Alligator River Kayak Tour: Wildlife Adventure
63 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.

Customer Ratings
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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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Aug 17, 2023
Great time! - We had a great time! It was probably slightly more challenging than total beginner kayaking because of the small swampy trails but first timers seemed to do fine. The vegetation was beautiful. We saw two alligators but not a lot of other wildlife. Guide was knowledgeable and easy to talk to. Enjoyed ourselves very much!
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Aug 15, 2023
Serene easy paddle through windy paddle paths - Great tour! Very serene. Paddling was not difficult; little current or wind. We were able to see one alligator but mostly the best part was following the neat paddling path through the marshes. Guide Flannery was awesome. She was super nice and patient, great with the teens, and had a sharp eye for wildlife.
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Aug 13, 2023
Unique kayaking experience! - Great and unique kayaking experience! Liam was our guide and he was wonderful! Very patient and friendly! We were beginners and we truly enjoyed this experience.
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Aug 7, 2023
Amazing Experience - Erika was our tour guide and she did an amazing job! She gave us lots of information on the area/it's history/and the wildlife. She also made sure everyone was safe and gave very helpful instructions. She will take pictures of your group for you while you're on the water and send it to you. If I had any complaint it would be, she forgot to text me our picture. Everyone else had iPhones though so she air dropped their pictures. We saw 4 alligators while in our kayaks and one even swam with us. I highly recommend this tour and Erika as a tour guide!
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Aug 5, 2023
Relaxing and fun adventure - Relaxing and fun kayaking adventure! Unfortunately we didn’t see any wildlife, but still had a great time.
Review provided by Viator
Aug 1, 2023
Beautiful, must do! - We saw a bear just as we approached the meet up location, which was fun! Lots of alligators and beautiful scenery! Our guide, Finn was a delight and it is a must do!
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up to 15 guests
1 Adult
June 2024