Frequently Asked Questions

Is experience required?

No experience is required. We love sharing the joy of paddling with beginners! We teach you how to paddle and we’ll provide tips along the way if needed.

Are there any age requirements?

No age requirements at all. We recommend children under 12 years of age paddle in a tandem kayak with an adult.

What should I bring?

Plenty of water, a snack, sunscreen, a towel for after the tour, and shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting wet. You may also want to consider a hat, sunglasses, insect repellent, a rain jacket if it might rain, and a dry bag.

What about gratuity?

Our guides do accept and greatly appreciate tips!

Do you have tandem (double) kayaks?

Yes, we have tandem kayaks as well as single kayaks. If you include children 12 & under when making a reservation online we’ll automatically put the child in a tandem kayak with an adult. If your child has kayaking experience and you feel the child can paddle the entire tour on his/her own you can make a note in the “notes” section to request a single kayak for your child. We will do our best to accommodate your request.

What kind of kayaks do you use?

We use Perception Tribe 11.5 & 13.5 kayaks for our tours and rentals. We buy new kayaks every year so you’ll have a nice new kayak that’s super comfortable. Perception Tribe kayaks are extremely stable and easy to get in and out of. The built in seats feature extra padding and the backrests are adjustable for maximum comfort. We’re proud to use Perception kayaks that are rotational molded and hand assembled in the USA.

Do we need to arrive early?

We ask that you plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your tour start time.

What if we’re late to our kayak tour?

Our kayak & SUP tours begin and end at specific times. We cannot wait for late arrivals because it’s unfair to other customers on the tour. You should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the start time.

Are reservations required?

Reservations are required, but we can often accommodate last minute additions to our tours.

Do the kayaks have a weight limit?

The maximum recommended weight for our single kayaks is 350 LBS. The maximum recommended weight for our tandem kayaks is 500 LBS.

Where do we go for our tour?

Our tours meet at the tour location. Each tour location along with directions and/or addresses are listed on the tour pages of our website. For example, the Kitty Hawk Maritime Forest tour meets in Kitty Hawk (Bob Perry Rd), the Alligator River tour meets at Alligator River (Buffalo City, NC), and so on.

Can I schedule a tour for a different time than what’s listed on the tour calendar?

We will do our best to accommodate a tour time that fits your schedule. Please call us at 252-489-8146 and let us know your scheduling needs.

What if I want a longer or shorter tour?

We’ll try to accommodate the length of time you’d like. Please give us a call at 252-489-8146 or send us an email and let us know your preferences.

What if I want to bring my dog?

Please contact us about bringing a small to medium sized dog. We may not be able to accommodate pets during peak season. Dogs must be kept on a leash and you should clean up after your pet.

What if it’s raining?

We paddle in the rain and wind, but not during thunderstorms.

How do I make tour reservations?

You can reserve your tour online, by telephone, or by email. Please note, if you want to schedule a last minute tour please give us a call at 252-489-8146.

What is the cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled tour. We do paddle in the rain and wind but not during thunderstorms. If there is inclement weather we will reschedule your tour or issue a refund. Participants should plan to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to the tour start time. No shows or late arrivals are charged full price and a refund will not be given.