Durant Island

Manteo, North Carolina

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This beautiful island, just twenty minutes from the main beaches of Nags Head, is a true local secret. You won’t find it in any guidebook, and most people don’t even know it is here. It’s a relatively low island with some higher areas on the north side. It is privately owned, but I have never been able to find out who the owners are. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service once used part of the island to house the red wolf. The experiment did not work: All the wolves left and swam to the mainland, where they still exist today. There are some old fish camps on the northeast shore, which are used during different times of the year by the owners and friends. The fishing is pretty good in summer and fall, especially during rockfish season. (If you’ve never had rockfish, also called striped bass, you are surely missing something great. It has a mild flavor that reminds me of lobster.) There is an old shipwreck just west of Haulover Point. This would be a good place to fish, snorkel, or even scuba dive. It’s very shallow, only a few feet. If swimming or fishing is not for you, there are plenty of peaceful paddling areas to find. As you paddle on the west side, keep an eye out for the resident bald eagles. A pair of them nests just across the Alligator River and they are fairly easy to spot flying and hunting.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

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Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

by Pam Malec (The Globe Pequot Press)

This beautiful island, just twenty minutes from the main beaches of Nags Head, is a true local secret. You won’t find it in any guidebook, and most people don’t even know it is here. It’s a relatively low island with some higher areas on the north side. It is privately owned, but I have never been able to find out who the owners are. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service once used part of the island to house the red wolf.

The experiment did not work: All the wolves left and swam to the mainland, where they still exist today. There are some old fish camps on the northeast shore, which are used during different times of the year by the owners and friends. The fishing is pretty good in summer and fall, especially during rockfish season. (If you’ve never had rockfish, also called striped bass, you are surely missing something great. It has a mild flavor that reminds me of lobster.) There is an old shipwreck just west of Haulover Point. This would be a good place to fish, snorkel, or even scuba dive. It’s very shallow, only a few feet. If swimming or fishing is not for you, there are plenty of peaceful paddling areas to find. As you paddle on the west side, keep an eye out for the resident bald eagles. A pair of them nests just across the Alligator River and they are fairly easy to spot flying and hunting.

©  Pam Malec/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Manteo
Distance: 17.5
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: Full day
Season: Year-round, weather permitting
Driving Directions: Directions to Durant Island

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