5 Water Sports to Try When You Visit Bald Head Island

You can probably guess there would be a variety of water sports available on an island. The trick is choosing what to try on your next vacation. Whether you’re looking to relax on the water or try something a little more adventurous, here are five popular water sport activities available on Bald Head Island.

Standup Paddleboarding

A quick lesson will have you paddling in no time. Once you get used to the feel of the board, and learn to balance well, you’ll be able to tour around the island by water. Lighthouse Creek is an easy first-time paddle that takes you past Old Baldy, the oldest standing North Carolina lighthouse. Next you can try paddling around Bald Head Creek to a boathouse that stored supplies for the lighthouses on the island in the past. For the ultimate challenge, head to West Beach to see if you can handle paddling on some small waves.


There are many creeks around Bald Head Island that can be explored by kayak. If you’ve never tried kayaking before, you can book guided tours through the Bald Head Island Conservancy. The guides can point out the various types of wildlife you’ll see, such as herons, egrets and ospreys. This quiet experience of paddling through nature can decrease your stress levels tremendously. Head back to the North Carolina coast rentals home you booked to extend your relaxation with a nap or a good meal.


There are techniques you have to learn to be able to fly over the waves with a kiteboard, so lessons are necessary for this adventure sport. This sport is a mix of wakeboarding and windsurfing, with the boarder harnessed to a hand-controlled kite. If you’re not quite ready to try kiteboarding on the water, you can take a lesson in traction boarding on the sand.


Learning to sail on vacation can be the most memorable family experience. Whether you’re new to sailing or have some experience under your belt, instructors are available to teach you sailing techniques while touring you around the island. Two Olympic-class sailboats are available on the island for accomplished sailors to try.


East Beach is the best place on Bald Head Island for surfing. You can rent a surfboard on the island and take lessons if you’ve never attempted to surf before.

With so many options available when it comes to water sports, what will you choose on your next trip?


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