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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

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

As of Wednesday, September 13th, we will be running on our regular schedule out of Beaufort, every 1/2 hour beginning at 8:30 am.

Harkers Island: 1st trip out on Wed will be at 10:15 am.

Beach Shuttles will not be running until further notice. 

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We are departing every half hour starting at 8:30 am through 5 pm. Ferries depart from Shackleford every half hour as well, beginning at 9 am with the last departure at 5:30 pm.

We are departing every half hour on the quarter hour beginning at 8:15 am through 5:15 pm. Ferries depart from the East end of Shackleford and/or Cape Lookout every half hour on the quarter hour beginning at 9:15 am with the last departure at 5:45 pm.

We are also running COMBO TRIPS from Harkers Island
every half hour on the quarter hour beginning at 8:15 am. To get your best experience on BOTH islands, we suggest that you schedule your combo trip before 11:15 am.