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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!

We will be sailing      1/19-1/21. 

Due to the Government shutdown, there are no restroom facilities at the Harkers Island location.

Please note our revised Winter Schedule from 12/1/18 - 2/28/19.  We will be sailing weekends only except for 1/21 and 2/14 - 2/28 at which times we will be sailing daily. Departures are at 9am, 11am & 1pm from Beaufort & Harkers Island. Return pick-ups are at 11:30am, 1:30pm & 3:30pm

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BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS: Departing Beaufort every hour at 9:00 am

HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or CAPE LOOKOUT:  Departing Harkers Island every hour beginning at 9:15 am