A day spent kayaking along North Carolina’s coastal waterways is a day well spent – whether you are a seasoned kayaker or just trying it out for the first time. There are kayak rentals and optional guided tours available almost anywhere you want to set off from along the coast (for example Barrier Island Kayaks). Taking a guide your first time is a good idea because it is easy to get lost if you are not familiar with the area.
While it’s hard for me to pick a favorite, I would say kayaking out to Bear Island is a near perfect day. You can walk in Blackbeard’s footsteps, enjoy a picnic and a swim before kayaking back to the mainland. More info on Bear Island’s history here.