A challenging but rewarding paddle that starts in the heart of the largest contiguous bay of the National Seashore. The boat launch is small and requires arrangements to be picked up and dropped off due to the lack of parking however the solitude and surrounding landscape is like nothing else. High tide allows us to circumnavigate the island by passing through some narrow water trails and under a bridge. The clear water is great for watching fish, whelks and horseshoe crabs pass underneath and the tall grass reveals many of the blue and green herons along with many other birds. The challenge comes from paddling in (possiblly) wind-exposed bays, which leads to constant turning through the narrow passages. For returning paddlers on Cape Cod, this trip quickly becomes their favorite.
Previous kayaking is highly recommended for this paddle that treks 5 miles (8km). We take a break on Pochet Island and walk through the dunes to view the Atlantic from the shores of Nauset Beach. We depart the parking lot of Stop & Shop in Orleans at the scheduled time and return approximately 4 hours later.