Kayaking
Exploring The Inland Waters



Kayaking is one of the best ways to explore the inland waters around the Outer Banks islands.

There is an endless supply of waterways and open water to paddle for hours exploring the beauty of the islands.

These inland waters offer the peace and quiet that you may just be looking for on your vacation.

From Corolla to Ocracoke, you can enjoy miles of shallow inlets on the sound side of the barrier islands to explore the beauty of the wildlife here in the Outer Banks.

Seeing the rare species of waterfowl, mammal and marine life are some of the rewards of paddling around the islands.


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If you enjoy photography you may want to tour the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge by boat. It will give you an excellent opportunity to photograph the wildlife in the refuge.

The refuge is one of the favorite sea kayaking tours for many that visit the Outer Banks.

While paddling the wildlife refuge you will find waterways taking you through areas that are only accessible by a small boat. These quiet and remote areas will be your best opportunity to see the wildlife.

Only those who venture out into the refuge will really get to appreciate everything this area of the Outer Banks has to offer.


Kayak Equipment Information

If you don't have your own boat, you will find plenty of rental places on the Outer Banks to rent a boat and any other equipment you may need for a fun day on the water.

Building your own kayak may be something you will want to consider


Things To Take On Your Day Trip

  • Map of area to be paddled
  • Compass
  • Plenty of water
  • Food for energy
  • Sunscreen
  • Rain gear
  • Small first aid kit
  • Flashlight and fresh batteries


For a memorable experience, you can take part of a guided tour through the Pea Island Wildlife Refuge.

A touring company will provide you with everything you will need for an awesome tour. Your guide will be able to point out some of the fascinating wildlife and explain the eco-system around the Outer Banks. It's great to be able to get answers to questions while you are on your tour.



Pine Island Audubon Sanctuary located between Duck and Corolla, offers miles of water channels that take you through this undisturbed marsh. This is a great place to get away from the crowds in the quiet solitude of nature.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most interesting places to paddle. A short drive from Nags Head and across Roanoke Island, you will find one of the most exciting waters to tour with a chance to see alligators laying in the sun, a glimpse of an illusive bobcat, egrets, river otters and black bears.

Kayak Fishing is a great way to get to the secluded shallow inland waters for some of the best fishing in the Outer Banks. The inland waters are often overlooked as having a great supply of fish and crabs just waiting for the adventurous fisherman to find them.

I hope you find the inland waters as much fun as many other exploring vacationers have during their stay at the Outer Banks.



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