Outer Banks Boat Tours & Everything You Need to Know

With beautiful weather and miles of shoreline, it’s no surprise that boating is a popular activity in the Outer Banks! Plus, boating is one of the best ways to see the barrier islands in all their glory. On an Outer Banks boat tour, you can enjoy scenic views and learn all about the area while creating lasting memories with your friends and family. Below, we’ve provided the best boat tour and watersport tour options. Looking for more great things to do during your Outer Banks vacation? Download our free Vacation Guide!

Where to Find the Best Outer Banks Boat Tours & Watersports

Captain Johnny’s Dolphin Tours | Manteo | 252-473-1475

Captain Stuart Wescott leads a dolphin tour guaranteed to spot dolphins from June through October. The tour is both scenic and educational. You’ll learn about the types of dolphins that call the Outer Banks home and make memories as you watch them play!

North Beach Watersports | Corolla | 252-455-9977

Located near the Corolla Light community, this family-owned watersport and touring company provides a good mix of fun and scenic views on their tours. Let their retired Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain take you to the most captivating parts of the Outer Banks!

Vineyard Voyage | Duck | 877-359-8447

Vineyard Voyage combines boating and wine for an unforgettable experience! You’ll depart from Duck and cross the Currituck Sound to Sanctuary Vineyards on the historic Wright Brothers Farm. Enjoy a behind-the-scenes tour of the winery along with a private wine tasting. If you’re looking for the perfect date activity or boating trip with friends, this tour is for you!

Nags Head Dolphin Watch | Manteo & Nags Head | 252-449-8999

Scientist-run dolphin tours at Nags Head Dolphin Watch mean you get all the natural beauty combined with the most knowledgeable guides. You’ll learn about their dolphin research and see them in action as they conduct their research.

Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports | Duck | 252-261-2900

At Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports, the excellent staff makes it one of the best spots for watersports in the Outer Banks. They also offer sailboat rentals and private sailing instruction, in case you want to do the exploring yourself.

Coastal Kayak Touring Company | Duck | 252-441-3393

Want to paddle your way through the Outer Banks? Coastal Kayak Touring Company will take you on a guided kayak or paddleboard tour! If you’re the adventurous type and don’t want to just sit on a boat but paddle, then this is your tour!

Paradise Dolphin Cruises | Wanchese | 252-573-0547

With quick access to dolphin pods and gorgeous views just minutes from launch, Paradise Dolphin Cruises offers 40-passenger catamaran cruises with a canopy for ideal cruising comfort. If you want to sit back and relax during your Outer Banks boat tours, this is the way to do it!

Where to Stay in the Outer Banks

Outer Banks vacation rental

Outer Banks boat tours are the perfect vacation activity no matter the size of your group! As you plan your vacation here, be sure to browse the beautiful vacation rentals at Shoreline OBX. Our properties are spacious, comfortable, and convenient. Located within minutes of everything you want to do while you’re here, you’ll feel right at home! So, browse our availability and contact us today to book your Outer Banks vacation experience!