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Eco-Tour at Topsail

The 2 hour 'Eco Tour' at Topsail led by Josh was just the right amount of paddling time. Josh made... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Mischiefkt
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Willoughby, Ohio
Newbie SUP’er

This was a first time experience for both my wife and I. I have to say everyone, from Janelle the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
JRozier
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NC
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Experience your environment from a different perspective. Paddle NC provides spectacular, NC State Park, kayak and paddle board (SUP) nature tours and rentals.Our guided and self guided kayak and paddle board tours turn your day into an adventure as you paddle where Native Americans and early European settlers once called home. These are the same waters that played a major part in the golden age o
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“bear island” (24 reviews)
“eco tour” (18 reviews)
LOCATION
1020 State Park Road, Carolina Beach, NC 28428
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The 2 hour 'Eco Tour' at Topsail led by Josh was just the right amount of paddling time. Josh made it interesting with facts and a few colorful stories of the area. Josh was a great guide and patient teacher! This tour is a great...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

This was a first time experience for both my wife and I. I have to say everyone, from Janelle the office manager to our on water instructor/guide, Christa was highly professional, knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I’m very much a “dry-land” type of guy but even I...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Tour guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great paddle went by a barge that washed ashore.

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Reviewed 1 week ago

The 'Eco Tour' at Hammocks Beach State Park led by Andrew was informative and interesting. Andrew is a great guide and teacher and this is a great activity for learning to kayak and for seeing the coastal ecosystem up close. The scenery and wildlife around...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was visiting a friend in NC and had always wanted to try kayaking. It was a little windy but I loved it! Looking forward to trying it again in NY>

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

As first timers, we chose the two hour guided Eco-Tour. Our family of 6, ages 11 to 50 had an awesome time! Our guide, Walt, was absolutely fantastic. Before starting out, he explained everything we needed to know about maneuvering our kayaks and enabled us...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Exceeded expectations! Great guide (Josh), the equipment was nice, well prepared, sent reminders and directions, just enough orientation and instruction. The ecology lessons were a bonus. We had a lot of fun and will be back.

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Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! We think Josh is pretty great too! We love to share our love of the water and location with others, and I'm glad that it showed! We hope to see you again!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We went kayaking on our own. The instructor told us where to go and what to look out for. We had a great time! We kayaked to Bear Island which was beautiful. At one point, along the way, we had to get out and pull...More

Thank Becky L
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Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! We think that Bear Island is one of the top locations to paddle to in North Carolina. We're glad that you had a great time, and hope to see you again soon!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great time paddling around the sound! Super easy to book and lovely setting! Hidden treasure on the island!

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Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! We certainly think that Stump Sound and Permuda Island are among Topsail's hidden treasures! We hope to see you again in the future for more adventures!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really enjoyed renting from Paddle NC at Hammocks Beach State Park. Our only downer is we wished we had rented for a longer period. The 1/2 day 4 hour session ended up being too short and we had to hurry to get back. I...More

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Walter M, Owner at Paddle NC, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review! We LOVE spending time out on Bear Island, so we understand your predicament :) We hope to see you again in the future for another (longer) adventure!

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