Shackleford Banks Shelling and Wild Pony Expedition
If you’ve never visited Shackleford Banks, you’re missing out on seeing one of the last undeveloped barrier islands in the world. If you’re ever down along the gorgeous Crystal Coast of North Carolina, you have to make some time to enjoy a round-trip Shackleford Banks shelling and wild pony expedition cruise. You’ll visit the island’s secret shelling spots and find conchs, whelks, queen’s helmets, scotch bonnets (North Carolina’s state shell), sand dollars, olive shells, and so many more varieties!
About Shackleford Banks
Shackleford Banks is a pristine, undeveloped, 9-mile-long island, the Southern-most barrier island in the Cape Lookout National Seashore. It is most famous for the wild horses that roam the uninhabited island. These horses are descendants of Spanish shipwrecks from over 500 years ago and one of the few remaining isolated groups in North America.
This ecological jewel is a unique place for a naturalist-guided eco-tour that will introduce guests to the barrier island’s natural beauty, wind-shaped sand dunes, and maritime forests, and make them aware of the importance of these habitats on the plants and wildlife which inhabit the island. Seashell seekers can also build their shell collections on this guided tour, enjoying some of the best shelling in the area. On your trip, you will visit remote areas of the island and secret shelling spots known only to their knowledgeable and experienced captains and naturalists to find Conchs, Whelks, Queen’s Helmets, Scotch Bonnets, Olive Shells, Sand Dollars, and more.
This Crystal Coast Lady tour leaves at 8:30 AM and returns at approximately 11:00 AM, although guests can board a later ferry if they want to spend more time on the island. Trip minimums apply.
About The Crystal Coast Lady
The Crystal Coast Lady is the largest and most comfortable cruise in the area, with a fully enclosed top deck, a galley on each deck, bathrooms on each level, a climate-controlled cab on the main deck, state of art sound system, and dance floor on the top deck and the main deck there is a giant bow viewing area for creating fantastic photo opportunities.
Beautiful Beaufort, NC
Have you ever traveled to beautiful Beaufort, NC, or visited Shackleford Banks to see the wild horses? I’m lucky enough to live so close to Beaufort that I can visit daily. Have you sailed onboard the Crystal Coast Lady? She’s a beauty. Let me know in the comments below!
I love Beaufort! Such a pretty place. I keep meaning to check out the barrier islands and see the wild ponies – I’ll have to do that soon! :D
Trish Forant says
If you do decide to come down this way, let us know. We may be able to get you a special blogger deal!
OH>MY>GOSH! I was JUST telling someone about the ‘wild ponies’ of North Carolina and how I wanted to go there!
I am definitely bookmarking this page! Thank you for sharing!
Trish Forant says
It’s amazing and a must see! If you head down this way, let us know. We might be able to work something out to get our NCBN bloggers a special deal.
I’ve never been to Beaufort or Shackleford Banks. Beaufort is on my list already and now I’ve got another! I’d love to see wild horses!!
Trish Forant says
You’ll absolutely love Beaufort. It’s so charming and quaint! And I know you’ll thoroughly enjoy cruising onboard the Crystal Coast Lady to see the wild horses and Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins who love to cruise alongside her!