|Waves, North Carolina|
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
|o Total||0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)|
|o Land||0.55 sq mi (1.43 km2)|
|o Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||5 ft (2 m)|
|o Density||243/sq mi (93.8/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|o Summer (DST)||EST (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1023135|
Waves is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County, North Carolina, United States. It is on Hatteras Island, part of North Carolina's Outer Banks. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 134. Waves, along with Rodanthe and Salvo, are part of the settlement of Chicamacomico.
The community was so named on account of waves at the beach.
The northern border of Waves is generally considered to be the ditch that runs under Highway 12 just south of Resort Rodanthe Drive. The southern border, separating Waves and Salvo, is more ambiguous. Long-time residents indicate various "official lines" separating the two. Formerly Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo were each served by their own post office. Today a single post office, located in Waves, serves the entire community and the former lines that separated the communities have become blurred.
The Waves area is dominated by campgrounds both large and small as well as numerous rental houses.