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Address: 160 Cedar Point Blvd, Swansboro, NC 28584-8000
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+1 252-393-6457
08:30 - 06:00
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Great service and great views! We had a wonderful time! Highly recommend for a relaxing and/or fun time. Plenty of sandbars to stop off at and take in the view!♡

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Lauren F
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4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great service and great views! We had a wonderful time! Highly recommend for a relaxing and/or fun time. Plenty of sandbars to stop off at and take in the view!♡

Thank Lauren F
Fort Washington, Maryland
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10 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My husband and I visited the area during a vacation in April, and we had hoped to use Barrier Island Kayaks. We are avid paddlers, and all of the review we read were positive. It was our first choice. Reviews indicated that we could book with them same-day for a rental, and our online research showed that they had a... More 

Thank branstettersarah
Downingtown, Pennsylvania
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 July 2016

Just got back from a 2 hour+ self guided kayak tour with my family (which included a 7 and 9 y.o.). The location is great, a lot of calm water (perfect for kayaking with kids). Quiet peaceful surroundings. Recommend going first thing in the morning (they open at 8), it does get warm out on the water, even with the... More 

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34 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2016

This is a great place to rent or buy kayaks. Friendly and knowledgeable. We stayed above the business and got to watch their interaction with people. They are very nice.

Thank hairync
United States
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3 reviews
Reviewed 20 June 2016

First, let me say that we have used this company before and had great results which led us to come back again. Reservations were made via telephone over 3 weeks in advance for a 9 a.m. Eco Tour. Imagine our surprise when we show up and they can't find our reservations. Despite having only three other patrons on the tour... More 

Thank Rachel R
NDKKayaker, Owner at Barrier Island Kayaks, responded to this review

First I am not trying to make an excuse for this unfortunate situation however we have been in business for over 20 years put over 70,000 paddlers on the water and I can honestly say this is the first negative comment we have ever had. I assure you our guides are highly qualified, very knowledgeable professionals and this incident in... More 

Raleigh, North Carolina
1 review
Reviewed 30 May 2016

I run the outdoor program for BSA Troop 104 out of Raleigh, NC. As such, I have a lot of experience managing group logistics (herding cats) and dealing with Outfitters across may disciplines. Barrier Island Kayaks has always been a pleasure to deal with, consistently providing a platform for a memorable experience for the Scouts and Leaders alike - at... More 

Thank bholder9740
Swansboro, North Carolina
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39 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2016

Lamar is the trainer of the top kayak instructors for the entire East Coast. He is a 5 star BCC certified instructor with top quality kayaks. He is a super nice guy who will never blow his own horn; but I someone needs to. The others kayak rental spots that popped up in Swansboro have cheap kayaks with nothing near... More 

Thank Steve G
Swansboro, North Carolina
Level Contributor
4 reviews
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

A beautiful trip once again!! Always so informative and relaxing! Lamar and staff are always so helpful! 😀

Thank Savenatureforall
prior lake mn
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96 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2015

We dropped in late morning with no reservations and the staff was out leading a tour. We got in touch with their cell and were able to work something out. We took a tandem out for the afternoon and had a grand time poking around the back waters and beaches. We brought the kayak back and settled up with Lamar... More 

Thank Todd F
Greenville, North Carolina
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6 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2015

My wife and I first traveled to Swansboro in 2010 for sea kayaking instruction at Barrier Island Kayaks. Lamar was the group instructor that day. We were new to kayaking and the group session then was exactly what we needed to get started in the right direction. Since then, we've done a lot of kayaking on different waters and returned... More 

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