Outer Banks Boating and Sailing

The geography of the Outer Banks gives you the chance to enjoy many activities that you wouldn’t otherwise experience – sailing in the ocean or sound. Outer Banks boating and sailing can be enjoyed through canoe, kayak and boat tours, crabbing trips, visits to marinas, private charter trips (fishing charters included), boat rentals and even sailing camps. Imagine embarking on your sailing trip in the early morning, watching the sun hit its zenith in the sky between glances of the passing coastline, your captain and crew ready to whisk you away to picturesque spots as you repose on the luxurious boat. Sounds like a pretty nice way to spend the day right? Outer Banks boating and sailing can be suited to fit the adventure you have in mind, whether it’s self-conducted or led by a captain, in a kayak through the marshland or in a boat cruising through the ocean. Check out the listing below to see what Outer Banks sailing and boating adventures await you and your family during your beach trip. Check out our Boat Ramps section for information on where to launch your vessels.


Outer Banks Things To Do by Area

Corolla | Duck & Southern Shores | Kitty Hawk, Kill Devil Hills & Nags Head
Roanoke Island & Manteo | Hatteras Island | Ocracoke Island

Outer Banks Things To Do by Category

Causeway Watersports

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
7649 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-8875

Whether you enjoy the thrill of parasailing, the excitement of a Waverunner or a quieter dolphin tour, it's waiting for you at Causeway Watersports. This adventure mecca is on the Nags Head/Manteo Causeway (look for the 30-foot observation tower near Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe). They offer Jet Ski rentals too. Starting in 2019, they're offering pontoon boat rentals, as well as tubing, kayaking and paddle... read more

Whether you enjoy the thrill of parasailing, the excitement of a Waverunner or a quieter... read more

Charter Boats on the Outer Banks

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing

Charter fishing on the Outer Banks is one of the most popular activities. Thousands of visitors and locals take advantage of the excellent fishing these waters offer, so not surprisingly there are many businesses that can connect you with the sort of charter you're interested in. Without a doubt, the offshore charter boats that go after the Gulf Stream big game of tuna, wahoo, mahi... read more

Charter fishing on the Outer Banks is one of the most popular activities. Thousands of... read more

Corolla Watersports

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
798 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-6900

If it’s on the water, the folks here can help you do it. On the sound at the backside of TimBuck II next to the minigolf course, Corolla Watersports rents four-stroke Waverunners, pontoon boats, standup paddleboards, sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks and two and four-seat pedal boats. You can rent the pontoons with or without a captain – sunset cruises are perfect in one of these vessels.... read more

If it’s on the water, the folks here can help you do it. On the... read more

Fishing Unlimited

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
7665 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-5028

They have it all at Fishing Unlimited, including boat rentals, rental rods and reels, bait and tackle, crabbing supplies and a crabbing pier. You can cruise the waterways on one of the 23-foot or 26-foot pontoon boats and skiffs that are rented here at their Causeway location. If you are in the mood to wet a line, you can crab or fish from Fishing Unlimited's... read more

They have it all at Fishing Unlimited, including boat rentals, rental rods and reels, bait... read more

Hatteras Parasail and Watersports

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
57878 N.C. Highway 12, Oden's Dock, Hatteras Village
(252) 986-2627

There’s nothing like a bird’s-eye view of the Pamlico Sound to lift your spirits. Hatteras Parasail can take you hundreds of feet above the islands for a view you won’t forget. Parasailing can be done as singles, tandems or triples. This family-owned company has been operating for more than 20 years. They also rent Waverunners that carry up to three people and offer boat rentals... read more

There’s nothing like a bird’s-eye view of the Pamlico Sound to lift your spirits. Hatteras... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites Whalebone Watersports

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
7517 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
(252) 441-4124
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites' Whalebone Watersports location offers dolphin-watch tours, kite boarding, Jet ski rentals and standup paddleboard rentals – some of the most sought-after Outer Banks activities. In addition, kayak eco-tours and rentals are available, including a moonlight and bioluminescence tour. If you’ve never seen these glowing organisms, you owe yourself this experience!

Kitty Hawk Surf Co.

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
790 Ocean Trail, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-4999
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-8787
3933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 441-6800
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to enjoy all the Outer Banks has to offer, from the wind to waves to flat water adventures. At Kitty Hawk Surf Co., you can find a huge selection of new and used kayaks, kayaking gear and equipment, standup paddleboards, surfboards, Zap skim boards, wetsuits and more. You can also find... read more

Ready for some action? Kitty Hawk Surf Co. has everything you need to... read more

Nor’Banks Sailing Center

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
1314 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 489-4490
Nor’Banks' friendly staff, professional service, modern equipment and gorgeous location make it the ideal destination for watersports on the Outer Banks. Offering Jet ski rentals and tours, parasailing, tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, kayaking, paddleboarding, pontoon boats, bike rentals, sailboat rentals and private sailing instruction, Nor’Banks truly has something for everyone. They've upgraded facilities for 2018, and now you can kick-off your adventure at... read more
Nor’Banks' friendly staff, professional service, modern equipment and gorgeous location make it the... read more

Oregon Inlet Fishing Center

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
8770 Oregon Inlet Road, off N.C. Highway 12, Nags Head
(252) 441-6301

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of 48 boats offers a variety of fishing excursions at Oregon Inlet Fishing Center year round (weather permitting). Nearshore, inshore vessels offer half-day or full-day trips, while the headboat offers a choice of morning or afternoon inlet/sound fishing. Offshore vessels travel to the Gulf Stream, where anglers enjoy a full day on... read more

It's all about making fishing memories at this legendary Outer Banks marina. A fleet of... read more

Pirate's Cove Yacht Club & Marina

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
2000 Sailfish Drive, Nags Head/Manteo Causeway, Manteo
(252) 473-3906
(800) 367-4728

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing boats return from the Gulf Stream to the Pirate’s Cove Marina to unload their catches of tuna, dolphin, wahoo and other deep-sea fish. If you’re interested in seeing the fish before they’re cleaned, head down to the docks and watch the mates hurl the whopping creatures onto the docks. Kids... read more

Just about every afternoon between 4 and 5 p.m., a dozen or more sport fishing... read more

Sunset Watersports

Outer Banks Boating & Sailing
1264 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 261-1839

Sunset Watersports rents Waverunners, pontoon boats, kayaks, standup paddleboards (SUPs) and center console boats and offers parasailing. It’s located behind Sunset Grille and Raw Bar at the gazebo at the end of their nice pier. Join them for a sunset cruise on one of their spacious pontoon boats. Sunset Watersports is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. in season.