Ferry Destinations to Cape Lookout National Seashore
Our experienced captains and crew will strive to exceed your expectations to make this an “Experience to Last a Lifetime” as you become more than a customer but part of our family having a fun and enjoyable time on one of our Island Express Ferry Service vessels.
Please allow plenty of time to check-in. Tickets booths open one hour before first scheduled departure. Boat tickets may be purchased from the Island Express Ferry Service ticket office, online or by telephone. Reservations accepted for large groups. Cash and all major credit cards accepted. Click here to purchase tickets online.
Be prepared for intense heat and humidity mid-July thru September. There are few trees on the Islands and shade is non-existent. Sunscreen, protective clothing and eyewear are essential. In summer, the sand and board walk at Cape Lookout may be extremely hot. Shoes are required. Shaded seating can be found at Cape Lookout in the park service’s areas and at the picnic shelter located near the boat dock, however there are no sinks or running water.
Ferry passengers are allowed limited amount of carry-on items such as back packs, beach bags and small coolers. However, don’t over load yourself. Too much gear is an unnecessary burden on everyone. You’ll be on the island for only a short time. So travel light for a more enjoyable visitor experience and easier hiking, especially in the heat of mid-summer. Our regular passengers carry very little during their island visits for good reason.
Remember to wear suitable clothing for sand and wet conditions, and please remember to check the local weather prior to leaving and dress accordingly!
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FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST - FERRY SERVICE CANCELLED DUE TO HIGH WINDS AND POSSIBLE THUNDERSTORMS. FERRY SERVICE WILL RESUME ON SATURDAY, APRIL 1ST.
SPRING SCHEDULE MARCH 1 - APRIL 14
BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS
We are departing every hour on the hour beginning at 9 am through 3 pm. Ferries depart from Shackleford every hour on the hour beginning at 10:30 am with the last departure at 3:30 pm.
HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or 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.
We are also running COMBO TRIPS from Harkers Island
every hour on the quarter hour beginning at 9:15 am. To get your best experience on BOTH islands, we suggest that you schedule your combo trip at 9:15 am, 10:15 am or 11:15 am.