Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Charleston Outdoor Adventures

Eco Tours • Fishing Charters & Tours • Gear Rentals • Dolphin & Whale Watching • Kayaking & Canoeing
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8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Charleston Outdoor Adventures (COA) is an eco-tour guiding and rental service located in the Folly Beach area (1871 Bowens Island Rd). Our goal is to expand your appreciation of South Carolina’s rich coastal resources through exploration of our saltwater estuaries and engagement with the abundant wildlife that resides here. We offer guided kayak & stand-up paddle board tours, charter boat tours, inshore fishing charters and kayak & paddle board rentals. All guided trips are led by trained naturalists who strive to facilitate educational and interactive tours that you will remember for years to come! Regardless off the excursion or service you choose, we are confident that we can offer you unbeatable value & customer service. We hope that you choose COA and learn how and why our passion resonates in the hearts and minds of all of our adventurers.
Charleston, South Carolina
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2022

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Tours and Tickets by Charleston Outdoor Adventures
Adventure Tours
2 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 98% of travelers
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$53.00
per adult
Day Cruises
2–3 hours
Free cancellation
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Recommended by 99% of travelers
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$56.00
per adult
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(122 reviews)
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5.0
2,619 reviews
Excellent
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Very good
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Poor
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Karen H
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Family
Our favorite part was having Luke as our tour guide and driver. We have had him several times(yes we keep coming back because we love the experience) and every time he gives us what we need. It’s like he can “read the room” and offers to play music instead of talking all the time, makes us feel special, and always finds dolphins!!!👏👏👏👏❤️❤️❤️❤️
Written September 28, 2022
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Thanks Karen! We appreciate your repeat business & the kind review. I am sure Captain Luke knows but we will pass along your kind words. See you next time!
Written November 15, 2022
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Anne O
Charleston, SC171 contributions
Aug 2022
We've been in the area for 12 years and often rent a tour for guests and while we've always had good luck, but this exceeded our expectations. We chose the 1.5 Dolphin viewing tour.

Our grandson is 4 and isn't always open to 'adventures' but we'd seen some excitement in him to explore lately and thought it was time to give it a try. This 1.5 hr. tour of views and dolphins was a perfect trip.

Meeting on Bowen Island, near the restaurant of some fame, is their office. Plenty of parking, very pleasant employees, and a decent price for a quick trip on the water.

Capt. Josh was engaged with the guests, always pausing the trip every time we saw dolphins or anything of interest. (an island, a lighthouse, a shipwreck that is now a coral reef). This really was the perfect trip for a little one to enjoy their time on the water!!
Written August 9, 2022
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Jacky S
1 contribution
Oct 2022 • Friends
This was an incredible experience. Our guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and put up with my incessant questions about everything from oyster harvesting to spartina grass. She told us about all sorts of plants, animals, etc. and was extremely knowledgeable about the salt marsh ecosystem. The trip was so inspiring that I bought a couple of used kayaks and I definitely plan on launching there in the future. It's $6 and they said they would share info about tides, tell you where to go, and they'll come looking if you don't come back, etc.
Written November 8, 2022
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Thanks Jacky! We appreciate the kind review. Excited to hear you bought some kayaks. Hope to see you soon.
Written November 15, 2022
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Amy L
Cincinnati, OH6 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
Our family went on the fossil hunting trip and we were blown away at the things we found. Around 50 shark teeth and lots of really cool fossils. Our guide Cade was so knowledgeable and awesome with our group. We are considering going again later this week. Highly recommend we have people aged 7-75 and everyone loved it!
Written March 22, 2021
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Michael B
Charleston, SC11 contributions
Oct 2022 • Family
I will start by saying I’m a local to Charleston and lived here for the better part of my life.

This tour is 5 star, they freaking nailed it! I went in the sunset one with along with my 8 year old son. From start to finish this experiment couldn’t have been smoother. Online booking was simple and streamlined. Check in at the office and ramp took about 45 seconds. After a quick life safety demo and introduction from our guide Leaf we were in the water.

