Explore the Intracoastal Waterway
On the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, you will find barrier islands, inlets and channels running along our coast just waiting to be explored. These marshy waterways are frequently traveled by boat and kayaked by locals and visitors alike. Spend a day exploring some of NC’s stretch of the waterway and you will find not only amazing views and barrier islands and channels, but also fantastic wildlife!
One expected sight on our coast are whales! In December and early January, whales that can be seen off our coast are most likely heading from Caribbean where the mothers give birth. In the spring, you have a chance to catch migrating whales as they head back to the Gulf of Maine. One of our most popular marine animals you will see are pods of dolphins cruising the coastline. They have been know to swim alongside boasts and say hello if you are especially lucky! Along the barrier islands, like Shackleford Banks and Carrot Island, you may also see wild ponies. These horses have roamed the beaches for hundreds of years and are a beautiful sight to behold.
In the marshy areas, you will find lots of marine birds like pelicans, gulls, herons, egrets, and perhaps even an oyster bed. Whether you cruise the waterway by boat or kayak, you’re sure to find the views and experience unforgettable.