Largely undeveloped, Virginia’s Eastern Shore is much like it was before the arrival of Europeans. Sea kayakers enjoy the challenge of paddling along the Atlantic coastline to deserted islands or oyster beds. The Chesapeake coastline is more protected and has vast marshlands teeming with waterfowl and wildlife.

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Outfitters plan trips for every interest: educational eco-tours, relaxing sunset paddles, “Paddle Your Glass Off” trips to a vineyard, overnight camping on deserted islands, and clamming and oystering experiences.

The Eastern Shore of Virginia Tourism Office ( has information for independent paddlers. The following outfitters offer a schedule of guided trips for all levels of experience: Burnham Guides (; one of the oldest and most experienced outfitters; Bay Country Kayaking (; Assateague Explorer (; and Southeast Expeditions (


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