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Manatee On Shem Creek

Have you ever seen a manatee up close? Those hulking creatures of slow swim exhibit the graceful dance of a ballerina on water and are often lovingly referred to as sea cows. Many believe these animals to be the basis of the lore of mermaids, the way they slightly rise out of the water and glide along, tail lazily swishing beneath the surface of the water. If you’ve been lucky enough to go kayaking or paddleboarding on Shem Creek in the summertime then you’ve probably had the chance of a lifetime: a close encounter with these endangered sea creatures of the South. Their puppy-like faces and serene behavior are a delight to witness, and each time the weather and water warms to a cool 70 degrees we here in Charleston get our chance.  

We are Charleston’s premier helicopter tour company for daytime helicopter tours, sunset helicopter tours, aerial photography and videography. 

There’s no better way to see and experience the Charleston than a helicopter ride! Holy City Helicopters offers the best helicopter tours in Charleston, SC! Book a flight in our climate-controlled helicopter with noise canceling headphones for a truly unique experience.  We offer both the doors on or doors off flight experience, which every your party prefers.   

Event is Sunday, September 30 | Encircle Crab Bank at 9:30 a.m.

The fundraising deadline is fast approaching to save Crab Bank and many in the Charleston area don't know what's happening.  Roughly $1.25 million needs to be raised by December to help save this key seabird sanctuary in Charleston Harbor.  That only amounts to about $10 from 125,000 donors to help ensure Crab Bank is restored as part of the harbor's larger dredging project.  Crab Bank has been a prime nesting spot to dozens of sea and shorebirds for decades including pelicans.  Since Hurricane Irma the area is being washed over at high tide.

When you hear of Charleston you probably think of the peninsula; Downtown Charleston gets all the attention and accolades, while the surrounding areas of charleston County seem to get left in the dust. But one of the great things about Charleston that makes it so unique is the different atmospheres available on the surrounding islands that make up Charleston as we locals know it. Mostly within a 20 minute drive from downtown, each stop offers its own individual take on the salt life and good vibes that continue to drive us to be the #1 destination in the US, and sometimes the world. Staying downtown can be a bit pricey, too, but luckily you can stay in any of the surrounding areas and still enjoy the Charleston you’ve heard so much about.

Rantowles Creek

Not feeling the crowds at Shem Creek? We hear ya. That's why we like to explore many of the creeks and rivers in the Lowcountry. Sections of the Edisto River and Penny Creek are some of our favorites, as well as the ACE Basin in all of its glory. Those are less than 30 miles from Charleston and make for great half day excursions.

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Kayaking with dolphins

"Bryson was an excellent guide and took us an enjoyable paddle on Shem Creek. We saw several groups of dolphins swimming right beside us. We paddled out to the bird sanctuary and saw many brown pelicans and several newborns. Bryson gave us an excellent overview of the Charleston skyline and the history of its forts."

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Paddle board and kayaking

"Even though it rained beforehand, it was worth the wait. And rain made the dolphins more active. Bryson was an awesome guide. It was a first for a friend an me and so much fun! Will definitely return!"

 

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Fun, Relaxing, and Informative

"My wife and I took the kayak tour in the early morning. Neither of us had been on a kayak before, but our guide, Jim, had us feeling like pros in no time. The boat traffic was low that day and the water was very calm. Making the day a relaxing, yet fun, way to cap off our vacation."

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