Outer Banks Kayaking and Canoeing

Imagine what your vacation would be like with Outer Banks kayaking and canoeing: You round the corner of marsh, finding yourself face to face with a blue heron. As you drift softly you set your paddle down and pick up your camera to snap a quick picture of the encounter. The heron flies away after you take the photo, and you paddle on to see what other types of wildlife. Now that you’re staring dreamily at your computer screen with thoughts of kayaking and canoeing excursions running through your mind, it’s time to make this idea a very real part of your vacation. Plenty of Outer Banks surf shops and water adventure companies offering kayak and canoe rentals, so you can rent a couple of vessels for you and your entourage to spend hours exploring watery areas. Many of the places that rent kayaks and canoes also lead guided tours and safaris that take you throughout the Outer Banks where you can marvel at turtles, alligators (yep!), tons of birds, flutterbys and all sorts of other critters. Whether you’re looking for a tranquil paddle trip on the Pamlico Sound or a thrilling day of ocean wave riding, check out the listing of Outer Banks kayaking and canoeing to start your next adventure.


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

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
Milltail Road, off U.S. Highway 64, Manteo
(252) 473-1131

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion of Dare and Hyde counties. It was established in 1984 to preserve and protect a unique wetland habitat type, the pocosin, and its associated wildlife species. Pocosin is a Native American word meaning ‘‘swamp-on-a-hill’’ and is characterized by poorly drained soils high in organic material. The refuge's diversity of habitat... read more

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a more than 159,000-acre refuge on the mainland portion... read more

Back Country 4x4 & Kayak Safari

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
Meet at Corolla Light Town Center, 1109 Ocean Trail, Corolla
(252) 453-0877

Some of the best wildlife viewing and paddling on the Outer Banks takes place in the remote northern waterways of the Currituck Sound near the Virginia border. Back Country’s unique 4x4 & Kayak Safari carries small groups and families by custom open-air Safari Cruisers through 30 miles of off-road beach, dune and sand trail to paddle from the private Spanish Mustang Preserve where they have... read more

Some of the best wildlife viewing and paddling on the Outer Banks takes place in... read more

Causeway Watersports

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
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

Corolla Watersports

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
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

Hatteras Island Boardsports

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
41056 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-6160

Hatteras Island Boardsports has more than 5,000 square feet packed with swimwear, apparel and accessories for men, women and kids. Some brand names you’ll find here include Billabong, Quiksilver, Volcom, Roxy, O’Neill, Rip Curl and RVCA, along with surfboards by Dewey Weber, Haydenshapes and Channel Island. If you need new sunglasses, Hatteras Island Boardsports has hundreds of styles from Costa, Oakley, Electric, Von Zipper and more.... read more

Hatteras Island Boardsports has more than 5,000 square feet packed with swimwear, apparel and accessories for... read more

Hatteras Parasail and Watersports

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
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

Island Cycles & Sports

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
41074 N.C. Highway 12, Avon
(252) 995-4336

Cyclists will appreciate this full-service, family-owned bike shop that sells and rents bikes for the whole family, delivers rentals to your location, services and repairs cycles and sells cycling gear. Experienced mechanics do all repairs. Island Cycles is also in the watersports business, renting kayaks, stand up paddleboards, surfboards, skimboards, pedal boats and other fun stuff for the beach. In their shop they have summer... read more

Cyclists will appreciate this full-service, family-owned bike shop that sells and rents bikes for the... read more

Just For the Beach Rentals

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
501 Old Stoney Road, Corolla
(252) 453-9388
1177 Duck Road, Duck
(252) 299-5854
1006 S. Virginia Dare Trail, The Beach Road, MP 8.5, Kill Devil Hills
(252) 441-9480
Additional KDH Phone Number
(252) 441-6048
Additional Corolla Phone Number
(252) 453-6106
General toll free
(866) 629-7368

Want to plan your own kayak tour? Just for the Beach Rentals has kayaks available for rent, the sit-on-top style, for single, double or triple paddlers. Or if you want to leave your car behind, you can make like a local and pedal around town on one of their comfortable beach cruisers (cruisers are available for all ages) or go for a long ride on... read more

Want to plan your own kayak tour? Just for the Beach Rentals has kayaks available... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
794 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
(252) 453-8845
819 Ocean Trail, Monterey Plaza, Corolla
(252) 453-3685
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 261-4450
3933 S. Croatan Highway, The Bypass, MP 12.5, Nags Head
(252) 449-2210
307 Queen Elizabeth Avenue, Manteo
(252) 473-2357
24502 N.C. Highway 12, Waves Village, Rodanthe
(252) 987-2297
39432 N.C. Highway 12, Island Shops, Avon
(252) 995-6060
58848 Hatteras Landing, Hatteras Landing, Hatteras
(252) 986-1446
Community Square, 270 Irvin Garrish Highway, Ocracoke
(252) 928-4563
(877) 359-8447

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With more than 10 retail locations from Corolla to Ocracoke, Kitty Hawk Kites boasts an impressive selection of kites, flags and spinners, toys, apparel, gifts and games on the Outer Banks. Kitty Hawk Kites specializes in kites, from the single-lines for kids to high-tech stunt varieties. The stores also sell fun outdoor goodies... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites has been teaching the world to fly since 1974. With more than... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites Watersports Center

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
1216 Duck Road, Wee Winks Square, Duck
(252) 441-4124
Additional phone number
(877) 359-8447

At the Kitty Hawk Kites Watersports Center on the sound in Duck, you can rent Jet-skis, book a Parasailing tour, rent a pontoon boat, book a kayak tour or rent kayaks or standup paddleboards to glide around on your own. You can also sign up for Kitty Hawk Kites Mermaid School or book a hang gliding lesson, a surfing lesson or a book the Sanctuary Vineyards... read more

At the Kitty Hawk Kites Watersports Center on the sound in Duck, you can rent... read more

Kitty Hawk Kites Whalebone Watersports

Outer Banks Kayaking & Canoeing
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 Kayaking & Canoeing
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