There are many Kayak outfitters providing services in the Hilton Head Island area. Various packages and adventures are available and after some research we chose Beaufort Kayak Tours. We also wanted to visit Hunting Island and take a carriage ride through historic Beaufort, so starting our day early, with a kayak tour made sense.
It turned out to be a great decision. We contacted them and spoke to Kim who provided detailed information and answered all our questions. In our group of four, we had seasoned, experienced kayakers, to a novice who was not confortable on water. Kim assured us that we would all equally enjoy the tour. She also emailed us the directions to the meeting point which was on Hunting Island.
The dirve from Hilton Head Island to Hunting Island was 1.5 hrs - we were fortunate to encounter no traffic delays as the bridge to Lady Island was not up. Once we arrived at the meeting point, Kim and Dave lead us to the water and instructed the group on how to hold the paddle and manouver the kayak. The setting was lovely!
The equipment was all top notch and of good quality - the kayaks were excellent and not the cheap kind that most outfitters provided. We took the guided tour through Hunting Island and leisurely explored the surrounding salt marshes, palmetto fringed beaches - one which was featured in the movie Forrest Gump as the setting for Vietnam War scenes, and stopped to walk on the sand bar that jutted out into the Atlantic Ocean.
Kim and Dave are certified Master Naturalists and it is evident that they enjoy their work and love the area. They provided commentary on many of the sights we saw and also educated the group on the impotance of maintaining the area's ecological lifecycle.
The balance between kayaking and several well planned stops was pertectly timed, as it allowed the novice in our group to rest, while maintaining the interest of the rest of the clients.
The lagoon is home to an abundance of wild life and taking a trip with Beaufort Kayak Tours introduced us to many that call this area home. I highly recommend this tour provider and it was well worth the effort to drive from Hilton Head Island. Don't forget to visit Beaufort as well.
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