Located in Straits, NC
Right before 
Straits Landing Boat Ramp
by the Harkers Island Bridge






252.838.1336







1604 Harkers Island Road
Straits, NC  28516
"Down East"






 We have quick and easy access to The Straits, the body of water between the mainland and Harkers Island.  Our unique location is a haven for kayakers - beautiful, pristine waters, abundant wildlife, marshes, and minutes away from the Shackleford ponies and Cape Lookout.

Your kayak adventure will take you places to see blue crabs, sand dollars, hermit crabs, periwinkles, oysters, starfish, sand fiddlers and sea squirts. During your kayak adventure, you may be able to see dolphins, cow nosed rays, egrets, blue herons, oyster catchers and much, much more!  Birds are an every-day occurence.  White egret, gray heron, sea gulls, shore birds, and turns .  Along certain sections, you can see several species of ducks as well as canadian geese.




Kayak guide, Christopher Miller, is both familiar with the waters and is able to provide you a most enjoyable tour!  Young and energetic, he will take you along the shoreline, marshes, and open water to make sure you experience all that is available in the area.
Down East Kayaks | 1604 Harkers Island Road | Beaufort, NC 28516 | 252.838.1336
©2011 Down East Kayaks


WE ARE LOCATED "Down East" - -  in the small community of Straits, right before the Harkers Island Bridge.   And great places to visit that are located near us are Cape Lookout Lighthouse and National Seashore and the Shackleford ponies - - right at our back door!  

Your kayak adventure will give you the time of your life as you paddle The Straits, Core Sound or Back Sound!  It's a great family activity for folks of all ages! 


Comfortable, Stable Kayaks

Although you may have no prior experience in a kayak, you will be pleasantly surprised at the comfort, stability, and effortless steering of our one or two-person kayaks. You will be amazed at how enjoyable this truly unique perspective of coastal scenery and wildlife can be.


What to Bring

For kayaking, we recommend wearing something on your feet that you don't mind getting wet, shorts or light pants, a seasonable top, and a hat that provides sun protection. Other items you may want are sunscreen, sunglasses, binoculars, camera, snack, and water. 

And, oh yeah, come with the expectation of having an absolutely great time!
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Ask about our military discount!
We now have Stand Up Paddleboards!
Our Yolo Boards are great fun!  If you've never tried a paddle board - now's the time!!  

Remember - YOU ONLY LIVE ONE!!

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Down East 
Paddle Trail Map
Part o f the 
Outer Banks Byway

Pick up your copy today!

Copies an be found at:

*Down East Kayaks
*Cape Lookout National Seashore 
     Park (Harkers Island & Beaufort)
*Town of Beaufort
*Core Sound Waterfowl Museum
*Visitor Center in Morehead City
*Businesses throughout Down East

Preview the map here.




COMING SPRING 2017

Overnight Camping Trips to Shackleford Banks or 
Cape Lookout!!
Call or Email to inquire or to make your reservation!
SUNSET TOURS AVAILABLE NOW!
Call to book your Sunset Tour
Tours begin at 6:00 pm daily Monday - Saturday

You will kayak through marshes, enjoy the quiet and serene surroundings 
and view a fabulous sunset ~ clouds permitting of course!
$40 per person
Reservations are required and need to be booked a day before all tours.