Barrier Islands Eco Tours
Barrier Islands Eco Tours
5
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:30 PM
About
Naturalist guided tours to Capers Island Heritage Preserve. Trips depart from the Isle of Palms Marina and take you through winding salt marsh tidal creeks and the intracoastal waterway to Capers Island. Along the way you will learn about this amazing ecosystem and the plants and animals that call it home. Bottlenose dolphin, loggerhead sea turtles, and numerous birds are common sightings. Your guide will pull crab traps and throw cast nets to bring marine life onboard to put in our touch tank for closer examination. The majority of our scheduled trips are aboard our covered 40 passenger pontoon boat equipped with a restroom and beaching ramp. We also offer inshore fishing and private ecotours on our 6 passenger and 16 passenger boats. Trips include: Capers Island Wildlife Exploration, Dolphin Discovery Sunset, Blue Crabbing Excursion, Creek Fishing, Family Fun Day, and Beachside Cookouts.
Isle of Palms, South Carolina
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Travelers' Choice
2023

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Ann F
Columbia, SC76 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Solo
At the suggestion of my Airbnb host I took the barrier island eco-tour and was lucky enough to have Robert as our guide. There were only four of us and we enjoyed Roberts teaching style as he hauled traps up in to the boat and Titus first of all the differences in types of crabs and how to tell male from female! We learned about how South Carolina promotes the marsh environment preservation and so much more!

We were left to explore capers island for about 90 minutes and the tree graveyard is fascinating. It’s amazing. This was well worth the money I paid and I enjoyed it thoroughly and I have been telling people all about it
Written October 3, 2020
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Bobbie B
Covington, GA44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Family
The sunset cruise during Corona-craziness to the barrier island... The guides wore masks, most of the 19 guests did, every other seat was skipped, and the best was made of a weird time in life. Courtney And her husband and their dog made our trip out to the barrier island great, explaining what we saw and where we were going with a true passion for what they do. Such a great example for the kids of doing what you love and passing it on to others.
She was ever patient and encouraging with our questions! On the way back, we even got to examine crabs they had just caught as well as other specimens. They approach it with conservation in mind, and even stopped in the bay to pick up a piece of trash!
PS: You can’t gather shells on the preserved island but lots of partial sand dollars to be found as well as sea turtle nests.
Don’t hesitate to go! Thank you for being the highlight of this Charleston trip!
Written August 28, 2020
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chascobern
Atlanta, GA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2020
I was not sure at this time of year whether or not to book this tour. There was some concern about the weather, but as it changes so quickly in this area we kept our booking. Definitely bring a coat for the return to the marina. We were greeted at the general store by Captain Mike who gave us all the initial instructions and directed us to the boat. There was plenty of room for this private family tour to Capers Island. It was not long after we left the dock that the kids saw their first dolphin of the day with many more to follow. There was plenty of space for the children to move freely to all areas of the boat in order to see everything that was being discovered and explained. Captain Mike was willing and able to share the information and answer all the questions the children had. The trek around the island was a wonderful outing for the group to discover crabs, sea shells and the beautiful driftwood and dead trees that dot the island. The grill had been set up while the island exploration took place and great burgers and hotdogs were waiting for us when we returned to the boat. It was a fun feast before leaving the island to return to the Marina on Isle of Palms. This was a private tour and I would recommend it to any family group looking for a fun adventure, but there was also a public tour that can be joined as well if you are a small group. We saw them arrive at a different location on Capers, but believe me there was plenty of room for everybody! This was a wonderful experience and I would not hesitate to book this again as everybody in our group from the 5 year old to the 80 year old had a blast!
Written December 3, 2020
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Marie
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020 • Family
We took our 2 and 4 year old on the sunset tour at the end of September. I rarely give a 5 star review but I cannot say enough great things about our experience from booking until finish. I called ahead of our trip to ask if this tour would be fun for our toddlers who can’t sit still. The employee answered all my questions assuring me the kids would love the boat ride (they did) and when my phone got disconnected he even called me back and left a voicemail with more information. On the boat the guides were so knowledgeable. When we saw a group of dolphins they had great tips about how to photograph them. When the crab trap was pulled up they knew so many cool facts about each species and brought them around to show everyone before putting them back in the water.
Everything was so great my kids asked to go back the next day !!
Written January 4, 2021
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allouis
Philadelphia, PA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
My boyfriend and I had a superb experience taking the Capers Island eco-tour with Robert H. He was welcoming, extremely informative, relaxed and set a great tone for guests of all ages. He also brought along his amazing dog which was fun. The itinerary of the trip was also perfect, departing at a good time in the morning so we got some sun and some learning in before it got totally congested. Beach on capers island and taking photos there was amazing. The tour was a highlight of over a week's stay in Charleston and my bf (who is a native) had a fantastic time as well.

