Sometimes we all need a little escape, and what better way than by going on an eco-excursion and reconnecting with nature? Wrightsville Beach is teeming with natural diversity and wildlife, and the mild waters are perfect for setting off in a kayak. Discover the local area and all of its occupants – those with wings, shells or otherwise – with these top kayak spots.
Where to Rent Equipment
Don’t sweat renting equipment, because there are several outfitters on the island that can provide you with everything you need to get on the water without any hassle. Rent single and tandem kayaks from Wrightsville Kayak Company, with paddles, life vests and laminated maps as well as delivery and pick-up included. They’ll even give you instructions and personal recommendations, and they offer adventure tours if you’d rather head out with a guide.
Soundside Adventures offers a host of activities on the water, including kayak rentals. Rent their single kayaks and explore the surrounding area. Or, if you’re interested in an in-depth look at the coastal ecosystem, Soundside Adventures also offers relaxing eco-tours with an experienced guide.
Wrightsville SUP offers kayak rentals – in addition to stand up paddleboards, canoes and bikes – to help visitors experience Wrightsville Beach like a local. Or, book an adventure tour to have a true local guide you through the area’s waters, perfect for all ages, abilities and group sizes.
Top Spots to Kayak
True peace can be found at Masonboro Island Reserve, the longest undisturbed barrier island ecosystem in southern North Carolina, clocking in at 8.4 miles in length. The uninhabited island can only be reached by boat, kayak or canoe and is home to birds, fish, invertebrates and sea turtles. Relax on the island’s unspoiled shore and breathe in the fresh air, or comb the sand for natural treasures. You can even turn this into an overnight stay, since Wrightsville Kayak Company will craft your perfect camping stay on Masonboro Island.
As you head over the drawbridge that takes you on and off the island, you might make out a sandbar in the distance marked by a synthetic palm tree, flagpole and parking meter. Palm Tree Island is the perfect place for beginner kayakers. Only a short kayak trip is required to reach the “island” (that is really just a large sandbar), and when the tide is low, you can enjoy the soft sand.
A little closer to home, Banks Channel cuts right through town. As you kayak along the protected waters, you’ll pass waterfront restaurants and shops like South Beach Grill, The Workshop and more. After an afternoon full of paddling, stop in to fill up with a bite to eat or cool down with a fresh smoothie or iced coffee.
Make plans to explore the waters surrounding Wrightsville Beach by kayak during your next visit.