Join us for a dolphin watching adventure, including a tour of the Gulfport Harbor.
Round-Trip Ferry Routes:
- Gulfport → Ship Island
- Biloxi → Ship Island
Ferry Operation Seasons:
- Spring: March 2nd – May 12th (Gulfport only)
- Summer: May 13th – August 18th
- Fall: August 21st – October 27th
For season schedules, see below.
Want multiple visits – Frequent Rider Pass
An affordable, high-quality, and family-friendly beach day from the Gulfport Yacht Harbor/Jones Park and Margaritaville Resort Dock in East Biloxi!
Mississippi’s finest beaches are located on West Ship Island approximately 11 miles south of Gulfport and Biloxi and are accessible by Ship Island Excursions’ ferry boats, located in the Gulfport Small Craft Harbor. Relax while watching for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins during an approximate 1 hour ferry ride.
West Ship Island, with its tranquil stretches of National Park beaches, invites you for an affordable family vacation where you explore, swim, and relax on a fun-filled day in Mississippi. Experience the pristine Gulf waters, explore high-quality beaches, and tour historic Fort Massachusetts, all part of Gulf Islands National Seashore. The excursion boats arrive at the end of a 400-foot pier near the fort on the Mississippi Sound side or north shore of West Ship Island.
In addition to history, the unspoiled island provides excellent birding, shelling, and hiking opportunities. The National Park Service provides a boardwalk that begins in front of the fort and extends one third of a mile across the island to the preferred south beach and Gulf of Mexico swim area. Life guards are generally available in summer. Call for an update or more information. The island also has newly rebuilt restrooms, freshwater showers, drinking water, covered picnic areas, and a snack bar located along the boardwalk. Join in on the fun happening at West Ship Island by booking your Ship Island Excursions ferry service now!
- Spring Schedule: March 2nd - May 12th
Day of the Week Depart Gulfport Depart Ship Island Monday – Tuesday No trip No trip Wednesday – Friday 9:00 am 2:30 pm Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am & 12:00 pm 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm
BILOXI FERRY – UNAVAILABLE
- Summer Schedule: May 13th - August 18th
Day of the Week Depart Gulfport Depart Ship Island Sunday – Saturday (all week) 9:00 am & 12:00 pm 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm
Day of the Week Depart Biloxi Depart Ship Island Sunday – Saturday (all week) 10:00 am 3:30 pm
- Fall Schedule: August 21th - October 27th
Day of the Week Depart Gulfport Depart Ship Island Monday – Friday No trip No trip Saturday – Sunday 9:00 am & 12:00 pm 2:30 pm & 5:00 pm
Day of the Week Depart Biloxi Depart Ship Island Monday – Tuesday No trip No trip Wednesday – Sunday 10:00 am 3:30 pm