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You Need to Experience These 6 Outer Banks Water Sports

08/04/2021 | by Madeleine Allen | Outer Banks Outdoor Recreation

Here along the North Carolina coast, there are so many different ways to enjoy your beach vacation. You can make your trip into an adventure, a relaxing getaway, and anything in between. We recommend adding at least one Outer Banks water sports activity to your itinerary to make the most of your vacation! Choose from kayaking, parasailing, surfing, and much more in our exciting world of water. 

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Water Sports and Activities in the Outer Banks


One of the most popular watersports in the Outer Banks is kayaking. Visitors of all ages can participate in this fun activity that allows you to explore the sounds, inlets, creeks, and streams along the coast of North Carolina. There are plenty of places on Manteo and in Nags Head to rent kayaks, and you can find them in our blog below!


You’ll find tons of kiteboarding enthusiasts flying up and down the coastline at many of the Outer Banks beaches. If you’re a tested kiteboarding enthusiast, then you can rent from Kitty Hawk Kites or one of the many watersport companies in the area, but if you’re a beginner, you can take a class with KHK at their kiteboarding school. 


Paddleboarding, like kayaking, is a fantastic family-friendly activity that offers a relaxing way to tour Roanoke Sound. You can rent paddleboards or take a tour through most of the rental companies like Outer Banks Adventures, Kitty Hawk Watersports, and Nags Head Watersports

Jet Skiing

There’s nothing like zipping across the water on a jet ski through the calm waters of Roanoke Sound. Rent a single or a double from Kitty Hawk Watersports for a pulse-pounding water sports adventure in the Outer Banks.


The Outer Banks is one of the best places to go surfing along the East Coast. This amazing water sports activity is a must if you’re in the area, especially with the wealth of surfing spots at many beaches in the area. Nags Head, Kitty Hawk, and Kill Devil Hills are all fantastic places to catch a wave. Check out the link below for more surfing information!


Kids and adults of all ages can enjoy a parasailing adventure in the morning or afternoon. This Outer Banks water sports experience lets you soar above the ocean with excellent views up and down the coast for miles!


Flyboarding is one of the newest water sports trends in the Outer Banks. This unique concept combines water-propelled jet packs with surfing for a fun and exciting acrobatic experience. You can flip and fly through the air and perform tricks in front of your family and friends as you hover over the water. Kitty Hawk Surf Co. offers lessons for beginners.

Book Your Pirate’s Cove PropertyBuccaneer Village 411 porch overlooking a canal

Choose one of our Pirate’s Cove properties as the home base for all of your Outer Banks adventures! We offer a variety of homes and condos in multiple locations across Roanoke Island. You can pick between a quaint cottage in the heart of Manteo, a large family house bordering Roanoke Sound, or a single family condo lying on one of the many canals in our gated community. Regardless of which property you choose, you’ll be close to all of the action on the Outer Banks. The beaches of Nags Head and Kill Devil Hills are only 10 minutes away in addition to countless activities!

What are you waiting for? Book one of our properties today and start planning your dream North Carolina beach trip! We look forward to welcoming you to the Pirate’s Cove family!

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