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Island Express Ferry Service

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Island Express Ferry Service
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Island Express Ferry Service is the ONLY ferry service out of Beaufort and Harkers Island, NC that is authorized by the National Park Service to drop passengers off at Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout. Shackleford Banks is the southernmost barrier...more
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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600 Front St, 1800 Island Road, Beaufort, NC 28516-2210
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We really enjoyed the trip over to see the horses. Island Express people were very accommodating. We hope to do it again, soon.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Mike F
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

We took the island ferry to the Cape Lookout lighthouse. The captain and crew were great, even letting the kids “ drive“ the boat. They are on schedule, inexpensive, and a great way to have a nice boat ride over to the Cape.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank 372jl
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 4 days ago

Thank you for sailing with us. We are so glad you had an experience to last a lifetime! Thank you for the nice review

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We used the ferry service from Harkers Island to Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks. There is a minimum amount of passengers required to run the ferry, and I encourage making reservations. Our captain and crew were amazing! Also, keep an eye on the weather! If...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you very much for your review. I am very happy you got to experience the COMBO trip, the best of both. Great advice on the weather. We always post any cancellations on our website and FB page. We look forward to having you back...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took the Harker's Island Ferry to Shackleford and Cape Lookout spending two hours at each. The ferry was on time and the ferry staff were friendly, informative, and made sure each passenger was accounted for. Our time on the ferry as well as the...More

Date of experience: April 2019
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George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you for such a nice review. I am very happy you got to experience both islands with our COMBO trip and we look forward to having you back with us!

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends came in from Iowa and it was a memory of a lifetime. We stayed on Shackleford Island for 2 hours and Cape Lookout for 2 as well. The lighthouse was not open but talking to the keepers we got a lot of history on...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Worthitall
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

That is our goal, to make it an experience of a lifetime! We are go glad you had that experience! We hope you will come back for another visit!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The staff sighted dolphins in front of the ferry and spent lots of time slowing the boat, steering so we could all watch the pod happily swimming around the boat - even though we were the latest and last trip back and I'm sure they...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank cmore380
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

How exciting you got to see the dolphin! We are so glad they swam with the boat and could enjoy them. Our crew strives to exceed expectations. Every ferry ride should be an experience of a lifetime! Thank you for the great review!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly accommodating staff. Comfortable ride to Shackleford Banks. The ferries are timely and clean.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Chizzymom
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Our crew focuses on safety and customer service. We are glad we met your expectations. We look forward to having you sail with us on your next visit.

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Friendly and professional. We had a wonderful time on the island. Will continue to use this ferry service.

Date of experience: March 2019
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George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you! We look forward to having you on board at your next visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We used Island Express Ferry Service to visit Cape Lookout and Shackleford Banks. They were prompt, easy to book, and just all around awesome service.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank TeeSalmeron
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank your for the great review! We look forward to having you on board at your next visit!

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

It’s such a special place. Gorgeous sunset over the water and an amazing show of stars at night. The ferry crew was very friendly and helpful wth all of our camping gear.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Lynda92
George A, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you for the great review. Our crew always tries to exceed expectations.

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Ronelle F
September 1, 2018|
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Response from twimsmom | Reviewed this property |
Once you get to the island, the horses may or may not be visible where you are let off from the ferry. The ferry drops you off, and you are on the island for approx an hour. No place to sit on the island unless you take a... More
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Laurie r
August 3, 2018|
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Response from sirjohnwhitcomb | Reviewed this property |
This ride is very safe. You can call the ferry servive office and get the answers to all those questions.
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Laurie r
August 2, 2018|
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Response from beachlovernc2015 | Reviewed this property |
Not at the take off point but just up the street is the Visitors Information Center (which is also near the best parking lot as far as ease of getting in and out- you have to pay no matter where you park, even on the street... More
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