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National Park Service Concessioner

Due to the Government shutdown there are no restroom facilities available at the Harkers Island location.

Please note our Revised Winter Schedule from 12/1/18 - 2/28/19. We will be sailing weekends only except for 1/21 and 2/14 - 2/28 at which times we will be sailing daily. 

Departures are at 9am, 11am & 1pm from Beaufort and Harkers Island. Return trips will be at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm.

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

We are glad to offer our new "Frequent Rider Pass" for 2019. Get 10 trips for $125.00. That is a savings of $45.00! This is for one person and it is non-transferable. Not good on combo or special trips. Please give us a call to purchase or for more information. 

Click below to purchase a Gift Card for any of our scheduled trips to Cape Lookout and/or Shackleford Banks. You can purchase an individual ticket, several tickets or select a dollar amount. Island Express Ferry Service, Inc. Gift Cards make a wonderful and unique gift for any occasion.

The Frequent Rider Pass is not available in Gift Cards.



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"

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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. 

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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

We are the ONLY ferry service authorized to drop off at Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks!

We will be sailing      1/19-1/21. 

Due to the Government shutdown, there are no restroom facilities at the Harkers Island location.

Please note our revised Winter Schedule from 12/1/18 - 2/28/19.  We will be sailing weekends only except for 1/21 and 2/14 - 2/28 at which times we will be sailing daily. Departures are at 9am, 11am & 1pm from Beaufort & Harkers Island. Return pick-ups are at 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm

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BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS: Departing Beaufort every hour at 9:00 am

HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or CAPE LOOKOUT:  Departing Harkers Island every hour beginning at 9:15 am