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Island Express Ferry Service LLC

Ferry Service & Cruises Departing From Beaufort & Harkers Island, NC

Our summer schedule starts on 05/03. We run every 1/2 hour, starting at 8:15am from Harker's Island and 8:30am from Beaufort

If you are taking the Ferry from Harker's Island, please factor in extra time and depart earlier due to road construction.


We Offer Ferry Transportation, Cruises & Tours


Beaufort Was Named

Beaufort Was Named

“America’s Favorite Town” by Travel+Leisure
“South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living

“America’s Favorite Town” by Travel+Leisure
“South’s Best Small Town” by Southern Living

Rated #1 Boat Tour in Beaufort on TripAdvisor

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Beautiful Day & Cruise!

We took the combo tour of Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout the weekend after Thanksgiving. The weather was beautiful, sunny day with low winds. Got to see the horses and do some shelling. Then we visited Cape Lookout and saw the lighthouse. Karen and Captain John were the perfect hosts! Got us to and from the islands and even got to see dolphins playing during our cruise. Highly recommend this trip.

– Lucinda K. • TripAdvisor
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Wonderful Destination. Capt. George is the BEST

We have had multiple trips this summer. Capt. George is the best as always but he outdid himself today!! A huge THANKS to him for taking the time to look because we sure got lucky and saw a lot of dolphins. We already can't wait till next time. 💙🌊

– Celestial S • Facebook
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An Island to Myself

The ferry service is excellent. Both guys were friendly and helpful when I had questions. The island itself is magnificent. I lucked out as it was late December but in the high 60's. I could walk for miles around the island and not see anyone. I would highly recommend to anyone else wanting to get away for a few days.

– Joshua N. • TripAdvisor
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Best Christmas Ever!

This is the perfect adventure for kids and adults alike. The ferry captains are great and the experience is one to remember. There is nothing quite like being on an uninhabited island and finding awesome sea shells in abundance. The wooden walkways to the ocean side of the island are terrific. Benches are spaced perfectly for those who need to catch a rest.

– Robyn M. • TripAdvisor
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First Rate!

Staff and crew were helpful, professional and friendly with the Down East flair that keeps Harkers Island a truly unique gem here in the great United States. HI NC is an absolute must see place when visiting or even living in Eastern NC. Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks are guaranteed to exceed expectations every time.

– David E. • TripAdvisor

About Island Express Ferry Service


Island Express Ferry Service LLC is the only authorized concessionaire to drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks!

We provide park visitors with great service while facilitating visitor understanding and appreciation for the park.

  • Ride in new, fast, and comfortable ferries alongside all local experienced captains and crew.
  • Experience the beauty of the Crystal Coast with sparkling clear waters and pristine beaches.
  • Treasure hunt for shells–Whelks, Scotch Bonnets, Conchs and many more!
  • See the wild horses of Shackleford Banks or go hiking, fishing, and swimming.
  • Fun for the WHOLE family! Leave the stress of the mainland behind…