Nature is calling; will you answer? Kure Beach is home to peaceful parks and hidden gems that are perfect for kayaking, and local outfitters supply everything you need to get out on the water. Join a guided tour to experience the area under the supervision of a professional, or rent your own equipment and paddle out to these perfect kayaking spots.
Venture out to Zeke’s Island, an uninhabited island only accessible by kayak or boat. Join a Kayak Carolina tour as they guide you through the calm, glistening waters of the bays and marsh creeks on the way to the island during family, nature or sunrise paddles. You’ll be surrounded by tranquil wildlife and nature, and each tour stops several times to allow for sight-seeing and exploration on foot. You may spot shorebirds, egrets, herons, sea turtles, loggerheads or dolphins depending on the day. Beginners and advanced kayakers are all welcome on the approximately three-hour long tours.
Fort Fisher Basin
Once the grounds of a Civil War fort, Fort Fisher State Historic Site and Fort Fisher State Recreation Area are filled with nearly 6 miles of pristine beaches and trails. Just off the shore is the Fort Fisher Basin, a lagoon complex that is home to many sea birds and extensive salt marshes, along with other coastal wildlife and habitats.
This lagoon complex is perfectly suited for paddlers looking for a slightly more challenging excursion, with the difficulty level varying depending on the tides and the winds. Mahanaim Adventures offers a three-hour guided kayak tour of the Fort Fisher Basin alongside seasoned experts who guide you through the area’s unusual natural diversity and sightings of local wildlife.
More experienced paddlers can rent kayaks and other equipment from nearby Pleasure Island Rentals and launch from the beach to capture views of the Atlantic Ocean from a different vantage point.
Find even more incredible spots for kayak adventures in nearby Carolina Beach. Explore the waters known for both natural diversity and historical significance at Carolina Beach State Park, play Indiana Jones for the day and paddle down the Cape Fear River to Shark Tooth Island or enjoy the unspoiled scenery around Masonboro Island Reserve. With such unique kayaking spots nearby, you’ll want to paddle them all.
Kayakers of all skill levels will find secluded spots and exciting adventures in and around Kure Beach. Plan a visit to explore the diverse ecosystems and local wildlife, whether you’re joining a guided tour or heading up your own excursion.