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2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco Tour provided by Charleston Outdoor Adventures

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2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco Tour

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Overview
This kayaking tour of Folly Creek from Charleston is an ideal way to get out of the city and explore Lowcountry marshes. See the area’s famous sweetgrass and pluff mud as you leisurely maneuver through a saltwater estuary, home to wildlife such as dolphins, pelicans, and loggerhead turtles. Your guide helps you spot the animals and leads you on a safe, fun, and easy route through tidal creeks.
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You'll start at
1871 Bowens Island Rd
1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USAFollow 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.
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    Before departing from our private launching area on Bowens Island, your group will participate in a brief instructional session, safety discussion, and an explanation on how to use the foot driven steering system on your kayaks. During your 2-hour guided eco-tour, you will explore Charleston’s iconic tidal creeks and saltmarsh. While paddling through the estuarine waters behind Folly Beach, your local guide will introduce you to the area's wide variety of wildlife. Keep your eyes peeled for dolphins gracefully playing and feeding, wading birds exploring the shallows, crabs and invertebrates crawling on mudflats, and pelicans diving! Your guide will also discuss the value and functions of the area's major ecosystems.
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You'll end at
1871 Bowens Island Rd
1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USAFollow 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.
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Highlights
  • Bowens Island tidal marshes tour introduces you to Lowcountry wildlife
  • Kayaking tour is good for all levels and uses foot-driven steering
  • Ideal way to get out of Charleston for a few hours
  • Small-group tour for more personalized attention from your guide
What to Expect
After you arrive at your private launching area on Bowens Island, your guide reviews tips for a safe and fun kayaking trip through Charleston’s tidal marshes and gets you comfortable with the equipment. The foot-driven steering system on these kayaks is easy to use. Then, head out on the water. Paddle through quiet creeks and Lowcountry marshes, looking out for wildlife such as dolphins, aquatic birds, and other animals that call this saltwater estuary home. Your guide helps you find the wildlife and answers any questions you have about the area. Because this is a small-group tour, your guide can give every member of the group attention with ease. Must be 13 to operate a single kayak. Your tour concludes back at the dock.
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Important Information
Departure Point
1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • All Necessary Kayaking Gear: kayak, paddle, personal flotation device, and dry bag
  • Professional, Knowledgeable Guide
Exclusions
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • 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.
  • 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 experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Cynthia T wrote a review Mar 2020
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We had a wonderful time. Our guide was attentive, extremely knowledgeable as well as personable. We could not have asked for more.
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Mikaela M wrote a review Mar 2020
Boston, Massachusetts1 contribution
My boyfriend and I had a great time and enjoyed the tour! We had 2 tour guides who shared a lot of interesting facts about the area. I recommend getting a double kayak to snap pictures of the dolphins passing by while on water :)
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Date of experience: March 2020
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ryanmd12 wrote a review Mar 2020
4 contributions1 helpful vote
My partner and I did a 2-hour kayaking tour with Joey and Reese in early March. We had a wonderful experience and it was worth every penny. Check-in was a breeze, safety check was thorough, and quickly we were on the water. The marshlands alone are beautiful. The detail of
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Date of experience: March 2020
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Response from COA_Staff, Manager at 2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
Thank you for the review. We are so glad you enjoyed your tour!
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Mark B wrote a review Feb 2020
51 contributions13 helpful votes
This is an excellent way to get out and explore the salt marshes. If you enjoy bird watching this is the tour for you! I took the 3 hour kayak tour on a beautiful Monday morning and Josh was our guide. As soon as I met Josh, I knew it was going to be an awesome tour. He
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Date of experience: February 2020
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Response from COA_Staff, Manager at 2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco Tour
Responded 2 weeks ago
Hi Mark, thank you for taking the time to leave us a review. We are so glad you had a great time and look forward to seeing you again soon!
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Whitney203 wrote a review Feb 2020
New Fairfield, Connecticut4 contributions
We lucked out by being the only ones on our tour,so it was just the four of us with our guide Joey. Kids are 11 and 9 so we were in two tandem kayaks. We learned about the birds, grasses, and dolphins. We saw a dolphin feeding and then watched 5 pelicans join them. Our guide
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By: Charleston Outdoor Adventures
groberts2004
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Great time with COA
We recently had a couple of Kayak outings with this group and really had a good time. First time was guided and sec
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AMI H
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Great tour company
This is a great tour company! Nice, helpful staff. Great tour to Morris Island with Captain Tripp. Tripp was very k
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clairesN9288NG
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Up close with dolphins and super informative!
Luke and Joey were great captains and educators. Learned a lot about the estuary ecosystems. They captured the inte
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Nashvillelas
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Very Educational
Took this tour so I could see the Morris Island Lighthouse. Was surprised in the ecological information that was s
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LisaAAtl
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Wonderful Nature Tour with Dolphins and Beachcoming
Fantastic time today taking the boat out to Morris Island with Captain Tripp as our guide. He was a wealth of kno
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sydneyd185
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Definitely recommend!
This trip was great and we had a great time! The guide was very knowledgeable and made sure everyone got to see som
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24brooke
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Fantastic excursion
We thought Captain Luke was informative, friendly, and in love with his job. We saw hundreds of sand dollars, lots
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ljwright2014
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Great time at Morris Island
Tri was an awesome tour guide. He thought us so much about the Eco system!We saw so many dolphins and the island wa
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lindalM5967JP
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Charleston eco tour.
My granddaughter and I took the tour to morris island. We had a blast. Even the awful wind and cold didnt keep us f
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patricia21675
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Really relaxing and educational, kids had fun.
First besides telling you how wonderful Josh, our boat captain , was I have to say... if you take this ride in win
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E5157PEjohnl
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Just for the shell of it
Captain Luke was awesome. Great deal of time educating us on small details. The trip to the island was impressive.
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NHCracker
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So Much Information
Very knowledgeable and engaged captain explained more than we even knew to inquire about. Clearly, the love of this
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mamamcd702
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Great experience
We loved our boat ride to and from the island. February was a little chilly, glad we had on coats. Saw so many do
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davidmP1886VN
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Great time
Had a great time and learned a lot would recommend this to anyone. Had fun looking at so many shells
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weldons174
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Wonderful day.
Our guide was excellent, explained so much about the estuary ecosystem. Spent a full hour on the beach by the light
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