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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
Stand Up Paddleboard All Ages


Calling all bird lovers! Embark on our Pea Island kayak excursion and discover the stunning diversity of avian life in the Pamlico Sound salt marshes. With its prime location along the Atlantic Flyway, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge is a hotspot for birdwatching, boasting sightings of over 365 species. Whether you’re a seasoned birder or a casual enthusiast, there’s a good chance you’ll encounter some of your favorite feathered friends up close as you paddle through this picturesque landscape.

As you venture through the waters of Pea Island, keep an eye out for the Brown Pelican, Royal Tern, American Avocet, Blue Heron, White Egret, and the stunning White Ibis. But if birds aren’t your thing, no problem! This little barrier island, nestled at the northern tip of Hatteras, is also teeming with a diverse range of sea creatures. Look out for Loggerhead Sea Turtles gliding gracefully beneath the waves. As we paddle along the sound, the crystal-clear shallow waters offer a fascinating glimpse into the underwater world, where you might spot Stingrays, Crabs, Sea Skates, and other fascinating marine life.

Journey through the wonders of Pea Island with our knowledgeable guides, who will paint a vivid picture of its past and provide intriguing insights into its coastal environment. Embark on a serene Outer Banks kayak adventure and witness for yourself why Pea Island stands as a beloved haven for wildlife enthusiasts.

There are NO shoe or clothing requirements. Along with kayaks, Outer Banks Kayak Adventures provides paddles and life jackets. We use sit-on-top-style hybrid kayaks for people with limited mobility, making it easier for you to get in and out. SUPs (Stand-Up Paddleboards) are also available on this tour.

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