Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge Kayak & SUP Tours
If you’re a bird lover, then check out our Pea Island kayak tour! Witness the wide variety of unique and rare birds that can be seen as you paddle through the beautiful Pamlico Sound. With an impressive list of 365 species of reported bird sightings along Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, there is a high probability that you may see your favorite bird up close and personal. Some of the common birds that can potentially be seen as you explore the waters of Pea Island are the Brown Pelican, Royal Tern, American Avocet, heron, egret, and the gorgeous white Ibis. If you aren’t a bird person, don’t worry. This small barrier island located at the northern end of Hatteras is also home to many different aquatic creatures including Loggerhead sea turtles. As we move along the sound, the clear shallow water provides us with a fantastic view of stingray, crabs, skates, and other marine wildlife.
As you tour the beautiful Pea Island, our expert guides will tell you all about the history of the island along with interesting facts about coastal ecology. Join us for a relaxing and beautiful Outer Banks kayak tour and see why Pea Island is a famous wildlife destination. We hope to be paddling with you in the near future!
Tour length: Approximately 2 hours
Prices: $50 per adult / $35 for children ages 12 and under / $60 for SUPs
This tour meets at the Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge ramp parking at milepost 34 which is just south of the New Inlet bridge. You should arrive 10-15 minutes prior to your scheduled tour time. Footwear is recommended for this kayak tour.
Tour meeting directions: Use Google Maps to Pea Island, Kinnakeet NC. Continue south past Pea Island Visitor Center approximately 3 miles. You’ll cross the New Inlet Bridge (aka Captain Richard Etheridge bridge) and about 100 yards after crossing the paved parking lot will be on the right hand side of the road at milepost 34. The mileposts are sometimes missing because of road construction so don’t rely solely on the milepost.
Pea Island Kayak Tours and Times
Outer Banks Kayak Adventures provides the best kayaking experience on the OBX. We use American-made Perception Kayaks which are known for being extremely versatile, making it the top choice for beginner and intermediate paddlers. If you are not very experienced with kayaking and SUP (stand up paddle boarding) fear not! Before each of our tours, Outer Banks Kayak Adventures provides a paddle lesson on land before you begin, ensuring that you and your group have the experience they need before paddling.
There are NO shoe or clothing requirements. Along with kayaks, Outer Banks Kayak Adventures provides the paddles and life jackets. We offer single and tandem (double) kayaks and we use sit on top style hybrid kayaks, making it easy for you to get in and out. Please be sure to select the number of tandem (double) kayaks you’d like for your tour when making the online reservation. 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). Unless requested otherwise, all children ages 12 and under will be placed in a tandem (double) kayak with an adult.