Make a Splash with Carolina Beach Water Activities 

There's no shortage of original outdoor fun to be had at Carolina Beach. With watersports galore from surfing and paddleboarding to kayaking and wave running, water-based adventure can be found around every corner. Sign up for a surf lesson or camp and learn how to catch a wave from certified instructors. Grab a paddle and experience one of the fastest growing sports in the world with a paddleboard lesson, or get a view of Carolina Beach from the water as you kayak through the island's beautiful waterways.

Feel the rush of adrenaline

Race along the water on a wave runner from North End Jet Ski Rentals or Wilmington Jet Ski Rentals. Cruise the Intracoastal Waterway jumping waves and exploring the island's coastal shoreline. Strap on your life vests and book a jet ski rental by the hour or half-day. Be your own captain—or set out with one of theirs—for a family pontoon adventure from Carolina Beach Pontoon Rental.

Choose your Adventure

With a variety of rental options on the island, vacationers can choose their favorite vessel for a fun day on the water. Offering kayak, surfboard and standup paddleboard (SUP) rentals, Pleasure Island Rentals cater to your watersports whim. Pick up your rental from their shop near the Carolina Beach Boardwalk, or choose delivery to your vacation cottage or favorite spot on the beach. Paddle NC offers kayak and standup paddleboard rentals from the marina at Carolina Beach State Park. Choose from a variety of beach accessories from Wheel Fun Rentals, including paddleboards, surfboards and boogie boards.

Conquer The Waves

Head to "school" on your next vacation—surf school that is—where you'll learn to paddle out, pop up and perfect your surfing stance to catch the next wave. Children and adults alike love to learn tips and tricks from Odysea Surf School's private or group classes. Take a lesson from a pro at Tony Silvagni Surf School, where you may even be instructed by gold medal-winning surfer Tony himself. Both surf schools also offer classes in standup paddlebaord (SUP) as well. 

Dive Deep

Explore marine life just offshore with a SCUBA diving excursion. Let Carolina Diving Adventures tailor a diving trip based on your interests and skill level. Explore one of the many historic shipwrecks just offshore with Carolina Beach Scuba. Or book a private charter with Second Sport Charters, which specializes in fishing charters, but also offers private dive trips upon request.