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Island Ferry Adventures

610 Front St, Beaufort, NC 28516
(252) 728-4129
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Ranked #5 of 16 Activities in Beaufort
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
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New York City
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79 reviews 79 reviews
29 attraction reviews
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Amazingly I've been coming to this area since I was a child and have never been to Bird Shoal. Though not as big and slightly underwhelming compared to Shackleford, it gave me something Shackelford didn't - a wild horse sighting. He came up the beach while we were swimming and stopped at the inlet on the opposite side of the... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Trav226, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and share your experience. We're glad to know you finally got that wild horse sighting you've always wanted. It's truly a beautiful sight. We look forward to seeing you again on future tours and/or ferry rides! More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is my third trip with Island Ferry Adventures and loved all visits and contributing to this great small business! Today was my first visit to part of the Rachel Carson Reserve, on Bird Shoals. The ferry was clean, the captain and staff were sweet, polite, friendly and on time for both dropoff and pickup. The Island was heavily populated... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Angela Z, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and share your experience, as well as visit with us year after year. The Rachel Carson Reserve is such a beautiful and unique treasure on the Crystal Coast and we're glad you enjoyed your time there. We look forward to seeing you back again in the... More

Hickory, North Carolina
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

We just returned home from a visit to the Beaufort/Morehead City area. We took a ferry with Island Ferry Adventures yesterday and we can't wait to go back! We really wanted to find a sand dollar, since we'd never found one before. The ladies at the booth told us we should be able to do that at Bird Shoals, and... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Tarheelmama2001, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and share your experience. Bird Shoals is a beautiful island and we're glad you enjoyed your time there and were able to find sand dollars! It's an exciting day for both kids and adults! We look forward to having you back again in the future. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

Our guide was personable, kind and extremely helpful. The woman at the booth also explained to us why our original destination probably wouldn't work as well as we had thought. We took her suggestion and went to the next island (Bird Shoal Island) and had an amazing time! The only thing we would do different next time is stay a... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and share your experience. I'm glad you hear our staff was able to help you select the perfect tour for what you were hoping to see and do. We look forward to having you on one of our tours and/or ferry rides again in the future. More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

We found the place very easily. 30.00 for 1 adult and 1 child is not bad. The ride to the island was nice. We scheduled a 2 hour stay. You can go longer if you want. But if you do you better bring an umbrella and a cooler. There is absolutely no shade there. We had hats and backpacks of... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Rveith, thank you for taking the time to write a review for us and share your experience. We're pleased you had such a wonderful time and were able to see some of the Crystal Coast's beloved wild horses. We look forward to seeing you on another ferry ride again in the future. More

Brooklyn, New York
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We were there last month & use Island ferry they said we were going to the Cape lookout ,When we got there we were not allowed on the island....The Capt advise use later that Island Adventures was not allowed to drop people off on the Cape.....It was very miss leading on the company's part...Will not be using them agin when... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Hi MJH531, we are very sorry that your experience on our ferry didn't meet you expectations. We try very hard to ensure our guests are aware that the Cape Lookout tour is water-based. I have private messaged you with my direct contact information and I look forward to speaking with you soon.​ More

Atlantic Beach, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
7 attraction reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

Excellent access to the Cape Lookout Seashore from Beaufort NC. A scenic trip by water which includes views of Shackleford Banks, Harkers Island, & Carrot Island. Able to spot dolphin and the island horses. Knowledgeable captain. Able to accomodate larger families. Reasonable. Loading and unloading onto the dock at the lighthouse is tricky but everyone was open to helping others.... More

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Beaufort, North Carolina
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3 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

I had a dear friend visiting in Beaufort with her 25 year son who has severe cerelby palsy and is like a 6 year old. William is very intrigued by pirates and had met manly, manly invited him to go on his Treasure Hunt, when we arrived on Carrot Island, with a family of about 25, Manly introduced William as... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Donna, this review touched my heart. We are so thankful we were able to provide such a memorable experience and that it's something your dear friend and her son still talk about weeks later. Vacations and visits with friends are all about creating lasting memories and we're glad Manly's Treasure Hunt was that for you and your guests. Thank you... More

Bridgewater, Massachusetts
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4 attraction reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Took the ferry over to Bird Shoals today. $13 for ages 12 and up, $7 for younger kids. The captain gives you a quick narration of the area. We saw a pair of wild ponies on Carrot Island and the captain got us close so we could take some pictures. He dropped us off right on the beach. It was... More

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

SuziQz71 - we are thrilled to hear you and your family enjoyed a wonderful day at Bird Shoals. It's always an exciting time when you can see wild ponies and spend a relaxing day at the beach. We hope you'll come back and see us again soon. More

Batavia, il
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 via mobile

My family and I were looking for a day trip to break up our beach vacation. The staff at IFA talked us into a trip to Bird Shoal Island. They basically provided a water taxi service so we could sit on a beach for 2 hours. No explanation of the sites was provided. Definitely NOT worth the $40!

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Perry B, Owner at Island Ferry Adventures, responded to this review

Happy2EscapeWinter, we are very sorry to hear your experience with us didn't meet your expectations. I have private messaged you with my direct contact information and I look forward to hearing from you. More

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