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Hatteras Island Activities & Attractions

No matter what your definition of vacation and adventure are, Hatteras Island offers both. From leisurely beach walks collecting shells to scuba diving the Graveyard of the Atlantic, flying across the Pamlico Sound on a kite board, deep sea fishing, historical exploration and everything in between, your ideal coastal escape is waiting for you here. Browse through our Local Area Guide below to explore and plan your next favorite vacation.


The Graveyard of the Atlantic Museum in Hatteras Village is a unique museum dedicated to preserving and interpreting the rich maritime history of the Outer Banks. This area of coastal North Carolina got its name The Graveyard of the Atlantic from the more than 2,000 known shipwrecks that rest off of the Outer Banks. A section of the museum is open and a portion of its collections are on display, though portions of the museum's interior are still under construction. Some artifacts available in the museum include the "Lost Lens" from the first Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, the Enigma machine from the U-85 (the first U-boat sunk by the Allies), Billy Mitchell's historic bombing achievements off the Cape Hatteras coast, the Union gunboat Huron, the famous Ghost ship Carroll A. Deering, ship models and more.

End of Hwy. 12 in Hatteras Village next to the Ferry Terminal.

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Coquina Beach is located on the Cape Hatteras National Seashore and not far from the historic Wright Brothers monument. Local activities include swimming, crabbing, surf fishing, surfing, shell collecting, bird and wildlife watching and sightseeing. Coquina Beach is considered by many visitors to be among the loveliest beaches in the Outer Banks. The beach is named for the tiny Coquina clams on the water's edge.

Location: Bodie Island, 8 miles south of Nags Head off Hwy 12. NC

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Eating Out

Boardwok South brings something for the adventurous palates of Hatteras Island. Billing itself as an Asian-American eatery, it offers delicious Asian-style entrees from the wok, incorporating fresh vegetables, seafood, chicken, rice and noodles into flavorful, healthful dishes. There's also an Americanized side to the menu, with surf and turf entrees, sandwiches, kids' offerings and excellent sides. Boardwok South's atmosphere is clean, comfortably Spartan and relaxing, with a full bar in back.

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Local Services

Surfing lessons at HIB are 2 hours long and include beach instruction, but most of the time will be spent in the water. They will provide you with a board to use during the lesson, and if the water is a little cold for you, they'll set you up with a wet suit as well for no additional charge. All you have to do is get a good night sleep the night before, get your swimsuit on, put on a little sunscreen and show up ready for a great time! Group, semi-private and private lessons are available.

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Located on Hatteras Island, Conner's Supermarket is the only store to visit for all your shopping needs. Whether browsing our fresh meats, produce, organics, dairy, or deli selections, or seeking that perfect souvenir, you will find it here. So whether you need the best ingredients for your favorite recipe, or need to pick up a beach chair or towel, please stop by and visit Conner's Supermarket. Owned and operated by the Conner Family, Conner's Supermarket is now in its 3rd generation of management. Outstanding customer service is more than a policy, it's who we are. Please see Angela or Becky for any questions or concerns, or just stop by for a cup of coffee and a chat.

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Sports & Recreation

Hatteras Island's location and terrain make for the ideal conditions for some of the best windsurfing and kite boarding on the East Coast and, some say, in the world. With the strongest southwest winds coming in the peak summer months, the Island is a paradise for water sport lovers and watchers vacationing here.

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