If you are looking for a peaceful day, sitting on the hidden sandy beaches of the Crystal Coast with the water coolly lapping at your feet, our ferry services are just for you. Offering the best rates around our pricing starts at $10 for adults and $5 for children 11 and under, we can take you to the perfect spot on the sand islands, avoiding the hustle and bustle of the public beaches.

The islands of the Rachel Carson reserve are just as beautiful as they are educational. Only accessible by motorboat or ferry, these islands are one of the best-kept secrets of the Crystal Coast. They give you the option of relaxing and taking in the sun on the pristine shores or exploring the natural trails where you can observe wildlife, such as feral horses, gray foxes, river otters, sea turtles and many species of fish, in their natural habitat.

Our ferry is open year round and departs from 610 Front Street in Beaufort. Call for seasonal time changes, (252) 728-4129.

Bring necessities including water, snacks and sun block. Chairs, umbrellas and coolers are allowed at no extra charge. Don’t forget your swimsuit and towel for swimming. All dogs are welcome on our ferry boats at no extra charge. Reservations are not required but can be made to accommodate larger groups.

Ferry services to the Rachel Carson reserve islands depart from 610 Front Street on the Beaufort Waterfront.


  • Carrot Island – $10 for adults; $5 for children 11 and under. Reservations are required call 252.728.4129.
  • Bird Shoal – $13 for adults; $7 for children 11 and under
  • Sand Dollar Island – $15 for adults; $8 for children 11 and under. For more information call 252.728.4129. Reservations ARE required. Only available at low tides.