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Embark on a Nautical Journey

The expansive waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Pamlico Sound are calling to you and your fellow landlubbers. By venturing to a local pier or marina while on the islands of Hatteras and Ocracoke, you’ll find many options for an exceptional day (or evening) on the water. After all, boating is fun, relaxing, and the perfect thing to do on a beautiful day on the Atlantic Coast.

If you’re one of those who can’t be on a boat without a fishing pole in their hands, you’ve come to the right place. Quite a few reputable companies in the area offer great options for full- and half-day fishing trips. Aboard their vessels, you’ll cruise into the deep sea or on calmer, inshore waters on excursions designed for anglers of all ages and skill levels. Flounder, mahi, and wahoo are just a few fish that you might be able to hook. However, what you catch depends on where you go fishing. If you want to try to fish for something specific, be sure to communicate that with the captain to see if the excursion offered is appropriate for you. Some sport fishing charter boats such as the Calypso will take guests offshore for great fishing on underwater wrecks. Don’t worry about bringing any equipment or if you aren’t an experienced angler. Most of the local fishing tours provide bait, tackle, rod, reel and expertise. And don’t forget to look in your Sunny Day Guide for coupons and discounts. Good luck hooking the big one!

Taking a fishing trip or a boat tour is a must-do activity while staying on the North Carolina coast, and some vessels offer both. The Cap’n Clam and Miss Hatteras both run fishing trips during the day. But at sunset, the Cap'n Clam offers pirate-themed cruises while the Miss Hatteras takes passengers on dolphin or sunset cruises with live music. Other companies, such as Drum Stick Charter Fishing, take anglers out on fishing charters during the day, but are also available in the evening for private cruises. Maybe some lucky sailors will even see the fabled green flash as the day comes to an end and the sun sets over the water.

Rental boats are also available to aspiring captains and their first mates. Take the entire family out for a boating adventure through Hatteras Watersports Rentals, Restless Native Boat Rentals or any of the reputable companies you’ll find at marinas in the region. They have everything you need for a great day on the water including safety equipment and your choice of boats for rent. And everywhere you look, it’s easy to find jet skiers racing along the waterways. There are quite a few businesses on the islands where you can rent a jet ski and experience the fun for yourself. Whether you opt for a solo jet ski or prefer to team up on a double- or triple-seater, the freedom to explore the bay is in your hands. Zip over waves, swerve around curves, and travel at high speeds on this exhilarating experience.

Perhaps a slower approach is more your speed. If so, try taking out a non-motorized vessel—a kayak—while staying on the Carolina islands. Kayaking gives you and your family the opportunity to pleasantly discover hidden coves along the sound or natural splendors of the open sea. Kayakers can set their own pace and choose an exhilarating adventure by riding breaking waves in rough waters. Or, they can opt for a more peaceful expedition, exploring pristine sound-side waters alive with wildlife. This environment provides a more controlled way of participating in the sport. Some watersports outfitters offer guided tours where participants can learn about salt marshes, waterfowl, and marine critters as well as history and local legends. Anglers have also adopted kayaks as an efficient, affordable way to seek out secret, productive fishing grounds on both sides of the islands.

In addition to boarding a boat for fishing or touring local waterways, there are other fantastic nautical experiences that visitors may enjoy. Adventurers don’t have to travel far to find excitement at new heights or thrilling speeds. Try parasailing from the back of a boat. You can go by yourself or with one or two other people. A gorgeous vista awaits those brave enough to take to the skies to see the coastline from a different (and higher) perspective And many companies allow you to stay dry on a parasail ride if that is your preference. However, a quick dip in the ocean after soaring closer to the sun is a lot of fun and quite refreshing!

With so many options for a memorable boating experience, you would be remiss not to take advantage of them while vacationing on Hatteras or Ocracoke Islands. Sunny Day Guide has many great coupons and deals so that you can save some money while having a blast! So “seas” the day and go find your adventure on the water!

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