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2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Charleston
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icon2 hours  (approx.)
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Overview

More than a welcome sight for sore eyes, the tidal marshes around Charleston are a hotbed for Lowcountry biodiversity. Keep your eyes peeled for sightings of wildlife such as Loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and more as you paddle down Folly Creek en route to the tidal creeks that wrap around the Hammock Islands. This leisurely paced kayaking tour is capped at 12 participants for a more personalized experience.
  • Explore the marshes and tidal pools surrounding Charleston on a small-group kayaking tour
  • Opportunities to see wildlife such as Loggerhead turtles, bottlenose dolphins, and more in their natural habitat
  • Tour suitable for kids and adults alike, with easy- to intermediate-level kayaking
  • Small-group tour limited to 12 people or fewer
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2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston
Kayaking Equipment (Kayak, Paddles, Personal Floatation Device)
Dry Bag to keep phone or other personal belongings dry
Professional Guide
See wildlife including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, and assorted waterfowl
1871 Bowens Island Rd , 1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA

Follow Bowens Island Road to the end and park in the gravel parking lot located to your right. Make your way to the water and check in with the COA office located on the dock.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and shoes that can get wet.
  • Dress for the weather.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
  • The minimum age requirement for a single kayak is 13 years old. Contact for tandem.
  • Our captains and guides work very hard to ensure that a memorable experience is had by all of our guests. Gratuity, as you feel so inclined, is always appreciated.
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Charleston Outdoor Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Do I get my own kayak during the 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:You may choose between a Single or Tandem Kayak. Please note: Participants 12 years old and under must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult.
Mar 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me for the 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:We recommend bringing water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, comfortable shoes (that can get wet,) and a camera to document your adventure.
Mar 2021
Q:
What should I wear during the 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:Wear clothes or a bathing suit that can get wet – synthetic material is best, no cotton or jeans. Please wear water shoes, sandals or tennis shoes that can get wet.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:Yes, there is complimentary parking available onsite.
Mar 2021
Q:
Does the 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston operate if it's raining?
A:Yes - We will go out rain or shine – please bring rain gear as afternoon rain is common in the Lowcountry.
Mar 2021
Q:
Do I need to know how to swim to participate in the 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:No, you do not. You are required by law to wear a personal floatation device when you go kayaking or paddleboarding with us. We also have personal flotation devices on all of our boats.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there a weight limit for the 2-Hour Guided Kayaking Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:The weight limit is 350 lbs for the one-person kayak and 650 lbs for the two-person kayak.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during 2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:The policy on face masks and attendee health is:

  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by 2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Charleston.
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What is the policy on sanitization during 2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by 2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Charleston.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during 2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Charleston?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by 2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour in Charleston.

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  • "The weather was perfect and this was a great way to spend the afternoon away from the touristy areas of Charleston." See review
  • "Your safety is priority as well as being comfortable in the kayak" See review

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star-5
Great time! Ryan was an awesome guide.
Jennifer_F
, May 2022
Seeing dolphins and oysters and learning about the eco system was awesome. I definitely recommend this trip for locals and vacationers.
star-5
Beautiful experience
Ellen_S
, May 2022
Our guide was extraordinary. He made sure we were comfortably set with the equipment and technique. The staff was helpful in the launch and landing process. Once out on the tour, our guide provided an extensive knowledge of the ecosystem and all the species in it. He made sure we were safe and comfy the entire time. I could not have asked for more.
star-5
Great time
Miranda_W
, May 2022
Had so much fun! Super easy. Katie was so helpful and great, she is the best. Saw 3 dolphins that swam along with us for 15 mins.
star-4
Creek eco-system
Louise_G
, May 2022
Getting an introduction to the unique creek eco-system in this area. Guide, Leaf, was relaxed, informative and we felt in safe in his hands!
star-5
Well done.
Debraj_m
, May 2022
Relaxing and allowing the tide to drift us. Saw some dolphins. Guide was responsive to questions. Not thrilled with format of this review.
star-5
Katie was a great tour...
Erin_M
, May 2022
Katie was a great tour guide. Katie pointed out all the wildlife, able to see dolphins, turtles and birds in their natural habitat.
star-5
Fantastic, well worth it.
Ronald_S
, May 2022
Our guide Ryanne was outstanding, she was knowledgeable, professional and provided a great tour. Please remember to always tip your guides.
star-5
Amazing experience
Elena_D
, May 2022
Such a wonderful kayaking experience. We had a blast! The guide Michael was great and to top off the experience we got to see dolphins!
star-5
Our guide was great!
scott_w
, Apr 2022
We saw 2 dolphins. Our guide was very passionate about the area, and very knowledgeable. We had a great time.
star-5
So much fun!
Lisa_T
, Apr 2022
Great setting, experienced and helpful crew, and overall wonderful time. Saw dolphins and waterfowl. Recommend it for all ages.
star-5
Great Day with the Family!
Kelly_S
, Apr 2022
This was a great adventure! We had fun with our family. Michael was really educational and taught us a lot about the marsh and the wildlife. We went on a really windy day and we’re still able to navigate up and down the waterways. We even saw dolphins at the end of our trip!
star-5
We loved listening to the...
Ronald_W
, Apr 2022
We loved listening to the history and stories from our tour guide. He rocked it!!! We definitely will be coming back!
star-5
Had a great time!
Mia_P
, Apr 2022
Micheal was a great & very informative guide! I would definitely recommend to people who want to know more about oysters & who enjoy kayaking.
star-5
Katie was an amazing...
Amanda_W
, Apr 2022
Katie was an amazing guide. She was so knowledgeable and informative. The setting was breathtaking! We were able to see lots of wildlife including dolphins! I highly recommend this activity to anyone visiting Charleston.
star-5
Great adventure
Jo_S
, Mar 2022
Hannah was a great guide, she really helped my mom and daughter catch up to the rest of the group and knew a lot about the local animal life.
star-5
First time kayaking.!
Tonisha_M
, Mar 2022
As a first time kayaker I felt very comfortable w/ the tour guides. Tour takes you through the river channels so nothing to crazy.
star-5
Wonderful morning paddle
Robert_B
, Mar 2022
Cade was fantastic. Friendly and knowledgeable. We saw a lot of wildlife . I highly recommend this tour.
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star-5
Awesome Kayak Tour
mmart13
, Mar 2022
Enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide. Very informative and personable. Highly recommend this tour! We saw dolphins that swam along side our kayaks, a bald eagle, an egret, and much other wildlife. Kayaks were easy to control.
star-5
Very fun & highly recommend!
q4c5tdhfm7
, Mar 2022
We loved all the knowledge Cade gave us! He had great enthusiasm and willingness to help us the entire journey! Even saw a few dolphins! Super fun time!
star-5
Fall in love with an estuary because of brilliant guides!
Arin_W
, Mar 2022
Cade, our guide, was incredibly knowledgeable and passionate about the flora, fauna and biodiversity of these precious parts of our ecosystem. Estuaries are the kings of cleaning our water. We saw dolphins and ate fresh oysters!! We learned more from Cade than any other person in Charlston. He was phenomenal. We had a blast! The kayaking was so doable, even in the wind. It was a wonderful experience. You will be enlightened, maybe even inspired. Do this!!

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