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#1 Charleston Kayak Rental

and Stand Up Paddleboarding

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    Plan Your Charleston Adventure!

    At Nature Adventures, our focus is creating experiences and memories to last a lifetime. If you want to rent or be on our guided kayak or stand up paddleboard tour in the waters around Charleston, South Carolina we have many options. Tours choose from the beautiful scenery of Historic Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant, day and overnight expeditions to the Heritage Preserve, Capers Island, Penny Creek, a blackwater swamp in the ACE Basin (One of the last great places on Earth – Nature Conservancy) and many other waterways great for kayaking in the Lowcountry of South Carolina.

    If you are staying for awhile, we offer multi-day kayaks rentals for Mount Pleasant, Sullivans Island, Isle of Palms and other surrounding areas. Delivery is available.

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    Amazing Wildlife Right Around Every Corner

    Charleston has a lot more than just seagulls. Here are just a few of the animals you are likely to see when you get off the pavement and get outside with us.

    Bottlenosed dolphins are all over the place and are regular visitors at Historic Shem Creek. They love to come close and put on a show. If you're lucky, a manatee or two may show up there too.

    Take a trip into one of our blackwater areas like the ACE Basin and you'll see eagles, otters, owls, and maybe even an alligator. Don't worry, they keep to themselves.

  • Most Popular Saltwater Tour

    Historic Shem Creek Shrimping Village and Crab Bank Island

    Just minutes from Downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and Sullivans Island, Shem Creek offers one of the most diverse scenery in which to kayak or paddleboard. Explore historic Shem Creek Shrimping Village and a Sea Island Bird Sanctuary called Crab Bank Island. Frequented by dolphins and home to thousands of eastern shorebirds, come see the best of the tidal salt marsh life Charleston has to offer! Enjoy lunch at one of our festive restaurants adjacent to our location at Mt. Pleasant Seafood. Get some Shemwear or grab an icecream cone from Up The Creek and walk the Shem Creek Park boardwalk. To check out a quick video of what to expect on Shem creek, click here. Either give us a call at 843-568-3222 or book online here.

  • Most Popular Blackwater Tour

    ACE Basin Estuary

    “One the the last great places on Earth” – The Nature Conservancy

    The Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto Basin (ACE Basin) is one of the largest undeveloped estuaries on the Atlantic Coast and provides miles upon miles of waterways to explore.

    Our most popular blackwater tour in the ACE Basin is Penny Creek, a tributary of the Edisto River, just 25 miles from downtown Charleston. You will enjoy paddling near, around and through Cypress and Tupelo trees in this majestic swamp creek. This is the perfect mini getaway into the wilderness just outside the city.

  • Plan Your Charleston Adventure!
  • Amazing Wildlife Right Around Every Corner
  • Historic Shem Creek Shrimping Village and Crab Bank Island
  • ACE Basin Estuary

We have Werner and Harmony Fiberglass/Plastic Paddles and 70+ high end Wilderness Systems and Perception Kayaks to choose. Nature Adventure kayaks range from 12' – 16' long and are a variety of sit inside and sit on top kayaks and we make every effort to accommodate your preference and body type.

Kayak rentals in Charleston SC are available at Shem Creek 7 days a week. Walk ups are welcomed however, advance reservations are highly encouraged.  Our ramp guides provide kayak paddle instructions, PFDs, a map with recommendations and help you get into your kayak properly. If you are visiting anywhere Charleston area, Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island for several days, we also offer takeaway rentals of kayaks. Delivery is also available to make it a stress-free ordeal.

Renting a single or tandem kayak is a great way to explore the tidal salt marsh of Shem Creek or explore any of the numerous waterways Charleston has to offer people looking for things to do. When you rent for a half day, 4 hours, you can explore the majority of Shem Creek, Bayview Creek and possibly get to and around Crab Bank Island at the mouth of the creek depending on the tide.  Renting kayaks in Mount Pleasant is great for small and large groups alike. You can paddle a lot and cover lots of water or go where the winds and tide take you...but don't forget you'll have to fight them coming back. That is why we recommend heading the advice of our ramp guides on the best paths based on current conditions.

Rental Reservations must be made over the phone.  
Call Us Today at 843-568-3222

Half Day Single Kayak Rentals (up to 4 hours) $40

Full Day Single Kayak Rentals (up to 8 hours) $50

Half Day Tandem Kayak Rentals (up to 4 hours) $50

Full Day Tandem Kayak Rentals (up to 8 hours) $60

 

 

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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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