Our family went on the Capers Island Wildlife Exploration tour which is a 3.5 hour tour. You are on the boat about an hour and a half - stopping to see dolphins, turtles, schools of fish, crabs, and shark (if you're lucky like we were) and even a bald eagle (if you are SUPER lucky - we did!). Our tourguide was Robert, a former fourth grade teacher. He was fabulous. He had great humor and taught us a lot by using illustrations to help us understand and by showing us skulls of native animals to the area. My children, 7 and 9 yrs, learned a lot as did my husband and me. They make sure both sides of the boat (covered) get a good view. Children were even invited to come to the front of the boat if they wanted to get a closer view.
Capers Island, the barrier island you stop for your destination, is an interesting island and fun to explore. We stayed along the shoreline, shelling and finding lots of knobbed whelk in great condition. My daughter especially enjoyed finding all the various shells and running up to the guide to ask him what they were. He was so patient with all the children on the tour (as well as the adults! Ha ha!). The drift wood and fallen palms and oak trees made for a cool landscape - "bone-yard beach" as it is referred to.
These tours take off by the marina on Isle of Palms. They give you one of their brochures to put in your front window to permit long-term parking. A bathroom is on the boat - outhouse style. They also have a limited selection of drinks on the boat but encourage you to bring a small cooler with your own drinks/snacks.
We plan on doing a different tour when we go back to Isle of Palms, SC in a few months. We enjoyed it that much!
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