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 bottlenose dolphins, but you’re welcome to also explore the waters surrounding the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge just up the coast.
Daily trips and overnight Expeditions available. Expedition style and day touring sea kayaks available - with or without rudders - your choice!
Shem Creek Shrimping Harbor and Crab Bank Island Preserve
Our Most Popular Saltwater Tour, launched from our own boat ramp!
2 Hour, 1/2 Day (3 hours) and Full Day (5-6 hours) tours available. Mt. Pleasant – (3 miles from Downtown Charleston)
Located in the Mt. Pleasant area, just minutes from Downtown Charleston. You will start off among the shrimping boats and festive restaurants that line the creek. We then journey out to a 22 acre island preserve called Crab Bank, which is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds including the state threatened species Wilsons Plover and Eastern Brown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphins and sometimes manatee, this is a nice wildlife Paddle. This Tour also includes incredible views of the historic Charleston harbor, Castle Pinckney, and Ft. Sumter. If you've never seen a Bird Sanctuary, click here for a preview. For an idea of what to expect on Shem creek, check out this quick video.
Sewee Indian Ceremonial Shell Ring Historic Site
2 Hour, 1/2 Day (3 hours) and Full Day (5-6 hours) tours available. Awendaw, SC area (24 miles from Charleston)
This is a wonderful Tour that meanders through the saltwater marshes of Awendaw creek where the Sewee Indians once resided. We'll explore Indian Ruins and see Beautiful barrier islands as we Paddle through waters surrounded by the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge. Paddlers often see Dolphins and numerous wetland shore birds, including some endangered species, as well as eagles as they Paddle through the waters and once in a while are greeted by loggerhead Sea Turtles. Minimum party size of 6 to book this Tour.
Capers Island State Heritage Preserve
Full Day Tour only. 12 or 20 miles fron Downtown Charleston - 2 DIFFERENT Departure Areas
Capers Island is a Beautiful undeveloped pristine barrier island. Home to the orignal "Boneyard Beach," it gives way to incredible natural beauty. We do two different tours here. You can Paddle through Sewee Bay 2 1/2 miles each way (round trip 5 miles).... to the South Side of the island. For the more experienced paddler who wants a little more challenge, you can Paddle with us 5.5 miles each way (round trip 11 miles) to the North End of the Island across from Bulls Island. Both areas are wonderful. The North end offers a little more privacy, with less visitation.... Full Day Tours available only or Overnight Expeditions.
McClellanville Shrimping Harbor and Refuge
2 Hour, 1/2 Day (3 hours) and Full Day (5-6 hours) tours available. McClellanville, SC area (38-40 miles from Charleston)
We begin our Paddle on Jeremy creek, located in the Historic Shrimping Village of McClellanville. As we kayak past historical coastal homes and Shrimp boats we head out into the harbor. Islands of spartina, bull rush and wild rice line the banks of our journey as we Paddle through saltwater creeks to see remaining rice trunk gates, still functioning and left from the rice era of the 1700's and 1800's. The area is bordered by 43,000 acres of the Cape Romain Wildlife Refuge and another 11,000 acres of the Santee coastal Reserve. This pristine wilderness is famous for it's "Bulls Bay Oysters" and delicious Shrimp. As we explore the creeks we usually see Dolphin, Alligator, and several species of coastal birds. You can rent a home right on the water or camp in the National Forest only minutes away. It's a favorite place to Paddle for the locals! Minimum party size of 6 to book this Tour.
Awendaw Creek and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
2 Hour, 3 - 3 1/2 Hour and 5-6 Hour Tours available.
A saltwater Paddle to cermonial rings built by the Sewee and coastal Plain Indians dating back to 4,000+ years. On this journey we'll find Indian pottery and will Paddle through the Cape Romain national Wildlife Refuge as well.
2 Hour or 1/2 Day Tour available. Minimum party size of 6 to book this Tour.
Brackish Water - Ashley River Heritage Trail, 2 Options
Downtown to Charlestown Landing (Ashley River Marina)
Come join us on a historical Paddle on the Beautiful Ashley River. We'll launch from Brittlebank Park and Paddle up the river a short distance to Old Towne creek. Here we'll see the Charlestown Landing Ship called the Adventure (a replica of the original ship), which brought the first settlers, livestock and commodities to Charleston. The Ashley was the first designated South Carolina Scenic River established in the Lowcountry. Join Nature Adventures' Professional Naturalists and learn about this incredible, dynamic tidal ecosystem of this estuarine river system. Beginners welcome. Ages 4 and up. canoes, Tandem or single kayaks available. Four person minimum.
Colonial Dorchester State Historic Site and the Old Shipwrecks (Herbert Jessen Landing)
This is a wonder trip that journeys along old rice plantations and to a State Historic Site where we can see a log wharf and oyster shell concrete tabby remains of the old Fort. In the upper reaches of this river we can also see remains of the old phosphate ship skeletons where archaeology abounds. Four person minimum.
Ashley River options: Round trip, 2 hours, $45 ages 13 and up, $35 ages 12 and under. 3 hours, $58 ages 13 and up, $40 ages 12 and under. Minimum party size of 6 to book this Tour.