Welcome to West Ship Island!

Relaxation, recreation, and history; these are the gifts offered to you on Ship Island. Here in the north central Gulf of Mexico, about 11 miles off Mississippi’s Coast, are some of the last undeveloped barrier islands in America. Part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and protected by the U.S. Park Service, these exquisite sand islands offer visitors the first high-quality beaches for swimming and shelling east of New Orleans!

Round-Trip Ferry Services

From $32

Experience Mississippi’s best beaches! Swim, snorkel, boogie board, picnic, explore, or just relax, and leave the transportation to us. Ship Island is part of Gulf Islands National Seashore and one of five Mississippi barrier islands located approximately 11 miles south of Gulfport and Biloxi.

Book your round-trip ferry service with Ship Island Excursions for a quality beach day experience on the barrier islands!

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A 5-Star Barrier Island Beach Experience

Weekend Getaway

"What a great place to visit. We took the trip out from Biloxi on Captain Pete the Crew on the Boat was great. Once out on the Island it was awesome to see the old Fort and the Island was great. Snack bar with clean restrooms a great day away from everything. We will definitely do it again when we are down there."

– tsnow5390, TripAdvisor
Worth the Trip

"Was worth every penny to take the boat out to Ship Island... On the way out and trip back we saw dolphins! The boat was fully shaded and crew was very nice. Ship Island itself is beautiful, water is clear all around it and you will see all kinds of wildlife. The water was much better for swimming than the mainland. Whole experience was amazing, one of the best beaches I have been to. Wanted to go back the next day!"

– Ben K., TripAdvisor
Forced R&R

"We went here because there wasn't anything to do but swim, walk on the beach, or sunbathe. We walked on the beach, then took the fort tour, which was interesting. We had a blast. The best news was that the concession stand had reasonably priced food and drinks, and you can rent umbrellas and chairs so you don't need to drag it with you."

– Donna S., TripAdvisor
Day Trip to Ship Island

"We purchased tickets online one day before our trip. It was simple and user friendly. We arrived early for the 9:00am departure. Thankfully we did, they had to use two boats for the 9:00 departure. We were able to get onto that first boat, which ensured us an umbrella and chair rental. The day was beautiful, water was clear...it was a wonderful family day trip."

– pldavidson74, TripAdvisor
Best Day Trip in MS

"This is a terrific day-trip! Bring an ice chest, rest chairs and an umbrella and get ready for a great beach adventure. I love going to Ship Island and have been doing it for many years now. It's a bargain and it is a treat to spend the day there! Go! Do it! Love it!"

– MargiePJ, TripAdvisor

Join Us for a Beach Day!

Ship Island is a protected National Park. Leave the stress of the mainland behind and board our ferry that’s heading toward tranquil stretches of shore and pristine Gulf waters! Plan the perfect beach day on West Ship Island, where you can do as much or little as you please. Explore the island, have a snorkeling adventure, enjoy a beachfront picnic, sunbathe and reconnect with family and friends… the opportunities on the Mississippi Barrier Islands are endless. It’s just up to you on when you want to go. Start planning your trip today!