Outer Banks Kayak Tours

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Kitty Hawk Kites has been a leader in outdoor recreation on the Outer Banks for more than thirty years. We are proud to offer the largest selection of kayak locations on the Outer Banks including Corolla, Duck, Nags Head, Alligator River, Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo!


OBX Kayak Tours

Kitty Hawk Kites has been a leader in Outer Banks kayak tours for more than 30 years. We are proud to offer the largest selection of kayak tours and locations extending from Corolla to Ocracoke. Our kayak tours are all well equipped with all the gear needed to show you everything from the majestic sunsets to the unique local wildlife of the OBX. With single and tandem boats, paddling with a certified guide is a great way for the whole family to explore the outdoors. Offering over 13 kayak tours, including specialty tours and instruction- there is a tour for everyone!

The Outer Banks offers incredible paddling opportunities for first timers and experience paddlers alike. Explore the natural beauty of the pristine waterways, experience the bountiful wildlife in their natural habitat, or catch a sunset over the water. You choose how you want to experience the OBX. Find your kayak adventure in Corolla, Duck, Kitty Hawk, Nags Head, Manteo, Avon, Rodanthe, or Hatteras. With all these experiences, there’s no wonder why the Outer Banks has become a popular destination for kayaking!

We offer a variety of types of kayak tours to meet all interests such as Ecology and Natural History Tours, and Specialized Skills Instruction. Kitty Hawk Kites prides itself in being a pioneer in the recreation industry. All of our guides are ACA certified and trained in first aid and CPR. Some kayak tours are subject to seasonal availability. The Alligator River and Maritime Forest kayak tours are available year round.

Kayak Tours Alligator River

Discover the stunning beauty of Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge on Kitty Hawk Kites’ exciting kayak tour. Paddle through serene waters, surrounded by lush landscapes and diverse wildlife, including the chance to spot alligators, river otters, and a variety of bird species. Our guided tours are perfect for nature lovers of all ages and skill levels, offering a unique and immersive experience in one of North Carolina’s most breathtaking natural settings. Book now with Kitty Hawk Kites for an unforgettable adventure in the heart of the refuge!

When considering places to kayak in the Outer Banks, a few important factors are which locations are closest to you, do you prefer ocean side or sound side, and do you want to rent a kayak our go on a guided tour? Alligator River, Duck sound side, and Kitty Hawk Maritime Forrest rank among the top places to kayak in the Outer Banks. Sunset and nighttime bioluminescence tours seem to be gaining popularity this year.

Read more about the most scenic places to kayak in the Outer Banks.

Are there alligators in the Alligator River? Yes, there are Alligators in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. However, these are calm waters in protected land, so its rare to see the alligators in the water when people are around. Its often said that these Alligators are more afraid of you, then you are of them. But you can witness them in their habitat with guided kayak tours from trained guides.

The river was once the northernmost retreat for the American alligator, giving the beautiful location it’s name. Today, visitors can still occasionally spot these remarkable creatures in their natural habitat through guided kayak tours with Kitty Hawk Kites.

Yes, it is generally safe to kayak in alligator waters when proper precautions are taken. Alligators typically avoid human interaction, and guided tours, such as those offered by Kitty Hawk Kites, ensure safety by following established guidelines and maintaining a respectful distance from wildlife. Always follow the instructions of your guide and remain aware of your surroundings for a safe and enjoyable experience.

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