Kayak Tours in Wilmington, NC
Join our guided kayak tour at Masonboro Island in Wilmington, North Carolina!
[As of 9/16/21, New Hanover County has banned commercial kayak activity on this tour’s launch point area. We are working to rectify this issue and will have more information soon.]
Book a Scenic Kayak Tour in Wilmington, North Carolina!
Masonboro Island is a beautiful, hidden treasure right in front of us between Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach. On this tour, we paddle to the backside of Masonboro Island and then walk on a foot path over to a place where the group can go beach combing, waving, and shelling. You can expect this tour to go at a very relaxed pace with a mixture of paddling and on-foot exploration. While this tour does have a bit more paddling than other tours of ours, it’s not strenuous because the waters are very calm.
What to Expect on Our Masonboro Island Kayak Tour in Wilmington, North Carolina.
The Masonboro Island tour is great for kayakers of all levels. The waters in this area are generally calm and shallow, and we make frequent stops to explore the beautiful scenery. Masonboro Island is an 8 mile barrier island between Wilmington and Wrightsville Beach, and is part of the nature reserve. This is a guided kayak tour that includes a brief crossing of the main waterway, but then we enter the marshland area where you might spot herons, egrets, osprey, jumping fish, and occasionally dolphins! There are no inlets, open water, or boat traffic issues because this is a protected area. There’s nothing quite as relaxing as kayaking through the beautiful marshland of Masonboro Island in Wilmington, North Carolina!
About the Masonboro Island Nature Reserve.
Masonboro Island is the largest undisturbed barrier island along the southern part of the North Carolina coast, approximately five miles southeast of Wilmington. This 8.4 mile long island encompasses approximately 5,046 acres, but 87 percent of which are marsh and tidal areas. This island is accessible only by boat, and kayaking is the perfect way to explore this pristine barrier island and estuarine system with the bountiful wildlife and plant life.