Daily Tours and Rentals

Charleston South Carolina offers a wonderful variety of outdoor attractions and areas to explore that are perfect for  kayaking, canoeing and paddleboarding. Nature Adventures is the closest outfitter to downtown Charleston, but we also offer tours in the creeks of the Francis Marion National forest and the waters surrounding the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Kayak, 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.

Walk up Tours may be available, but it’s best to call ahead of time for a reservation.

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Blackwater Tours

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!

Watch the Blackwater Video!

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Saltwater Tours

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.

Watch the Saltwater Video!

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Rentals & Equipment

We have Werner Fiberglass/Plasic Paddles, High End Wilderness Systems Kayaks, Perception Kayaks, Mad River Canoes, Bic Paddleboards and Michael Dolsey Paddleboards! No other outfitter compares! We have over 100 kayaks, canoes and 35 paddleboards to choose from!

We rent sea and recreation kayaks, canoes and stand up paddleboards.

Rentals are available at Shem Creek our Saltwater location 9:00 am to 6:00 pm, 7 days a week!

Walk up Rentals are welcomed at our Shem Creek location at any time if they are available, however, advance reservations will guarantee your kayaks or boards for you.

At our any of our Blackwater locations a 24 hour advance reservation is required for both Tours and Rentals.

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Upcoming Special Events

Kayak for the Kure for MS

Saturday, May 3rd 2014

Nature Adventures Outfitters is sponsoring the 5th Annual benefit paddle to help raise funds towards finding a cure for Multiple Sclerosis, a debilitating disease affecting the central nervous system.

We will launch from the on-site location adjacent to Mt. Pleasant Seafood off of Coleman Blvd. in Mt. Pleasant, SC. The tour will start at the beautiful Shem Creek Shrimping Village and go to Crab Bank Island.
Certified kayak instructors and guides will lead the excursions.

No experience is necessary. Single or Tandem kayaks are available.

Please call us for reservations as space is limited, 843-568-3222


Single Kayaks: $50 Minimum.
Tandem Kayaks: $30/Per Person Minimum.
Groups of 2 to 10: $40/Per Person.
Groups of 11 or more  $35/Per Person.

Wildlife Nature Adventures 2014

An exciting new Adventure Series is now being offered by Nature Adventures Outfitters, Inc.

April 5th & May 24th - “Reptiles of the Forest”
April 12th & May 11th - “Reptiles of the Forest”
April 12th & May 11th - “Songbirds of the Swamp”
April 27th & May 31st - “Where the Wild Things Are”
May 3rd & May 18th - “Incredible Birds of the Forest”

We have partnered with “Wildlife Jerry”, a Professional and University Degreed Naturalist known as the “Jack Hanna” of South Carolinas Low Country. He’ll bring you up close and “hands on” with wildlife on our tours. Jerry brings his permitted live alligator, turtles and an occasional snake to the programs as well as his museum collection of artifacts for educational learning.

Come explore the National Forest unique environments and see wildlife in their natural habitats.

These tours are perfect for beginners and families.

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Denizens of the Dark/Owl Prowl, Gator & Bat Walk

Saturday April 12 and May 3rd, from 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Whoooooo is that?????.....

This is an incredible experience to observe night-time creatures of the swamp.
Expert Naturalist “Wildlife Jerry” will lead the tour in search of owls, bats, amphibians and other creatures of the night. Reflections of red, yellow and gold appear as we walk a safe portion of the trail along the swamp perimeter.

We’ll also identify the “sounds of the swamp” with frogs, owls and alligators as they communicate in this wonderful nocturnal environment.
Don't miss this exciting and unique adventure!  
Bring a small flashlight, water and insect repellent. Wear close-toed shoes

$25 adult / $15 per child

*Meets at I’on Swamp Trail head

Reservations required: 843-568-3222

Women's Only Costa Rica Eco Tour

July 22nd - 30th, 2014

Eco-lodges * Boat Tours * Poás Volcano * Tropical Rain Forest * Waterfalls *
Horseback Riding * Ziplining * Paddling * Cloud Forest

Opportunities to view abundant wildlife like nesting Sea Turtles,
hummingbirds, sloths, quetzals, crocodiles, and monkeys

Enjoy tours focused on wildlife viewing from different vantage points including
canal tour by motorboat, a gentle canoe paddle, a relaxed horseback ride
through forests and fields, and a canopy tour.

Stay in lush eco-lodges with on-site gardens and trails. Enjoy fresh local
cuisine and international specialties.

Relax, leave the planning to us and come enjoy the Pura Vida culture in a
country known for its biological diversity!

Click here for more information!

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Why Choose Us?

Nature Adventures Outfitters gives proceeds back to environmental organizations and causes. Environmental organizations like the National Sierra Club ask us to lead their South Carolina 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.

Client Testimony:

"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. 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


Our Mission

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 personable, 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 naturalists 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

Nature Conservancy Bird of Prey Center        Sewee Assoc

  Keeper of the Wild

Audobon   SCBNI Sierra Club    Wilderness Society   SCPIA


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About NAO

At Nature Adventures Outfitters, our entire focus is on giving you the best kayak experience the waters near Charleston and the South Carolina coast have to offer. Whether you're staying at the Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, or Downtown Charleston, we have tours for every member of the family. Featuring expedtition sea kayaking to South Carolina attractions including the barrier islands, blackwater swamps and rivers. No experience necessary, so plan your next South Carolina vacation with Nature Adventures Outfitters!

Our record on Safety and accurate Naturalist interpretation has given us a reputation as Coastal South Carolina's most recommended and respected Kayak Guide Service.

Environmental Organizations paddle with us and we've had repeat clientele for years!

This business is an equal opportunity provider.
This business is operated under a special use permit with the Francis Marion National Forest.


Contact Us

We are the closest outfitter to Charleston and the oldest and most respected naturalist guide service!

You can GPS in Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 and it will take you to our parking lot  at Shem Creek. Do not use this address for our other tours - click here for directions to our Blackwater Tours or our other Saltwater Tours.

Main Location: Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (On the water at Shem Creek) All others: See our Directions page on our website.
Telephone:  843-568-3222
Telephone 2:  800-673-0679
E-mail:  nao@att.net
Mailing Address:1900 Iron Swamp Rd. Awendaw, SC 29429