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Barrier Islands Eco Tours

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Isle of Palms, SC, USA
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About Barrier Islands Eco Tours
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.
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chascobern wrote a review Yesterday
Atlanta, GA27 contributions8 helpful votes
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!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Todd P wrote a review Dec 2
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On a recent family vacation we used Barrier Island Eco Tours for a private family tour of the surrounding area of Isle of Palms. Our captain was Robbie (or Mr. Pilot Robbie as our 4 year old called him). He was absolutely excellent on the trip. We had children of the following ages on the boat: 9, 7, 5, and 4. He was able to keep them engaged and entertained the entire time. His knowledge of the geography, the wildlife, and the area in general was truly amazing. A few highlights: seeing dolphins learning how the tides come and go, and just how much the water level can change pulling a crab trap and learning about stone crab and blue crab fishing (fishing is easy as Robbie told us, catching is something entirely different) exploring boneyard beach the level of knowledge of captain Robbie was beyond anything we could have expected The boneyard beach was one of the coolest experiences I've had in my life, and I know everyone else on the trip loved it as well. We learned more on that trip than I ever expected. To me, by far the best aspect of the trip was how much conservation and respect for nature were primary aspects central to the tour. I cannot recommend this group highly enough!
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Date of experience: November 2020
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Vladimir N wrote a review Nov 2020
Asheville, North Carolina2 contributions
A great activity for your vacation, the captain and his assistant were super friendly and informative without being boring.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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caitlin f wrote a review Oct 2020
Arlington, United States3 contributions
Such a fun & different family event. Extended family was getting together and since it was during covid we were looking for outside only events and this one was the hit of the weekend. We were able to book a private charter with Robert as our captain and he made the trip what it was. We wanted plenty of family time to chat but also looking forward to learning more about Charleston and its waterways - Robert did not disappoint. He gave us plenty of fun facts and we all walked away feeling like we learned a lot on our sunset cruise. If you are looking for a fun family outing I *highly* recommend Barrier Island Eco Tours.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Brandon R wrote a review Oct 2020
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina5 contributions
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Had a great trip with Captain Shane! Even though conditions for fishing were not the best, he put us on some keeper fish and 3 sharks!! My son and I had a great time for his 8th birthday. Can't wait til we go again.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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