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Saltwater Tours

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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

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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.

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Capers Island State Heritage Preserve

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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.

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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.

 

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