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What To Bring

  • Water - Stay hydrated.
  • Trash bags - The trash you make is the trash you take. Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks are trash-free islands.
  • Sunblock, hat and sunglasses are essential.
  • Two FREE carry-ons are allowed per person, such as: Tote, backpack, folding chair, small cooler, etc. Extra bags or oversized items are allowed for an additional 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!

Due to high winds and rough sea conditions we will not be sailing on February 23 & 24.  

We will be sailing February 25-28. 
***The bar-tailed godwit was sited on Shackleford Banks 2/18/19!***
Explore Cape Lookout or Shackleford Banks for magnificent shelling! 

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

HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or CAPE LOOKOUT:  Departing Harkers Island at 9:00 am, 11:00 am & 1:00 pm.  Return pickups are at 11:30 am, 1:30 pm & 3:00 pm.