If the sand and sun are too hot to handle, or if you just want to explore the waters like the Outer Banks' early Native American tribes, kayak rentals — as well as guided kayak tours — are a call or click away. Many equipment rental companies offer kayak delivery.

There are plenty of great spots to explore by water, including Kitty Hawk Woods Maritime Forest Preserve, Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, the busy waterfront of historic Manteo or any of the five different sounds separate the Outer Banks from the mainland — Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, Roanoke Sound, Croatan Sound and Pamlico Sound — and the Atlantic Ocean. Jennette's Pier in Nags Head is a popular launch site for experienced ocean kayakers.

Following is a sampling of the area businesses that can help get you out on the water:

  1. Coastal Explorations
  2. Coastal Kayak Touring Company
  3. Duck Village Outfitters
  4. Hatteras Island Surf & Sail
  5. Hatteras Watersports
  6. Island Cycles
  7. Just For the Beach Rentals
  8. Kitty Hawk Kayak and Surf School
  9. Kitty Hawk Kites
  10. Kitty Hawk Watersports
  11. Kitty Hawk Surf Co.
  12. North Beach Water Sports
  13. OceanAir Sports
  14. Ocean Atlantic Rentals on Hatteras Island
  15. Outer Banks Kayak Adventures
  16. Ride Hatteras Surf Shop
  17. Roanoke Island Outfitters & Dive Center

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