Saltwater Tours

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!

Tour prices

All tours are based on either 2 - 2.5 hours, 3 - 3.5 hours, or Full Day.

2 - 2.5 hours - $39 for adults, $29 for kids ages 12 and under

3 - 3.5 hours - $55 for adults, $39 for kids ages 12 and under

Full Day - $85 for adults, $48 for kids ages 12 and under

** Please note, Only Shem Creek and Wambaw Creek can be booked online.

All others please call us at 843-568-3222 for a reservation.

Shem Creek Shrimping Harbor and Crab Bank Island Preserve
Sewee Indian Ceremonial Shell Ring Historic Site
Capers Island State Heritage Preserve
Awendaw Creek and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
McClellanville Shrimping Harbor and Refuge

Explore our Blackwater Tours

The Tours


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. Your paddle begins down historic Shem Creek among shrimp 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 EasternBrown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphin and sometimes manatee, this is a nice wildlife paddle. This tour also includes incredible views of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and Patriots Point.


Book Online for the Shem Creek

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.


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!


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.


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
Mailing Address:1900 Iron Swamp Rd. Awendaw, SC 29429