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Island Express Ferry Service

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Beaufort, NC, USA
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About Island Express Ferry Service
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 island in Cape Lookout National Seashore. Shackleford Banks is a pristine island with one of the best shelling beaches in North Carolina. Famous for the 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. Enjoy the beauty and tranquility of Cape Lookout, famous for the Cape Lookout Lighthouse Station. While you are there, take time to collect some of the most beautiful shells in the world. Bird watch, swim in the ocean, climb the lighthouse, or ride our famous Beach Shuttle. There is something for everyone to enjoy on this island paradise. Island Express Ferry Service is an authorized National Park Service Concessionaire. Although our name has, at times, been confused with smaller services that do not go to Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout, there is only one ISLAND EXPRESS FERRY SERVICE. Be sure to add an S for Services when looking for us online.
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JdB140 wrote a review Oct 29
Rogersville, Tennessee48 contributions8 helpful votes
The Ferry service is wonderful! They were prompt friendly and happy to help with any information. We went to the islands two days in a row and our captain on the first day was superb! He told us where the best shelling was on Shackleford and where to find the ponies. While we didn't find the ponies, it was still a beautiful time. On the way back to Harkers Island he slowed down to show us the dolphins, which was an extra treat. Speaking of the Food Truck was awesome and the team was so sweet. The local shrimp tacos were out of this world. Prices were fair, and wait wasn't long. Shark Island Bites is a treat and is great as there's no restaurants nearby just snacks from the NPS building.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from E4132SZgeorgea, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service
Responded yesterday
Thank you for your review! Both Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout are great places to visit and we're happy to hear that you even got the chance to see some dolphins along the way! We hope to see you again soon!
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Janis P wrote a review Oct 29
Raleigh, North Carolina15 contributions1 helpful vote
Loved this Ferry ride! What a great experience we had this past weekend. The captain and first mate were great! We went to Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout and had a wonderful day. Definitely take the pick up truck out to the point...lots of beach and shells. Due to Covid the lighthouse was closed but the 1st floor of the lighthouse keeper's home was open for a tour and short movie. Interesting history. What a great day!!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from E4132SZgeorgea, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your review, Janis! Both Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout are very unique, special places, and the truck to the point is a great way to see more of the island. We're glad that you had a great time and were able to find some shells! We hope to see you again soon!
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mandiemartin57 wrote a review Oct 21
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Great experience! We took out pup, very pet friendly! They even made sure we got to see the dolphins. Would definitely recommend.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from E4132SZgeorgea, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service
Responded 1 week ago
What a great picture of your pup! We are so glad to hear that you had a great time and that you got to see some dolphins along the way! Come back and see us soon!
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Shannon D wrote a review Oct 21
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Had a great experience! Captain Amy was fantastic; very knowledgeable, personable, and funny. Definitely want to go again :)
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from E4132SZgeorgea, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service
Responded 1 week ago
Thank you for your review, Shannon! We hope to see you again soon!
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R8rwest wrote a review Oct 20
High Point, North Carolina26 contributions8 helpful votes
Captain George was fantastic. He and the crew were very knowledgeable about the area and were very helpful and patient (I was slowed by recovering from a knee injury). Our highlight was spending the day on Shackleford Banks & Cape lookout, beach combing and watching the horses. Perhaps the most memorable part of the trip though, was when Captain George took a slight detour to let the travelers see the dolphins feeding. Great service, we will definitely go via Island Express again!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from E4132SZgeorgea, Owner at Island Express Ferry Service
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We're so glad to hear that you had a great time with us and even got the chance to see some horses and dolphins! We hope to see you again soon!
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