An Ocean, a River and Watersports Everywhere 

Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Cape Fear River, it’s easy to find a waterway in Kure Beach to suit your interest and skill set. Explore our island waterways where wildlife enthusiasts kayak through salt marshes, divers discover historic shipwrecks, paddleboarders and surfers ride the ocean waves and glide along the river.

Kayak Adventures

Embark on a kayak adventure to Shark Tooth Island with Kayak Carolina. The well-equipped staff is expert at teaching beginners to navigate the Cape Fear River safely while more experienced kayakers are able to paddle ahead at their own pace. Enjoy a break on the uninhabited island as adults and children alike search for seashells and the coveted shark tooth. Other kayak options nearby on the island include Pleasure Island Rentals and Paddle NC.

Dive for Sunken Treasures

The coastal waters just off Kure Beach are scattered with historic shipwrecks. One of the most popular dive sites and North Carolina's First Heritage Dive Site is the Condor. This well-preserved Civil War blockade runner ship lies just offshore from the NC Aquarium at Fort Fisher. Charter a dive from one of the island's professional SCUBA companies Carolina Diving Adventures or Carolina Beach Scuba.

Surf's Up

Nearby on the island surf schools and classes teach the basics of surf to visitors and offer rentals to experienced boarders. Odysea Surf School and Tony Silvagni Surf School offer week-long surf camps and daily learn-to-surf classes. With a variety of surf breaks and waters nearby to choose from, surfers of all levels can easily suit up and catch a wave.

SUP the Waters

Stand Up Paddleboards are a fun way to explore the Cape Fear River, Zeke's Island Reserve and the surrounding salt marshes and wildlife estuaries. Propel your island adventure with a Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) rental from Pleasure Island Rentals, nearby on the island, or join a guided tour.