Island Express Ferry Service LLC

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

Due to high winds and rough sea conditions, the following ferry cancellations will take place: Saturday, 12/7 - No ferry Service out of Harkers Island and Beaufort. Sunday, 12/8 - No ferry Service out of Harkers Island. We ARE sailing from Beaufort.

CAMPERS & FISHERMEN - We have ICE delivery to Cape Lookout Dock. Just call ahead to our Harkers Island Ticket Booth 252-728-2888 and we will get it out to you on our next ferry.

Beginning Sunday, November 3rd, our last pick ups will be changed to: Harkers Island - 3:45pm Beaufort - 3:30 pm

Starting Nov. 4th thru March 2020 - the Cape Lookout Lighthouse Dock will be undergoing renovation. The ferry will drop off and pick up passengers on the sound side beach, near the dock, using stairs on the boat. During this time, we will be using our 18-passenger Skiff out of Harkers Island. We will still be using a Catamaran departing from Beaufort.

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Rated #1 Boat Tour in Beaufort on TripAdvisor

Island Express Ferry Service 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
Island Express Ferry Service Wonderful Service. Wonderful Destination.

These guys were top notch. Highly recommended. They drove carefully. They enforced rules of no standing. They told us history and explained sites. They gave us an idea of where to go to find the best shells, to see the most horses, to go chill out. They were on time for pickup and departure as well. We had a wonderful experience.

– Molly K. • TripAdvisor
Island Express Ferry Service 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
Island Express Ferry Service 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
Island Express Ferry Service 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

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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.