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Single Kayak • Adult Ages 13+
Single Kayak • Child Ages 10-12
Tandem Kayak • 2 Adults Ages 13+
Tandem Kayak • 1 Adult & 1 Child Adult: Ages 13+ • Child: Ages 12 & Under


Our Alligator River kayak tour is our maximum adventure tour! On this kayak tour, you’ll explore The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and its very unusual habitat to learn all about its exotic wildlife.

This wildlife refuge is home to alligators, bears, the rare and very endangered red wolf, and a variety of unique birds native to the inner banks. Alligators are shy creatures, but you can spot them in some of the canals or larger waterways of the refuge. Outer Banks Kayak Adventures expert kayak guides will lead you on a unique adventure, searching for these prehistoric creatures. It’s not unusual to find alligators in the water or lounging along the shore.

Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge provides habitat to an extensive list of over 250 bird species. On our river kayak tours, we often see Prothonotary Warblers, Wood Ducks, Northern Cardinals, Killdeer, Red-bellied Wood Peckers, Hairy Wood Peckers, and Pileated Wood Peckers. The refuge is also home to the largest concentration of black bears on the east coast. Black bears are often seen roaming the tree lines, relaxing in the tall grasses, or climbing the pines.

While touring the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge, learn about the history of logging and moonshiners in this area, all while kayaking beneath grand bald cypress and loblolly pine trees. Our Alligator River kayak tour is an unforgettable experience you don’t want to miss! This tour is an excellent two-hour adventure suitable for beginner and experienced paddlers of all ages.

Which Kayak is Right for You and Your Group?

  • We recommend children 12 and under paddle in a tandem (double) kayak with an adult, but it’s not a requirement.
  • If your child is ages 10-12 years old and you’re super confident in their kayaking ability, you can request that your child paddle a single kayak (please do so only if you’re certain your child can paddle the entire trip). Only put a child in a single kayak, If you are confident they can paddle for 1 1/2 – 2 hours by themselves.
  • Unless requested otherwise, all children ages 12 and under will be placed in a tandem (double) kayak with an adult.

What to Bring

  • Plenty of water and a snack if you’d like
  • Sunscreen, sunglasses, and/or a hat
  • A towel for after the tour (you’ll want to leave it in your car)
  • Shoes and clothing you don’t mind getting wet
  • You may also want to consider insect repellent, a rain jacket if it might rain, and a dry bag