There simply aren’t enough stars to rate the OBX Coastal Kayak Touring Company! I participated in both a sunrise AND a sunset tour during the October 2023 Wings Over Water Festival.
Both tours were absolutely amazing. At Sunrise we met at a boat ramp near Rodanthe and headed out in the darkness (with glow lights) to gently wake 17 wild flamingos as the sky shifted from blue to pink to…well, you get the picture- and so did I. Michael was super friendly and cheerful, and just as excited to learn from the Nature Nerds as we were to experience “his” paddling spots.
At Sunset the next day, it was gator time with Christopher at the Alligator River Refuge near Manteo. Christopher is the definition of chill and knew exactly where to find and point out alligators on the super satisfying bends of the paddling trail (not a beginner’s route).
Finally- KUDOS to Coastal for having top quality paddles and kayaks. I brought my own pfd and gloves, (cause, you know, or you don’t) but life vests were provided to those who came without. I totally fell in love with their carbon fiber paddles- SO much that I ordered one of my own the second I got home.
All in all, two tours that ticked every box- wildlife, stunning scenery, camera pleasing light in every shade and the best dang tour guides out there. Bravo! I will be back!