Emerald Isle Area Ferry Schedules


To 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.

Shackleford Banks or Cape Lookout Ferry Services

Island Express Ferry Service [Shakelford Banks & Cape Lookout]

New Fast Comfortable Ferries, Local Experienced Captains, Finest Pristine Waters & Sandy Beaches, Best Shelling in NC , Wild Horses, Hiking, Fishing, Photography, Leave your stress of the mainland behind. "An Experience to Last a Lifetime" Departs from Downtown Beaufort.

600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
Ferry Schedule & Rates

Island Express Ferry Phone: (252) 728-7433

Lookout Cruises

Morning Dolphin Watch, 6 Hour Cape Lookout Cruise, Sunset Sail & Moonlight crusie offered daily departing historic Beaufort for up to 42 passengers on a 45-foot catamaran with cushioned seating, plenty of shade and large clean restrooms on board. 

600 Front Street
Beaufort, NC 28516
Cruise Schedules

Lookout Cruise Phone: (252) 504-7245

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
Ferry Schedule

Hammocks Beach State Park: (910) 326-4881

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
Ocracoke Ferry Schedule

Cedar Island Ferry Terminal:  (252) 225-3551

Okracoke Island Ferry Terminal: (252) 928-3841



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