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Island Express Ferry Service is committed to exceeding the environmental and safety standards established for the Cape Lookout National Seashore.

We are committed to comply with applicable laws pertaining to human health and the environment.

Top priority is given to the preservation and conservation of our natural resources.

Health, safety and environmental sustainability are of utmost importance.

We are moving forward through continuous education in order to protect the quality of life for our employees, guests and the environment of Eastern North Carolina.

At Island Express Ferry Service, we committed to conducting our business in a highly responsible manner. Using Best management practices, we are complying with environmental legislation, regulations, and our own high standards.

We participate in environmental programs with government organizations at all levels and other companies that are commited to improving the environment.

We promote education programs about the resources of Cape Lookout National Seashore in order to for us to learn and help others understand the environmental processes and health of the ecosystem. Island Express Ferry Service promotes environmental educational programs to the park visitors and groups by offering learning experiences and printed information.

We strive to improve environmental management systems and to share this information with others.

We access the environmental impacts of products we introduce to the Park.

We establish environmental objectives according to the nature and scale of our operations.

We determine the effectiveness of our environmental management system on an annual basis and communicate with our employees and the National Park Service about our findings. We promote the principles of "Leave No Trace". Plan ahead and prepare, travel and camp on durable surfaces, dispose of waste properly, leave what you find, minimize campfire impacts, respect wildlife, and be considerate of other Park visitors. The entire IEFS staff is constantly looking for ways to lessen our impact on the natural resorces of the Park.

        Today's Schedule

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

UPDATE: Due to high winds, we will not be sailing out of Beaufort & Harkers Island on Tuesday, March 19, 2019.

Our Spring Schedule begins March 1, with daily trips running every hour.  Our "Combo Trip" is now availiable to book.  Depart from Harkers Island Ferry Gateway and visit both Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks in one day.  

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BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS: Departing Beaufort at 9:00 am, 10:00 am, 11:00 am, 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm & 4:00 pm. Return pickups are at 10:30 am, 11:30 am, 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, 2:30 pm, 3:30 pm & 4:30 pm.

HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) and/or CAPE LOOKOUT:  Departing Harkers Island at 9:15 am, 10:15 am, 11:15 am, 12:15 pm, 1:15 pm, 2:15 pm, 3:15 pm, 4:15 pm.  Return pickups are at 9:45 am, 10:45 am, 11:45 am, 12:45 pm, 1:45 pm, 2:45 pm, 3:45 pm, 4:45 pm.