Kayak Fun and Instruction Herman runs a great outfit. 5 of us went out on our own, during our vacation. Two tandems and a single. Herman was great with instructions on where to go, and how to time ourselves with landmarks. He was very helpful with instructions on getting in the boats. I’ve had knee surgery so I can’t bend easily, but with his help I managed to get into the boat. The waterway that is conveniently located onsite, was full of bird life and we also saw a muskrat. The equipment was in good condition, and was obviously well cared for. Herman also made us aware of other places to kayak on the other side of the highway. We had a blast, and will be using this outfit again on our next visit. I highly recommend Kitty Hawk Kayaks and Surf – remember it is the first one over the main bridge into Kitty Hawk! The best water trails!
Great family fun and a break from the beach We took our four kids on a two hour kayak trip. The staff was friendly and helpful. We did not take a tour just a leisurely kayak stroll. The only thing I would do different is start with one hour and add if we wanted too.
Great Experience This is one of the great places to visit in the area for a excellent profession wilderness experience. Guides are professional and well educated on the local eco environment. the safety standards and equipment condition are exemplary. The cost is minimal for such a wonderful experience. I highly recommend coming here for a wonderful time.
Tranquility at the Beach If you are looking for a peaceful, relaxing activity while in the Kitty Hawk/KDH area, try the Kitty Hawk Kayak Maritime Woodland tour. Even if you never paddled before you can have a great experience on the canal in Kitty Hawk Woods Preserve. My husband and I are experienced kayakers and we brought our own kayaks and equipment. There was a reasonable fee ($20 each) for “tag alongs”. Andrew and Kelsey were our guides, There were about 15 in our group including a mom and dad with two young children. They have plenty of single and tandem kayaks. All the kayaks were fairly wide and very stable. The trip began with a short review of the safety equipment and some basic paddle strokes. They sit you in your kayak and adjust the foot rests and seat for you. You launch from a low dock so you don’t even get wet. You paddle down comfortably wide, slow moving canal. At the start you pass by some waterfront homes, but before long you have the maritime forest on both sides of the stream. In a short time, we naturally split into a group of better paddlers at the lead and the less experienced on toward to rear. Although the groups were never that far a part, we did have the feel of paddling at a nice relaxing pace rather than being held up by the slower paddlers. Along the way, the guides pointed out the wild life as we came across it. We saw a turtle sunning on a log and a nutria (“river rat”) swimming in the distance. There was a prothonotary warbler hopping through the bushes. We even saw an osprey flying off with a small snake in its beak. We passed by a soft shell crab hatchery. Andrew picked some dry red bay leaves and passed them around. When they are crumbled they smell like a mild version of Old Bay seasoning. We learned about the origins of the Kitty Hawk Woodlands Preserve and their importance in maintaining the stability of the Outer Banks. After about an hour, we turned around and paddled back. The total time was about 2 hours (with about 1-1/2 hr of paddling and the rest launching and landing. I think with a smaller group you get closer to 2 hours on the water. Since we had our own boats, we were interested in knowing where we could get public access to the maritime woods. The guides volunteered location of the closet public boat ramp to the canal and even made suggestions on possible trips from there. Even if you have your own kayak, I’d recommend doing a tag along to lean more about the area you are exploring. There is nothing like a kayak to get you close to nature. You get a completely different perspective than you do hiking or biking through the woods. I would recommend this tour for anyone who is not afraid of water. If you have never kayaked or canoed before, this is a great way to try it out. The guides are all certified by the American Canoe Association so you are in good hands. If you are an experience paddler, take to tour so you see where you might like to explore on your own at a later time.
We rented a paddle-board for the week and it was delivered before we got here so we could use it right away.
Early morning trip fun for the whole family KHK was kind enough to add a trip at 9:00 AM for our family of nine, and it was a wonderful way to start the day. Guide Jen took us on a two hour trip back into the marsh, where we saw a spot where crabs are placed out to molt for soft-shell crabs; one of three covered bridges in North Carolina; and interesting commentary on the flora along the route. Perfect trip for our range of ages from 12 to 50+ — good upper body exercise but not too strenuous. Be sure to catch the coupon in Sunny Day for $5.00 off each kayaker.
Family Fun We were a group of 17 who went kayaking with this company. Our ages ranged form 11-55. Easy to do. Our guide was knowledgeable of the area. Did the 10AM trip. No bugs. easy to book online.
My husband and myself along with 5 teenagers did the Kitty Hawk Kayak Tours on N Croatan Highway. We had a lot of fun.. Tyler was our tour guide, he was a Pitt Graduate and we are from the Pittsburgh area with my niece attending Pitt right now. He was alot of fun, very nice and gave us good information about the area. We really had a good time.