Locatedon the southern Outer Banks in the quaint, historic village of Swansboro, North Carolina, Barrier Island Kayaks can have you on an unforgettable sea kayaking adventure in minutes. Our waterfront location on the intracoastal waterway is considered to be one of the premier sea kayaking destinations on the East Coast. We're minutes from Emerald Isle and Hammock's Beach State Park. Our unique location is a mecca for sea kayakers—we're recognized as a Nigel Dennis Expedition Center—a true sea kayaking adventure is just a few paddle strokes away.
Miles of quiet marshes and thriving estuaries are just outside our door. Experience the glide of sea kayaking in shallow waters that are home to thousands of coastal seabirds and marine life. Bottlenose dolphin sightings are a common occurrence on our coastal kayak tours.
Our Cape Lookout adventure will give the opportunity to see the famous feral ponies of Cape Lookout National Seashore. Leaving from our outpost, popular destinations such as Bear Island, Shark Tooth Island and Huggins Island are located within easy paddling distance.
Passage to the open sea through Bogue Inlet is just around the corner. Whether you are looking for a leisurely paddle in search of prehistoric fossils, abundant wildlife and serenity, or you want to gain the skills to paddle the open sea, we have the equipment, experience and knowledge to take you there.
Certified Sea Kayak Instruction— We are committed to providing professional sea kayak instruction for paddlers of any skill level. Instructors are certified by both the British Canoe Union (BCU) and American Canoe Association (ACA) and utilize state of the art teaching methods to help you reach your sea kayaking goals.
Head coach Lamar Hudgens is the highest ranking sea kayak instructor on North Carolina's Outer Banks and one of the highest in the United States. Specially scheduled international guest BCU sea kayak instructors provide world class learning opportunities.
Coastal Academy of Sea Kayaking
Maybe you "eat, sleep and breathe" kayaking, or maybe you just enjoy a simple paddle outing from time to time. Either way, our kayaking courses and clinics are right for you. Enroll in our Coastal Academy of Sea Kayaking today and get the most out of your time on the water! It's the logical choice.