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Bulls Island Ferry

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Awendaw, SC, USA
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Wandering Frodo wrote a review Jul 2020
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We took the 11 AM ferry ride to Bulls Island after my brother-in-law recommended it. The ferry was at 50% capacity and everyone wore masks as a courtesy. It seemed reasonable. The guides were knowledgeable and quick to point out nearby dolphins and birds on the way out. They provided maps of the island and a brief overview of what to see and do, what to avoid which was helpful. Most of the people on our ferry went directly to the beach and there was vast space to spread out and maintain social distancing. It was beautiful and peaceful; the shells were plentiful. Make sure you bring water and bug spray. It was hot on the day we went and there is no shade on the beach. Sun screen is a must. We did not plan to bring swimsuits, but others did and they swam quite a bit. The walk to the beach is about a mile and a half, so wear good walking shoes - not flip flops. I would highly recommend this day outing. The beach is beautiful and undeveloped. This is a great trip if you are looking for ways to avoid crowds and learn about the local ecosystem.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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tomburriss wrote a review Jul 2020
Townville, South Carolina270 contributions59 helpful votes
We took the ferry out to Bulls Island and enjoyed every moment. The ferry ride was comfortable and informative about the area. Bulls Island was fantastic. Make sure to go during low tide so that you can experience the bone yard. Alligators everywhere, excellent shelling and wildlife galore. Looking forward to seeing it in the winter.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Robin B wrote a review Jun 2020
Knoxville, Tennessee4 contributions1 helpful vote
We took the 9 a.m. ferry with a 2 o'clock return time. The Captain and Mike were very friendly and informative about the island routes (we wanted to see gators and the beach) as well as ecosystems. We saw dolphins, both there and back, and the Captain was nice enough to stop the engines for photos. Social responsibility of mandatory face masks on the boat and 50% capacity was very refreshing!!
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Captain Marrow wrote a review Jun 2020
Moncks Corner, South Carolina1 contribution3 helpful votes
When you go to their website they proclaim that the Ferry leaves at 9 and returns at 4. Which we planned our entire trip around. We had a whole group that kayaked out there, but, myself, my girlfriend, and a friend of ours didn't feel comfortable kayaking that far as our first experience so we took the ferry. Mistake. We arrived, paid for our tickets at the dock, took the ferry ride, and got dropped off at the island. Upon which we were informed to be back by 2pm or its a $400 fine. I knew of the fine, but it was supposed to be 4pm. Their website says nothing of it. Prior to the trip I'd researched everything in depth, down to using Google Maps and dropping pins and calculating distances. Our main goal was to see Boneyard Beach, the island's main attraction. And according to the online calculation it was a 1.5 hr walk. The ferry guide however said it's a 30 minute walk, so, don't believe that. For an average group walking a normal pace carrying water and lunch and so on, it took us close to 2 hrs to come to the edge of it. Which is a problem. We were supposed to make it to Boneyard by 12, which we did. And then have 2 hrs there to relax, photograph, eat lunch and meet up with our kayak group there. Buuuuut since it took 2 hrs to get there, and it takes 2 hrs to make the return trip, as soon as we got there we had to leave. It was 4 hrs of nonstop hustle, with the only 2 hrs cut from our trip being the 2 hrs we'd allotted for resting, picture taking, and spending time with our group (it was a birthday thing). Instead we did not get to rest. We did not get to eat lunch. We did not get pictures we wanted. We saw the tip of Boneyard Beach, not the full experience. This felt like a waste of a trip and waste of money because of their cut hours that they don't tell you about until you get dropped off. And they ask you to tip before you take the ferry. $90 down, and I feel like we totally didn't get what we paid for. I feel like we have to come back, and drop another $90 to see Boneyard beach, but not until they go back to normal hours. The cutting of 2 hrs at last minute RUINED our trip. It wasn't fun, it wasn't enjoyable. It was nonstop hustle, we didn't see what we wanted to see. We didn't get to see our friend for his birthday. We didn't get to stop and have lunch. It was exhausting and lackluster. Straight up, with the hours cut right now. Screw this place. If you wanna go here and just lounge at the beach, like you could any other beach, then you have no worries. If you wanna pay $42 a piece and see what makes this place unique, DON'T GO, not until they go back to normal 4pm pickup time. This was an awful experience. And the cutting of the hours made us hate our trip. We would be thrilled with a refund so we could go back and try again because the shafting of 2 hrs made us feel like anything we paid was a waste of money. Terrible.
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Chris C, Manager at Bulls Island Ferry
Responded Jun 17, 2020
Dear Captain, You've given us a lot to think about. Good day, Kari
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Kristin D wrote a review May 2020
Loris, South Carolina39 contributions13 helpful votes
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We took the 9 AM ferry to Bulls Island. Coastal Expeditions was very ready/ organized with implementing COVID-19 safety precautions. On our trip out we saw dolphins, loggerhead turtles, and had an informative presentation from our captain/ mate. After the 35 minute boat ride we arrived to the island. We were given a map/ tips about trails based on what we wanted out of the trip and set free! There are marked/ cleared trails to travel to the beach area. We found more shells then we could carry (see images). There were also trails for alligators but, we didn’t take those. We left the island promptly at 2 PM. On our way home we saw more dolphins (they were close enough that we could hear them breathing)! Tips: face mask, lots of fluids, sunblock, comfortable walking shoes, and bug spray.
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Date of experience: May 2020
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Response from Chris C, Manager at Bulls Island Ferry
Responded Jun 17, 2020
Dear Kristin, Thanks for your review. We're putting safety above everything else, so we appreciate that you felt like we were prepared. We happy that you came out with us! Kari
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