- 770 Ratings
Beaufort to Shackleford Banks Ferry Adventure
Enjoy a scenic ferry ride to the west end of Shackleford Banks. Take part in a number of activities, including horse-watching, shelling, fishing, birding, and camping.
What You Will Do
- Head to Shackleford Banks, a gorgeous barrier island on the Carolina coast
- Spot all sorts of animals, including horses, crabs, and loggerhead turtles
- Depart from the town of Beaufort, a city with three centuries of history
- Bask in the warm weather and cool breeze as you glide over sparkling waters
- Ferry tour
24-hour cancellation notice required.
- 770 Ratings
The waters were very choppy and the captain made sure we got there safely and joked with us too. However, it wasn't clear at the beginning when we should start boarding and we were told (a bit strongly) to go back when we approached the boat since they were bringing down someone in a wheelchair. It would help to have a "no entry" with a chain at the entrance to make it less confusing.
Everything was great except we made reservations the day before for 8:30 am and were told the next day that because we were the only ones going at this time we would have to wait till 9:00 am as they only take 4 or more at a time. I understand their point of view but wish someone would have told us in advance that information and that we were the only ones at that time.
We had a great time on the island, finding horses and shells! The crew that brought us back from th island was phenomenal! However, the crew that took us to the island was a different story!!! It was raining and it was obvious that they did not want to be working in the rain. One of them in particular was extremely rude and disrespectful! I am a paying customer and WILL NOT tolerate being treated like that!
The captain was very pleasant, however his mate had no personality,seemed to not want to be there!
Nice, courteous people. Love your town!
The crew informed us that the intercom did not work and they proceeded to yell out the safety instructions. I did not hear them all and am sure the rest of the passengers did not eather. At the worst possible place and time a passenger changed her seat and the captain had to stop the boat. The waves were huge due to the high winds and it was a bit frightening the way the boat was lurching. Once we were back under way it was ok. The owner had been informed that the intercom was not working.
I've been on this ferry before. Usually the captain talks about where we are, what we are seeing etc. The captain this time didn't say much and what he did say was so quiet nobody could hear him. That was disappointing for our friends from out of state.
The captain and boat crew were great, but the person running the booth seemed unsure of what she was doing and unfortunately we were never given our shelling bag that we paid for,
Wish they had beach chairs for handicap and elderly seating
Please take the time to go to Shackleford Banks on your next trip to Beaufort. I've gone several times and will continue to go when I'm in town!
Ferry staff was very friendly and knowledgeable about the sites along the tour both to and from the islands.
Professional staff had a wonderful time. We will sail again soon
Everything went well...just wish we could have stayed longer
They provided a lovely service in a safe environment and loads of knowledge about the area.
Always great service and friendly captains!
Great trip. The Captain made the whole experience!
We took two trips and both were informative and the trips were on time. The captains took the time to watch for horses and tell us special information about what we were seeing
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My 5 yro daughter left her sunglasses on the ferry when we were dropped off to Shackleford. When we were picked up, the first mate gave my daughter her aAriel sunglasses. They were very thoughtful, friendly and considerate.
Ferry boat was clean and captain/first mate were very professional and made sure we had a safe trip
This was a great trip and the Captain was very cordial. Suggest that passengers be given some tips on how to best find the horses.
It was very easy to book on the phone. They answered all my questions. It was hreat
Wonderful time, great ride and beautiful scenery!
Absolutely a wonderful ride....Shackleford Banks is a very majestic place. Will return again many times I am sure!!
Everyone was friendly and polite. We were told that low tide was 1 pm, when in fact it was not, it was in the evening. It was a pleasant experience didn't see any horses. oh well. I would have left on a later ferry had I known one was going out after 12.
Safe travels. The only thing I may improve is that the ferry left 30 minutes late, cutting our time on the island
Staff and crew were friendly and helpful. I'd recommend their ferry!
Great ride both over and back and the island experience was wondeful!