Daily Tours and Rentals
Charleston South Carolina offers a wonderful variety of outdoor attractions and areas to explore that are perfect for both kayaking and canoeing. Nature Adventures is the closest outfitter to downtown Charleston, but we also offer tours in the creeks of the Francis Marion National forest and waters surrounding the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.
Kayak or Canoe and Paddleboard rentals are available for those who want to explore on their own while tours are just right for a memorable family vacation. Beginners and ages 4 and up are always welcome.
Daily tours of 2 hour, 3 hour or full day as well as overnight expeditions are available. Expedition style and day touring sea kayaks available - with or without rudders - your choice! Canoes are fine on calm days in the marshes or anytime in the blackwater creeks and swamps.
Explore The Blackwater Tours Here
Just 35-50 minutes from Charleston you can explore cool and shaded blackwater swamps, rivers and historic rice plantations. Paddle through a flooded forest in a protected wilderness area in the National Forest and see 1,000 year old cypress trees or see a 300 year old church overlooking thousands of acres of rice fields where eagles nest, full of wetland wildflowers. Wildlife includes the shy and elusive alligator, turtles, wetland wading birds, woodpeckers and sometimes river otters!
Explore the Saltwater Tours Here
Just 3 minutes to 35 minutes surrounding Charleston, the saltwater tours include a variety of habitats that include shallow bays with historic harbor views, sandy beaches with barrier islands, or saltwater marsh creeks. Paddle to 4,000 year old Indian ruins in the National Forest and journey back in time! Wildlife includes dolphin and nesting colonies of thousands of Eastern Shorebirds. Manatees and Sea Turtles are seasonal and are seen about 10-20% of the time during summer months. Our Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island tour has the most wildlife and chance for seeing dolphin, but you’re welcome to also explore the waters surrounding the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge just up the coast.
Costa Rica Adventures
Women-Only Costa Rica Trip
June 17-22, 2013
8-9 women $1290
10-11 women $1247
12-14 women -$1220
- Outdoor activities at a mellow pace, including guided nature walks and a gentle kayak paddle, with the support of other women.
- Spectacular views of the turquoise blue crater of the Poás Volcano.
- La Paz Waterfall Gardens, where rehabilitated animal exhibits provide opportunities for close-up viewing and photographing Costa Rican wild animals.
- Yoga classes a relaxing Professional Massage.
- Swimming pools, hiking trails, gardens and other on-site features at each location to enjoy before and after scheduled tours at your own pace.
- Free time for reflection and journaling, or socializing with other women.
- 5 nights lodging at eco-lodges certified by the Costa Rican Institute for Sustainable Tourism.
- Private transportation, with a maximum group size of 14;
- All meals. (5 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 5 dinners)
- Bi-lingual Certified Master Naturalist Guides & Organizer who will travel with you during the trip.
Rentals & Equipment
We have Carbon Infused Paddles and High End kayaks & Canoes! No other outfitter compares! We have over 100 kayaks and canoes to choose from!
We rent sea and recreation kayaks, canoes and paddleboards.
Rentals are available at Shem Creek Saltwater location 8 am to 7 pm, 7 days a week!
Walk up Rentals are welcomed at our Shem Creek location any time if they are available, however, advance reservations will guarantee your kayaks for you.Walk up Tours may be available, but it’s best to call ahead of time for a reservation.
At our Blackwater Locations a 24 hour advance reservation for both Rentals and Tours is required.
Upcoming Special Events
Essentials of Kayak Touring Class
April 18th, 2013
To teach beginner paddlers to safely and enjoyably kayak on lakes, calm protected ocean environments, and other flatwater settings.
Calm, protected flatwater, within swimming distance of shore.Learn More
"Spring Break Paddleboarding Camp"
April 3rd, 4th and 5th
$75 for all 3 days or $30 for an individual day.
9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. at our Shem Creek location at 483 W. Coleman Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 Learn to paddleboard during your break from school! Ages 12-17 welcome! Enjoy 3 days of fun in the sun!
Located at our own private boat ramp, campers will have the best of everything. We'll teach them paddle boarding 101, safety issues and skill development along the way. Sign up early as space is limited.
Celebrate Earth Day with Nature Adventures Outfitters, Inc.!
April 20th, 2013 @ 10 a.m.
We’ll hike the Awendaw Passage of the Palmetto Trail
Sat. 10 AM This is a wonderful waterside and maritime forest trail that winds along beautiful Awendaw Creek. Pristine saltwater marshes, long leaf pine forest, sandy bluffs and subtropical vegetation are seen along the way. Once home to the Sewee Indian and Coastal Native American tribes, our Wildlife Biologist and Master Naturalist guides show you ruins and artifacts along the way. This is an easy two and a half to three-hour, 5 mile hike for everyone. Bring your lunch and enjoy the day with us! $25/ ages 13 and up, $15/ ages 12 and under. No experience necessary, beginners welcome! A percentage of the proceeds will benefit and environmental cause.
Call 843-568-3222 to register or e-mail email@example.com for reservations
Why Choose Us?
Nature Adventures Outfitters gives proceeds back to environmental organizations and causes. Environmental organizations ask us to lead their tours. When you paddle with us you are helping to save the land and animals around us. See the list of organizations Nature Adventures Outfitters supports.
"Went on an amazing kayaking tour of Shem Creek Shrimping Village and Crab Bank Island Preserve. It was my first time ever kayaking and I would recommend it to anyone who loves to do things you don't always have a chance to do. And if the guides are as interesting and knowledgeable as ours you will have a blast. Thank you Kelsy. Learned a good bit of new things about Charleston and some of the animals. It helped to make for a blessed last day. " Dustin Jones
Nature Adventures Outfitters is dedicated to providing quality experiences to all of our customers which includes excellent customer care. Our Professional Master Naturalist guides are also personable and friendly and many are certified ACA Coastal Kayak Instructors. We strive to make each customer leave with a lasting memory of an amazing experience Nature Adventures mission is to provide tours for the preservation of the environment.
Environmental organizations ask us to lead their tours. Our testimonials from clients are wonderful and we have been quoted as having "Outstanding Guide Services” by Canoe and Kayak Magazine and we are the “Recommended Area Outfitter” by National Geographic Adventure Magazine! We are also dedicated naturalist who care deeply for the environment and we contribute time, energy and money to environmental causes in an effort to help protect these precious resources. To see more of what we are doing please visit our Awareness Counts! page