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Emerald Isle Area Ferries & Ferry Schedules

Emerald Isle FerryTo get to a number of the inhabited and uninhabited islands near Emerald Isle, there are numerous ferry services to get you where you need to go.

The largest is the Cedar Island to Okracoke Ferry, which takes passengers and vehicles to and from the charming fishing community of Okracoke. Okracoke is only accessible by boat, making it a unique area adventure.

To the west of Emerald Isle is Bear Island and Hammocks Beach State Park. A small ferry service run by the State Park shuttles visitors through the estuaries and tidal islands of Bogue Sound to the uninhabited Bear Island for a pristine beach or camping adventure.

East of Emerald Isle is Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout, two more outstanding uninhabited islands to explore. Shackleford Banks is home to the wild Shackleford Horses, direct descendants of Spanish Arabian horses. How the horses got there is a mystery, but most believe they are the survivors of a wrecked Spanish ship off the coast of the Banks. Cape Lookout offers stunning beaches, world class shelling and even some snorkeling, along with historic Cape Lookout Light House. There are numerous ferry services offering a variety of excursions to visit these magnificent islands.


Okracoke Island Ferry Service

Cedar Island to Okracoke Island Ferry Service

Daily auto/passenger ferry service from Cedar Island to historic Okracoke Island. Trip time is approximately 2 1/2 hours.
3619 Cedar Island Rd
Cedar Island, NC 28520
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Cedar Island: (800) 856-0343
(252) 225-3551
Okracoke Island: (800) 345-1665
(252) 928-3841
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Bear Island Hammocks Beach State Park Ferry

Hammocks Beach State Park Ferry Service

Passenger ferry service from Hammocks Beach State Park in Swansboro, to Hammocks Beach State Park on Bear Island. Operates daily from Memorial Day to Labor Day, closed from November through April.
1572 Hammocks Beach Road
Swansboro, NC 28584
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Primary Phone: (910) 326-4881
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Beaufort to Shackleford Banks & Cape Lookout Ferry Services

Island Ferry Adventures

Passenger only ferry service to Shackleford Banks & other barrier islands departs Beaufort City Docks. Dolphin watches & scenic tours also available. Pets okay, call first. Additional location in Harkers Island.
610 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
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Primary Phone: (252) 728-7555
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Lookout Cruises

Daily excursions, Guaranteed Dolphin Watch, Cape Lookout Sail, Moonlight Cruise, Sunset Cruise. Group rates for families, tours or businesses. Discounts for ages 12 and under. Available for private charter
600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
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Primary Phone: 252-504-SAIL
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Lookout Express

Passenger only ferry service to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on South Core Banks and to Shackleford Banks departs from the Beaufort City Docks. Pets on leash are accommodated.
410 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
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Primary Phone: (252) 728-7827
Secondary Phone: (866) 230-2628

Outer Banks Ferry

Passenger only ferry service to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on South Core Banks and to Shackleford Banks departs from the Beaufort City Docks. Pets on leash are accommodated.
328 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
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Primary Phone: (252) 728-4129

Harkers Island to Shackleford Banks & Cape Lookout Ferry Services

Calico Jacks Ferry

Passenger only ferry service to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on South Core Banks and to Shackleford Banks departs from Calico Jack's Marina & Motel, Harkers Island. Pets on leash are accommodated.
1698 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
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Primary Phone: (252) 728-3575

Harkers Island Fishing Center

Passenger only ferry service to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on South Core Banks and to Shackleford Banks departs from the Harkers Island Fishing Center, Harkers Island. Pets on leash are accommodated.
1002 Island Rd
Harkers Island, NC 28531
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Primary Phone: (252) 728-3907
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Island Ferry Adventures

Passenger only ferry service to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse and Shackleford Banks from Barbour's Marina. Ships's store & full service marina available. Pets okay, call first.
1390 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
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Primary Phone: 252-728-6181
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Local Yokel Ferry and Tours

Passenger only ferry service to the Cape Lookout Lighthouse on South Core Banks and to Shackleford Banks departs from the Local Yokel dock on the west end of Harkers Island. Pets may be accommodated, but call first.
516 Island Road
Harkers Island, NC 28531
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Primary Phone: (252) 728-2759

Core Banks Ferry Services

Great Island Cabin and Ferry Service

Passenger and 4-wheel drive vehicle ferry service to South Core Banks operates mid-March through early December. Pets on leash or in crates are accommodated.
142 Willis Road
Davis, NC 28524
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Primary Phone: (877) 956-6568
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Morris Marina Kabin Kamps and Ferry Service

Passenger and 4-wheel drive vehicle ferry service to North Core Banks and Portsmouth operates mid-March through early December. Pets on leash or in vehicles are accommodated.
1000 Morris Marina Road
Atlantic, NC 28511
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Primary Phone: (252) 225-4261