In the Water with North Island Kayak

In the Water with North Island Kayak

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There are a lot of activities you can do on Tybee Island, but one of the best is to go kayaking. We decided to take my brother, who happened to be visiting, as a surprise present for his birthday.

Lighthouse Kayak

We arrived early at North Island Surf & Kayak, on the interior border of Tybee Island. The shop’s owner was out-of-town, but his parents had come down from Augusta to manage the place. They were a friendly couple, possessed of that southern tendency to immediately warm up to complete strangers. We enjoyed long conversations both before and after kayaking, and before leaving at the end of the day, we all got hugged.

We spent the whole day out on the water, paddling up the Lazaretto Creek which flows inland, and then into the ocean. It was a wonderful day, the highlight of which came when a dolphin surfaced just ten feet from my kayak. Being outdoors on a perfect, warm fall morning, exercising muscles that haven’t been used in years… it couldn’t have been better.

The kayaks can be leased for the whole day, and are of good quality; despite being total newbies to the sport, none of us were in danger of capsizing. The shop is perfectly situated. You can choose to go upstream, paddle over to Fort Pulaski, or just coast along the coast of Tybee. They also offer day-long guided tours. If you’re in the mood for some action, check our North Island.

North Island Surf & Kayak – Website
Location on our Map

Kayaking Tybee
Mike Tower
Tybee Sunsey Kayak


  • Allison Mol

    Hey guys! How is Argentina treating you??
    I was wondering if I could get permission to use a couple of your kayak pics from Tybee for a charity race website I am putting together? I googled it and funny enough your pictures popped up as the first image! 🙂
    If it isn’t possible then I completely understand.
    I have enjoyed all of your Buenos Aires postings!
    Take care,

    March 4, 2011 at 4:24 pm
  • Juergen

    Allison!!! How are you?

    Yeah, go ahead and use the images. If you could add a link to: that would be great.

    BA is treating us very well – getting spoiled with sun, wine and great food! But the weather in Savannah right now is incredible too I’ve heard.!

    March 4, 2011 at 4:58 pm