One of the best things about an Outer Banks vacation is all of the fun watersports that it has to offer. OBX is full of fun things to do for those that love splashing around in the waves! If you’re a beach bum at heart, I’m sure you’ll spend more time in the sand than in your vacation rental, especially if you book a beach front one.
These islands are popular for surfing, swimming, kayaking, and of course, jet skiing.
Renting jet skis while on a beach vacation is simply a must. Gliding through the Atlantic Ocean and exploring the beautiful marine wildlife is a memory you will simply never forget. This offshore excursion provides a new perspective on these wonderful islands.
From getting out on the water for a sunset cruise or running wild on the sound side, renting a jet ski is a whole lot of fun for the entire family.
Here are a few of our favorite places to rent jet skis in the Outer Banks.
Causeway Watersports is located in Nags Head/ Manteo Causeway. They offer a variety of water activities including jet skiing, paddle boarding, kayaks, wave runners, and much more. Enjoy a day out on the water with the whole family, or book a waverunner rental by yourself and experience the serene waters.
They also offer jet ski tours if you’d like someone to guide you along the southern shores and to Roanoke Island.
To find the Manteo Causeway, look for the 30- foot observation tower near Basnight’s Lone Cedar Cafe, and you will find Causeway Watersports.
- Location: 7649 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head/ Manteo Causeway
- Phone: (252) 441-8875
Kitty Hawk Kites
With more than 10 retail locations in Corolla, Ocracoke, and Kitty Hawk, Kitty Hawk Kites offers not only wonderful outdoor memories but also the perfect souvenir as well. The shops are known for their impressive selection of kites, spinners, flags as well as their outdoor adventures.
Take a lesson on hang gliding, kayaking, or standup paddleboarding. If you are in the mood for solo activities, rent a jet ski or go kiteboarding.
- Whalebone Location: 7517 S. Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, Manteo Causeway, Nags Head
- Duck Location: 1226 Duck Rd., Duck, NC
- Phone: (252) 453-3658
Nags Head Watersports
Centrally located on the Causeway, Nags Head Watersports offers a large selection of the most popular water sports equipment in North Carolina.
Whether it’s your first time gliding across the water on a jet ski or stand-up paddleboard, exploring our estuaries in a sturdy quiet kayak, or zipping around Roanoke Sound on a speedy jet ski, Nags Head Watersports has something for the entire family.
- Location: 7612 S. Va. Dare Trail Nags Head, NC
- Phone:(252) 255-5007
Nor’ Banks Sailing & Watersports
Nor’Banks has added new activities and equipment every season, including tubing, wakeboarding, waterskiing, Pontoon Boats, and SUP rentals and clinics. Known in the area for their tranquil sailboat trips, they also know how to get your adrenaline pumping.
This outdoor hub has been offering wave runners and jet skis since the early ’90s. Ride the latest WaveRunners from Yamaha in the huge ride area, where they update their fleet every year!
- Location: 1314 Duck Road Duck, NC
- Phone: (252) 261-2900
Over at Corolla Watersports, if it is on the water, they can help. Offering Jet Skis, wave runners, pontoon boats, stand up paddleboards, parasailing, boat rentals, tubing, banana boats, and sit on or in kayaks, this place has it all. They even have the opportunity to rent a four-seat pedal boat.
If you are interested in doing several activities, try out their Corolla Downwinder, including a kayak and stand up paddleboard rentals.
- Location: 798 Sunset Boulevard, TimBuck II Shopping Village, Corolla
- Phone: (252) 453-6900
Hatteras Parasail and Watersports
Enjoy the bird’s eye view of the Pamlico Sound as you float through the air. This family-owned company is over 20 years old. Hatteras Parasail offers an aerial shot of the island while relaxing over the beautiful Hatteras Island.
Afraid of heights? No worries, Hatteras Parasail offers jet skis and Waverunners as well. And if you don’t want to get separated from your family, don’t fret, they have wave runners that can accommodate up to three people.
- Location: 57878 N.C Highway 12, Oden’s Dock, Hatteras Village
- Phone: (252) 9986-2627
North Duck Watersports
Sister companies to Corolla Parasail, North Duck Watersports sit at the north end of the town of Duck. You can rent anything from jet skis, pontoon boats, kayaks, and SUP (Stand up Paddleboards).
For another day of your trip, they offering plenty more fun on the water. Once completing your afternoon workout, a kayak tour through the ocean, take a ride above the Outer Banks on a parasailing trip.
- Location: 1446 Duck Road, Duck, NC
- Phone: (252( 261-4200
Rad Kite & Jet Ski
Rad Kite & Jetski has been having fun on the water in Cape Hatteras, North Carolina since June of 2013. They specialize in private/group kiteboarding lessons, jet ski rentals, and jetski tours.
Rad Kite & Jetski is known for the teaching excellence of their kiteboarding lesson instructors, their large jet ski rental riding area, and their friendly and helpful staff.
- Location: 24202 NC-12, Rodanthe, NC 27968
- Phone: (252) 489-0451
Don’t Miss Out on Jet Skiing in the Outer Banks
No matter where you decide to go whether it’s Kill Devil Hills, Ocracoke Island, Duck, or Kitty Hawk you will have a fantastic time. Renting a watercraft will not only make so many memories, but you will be able to see the island on a whole new level.
Choose from surfboards to kayaks and jet skis you will not be disappointed. If you have any spare time be sure to check out the fishing charters and Kitty Hawk Surf Co.