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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 full of adventure! While kayaking Outer Banks, 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 a haven for alligators, bears, the incredibly rare and endangered red wolf, and a diverse assortment of unique birds that call the inner banks their home. Alligators, though typically shy, can be spotted in certain canals or larger waterways within the refuge. With Outer Banks Kayak Adventures, experienced kayak guides will take you on an unforgettable journey, scouting for these prehistoric creatures. It’s common to see them either swimming in the water or relaxing along the shoreline.

The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a vast sanctuary that’s home to a diverse array of over 250 bird species. During our Alligator River kayak tours, you’ll frequently encounter stunning birds like Prothonotary Warblers, Wood Ducks, Northern Cardinals, Killdeer, Red-bellied Woodpeckers, Hairy Woodpeckers, and Pileated Woodpeckers. Within the refuge lies the highest concentration of black bears along the eastern coast. These majestic creatures are spotted wandering along the edges of the forests, lounging in the tall grass, or scaling the towering pine trees.

Discover the intriguing history of logging and moonshining while navigating the serene waters of the Alligator River Wildlife Refuge. Glide beneath the grandeur of bald cypress and loblolly pine trees during our unforgettable kayak tour. Whether you’re a novice or an expert paddler, this two-hour excursion on the Alligator River welcomes adventurers of every age.


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 while Kayaking Outer Banks

  • 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