Alligator River Kayak Tour: Wildlife Adventure
75 Ratings
Manns Harbor
Duration: 2 hours
Cancellation: 1 day learn more
  • Embark on a memorable paddling journey through the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge in the Outer Banks. Discover the natural splendor of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, known in the past as a logging and whiskey distilling hub during the Prohibition era. The Outer Banks is also home to black bears and the rare red wolves. Not to mention the snowy egrets, magnificent blue herons, and turtles.

2 Hour Duration

Intermediate Level Adventure

Be on the look out for alligators, black bear, bald eagles, turtles, egrets, osprey, river otter & red wolves

Offered throughout the year

What's Included
  • Includes kayaks, life jackets, safety equipment and paddles.
What's Not Included
  • Does not include gratuity.
Additional Information

The Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, stretching over 125,000 acres, is a nature reserve directed by the United States Fish & Wildlife Service. In addition to its renowned biodiversity, this vibrant wildlife passageway historically housed a logging and illicit whiskey manufacturing community during the Prohibition era. Surprisingly found in OBX are black bears and the threatened species of red wolves. One could also spot snowy egrets, great blue herons, and turtles.

17344 Buffalo City Rd
Buffalo City Road
From Route 64 West, turn onto Buffalo City Road. Look for the brown US Fish and Wildlife Sign that says Buffalo City Road. It is a dirt road in the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and GPS may not work. Go to the end of the road and park in the designated parking area near the kayak launch.
Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

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Jun 19, 2024
Great time! - Penelope our guide was amazing! Patient and was knowledgeable and very attentive. Really a great time, we saw a few alligators, a black bear and some turtles. Only downside was the bugs, definitely bring bug spray. Was a nice beginner paddle for our teens. Thanks for the adventure!
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Jun 14, 2024
So much fun! - Our family group of 5 went on the Alligator River kayak tour and we had a blast. Our guide was great and was very informational. It was so relaxing and even got to see a couple gators. Thank you for making our experience amazing
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Jun 5, 2024
Great trip - Penelope was very informative and helpful. We saw 5 alligators and a couple of turtles! Would definitely recommend
Review provided by Viator
Jun 1, 2024
Adventure with minimal risk - The guide was amazing! She was personable, informative and had positive vibes. We were lucky to see 4 alligators and many turtles on our 10 am tour. The whole process was easy and the trip length was perfect!
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May 30, 2024
Awesome Experience - Our Guides were very friendly and knowledgeable. We were able to see a lot of wild life, including alligators, and carnivorous plants.
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Apr 18, 2024
Alligators up close and Personal! - Courtney was a great tour guide. We saw five alligators! Lots of turtles. A beautiful and fun adventure. Well worth it!!
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Mar 5, 2024
Unique and fun! - So much fun! This was our firtst time kayaking so we were worried about that. Our instructor was so kind and patient. We had a great time and it was a unique experience.
Review provided by Viator
Sep 3, 2023
Great guide, great trip - Courtney was a great guide- we (two adults, two kids) had four separate kayaks and enjoyed every minute. We saw two gators, but had just as good a time when we were paddling through the first river. A great experience.
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Aug 26, 2023
Do this trip! - Amazing morning trip! Perfect day; the water literally was like glass. Peaceful (except when the military jets out of Virginia passed overhead) and very relaxing. Our guide Courtney was amazing; knowledgeable, personable, and very patient with us amateur paddlers (thanks for getting my wife off that log). She pointed out the gators (at least 5-6) and other interesting things. Don’t let your fear of the outdoors or your inexperience keep you from this wonderful trip. Thanks you Courtney!
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Jun 11, 2024
WONDERFUL - the view was beautiful, got lost on the way there but overall a good experience for me and my friend. great thing to do if you like this kind of stuff
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
July 2024