Boating is exceptionally popular in the Currituck Sound, both for mariners passing through on the ICW, and for anglers and kayakers who want to explore the open Currituck Sound waters.

Mariners who are exploring locally will want to bear in mind that the average depth of the sound is 4' feet and should plan accordingly. Public boat launches that access the Currituck Sound can be found at the following locations.

  • The Whalehead in Historic Corolla in Corolla
  • 2205 Bay Street in Kill Devil Hills
  • 129 Brumley Road in Knotts Island
  • 482 Waterlily Road in Coinjock
  • 458 Poyners Road in Currituck
  • 101 Poplar Branch Road in Poplar Branch
  • 126 Creekside Drive in Moyock

Mariners who are passing through via the ICW can stop at the Midway Marina and Motel or the Coinjock Marina for supplies. The Coinjock Marina features an on-site restaurant, while the Midway Marina has a small waterfront motel for ICW travelers who need to stop for the night.

Watersports

Watersports are very popular in the Currituck Sound and there are an abundance of fun activities to choose from.

Kayaking - kayaks can be rented at a number of locations along the Currituck Beaches, including Ocean Atlantic Rentals, Coastal Explorations, Just for the Beach Rentals, and Corolla Water Sports. Kayaks are often rented on an hourly basis, and kayakers can launch from the waterfront shop itself, or from the Historic Corolla Park adjacent to the Whalehead in Historic Corolla. Several local companies, like Kitty Hawk Kites in Corolla, also offer guided eco-tours or sunset tours for beginners.

Kiteboarding - Kiteboarding is popular in Corolla in the spring and fall months when the wind is consistently strong and averages 10 - 20 mph.Visitors can schedule lessons and pick up equipment rentals in Corolla at Corolla Kiteboarding, Island Revolution, or Kitty Hawk Kites. Kiteboarders can launch at the Historic Corolla Park or via a soundfront vacation rental with an advertised watersports launch.

Windsurfing - Similar to kiteboarding, many wind sports enthusiasts attest that windsurfing is an easier, gentler way to enjoy fast-moving rides on the open sound waters. Lessons and equipment can be found in Corolla at Kitty Hawk Kites and other watersports companies.

Stand-up Paddleboarding - This relatively new sport is an easy way for active visitors to get their toes wet in the Currituck Sound. Lessons and equipment can be picked up at Corolla Surf Shop, Island Revolution, Kitty Hawk Kites, and Nor'banks Sailing and Watersports.

Sailing - Though not the most popular watersport in the region, sailing in the Currituck Sound is picking up steam thanks to an abundance of open terrain to discover. Nor'banks Sailing and Watersports in Duck offers both equipment rentals and sailing clinics for newcomers and visitors.

Wave runners and Jet Skis - Large portions of the Currituck Sound are open for waver runners and jet skis. Visitors can rent vessels by the hour at Corolla Water Sports, Kitty Hawk Kites, and Promenade Watersports in Kitty Hawk.

 

North Beach Watersports

North Beach Watersports

Located at the beautiful Inn at Corolla Light,  family owned North Beach Water Sports is operated by a retired Coast Guard Licensed Master Captain. We provide a mix of excitement and scenery. Your mind will be captivated by the beauty that surrounds.

Sundogs

Sundogs

Sundogs is a happening spot open year round in Corolla. Along with good food, they feature a nightlife that includes live music, karaoke and a DJ dance party. They have a full bar and a menu suited to a host of tastes. Starters include nachos, crab dip, wings and oysters on the half shell. Steamers include lobster, crawfish, crab legs, oysters, mussels and shrimp. Order up a shrimp basket or a fresh fish dish – grilled or fried. Sundogs is very proud of their hamburgers, and while they will top it with all the fixings, you don’t need a thing atop one of these babies to enjoy it.

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

Wild Horse Adventure Tours

Wild Horse Adventure Tours has been voted the #1 tour company in the USA by TripAdvisor. Feel the ocean breeze and taste the salty beach air as you cruise the Outer Banks beaches in our exclusive OPEN AIR, 13-passenger Hummers with one of our seasoned guides in search of the Colonial Spanish Mustangs! With the added capabilities of our custom designed open air Hummer H1s, we venture into three previously inaccessible and distinct ecosystems teeming with wildlife of all types! New exclusive rights to the Wild Horse Sanctuary in Swan Beach allow us to view the horses in their natural environment.

Corolla Wild Horse Fund

Corolla Wild Horse Fund

We are the nonprofit charity that is responsible for the care and protection of the wild horses. Do you want to see and learn about the horses and help them at the same time? When you go to see the horses with the Corolla Wild Horse Fund, you automatically become a member and will experience a two hour Trip of a Lifetime with one of our Sanctuary Patrol Officers. Also check our website for our fun children’s activities, Meet a Mustang, and Ride a Rescued Mustang at our two locations in Corolla and Duck; shop at our Museum Stores; learn about the history and future of the horses. Like us on Facebook. All proceeds go back to the care and protection of the wild horses.