Enjoy the short ride to one of the few remaining undeveloped Coastal Barrier Islands. Shackleford Banks is a pristine, nine-mile-long island that is the southern-most barrier island in the Cape Lookout National Seashore. Seashell seekers can also build their shell collections on one of the best shelling beaches in North Carolina.
A 15-minute boat ride from Harkers Island Visitors Center will bring you to the barrier islands and pristine waters of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of this island. While you’re there, take time to collect some of the most beautiful shells in the world, bird watch, climb the lighthouse or ride the famous Beach Shuttle. Journey to the historic island villages that were home to commercial fishermen and whalers from the early 1800s, where fishermen from various shipwrecks sought shelter from dangerous storms.
Shackleford Banks is famous for the more than 110 wild Banker horses that roam the uninhabited island. This is one of the few places in the eastern United States where wild horses can still be seen. These horses are possibly descendants of Spanish shipwrecks from over 500 years ago and one of the few remaining isolated groups in North America.
Picnic, swim, relax in the sun, camp, or fish at one of the locals’ favorite fishing spots. A variety of species can be caught by first-time fishermen as well as seasoned professionals. Anyone 16 and older must have a coastal recreational fishing license. Campers are welcome. Our vessels can accommodate large parties to this campers’ paradise.
There is something for everyone to enjoy on this island paradise!