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What To Bring

  • Water
  • Trash bags
  •  Sunblock, hat and sunglasses are essential.
  • Two carry-ons are allowed per person. Additional bags are allowed for a fee.
  • Any large item (not a carry-on, with a large footprint) is allowed for a fee.
  • Lightweight compact folding chairs, coolers and umbrellas are permitted.
  • Limit two fishing poles per passenger. Hooks must be removed before boarding. 
  • Drinks, snacks or picnic lunch.
  • Insect Repellant.
  • Pets allowed on the boats for a small fee, but remember that all pets must remain on leashes 6' or shorter.

What NOT To Bring

  • Due to restricted space, large items such as wagons, non-folding luggage carriers, large folding chairs, huge strollers, etc. will be accommodated as space permits for an additional charge. 
  • Glass bottles are prohibited. 
  • Highly flammable liquids are not allowed on the boats. 
  • Spear guns prohibited. 
Find a detailed marine forecast here. Find information on tides and currents here.

Today's Schedule

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

Our NEW Land Beach Shuttle MEGA TRUCKS are running every half hour beginning at 9:30 am.

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BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS

Departing Beaufort every half hour beginning at 8:30 am

From
HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or CAPE LOOKOUT:

 Departing Harkers Island every half hour beginning at 8:15 am