed Camp Lejeuene did the day trip to Shackleford Island primarily to beachcomb. Very easy day activity, the cost was quite minimal for a wonderful day's worth of activity. Lots of shells, was january so had the foresight to...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Kyle O
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice folks! Responsive to emails & in person. Useful & helpful info. Also efficient & timely! I can see why they’re the NPS recommended ferry to go to Cape Lookout!

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank World-is-our-classrm
Reviewed 3 January 2019 via mobile

Our ride to Shackleford Banks was comfortable and efficient and the crew was informative and helpful. Worth the money to get to an isolated beach. One bit of advice. Take mosquito spray.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 38curtisj
Reviewed 31 December 2018

We went to Cape Lookout from Harkers Island during the low season and although we were almost the only people on the ferry, they ran anyways. The crew was friendly, provided insight into the area and was very flexible with us and our scheduled time...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 644blakeh
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

We are so happy you enjoyed your time at Cape Lookout and your ferry ride! We look forward to having you sail with us again!

Reviewed 31 December 2018

The ferry service is excellent. Both guys were friendly and helpful when I had questions. The island itself is magnificent. I lucked out as it was late December but in the high 60's. I could walk for miles around the island and not see anyone....More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Joshua N
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

HI Joshua: We are so glad you were able to enjoy Cape Lookout and our ferry service. We look forward to having you sail with us again!

Reviewed 27 December 2018

I am local so use this service frequently to visit the lighthouse from Harkers Island... always super friendly staff but this review is for the Christmas Eve night ride out to the lighthouse.. just magical. Perfect night, a ceiling of stars, lovely captain and mate...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Freeporg2017
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 28 December 2018

We are so happy you enjoyed the evening! We look forward to doing it again next year. By the way, are you aware that we have a frequent riders pass? Please call us for details! 252-728-7433

Reviewed 27 December 2018 via mobile

This is the perfect adventure for kids and adults alike. The ferry captains are great and the experience is one to remember. There is nothing quite like being on an uninhabited island and finding awesome sea shells in abundance. The wooden walkways to the ocean...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Robyn M
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 7 January 2019

Hi Robyn We are so glad you enjoyed your time at Cape Lookout. We look forward to doing this trip again next year. We hope you will sail with us!

Reviewed 23 December 2018

We took this last summer over to shell island. Excellent service. You can choose the time you want to come back but can change it if there is room on another shuttle. We stayed on the island for a couple of hours playing in the...More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank iriskitty
Reviewed 29 November 2018 via mobile

We enjoyed this trip! Hope to go again! The ferry ride was great. The staff are wonderful and very helpful.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Ronelle F
1 September 2018|
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Response from twimsmom | Reviewed this property |
Once you get to the island, the horses may or may not be visible where you are let off from the ferry. The ferry drops you off, and you are on the island for approx an hour. No place to sit on the island unless you take a... More
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Laurie r
3 August 2018|
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Response from sirjohnwhitcomb | Reviewed this property |
This ride is very safe. You can call the ferry servive office and get the answers to all those questions.
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Laurie r
3 August 2018|
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Response from beachlovernc2015 | Reviewed this property |
Not at the take off point but just up the street is the Visitors Information Center (which is also near the best parking lot as far as ease of getting in and out- you have to pay no matter where you park, even on the street... More
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