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Susan from MD wrote a review Jul 2022
Frederick, Maryland3 contributions
My family and I went on this boat cruise the last week in June. The price was a little much but doable. The tour guide gave out great historical information and pointed out the geographical layout of the inlet. We got off the boat at the island and were told to go to the right for shelling, something about to the left was restricted by Homeland Security. We did not see any signs. We shelled(shelling was mediocre but the crew couldn't help that) for about 45 minutes and we headed back, not wanting to be late for boarding. As we walked back in the direction of where the boat had pulled up on the sand and let us off we could see the boat out in the inlet pretty far off shore. We looked around again and could not figure out where we were suppose to wait for the boat. We walked on looking for a landmark where we had gotten off. Nothing. Suddenly, we heard a loud whistle and turn around to see the boat pulled in about 200 yards back. As we made our way back, the tour guide yelled very angrily at my 60 year old daughter,"Where do you think you were going?" When she tried to explain that there was no marker for the boarding area, he said "That's what the captain said you would say!" My daughter said "You are rude!" and when he realized she wasnt going to back down, he suddenly started backpeddling. I even said there was no way to tell where to board the boat and that they needed a flag or a sign. He spent the whole trip back trying to be overly nice to my daughter. ALSO, the boat was supposed to have a working toilet on board but no one could use it because it had not been cleaned out properly. He never announced that but we heard him tell someone that was the reason he didn't think they should use it. I would not recommend this tour to others. There are others tour boats there.…
Date of experience: June 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Iva M wrote a review Jul 2022
What an amazing tour!!! Capt Jesse and the mate went above an beyond. Dolphins were sited and they took us to see them. This extra excursion was not subtracted from the overall time. In fact the tour ran longer because of it to enable the normal time alloyed to hunt for shells. They are respectful towards nature and are highly knowledgeable of the area both marine on land. So much historical info and great anecdotes. This tour really made you feel like you are boating with friends. Would do all over again!!…
Date of experience: July 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
Sherry D wrote a review May 2022
Penrose, Colorado65 contributions3 helpful votes
This is a great tour. You will learn about the local history, the nature preserve, all kinds of neat stuff. The shelling is amazing. The island is a reserve so it is just you and nature. It is worth the trip. It is for all ages. The crew is great. We did the evening cruise. We will do it again next time we are in the area. …
Date of experience: May 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
pjgrad wrote a review Apr 2022
Kent, Washington452 contributions198 helpful votes
The water was very choppy and it was windy but the captain made the ride smooth. Lot's of history and natural science info by the guide. O wish we could have stayed on the island longer.
Date of experience: April 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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Willie C wrote a review Feb 2022
44 contributions17 helpful votes
Dear Friend, Wow ! Wow! Wow! A fantastic day. Bev n I live in Pawleys Island. Once a month we play tourist…meaning we go somewhere of interest that the tourist go that does not cost much. Today was Shell Island shell hunting and view of Georgetown’s lighthouse 1 of three in South Carolina. We learned that fact today from our Tour guide Linda. Beverly and I learned so much about Georgetown we did not know. Linda is so intelligent, caring , and shares detail information without talking Down to us. “Until potty rules”. LoL but again … it was detailed information we needed to know. Less stress for the tourist. Linda’s clear voice and warm smile put us at ease before we even left the dock. Captain . Sam was fantastic. His warm sincere caring personality won the hearts of all of us on this trip today. His selection of music between Linda’s chats captivated many on the boat and we sang along. The teamwork between Linda and Captain Sam gave us a safe secure feeling right away. The easy calm way they communicate we knew we were in for a fabulous tour. Captain Sam slowed down for us to see the dolphins playing in the water. Lots of cameras and iPhones appeared from pockets everywhere. Such a sight to see. Tamela was the first voice of Rover Tours I heard over the phone. Being in charge of scheduling, emails and money was an easy stress free process. While I registered for the tour I was able to browse the shop and I purchased a bag and two sweatshirts. One for Bev n one for me. We knew it was going to be breezy the day we were scheduled. We received a quick conformation email and text. Tamela let us know the tour may have to be rescheduled due to weather. Our first date was indeed rescheduled related to a small craft advisory because the wind and waves were dangerous. Tamela kindly asked if Bev n I if we could reschedule for Sunday and we did. Again a stress free interaction. Disappointment touched us briefly only in the fact our shell hunt date was postponed. Not canceled totally only delayed by a few days. Not the end of the world. We once again had something to look forward to. I watched for the weather this time to be prepared. It was a great day. Tamela sent another confirmation notice via email n text. I added it to my calendar. It was so much fun to meet Tamela in person. Her warm voice matched her kind smile. Once on the beach everyone spread out and ventured on their own course of shell hunting. I had to sit often R/t my own weakness ..cancer related. A smile appeared in my eyes and heart as I watched Bev and the others walking and bending down occasionally to examine a treasure from the ocean. On the ride back we shared something we found some of the items I remember are..a starfish that had dried up, a vertebrae of a dolphin a fabulous find , special spiral shells , pen shells..called that because you can dip them in ink and write with them. , a youngster found a Brick on the beach and carried that , another youngster found a sand dollar Each one had a gift from the ocean placed there especially for us to find. A few picked up trash that was left behind or carried onto the beach by windy storms leave a place better than you found it helps everyone. Beverly and I hope you choose Rover Tours if you are looking for a fun day. They get full marks from me. Bring snacks ,water, and a smile. I look forward to reading your review about the treasures you find! We will be back in the fall. Happy travels love from Willie Conway and Beverly Clement.…
Date of experience: February 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
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