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A Pleasurable Paddle: Kayaking on the Lagoon at Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort

August 1st 2016

Hilton Head Island was named the #1 island in the Continental U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, and when you experience its beauty first hand, we think you’ll see why. At Hilton Head Outfitters we offer many ways to help you explore Hilton Head Island’s scenery. Cycle trails and beaches with our rental bikes. Learn to surf the ocean waves. Rent a beach chair to sit back and relax. Spend some time exploring in one of our kayaks.

Kayaks are one of the most popular rental items at our shop. Our experts will help you chose the kayak right for you – classic, sit-on-top, single or double. We’ll fit you with a lifejacket and show you everything you need to know to glide through the Palmetto Dunes lagoon with confidence.

Once you’ve got your kayak, and your Hilton Head Outfitters map of our saltwater lagoon system, you’re ready for this pleasant excursion for paddlers of all levels.

As you wind your way through the water, keep your eyes peeled for birds and animals. This lagoon system is host to a vast array of wildlife! It’s not uncommon for an otter or two to swim by your kayak, or an egret or crane to be seen posing elegantly by the shore. You might even see an alligator – although they generally don’t like the salt water. The lagoon is also home to an extraordinary variety of fish, such as redfish, tarpon, trout and flounder. Fishing is welcome on the lagoon, so you may want to rent some fishing gear along with your kayak to see what you can catch!

A paddle through the lagoon system also gives you the opportunity to see Palmetto Dunes from a brand new perspective. The lagoon passes by all three of our golf courses, the Robert Trent Jones, Arthur Hills and George Fazio.

Our customers often comment on the peace and quiet they experience while out on the lagoon. Only battery-operated boats are permitted, and while you’ll likely pass by fellow adventurers in kayaks and canoes, the lagoon is never congested. Once you’ve paddled past the golf courses and idyllic residential areas, you’ll come to a truly “ahhhhh-inspiring” section of the lagoon where there is no sign of civilization in sight.

After an hour or two of paddling around, we bet you’ll be hungry. Once you’ve safely returned to Hilton Head Outfitters, we’ll take care of getting your kayak gear put away while you head to one of Palmetto Dunes’ many restaurants for a well-earned meal.

Do you have a favorite kayaking route at Palmetto Dunes or a memorable story from your time on the lagoon? Tell us in the comments!

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