There’s nothing quite like enjoying the sights and sounds of the Outer Banks from the water. What could be better than cruising OBX from the comfort and style of your very own boat rental?
While you are certainly welcome to BYOB (bring your own boat), making the trek can be cumbersome, and not all properties offer on-site parking or easy access to a boat ramp. Renting a vessel during your vacation can be a much easier solution to still squeeze in some well-deserved time on the water without breaking the bank.
Whether you’re seeking a small skiff for a quick fishing and crabbing trip or a large pontoon for an afternoon of cruising, there’s an OBX boat rental solution for every group size or budget.
You’ve got plenty of planning to do, so leave the boat rental research to the pros! Check out this list of Outer Banks boat rental companies, all of which have been vetted by our team of vacation rental experts.
Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports
Address: 1314 Duck Rd, Duck, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 261-2900
Boats: Pontoon, Sail/Catamaran
Pricing: $195+ / 2-hours (pontoon); $65+ / hour (sailboat)
With over 40 years of experience along the Outer Banks, Nor’Banks Sailing & Watersports is the area’s premier purveyor of water fun. The recently renovated facilities include a variety of boat rentals, equipment and toys for every season, and an on-site restaurant to help you refuel after a busy day on the water. For boats specifically, expect to find 10-passenger and 15-passenger pontoon boats, several Hobie catamarans, and guided sailboat tours.
Address: 27130 NC-12, Salvo, NC 27972
Phone: (252) 987-2306
Pricing: $75+ / 2-hours
Hatteras Watersports is family-owned and operated, with over 20 years of experience in OBX. Tourists turned locals, the owners came to Outer Banks as kids, only to follow their passion and relocate to the Outer Banks full-time. The sound-side rental agency offers a variety of paddleboards, kayaks, jet skis, and sailboats. If you’re interested in a boat rental, the sound-side of the islands are ideal for a calm and relaxing ride, and Hatteras Watersports even offers lessons for beginners.
Charlies Boat Rentals
Address: 25628 NC-12, Waves, NC 27982
Phone: (757) 477-6475
Boats: Pontoon, Skiff
Pricing: $175+ / 2-hours (pontoon); $140+ / 2-hours (skiff)
Variety is the spice of life, and variety is just what you’ll find at Charlies Boat Rentals. Located along the gorgeous Pamlico Sound in Waves, NC, Charlie keeps an impressive inventory of pontoons, skiffs, and wave runners to accommodate any budget or group size. The smaller pontoon boats can easily squeeze eight guests, while the larger pontoon boats can comfortably fit up to 16 guests. Enjoy a relaxing and affordable cruise along the Outer Banks with a reliable rental from Charlies!
Kitty Hawk Watersports
Address: 6920 S Croatan Hwy, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 441-2756
Pricing: $50+ / hour
Conveniently situated along the main stretch of Nags Head, Kitty Hawk Watersports is your one-stop-shop for beach supplies and rentals. This comprehensive beach shop offers everything from watersports and boat rentals to guided tours, watercraft lessons, and more. For boats specifically, Kitty Hawk specializes in sailboats, with three different Hobie sizes available. They also offer personalized sailing lessons for first-timers and beginners.
Nags Head Watersports
Address: 7612 S Virginia Dare Trail, Nags Head, NC 27959
Phone: (252) 255-5007
Pricing: Please call
Ideally nestled between the Albemarle Sound and the Roanoke Sound, Nags Head Watersports offers a variety of well-maintained watercraft rentals. This small, family-owned and operated rental company offers everything from stand up paddleboards and kayaks to jet skis and pontoon boats. Nags Head Watersports is the ideal place for a relaxing sound-side excursion and is convenient to Kitty Hawk and Kill Devil Hills vacationers.
North Duck Watersports
Address: 1446 Duck Rd, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949
Phone: (252) 261-4200
Pricing: $180+ / 2-hours
Boasting the largest selection of watercraft rentals in the Duck, NC area, North Duck Watersports is dedicated to providing a clean and safe water fun experience. The facility offers SUP and kayak rentals and tours, in addition to jet ski and boat rentals. The sound-side watersports grounds offer easy access to calm, easily navigable waters and provide shade and picnic tables for grabbing a quick snack.
BigWave Boat Rentals
Address: N/A; Boat Delivery Service
Phone: (252) 489-5376
Boats: Fishing, Pontoon
Pricing: $525+ / 2-days
If convenience is what you seek, BigWave Boat Rentals is just what the angler ordered. This locally owned operation specializes in personal fishing boat service. BigWave will happily deliver your rental directly to your dock or marina slip for an effortless excursion. Experience a ‘world-class’ fishing trip in the lush waters of Rodanthe, Roanoke, Hatteras and more with this convenient and affordable service. The BigWave Boat Rentals experts are also happy to share their favorite fishing holes and other seasonal fishing advice. And, while BigWave primarily offers fishing boat models, they do have a limited inventory of pontoon and cruiser boats available.
Address: 798K Sunset Blvd, Corolla, NC 27927
Phone: (252) 453-6900
Pricing: $220+ / 2-hours
There’s family fun for everyone at Corolla Watersports! This expansive watercraft company features a variety of activities and rentals for every season. Enjoy stand up paddleboarding, kayaking, and parasailing or splurge on a pontoon ‘party boat’ rental. These elite, 24-foot pontoon boats can comfortably accommodate up to 16 guests. Pack a cooler with drinks and snacks and grab a few fishing rods and tubes for an afternoon filled with water fun!
The Outer Banks is calling your name—what are you waiting for? You’re just a few steps away from cruising the Outer Banks in style.
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