The Outer Banks: Water Sports

The Outer Banks are home to some of the best watersports in the country. The following information is provided to assist you in planning your next beach getaway.

The waters offshore North Carolina's Outer Banks are a fine place to catch blue marlin, white marlin, dolphin, wahoo, cobia, bluefish, tuna, flounder, snapper, grouper, mackerel, crabs, soft crabs, and shrimp--just to name a few. The Outer Banks is a sport fishermen's paradise with much variety, including surf and pier fishing, freshwater and sound fishing, inshore/offshore, and crabbing. Go to or call 800-682-2632 for regulations and additional information.

The Outer Banks coast is known as "The Graveyard of the Atlantic" because there are over 1,500 ship wrecks in the area. Great diving for artifact hunting, shell collecting and sealife viewing including tropical fish, rays, sharks and turtles. Average Summer water temp is 80 degrees with a visibility of 50-125 feet.

The Outer Banks is renowned as one of the best Kiteboarding places in the world. There are several outfitters to choose from, all with local experience and knowledge. Waves Village Resort is one of two kiteboarding resorts on the entire East Coast and attracts boarders from around the world becuase of its rare combination of high winds and shallow waters. Rodanthe Sunset Resort is just 300m away.

Why not do something different on your vacation and take a "Learn to Sail" class. Youth and adult programs available. Sailing helps instill teamwork, confidence, and appreciation for nature and the oceans. For more information on the programs available please contact: NC Maritime Museum on Roanoke Island - Outer Banks Community Sailing Program 252-475-1750.

If you'd rather someone else do the sailing, check out the "Pomaika'i" vessel which translates into Good Fortune in Hawaiian. Contact Kitty Hawk Kites for more information.

Come see why Surfer Magazine ranked Kill Devil Hills as North America's #6 on their 10 Best Surf Towns List. The Outer Banks is a big swell magnet with leaner and heavier waves than anywhere else on the East Coast. Pretty consistent waves all through the summer, and you can wear swim trunks from June to October. Winter brings colder water, but if you've got the gusto you can surf year-round.

Find out why The Outer Banks has been dubbed the "Kite Boarding and Wind Surfing Capital of the East Coast". Steady, consistent winds, temperate weather, shallow sound waters and moderate ocean waves, provide great conditions throughout the year.