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2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston provided by Charleston Outdoor Adventures

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2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston

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What you can expect during this experience
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Updated 07/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 07/16/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
This kayaking tour of Folly Creek from Charleston is an ideal way to get out of the city and explore Lowcountry marshes. See the area’s famous sweetgrass and pluff mud as you leisurely maneuver through a saltwater estuary, home to wildlife such as dolphins, pelicans, and loggerhead turtles. Your guide helps you spot the animals and leads you on a safe, fun, and easy route through tidal creeks.
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    1871 Bowens Island Rd
    1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    Follow Bowens Island Road to the end and park in the gravel parking lot located to your right. Make your way to the water and check in with the COA office located on the dock.
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    Charleston Outdoor Adventures
    Stop: 2 hours
    Before departing from our private launching area on Bowens Island, your group will participate in a brief instructional session, safety discussion, and an explanation on how to use the foot driven steering system on your kayaks. During your 2-hour guided eco-tour, you will explore Charleston’s iconic tidal creeks and saltmarsh. While paddling through the estuarine waters behind Folly Beach, your local guide will introduce you to the area's wide variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins gracefully playing and feeding, wading birds exploring the shallows, crabs and invertebrates crawling on mudflats, and pelicans diving! Your guide will also discuss the value and functions of the area's major ecosystems.
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  • You'll end at
    1871 Bowens Island Rd
    1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    Follow Bowens Island Road to the end and park in the gravel parking lot located to your right. Make your way to the water and check in with the COA office located on the dock.
    See address & details
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Highlights
  • Bowens Island tidal marshes tour introduces you to Lowcountry wildlife
  • Kayaking tour is good for all levels and uses foot-driven steering
  • Ideal way to get out of Charleston for a few hours
  • Small-group tour for more personalized attention from your guide
What to Expect
After you arrive at your private launching area on Bowens Island, your guide reviews tips for a safe and fun kayaking trip through Charleston’s tidal marshes and gets you comfortable with the equipment. The foot-driven steering system on these kayaks is easy to use. Then, head out on the water. Paddle through quiet creeks and Lowcountry marshes, looking out for wildlife such as dolphins, aquatic birds, and other animals that call this saltwater estuary home. Your guide helps you find the wildlife and answers any questions you have about the area. Because this is a small-group tour, your guide can give every member of the group attention with ease. Must be 13 to operate a single kayak. Your tour concludes back at the dock.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston
  • Kayaking Equipment (Kayak, Paddles, Personal Floatation Device)
  • Dry Bag to keep phone or other personal belongings dry
  • Professional Guide
  • See wildlife including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, and assorted waterfowl
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and shoes that can get wet.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
  • The minimum age requirement for a single kayak is 13 years old.
  • Our captains and guides work very hard to ensure that a memorable experience is had by all of our guests. Gratuity, as you feel so inclined, is always appreciated.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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J_Chai wrote a review Nov 22
Lindstrom, Minnesota7 contributions
My husband and I booked a 2 hour morning marsh kayak tour. We ended up being the only two on our tour that morning so it felt like a personal tour! Cade was our guide and he was fantastic! We were incredibly fortunate to have just left the launch site and encountered a pod of
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krs wrote a review Nov 22
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A beautiful tour. Cade was a great tour guide and extremely knowledgeable. I highly recommend this kayak tour.
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Risicare wrote a review Nov 14
Charlotte, North Carolina10 contributions3 helpful votes
Fun trip. Be prepared to work pending currents. I would recommend solo kayaks as opposed to tandems. The single was noticeably easier to navigate than those in the doubles through marsh area. Guide was pleasant and very knowledgeable.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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JSpoff wrote a review Oct 2020
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Michael was the best guide! Beautiful kayak tour, lots of info, and history shared along the way. Don’t forget to bring bug spray!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Erika K. wrote a review Oct 2020
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I had such a lovely tour! It was a beautiful afternoon spent on the water learning about SC estuary!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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ksgolfr in Charleston
Wear sleeves and sunscreen and enjoy the ride. Captain Joey was eloquent and knowledgeable. Mother Nature delivered
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Morris Island Lighthouse Eco-tour
We loved everything about this tour. Even our hard to please teenagers enjoyed this cruise and even said that it wa
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Great adventure
I had to switch my kayak trip to the boat trip due to weather conditions, but I was a fair trade! Lots of animals
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A trip that is a must do if in Charleston.
We had a wonderful time on this tour even with the rain. Our boat operator was friendly and very knowledgeable. He
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SokoC
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Fantastic Tour—Even the Teens Had Fun!
What an awesome eco tour to Morris Island with our teenagers! Captain Tripp was an excellent and engaging guide and
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Weekend Highlight
This experience was the sole highlight of our extended weekend in Charleston. Luke was a knowledgeable and experien
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SHARK TEETH!!
We had such a great time hunting for shark teeth. Tripp was our guide and was wonderful! He could spot them so ea
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Dolphin Boat Tour
My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our boat tour. Captain Tripp was very knowledgeable and engaging. As fellow Captai
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Morris Island
We did the Morris Island Lighthouse which included lots of dolphin sightings. We were 4 adults on private boat our
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Great experience!
Loved this experience! We got to travel through the salt marshes, spend time on the beach shell searching, and see
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amyaB7246IQ
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Found lots of big shark's teeth and other fossils!
WOW! We found so many shark's teeth on the Morris Island Fossil tour. Bigger than I have ever found on the beaches!
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Must see in Charleston!
This was my favorite part of our trip to Charleston!!! Joey was phenomenal and shared his extensive knowledge of th
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Q1287DSsamanthar
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Great time!
Awesome views, tour guide and weather. Saw many dolphins and found real sand dollars. Highly recommended!
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Beautiful day with the Dolphins
We were able to see several groups of dolphins on the ride to and from the island. The guide was very informative
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Christi M
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Beautiful &Relaxing
This is such a beautiful and relaxing trip! We seen a lot of dolphins.Captain Josh was very knowledgeable and he ob
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