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Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

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Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Is there any place to do this and see some cool fish? If not, does anyone know how far south we could go for a few days after our outerbanks trip to snorkel? I think we could do it on the outerbanks, but I would prefer they see some things in nature instead of ship wrecks for their first time.

THANKS!!

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1. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

You would have to go south to Florida to see "cool" fish-the water is nothing like the tropics in NC and the water is not calm enough to see the bottom most days.

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2. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

That is what I was afraid of. Thanks for the response!

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3. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Plan B would be taking them to the aquarium in Manteo to see cool fish?

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4. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Have the snorkel ready for a day when it is clear. I have seen many days where you can see 15-20+ feet under the water just 20-30 ft from shore. I have seen rays, little tiny fish, flounder and crabs many times. It is not everyday but there might be a day or two when the winds are from the west and the ocean is flat/calm. Those are the best times for seeing in the water here.

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5. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

My Children use to love to snorkel at the Haul over area just south of Avon it is shallow a good ways out but usually clear enough to see fish. it is mostly just a sand bottom but there is no currents there and a safe place to take children

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6. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Wow - thanks everyone! We will take the gear and give it a shot if we can! Is the Haul on the sound or ocean?

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7. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Sound Side (AKA) Canadian hole it is a popular wind surfing area Has a bath house and showers too

My daughter use to laugh at me she could see big flounder at my feet as I was fishing but I would never catch them

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8. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Oh that is funny...maybe you should have used a net instead of a rod...haha

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9. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Nah just gig'em.

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10. Re: Want to take kids snorkeling while in the outer banks

Is it legal to gig them? That would be the easiest way to get them. I could drive down and touch them sometimes before they swan away. I always wondered about giging em