Kayak Onancock Creek
SouthEast Expeditions at Onancock Wharf is located inside the Historic Steamboat Ticket Office on Onancock Creek at 2 King St. (next to Mallards restaurant). We offer kayak instruction, tours, rentals and local products such as wine, coffee and snacks.
Shop Hours: Friday-Sunday 10 am-5 pm, May-October Tours, instruction and rentals are offered EVERYDAY by appointment Call for reservations: 757-354-4FUN or 305-240-0650, or email email@example.com
Learn to Kayak with the Authors
On tours, children under 12 are half price when they go in tandem with an adult.
Kayak rentals (includes paddle and life jacket)
Guided Tours--all include kayak and instruction
Two-hour Historic Onancock Creek Tour: $45 per person. To truly understand life on the Eastern Shore, you have to see it from the water. A kayak trip on Historic Onancock Creek is the perfect way to take in the sights of this colonial port, and to see it the way Captain John Smith did in 1608. Launch from Onancock Wharf where schooners and steamboats once moored. No experience necessary; experienced paddlers welcome. Sunset and Full Moon trips also available.
Schooner Bay Beach Adventure: Half day ($85 per person) or full day ($125 per person, includes lunch). Launch just north of Onancock onto remote Chesconessex Creek where Capt. John Smith spent a stormy night in 1608. Meander through pristine saltmarsh islands to land on a Chesapeake Bay beach within sight of Tangier Island.
Paddle Your Glass Off! $85 Winery Tour (includes a bottle of winer per couple to take home.) How could you possibly improve a paddling trip on the scenic shores of the Chesapeake Bay? How about a stop along the way for a winery tour and a glass of wine on a secluded island beach? We've teamed up with two award-winning waterfront wineries, Chatham and Holly Grove, both a short drive south of Onancock.
Seaside Adventure: full-day, includes lunch on the beach $125 per person. As the waters of Folly Creek flow from the center of the Eastern Shore they meander past a number of our most treasured ecosystems. Brackish Marshes give way to a deep-water tidal creek. The Creek flows out through acres of salt marsh sheltered by 2 uninhabited barrier islands that guard it all from the powerful Atlantic Ocean. The tour includes time to walk the deserted stretch of sand and take a dip in the ocean.
Access Saxis: half or full day. Just a short drive north of Onancock, Saxis shows you another side of the Shore that reflects the working heritage of our watermen as well as the natural beauty of our vast coastal marshes. And if they're not too busy, we may get an impromptu tour of a crab sheds by one of the watermen.
Great Machipongo River Float: half-day, $85 per person. We'll use either the in-coming or out-going tide to assist us on a 6-mile kayak trip between the watermen's village of Willis Wharf and the crab houses of Quinby. Actually a tidal creek freshened twice daily by Atlantic waters, the 'river' serpentines through the serene saltmarsh environment alive with critters and shorebirds. Bring your fishing pole for some trolling!
Kids Kayak Camp: Our half-day afternoon kayak camp (ages 7-12) is held in conjunction with Ker Place’s morning History Camp for two weeks in July. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for registration form.
Paddle with Authors: Local authors and kayak guides Bill and Mary Burnham run the Onancock shop and tours. They are the authors of Knack Kayaking for Everyone, The Florida Keys Paddling Atlas, and other books for sale at the Onancock shop or online.