Whether you enjoy dinner tours, dolphins, kayaking, surfing, or just becoming one with the wildlife, these outfitters are bound to give something that meets your desires.
Sunrise & Sunset (approx. 1 1/2 hours)
Experience the beautiful scenery of Back Bay as the sun rises out of the Atlantic or sets over the Bay.
Dinner Tour (approx. 2 hours)
Work up an appetite and enjoy the scenery, while we make your reservations and bring you back to Sandbridge's local favorite, the Baja Restaurant. Offering the best in seafood and lively nightlife (dinner not included in the tour price).
Sunrise & Sunset (approx. 1 1/2 hours)
Start the day off or finish it with a quick ride into the Wildlife Refugee. Most animals are more active at sunrise and sunset.
Half Day Tour (approx. 3-4 hours)
Explore this protected coastal habitat by biking through the Wildlife Refugee and False Cape State Park. Depending on weather and tide conditions, it may be possible for a ride down the beach. We offer both a morning and afternoon trip.
Custom Trips & Overnight Excursions
We will support and outfit your personal adventure, whether it is a corporate outing or a special trip with friends. Based on your desires, we can organize a custom day trip around Back Bay or a multi-night camping trip to the remote beaches of False Cape State Park. We will take care of all of the details and provide all the gear you will need. Call for more details!
Waterway/Back Bay Tours:
Experience beautiful Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Encounter herons, osprey, bald eagles, kingfisher and colorful birds throughout the marshes as turtles and snakes sun themselves along the waterway banks. Bring cameras and binoculars to find and photograph the wildlife and scenery of this unique national refuge. See the wonders of nature at its very best by kayaking or canoeing Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. No experience necessary, all equipment provided. Ocean Rentals offers a wide range of kayak tours to explore our waters. You can paddle straight from our docks and explore the scenic and unique ecological environment of Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge. Perhaps you need an adrenaline rush. Take on the mighty Atlantic Ocean with our ocean kayaking and dolphin tours. If you prefer to go it alone, you can rent individual kayaks too.
Sunrise and Sunset Dinner Tour:
It takes you through Back Bay to Blue Pete's restaurant for a delicious dinner. Your kayak adventure exposes you to pristine settings, local wildlife and the vast Back Bay. After taking in the local color and wildlife, it's time to paddle on over to Blue Pete's, a popular Pungo mainstay since 1972. There, enjoy your dinner of choice. Known for serving up fine seafood and steaks, Blue Pete's is a great place to unwind, and wind up your tour.
Ocean Kayaking and Dolphin Tours:
Kayaking tours of Sandbridge's awesome oceanfront bring you face to face with the strength and beauty of the Atlantic. Paddle over soft rolling swells, breathe the fresh salt air and enjoy spectacular displays of sea life. Watch pods of dolphins jump through the surf and loggerhead sea turtles meander passed. See pelicans and osprey dive for fish. Ocean kayaking off Sandbridge Beach is an exciting adventure for the entire family. Tours launch daily from south Sandbridge Beach with views of False Cape's undeveloped beaches.
Catch a single wave and you'll be hooked for life. Our surf lessons are available for all ages and instruct you in the sport of surfing. Learn to paddle, catch waves, stand up and surf. All in a safe environment. During the two–hour class, our experienced instructors guide you through beach and weather education and safety, surfing etiquette, equipment knowledge and learning how to read the ocean's tides, rip currents and swells. You are provided with soft style surfboards – perfect for beginners. Two and three- day Billabong Camp's also available.
Kayak tours at First Landing State Park:
First Landing State Park hosts a pod of Dolphins as year round residences, the highest concentration of Osprey in the area and a pair of resident Bald Eagles. Seeing Dolphins or Eagles is only occasional but there are 8 to 12 Osprey nests along the 3-mile route we take, some are easily visible. You will not get a closer look at a wild raptor without binoculars. We launch from a beautiful beach shaded by Maritime Forest deep in the Park. We paddle above the sand flats of Broad Bay which are the Southeast border of the Park. We often see Egrets, Heron's, Red Winged Black Birds and occasionally one of the nesting pair of Bald Eagles. Dolphins can sometimes be seen. The shoreline is alternating salt marsh and small sand beaches where at one point the remains of a once primary dune still reach 40 feet tall. If the tides are right we can paddle into White Hill Lake where we can see 4 to 6 Osprey nests around the Lake. For our half-day trips we stop along one of the many be aches for drinks and a snack, before returning to our original launch site.
These tours begin with a surf launch into the Atlantic Ocean. This trip takes place on the high seas. As we launch and return through the surf, we guarantee that you will get soaking wet and most likely flip over at some point. We use sit-on-top kayaks, doubles and singles. You will fall out as they turn over. Everyone should be comfortable playing in the ocean surf. Kayaks are launched and returned individually by a guide standing in the water. We will launch into surf as tall as 3 to 4 feet and winds of 10 to 15 knots, trips will be canceled if conditions exceed these measurements. Wearing life jackets is required on all of our trips. The difficulty of this trip can vary greatly. Some days the ocean can be like a lake and other days we can have large surf, strong winds or fast currents. Some days we may have to paddle just to keep from being carried down the beach! Once through the surf we are on the High Seas with a rolling Ocean.
Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge:
Along the Atlantic Flyway, Back Bay National Wildlife Refuge, at the Southern end of Virginia Beach just behind the Atlantic coast beaches is one of the areas unique wilderness locations. Although there are sometimes only a thousand feet of sand separating the Atlantic Ocean from Back Bay, the two do not meet until Oregon Inlet, 65 miles south in North Carolina. Consequently Back Bay has very low salinity, and is not affected by moon tides. We can actually launch into a brackish water marsh looking very similar to a salt marsh and in less that an hour paddle into a freshwater Cypress Swamp. From Horn Point we launch into the open waters of North Bay but quickly enter the shelter of Asheville Creek. We paddle through an extensive Phragmites marsh and you can see how this aggressive invasive species has dominated the indigenous Black Needle Rush. As we weave our way up the Creek the salinity decreases and the Bald Cypress become more prolific as Cattail begin to appear. As the Cypress begin to dominate the marsh grasses give way to a fully covered Cypress Swamp with Maples, Pines and Water tupelo, Wax Myrtle and a variety of ferns. We have occasionally seen Deer swimming across the creek and River Otter playing.