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  National Park Service Concessioner

The ONLY Ferry authorized by the National Park Service to drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks!

LARGEST, FASTEST, MOST COMFORTABLE OPERATING FERRY SERVICE ON THE 
CRYSTAL COAST

We will provide park visitors with great service while facilitating visitor understanding and appreciation for the park.

  • Ride in new, fast, & comfortable ferries alongside all Local Experienced Captains & Crew
  • Experience the beauty of the Crystal Coast with sparkling clear waters and pristine beaches. Treasure hunt for shells--Whelks, Scotch Bonnets, Conchs and many more!
  • See the wild horses of Shackleford Banks or go hiking, fishing, swimming 
  • Fun for the WHOLE family! Leave the stress of the mainland behind.
  "An Experience to Last a Lifetime"

Local Attractions

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Rates & Schedule

New Fast Comfortable 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. 

Rates & Schedule

Come see the legendary banker ponies on Shackleford Banks!

Banker ponies have roamed free on Shackleford Banks for over 400 years! Legends tell that the horses came to island many years ago from sinking Spanish ships. These horses are descendants from Spanish mustangs of early colonial explorers. The Shackleford Banks wild horses are ..

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Today's Schedule

The ONLY Ferry authorized by National Park Service to drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks.

Beach Shuttles are no longer running. We will begin our new Beach Shuttle schedule in April 2018. 

FERRY SERVICE IS CANCELLED ON SUNDAY, NOV. 19TH, OUT OF HARKERS ISLAND AND BEAUFORT DUE TO HIGH WINDS.

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EFFECTIVE 10/2/17:

BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS

Departing every hour starting at 9:00 am through 3 pm. Ferries depart from Shackleford every  hour as well, beginning at 10:30 am with the last departure at 3:30 pm.

From
HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or CAPE LOOKOUT  or COMBO TRIP TO SHACKLEFORD BANKS & CAPE LOOKOUT:
We are departing every hour on the quarter hour beginning at 9:15 am through 3:15 pm. Ferries depart from the East end of Shackleford and/or Cape Lookout every hour on the three-quarter hour beginning at 9:45 am with the last departure at 3:45 pm.

 

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