- 1,217 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.
- 1,217 Ratings
It would have been excellent if it was not for the initial poor information we received from the Captains Mate. We were there to find the big shells. This guy specifically told us to walk all the way to the Atlantic side on the other side of the island for the good shells. We walked by all the good shells to get to the other side, which was a long hike with small children. We basically found nothing good and had to turn around before making it to the other side, so we could get back to the boat on time for the return. On the way back the Captain goes over in detail how all the shells are close by to the very right. Total contradicting what his helper told us. So we didn't find what we came for and waited our time. due to their misinformation!
Outstanding Ferry service. On time dropping off and picking up. Sensitive to the needs of their passengers. Kind and courteous!! I go to Shakleford Banks every year in February.
We had a great time exploring the island except for when I decided to sit and watch the horses only to find out I was sitting on a giant ant hill.
on time, great vessel and crew. Amount of time on the island was just right. We had a great day!
Everything was satisfying, except for the malfunction with the microphone. Passengers in the back couldn’t hear what the captain was saying aloud, especially the ones sitting near the motor.
I went on to ferry to shackleford and came back to a parking ticket. It was not well marked that I needed to buy a parking pass. I like to bring guests to your town and I resent the fact that you charge people for parking in your town. I pay taxes for roads etc. and paying for parking is like a slap in the face . I will visit less.
The service was as expected except for you should really sell drinks either at the kiosk or provide them for free in the ferries.
Very nice boat ride and we found very large welch shells.
Had a great trip
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