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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!

***9/9/18 WEATHER & SERVICE UPDATE: DUE TO IMPENDING WEATHER CONDITIONS, WE WILL NOT BE RUNNING UNTIL SATURDAY, 9/15/18.  PLEASE CHECK FOR SCHEDULE UPDATES***

 

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BEAUFORT to SHACKLEFORD BANKS

Departing Beaufort every half hour beginning at 8:30 am

HARKERS ISLAND to SHACKLEFORD BANKS (East End) or CAPE LOOKOUT:

 Departing Harkers Island every half hour beginning at 8:15 am

SPECIAL EVENING TRIPS:

Out of Beaufort - Sunset Shackleford Banks CruiseWednesday thru Saturday,5:30 pm - 7:30 pm