The ONLY Ferry authorized by National Park Service to drop off at Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks.Use our Beaufort online holiday planner to add Island Express Ferry Service and other attractions to your Beaufort vacation plans.
Our ferries will take you to Cape Lookout or to Shackleford Banks. Just a quick jaunt to either island--both part of of the Southern Outer Banks, both have pristine beaches, both have crystal clear waters.
Whichever destination you choose, there is so much to do. Take a picnic and relax, swim or fish. Take your kayak! Go shelling, these are some of the best shelling beaches in North Carolina. You can stay the night, camping under the stars, falling asleep to the sounds of the sea.
On Cape Lookout, visit the lighthouse, Our Diamond Lady--she makes us proud! While there, hop on our Beach Shuttle which will take you to the Point. Our COMBO trip is very popular -- Visit Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout in one day!
On Shackleford Banks, visit with the Wild Banker Horses, they've been roaming the island for centuries...rumor has it they swam ashore from sinking ships!
Wildlife, history, time to connect with nature... just a short ferry ride away.
Island Express Ferry Service Reviews
We have always used Island Express Ferry Service going to Cape Lookout. This week, IEFS started a new service of providing ATV rentals on Cape Lookout. You can rent them for either 1/2 day or a... more »
I have ridden the Island Ferry Service many times with family, friends and as a volunteer. They are always friendly, personal and professional from the ticket booth, Captain and others. Great trip..... more »
Went on a Sunset cruise to look at some horses. Island was pristine and the boat captain was fun and knowledgeable. Great trip. When you get to the island avid hikers can go through the brush but families with kids can enjoy walking around the beach and collecting shells. Both groups are likely to see some horses. Be warned there's a chance you'll get wet on the boat!
The staff was awesome! My youngest was terrified to get on the Ferry and every staff member gave him words of encouragement and because of them we were able to get him on the Ferry. Then the staff on the ferry made for a memorable trip with their knowledge of the area, encouraging words, humor, willingness to get everyone the views that we wanted and so much more. On the trip back my son was loving the ride and now begs to come back! We will be back!
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