See shipwrecks and more along these scenic barrier islands.
Diving North Carolina’s Outer Banks
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This coastal stretch, connected by the scenic two-lane highway NC 12, has charming towns, wildlife sanctuaries, and enough surf, sand, and sun for beach sports like as sailing and kite surfing. The fragile barrier island of Hatteras is known as the Graveyard of the Atlantic, with a landscape of sunken wrecks to explore.

Outer Banks Diving

Explore the underwater wrecks—most of which lie at depths of 90 feet or more—with expert guidance. Snorkeling trips are also available for those not deep-water-certified.

Sonny's Restaurant

The day with flaky Southern biscuits at the no-frills, roadside restaurant.

The Blue Point

Try Carolina oyster stew or a classic shrimp and grits overlooking Currituck Sound in relaxed elegance.

The Inn on Pamlico Sound

The shallow waters of the Outer Banks are invitingly warm in summertime, and the 12-room Inn on Pamlico Sound offers guests several means of enjoying them: kayaks and fishing poles are free to borrow, while kite- and wakeboarding instructors can meet you at the inn's dock. Accommodations include a three-course breakfast; the restaurant also prepares picnic lunches to order and will cook and serve any fish you catch.

Insider Tip: On Thursday nights, guests enjoy free blues concerts on the pavilion, and a 14-seat movie room is available for guests to screen a film from the inn's 1,700-volume video library.