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kayaking Hilton HeadKayaking is one of our favorite activities here on Hilton Head Island. Sure, golf, tennis and the beach get all the press, but heading out for a peaceful kayak on the lagoon is a great activity that just can’t be beat. From the outstanding upper body exercise to the quieting of the mind it offers, you’ve got to give kayaking in Hilton Head a try. Here are 10 fun facts about kayaking:

1)      Choose from a single or double kayak – Need some alone time? Choose a single kayak. Want the family to come along for an adventure? Choose a double! Doubles, or tandems, can be a great choice, especially with little kids who may need some help with paddle technique.

2)      Kayaking is easy – Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never kayaked. It’s extremely easy to learn and anyone can do it. You just need a few simple techniques, and within a few minutes, you’ll feel comfortable as can be.

3)      It’s great exercise – Need an upper body workout? Kayaking will do it. But don’t worry that you’ll tire out if you’re not in shape. Just take a break whenever you need one. And, remember, you’re not in a hurry!

4)      You can fish from a kayak – We have kayak rentals that have secure fishing rod holders for catching a big one! Our lagoon is loaded with fish, so combine kayaking and fishing for a wonderful outing.

5)      You’re not likely to flip over – Some people worry they will flip over in a kayak. They are in fact quite steady, and unless you really rock them, you should stay perfectly dry!

6)      They trace back to the Inuits – The Inuits were the first people believed to use a kayak for traversing icy waters to hunt fish and seals.

7)      There are two types of paddles – Kayaks can be used with two kinds of paddles: asymmetric and symmetric. Symmetric paddles are symmetric at both ends and can be used to paddle either way. Asymmetric paddles are generally used for racing with one side having a curve.

8)      Kayaks can be used on all types of water – This includes lagoons (like ours), lakes, creeks, rivers and oceans.

9)      They’re perfect for exploring nature – Only in a kayak can you navigate into tight spots and inlets to get an up close view of wildlife and nature in the most remote places.

10)   Kayaking is an Olympic sport – If you really like kayaking, keep practicing, maybe you’ll make it into the Olympics. Kayaking officially became an Olympic sport in 1936.

What else would you like to know about kayaking? Shout out and we’ll try and answer.

For Hilton Head kayak rentals, please visit us at www.hiltonheadoutfitters.com or give us a call at 866-380-1783.

Hilton Head family activitiesAccording to reports from our very own Palmetto Lagoon Charters Captain Trent Malphrus, the “bite is on” around Hilton Head Island this spring. In his most recent fishing reports, Captain Trent is reporting great bites, especially when it comes to bull reds.

During spring, you can expect to catch a variety of fish, including sea bass, sheep’s head, black drum, sharks, cobia, red fish, trout and king mackerel. In the 11-mile inland saltwater lagoon system that winds throughout the resort and in our back yard, you can expect to find lots of reds, and plenty of big ones! The restocking program in the lagoon makes sure they are healthy and plentiful. You’ll know them by the black dot on their tails.

Captain Trent says in April red fish gather for a fake spawn, because the air and water temperature is similar to fall when the real spawn occurs. This makes it a great time to land a trophy fish with light tackle or a fly rod, he says. These fish can average up to 40 pounds, or you might even come across Elvis who Captain Trent estimates to be at least 60 pounds.

Tarpon are also a great catch in spring. Captain Trent says they are all still together from the cooler months and have yet to spread out. These fish can range from 20-40 pounds and put up a big fight.

Book an inland fishing charter with Captain Trent for the best chance of reeling in a big one. He knows just where to look for the fish during all conditions and seasons and has the inside scoop on the secrets spots for a big catch.

What do you hope to reel in this spring? If we can book you on a charter with Captain Trent, give us a call at 866-650-4132.

 

 

Hilton Head Bike RentalsDare we say spring is our favorite month on Hilton Head Island? While there’s plenty to love about the other seasons too, we just can’t get past the perfect temperatures, colorful azaleas and all the families and spring breakers who bring lots of energy and happiness to the island.

Here are 5 of our favorite outdoor activities to do on Hilton Head in spring:

1)      Ride a bike – With more than 50 miles of paved bike paths to explore around the island and 5 miles within Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort itself, where we are located, there’s plenty of places to explore on two wheels. The perfectly mild weather with temperatures in the low to mid 70’s means you don’t even have to worry about breaking a sweat. At Hilton Head Outfitters, we offer a variety of Hilton Head bike rentals, with the largest fleet on the island, including options for babies and kids.

2)      Go fishing – Our 11-mile inland saltwater lagoon system was recently lauded as one of the healthiest around producing “monster” fish. With a little help from Palmetto Lagoon Outfitters’ Captain Trent, who knows just where to find the biggest catches, you’ll be reeling in a big one in no time! He recently reported that “the bite is on around Hilton Head.”

3)      Kayak or canoe the lagoon – Enjoy a peaceful paddle around our beautiful lagoon system and see Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort from an entirely new perspective. Watch for all manner of birds, cruise underneath live oaks with hanging moss, see golfers on the green and enjoy many a beautiful home and villa. We rent kayaks and canoes by the hour.

4)      Park yourself at the beach – While the waters may be a tad too chilly for a dip in the ocean, you can still enjoy the warm Carolina sunshine, the sound of the waves crashing along the shore and a day of fun building sandcastles, soaking up some rays and biking or walking the beach, collecting shells. We offer beach chairs and umbrellas to make your beach visit as comfy and convenient as possible.

5)      Go for a jog – Following the same trails designed for bikes, you can jog throughout Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort, winding your way through golf courses, homes, the lagoon and more. You can also head to the beach for beautiful views and a more challenging workout. Bring your kids along by renting one of our jogging strollers, so they can join the fun, too!

What are your favorite spring outdoor activities on Hilton Head Island? Be sure to visit our store right inside the entrance to Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort for all of your outdoor needs.

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