Thank you, Robert!
-Al
Written August 15, 2021
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Lori B
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2021 • Family
We had a great time on the sunset dolphin tour. Captain Robert and his pup Ella Belle hosted us, along with Nikki, who taught us about the salt marsh and the wildlife/sea life.

We saw several dolphins on our way to boneyard beach, and had the best time exploring. Nikki was available to answer questions and teach the adults and kids so many facts about what we were seeing. She was super personable and had a smile for everyone.

Capt. Robert stopped and pulled up some crab pots, allowing the kids to get an up close look at crabs and fish. The learning continued on the trip back to the dock with artifacts from sea creatures.

We brought a picnic, but never ate it; the trip was non stop looking, learning, exploring, and enjoying a beautiful sunset. Capt Robert and Nikki were funny and engaging, and of course we loved Ella Belle. The adults and kids in our party highly recommend the dolphin sunset cruise!
Written September 6, 2021
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E.F.F.
New York City2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
My family and I enjoyed this excursion beyond words! Captain Mike and Marie were amazing. We saw dolphins, pelicans, native birds, and learned about the salty marsh habitats. The boat ride was great and exploring Capers Island Boneyard Beach seemed surreal. The eroded stumps and trees bleached white from the sun were sculptural and truly stunning to see during sunset. We definitely recommend this tour and will absolutely return next time we are visiting Isle of Palms
Written June 6, 2022
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michelle l
Charlotte, NC4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Captain Rob and Joseph were awesome. We had 3 small children, teenagers, parents and grandparents and they kept everyone engaged. They were especially knowledgeable about the area and Joseph took the kids on a great walk on the island and was able to tell them all About each she’ll they picked up. Definitely recommend them!
Written July 16, 2020
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George Watson
Cumming, GA2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
Family morning trip (9 am-1 pm) with 6 adults and 7 kids/grand-kids. Toured inland waterways. Dolphins sighting and watching fish whacking/kicking. Awesome!
Fishing for red fish. All but two out of 13 caught a fish along with one small stingray. Nice!
Time on Capers Island was spent crabbing. Over ankle deep in the mud from creek banks, the group caught five large Blue crabs. Most of the group had never fished for Blue crab. Great experience for all!!
Captain Bo pulled up a crab trap and provided an education on crabs in general. All the crabs in this trap were Stone crabs. The kids loved it!!
Bo, the Captain was informative, accommodating and excellent in every way. I am originally from SC and have been on numerous trips of this type. I HIGHLY recommend this trip!!!
Written June 20, 2020
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SusanEEd
Pearland, TX8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
Our guide was fantastic! She was very informative and engaging with everyone on the boat, but paid particular attention to the children. She was intentional about learning their names and relating to them on their level. We appreciate this groups attention to the delicate balance in the ecosystem in this area. We saw dolphins, we learned about the tidal currents in the area, and the "shark hole", even learned a bit about the guidelines for crab traps. The trip to Bone Yard Beach was a treat. Our family group - Grandparents, adult children, and grandchildren 15, 13, 11, 7 and 9 months had a great time!! We HIGHLY recommend this when you're in the Charleston area. We discussed that you could do this every time you visit and experience something different.
Written June 19, 2021
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