Lead lead the way dropping all sorts of juicy tidbits about the marsh habitat and surrounding area. He was knowledge about the local ecosystem as well as various birds and their behaviors; it was pretty fascinating. As we paddled down the creek we saw fish biting, shrimp jumping, dolphins swimming and all sorts of other cool things. This was an afternoon and sunset to remember for sure.

As we paddled on Leaf continued ti engage us in conversation. We stopped a couple times along the way for photos of the wildlife, marsh scenes and sunsets. Leaf even took a few of my son and I from his side and texted them ti me the next day. Service was top notch.

I would definitely recommend this tour. It was great doing something a little different than what we typically do on the weekends. We got a bunch of fresh air, a couple hours of exercise, some amazing views, engaged with nature and for me, selfishly, time with my son that will never be replaced. Thanks y’all, we will be back for a rental soon!

-Michael and Bert
Written October 28, 2022
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Thanks Michael & Bert! We greatly appreciate you taking the time to share such a detailed review about your experience with Leaf. We agree that there is nothing like enjoying fresh air and quality time on the water. We look forward to facilitating another memorable experience soon. Be well!
Written November 15, 2022
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Nan G
5 contributions
Sep 2022 • Friends
Cpt. Luke was great! Unfortunately this trip we didn't get to see the dolphins strand feed (a few years ago we got to see this 4-5 times!) but we saw lots of dolphins and a couple that were gathering a school to eventually beach! There were wind surfers at the Lighthouse, very cool. We found an abundance of welks in all sizes! We were the last trip out before Hurricane Ian started up the East Coast so our tides were already being affected. We will return, again, on our next SC trip!
Written October 1, 2022
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We appreciate your repeat business & thank you for taking the time to leave a review. Y'all take care and we look forward to seeing you next time.
Written November 15, 2022
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Tara Z
Harrisburg, PA7 contributions
Jul 2022
I went on a fossil hunting tour with Cade and Captain Joe, and it couldn’t have been better. I didn’t find many fossils on my own, but Cade made sure that everyone had some as he can spot them in seconds among the shells. So he helped all of us to find them on our own, but he also distributed fossils to all of us as he found them, making sure we all had lots of treasures. On the way to and from the fossil hunting beach, we saw a shark, a roseate spoonbill, and a whole bunch of dolphins. On the way back, we were able to float in the channel for a bit and just watch the dolphins as they investigated our boat and the area. It was really neat. I highly recommend this tour if you can manage it physically. I walked about 10k steps in the few hours we were out on the beach, but you could probably manage with a little less walking if you needed to. I took this tour at 7:15 in the morning on a Wednesday and would recommend that time. It got hot out in the beach by mid morning, but was cool earlier and we pretty much had the beach to ourselves.
Written July 26, 2022
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Mark L
1 contribution
Apr 2021
3 hour fishing trip with Captain Walker. He did a great job with our grandkids, caught 3 fish, one red drum was close to the April record for the month. Saw dolphins, beautiful scenery. Boat was super clean, lots of fun.
Written April 4, 2021
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TomGMiddle
Middlebury, IN2 contributions
Apr 2021
3 hour guided kayak tour with Alexis. It was awesome. Leisurely pace and beautiful scenery. Alexis offered information on wildlife and history of the area. We hit the trifecta yesterday, bald eagle, osprey and dolphin sightings. Saw other birds and turtles as well. 3 hours flew by, our family of 2 adults and a 13 year old would highly recommend.
Written April 7, 2021
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Craig B
Charleston, SC33 contributions
May 2022 • Family
Our family of 4 booked a 4 hr kayak rental. The staff was very knowledgeable and friendly. They recommended doing two twin kayaks instead of two singles and a twin. It worked out perfectly. Saw Great blue herons, huge snowy egret, Sea Turtle stuck his head up and 7 dolphins including two super close. So much fun on a beautiful day. So easy anyone could do it. When I gott back to the office I was happy to see they refunded the difference in cost for one less kayak. Bowens Island is a hidden treasure of Charleston. Definitely recommend hitting the restaurant after the kayak adventure.
Written May 11, 2022
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