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2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco Tour

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Enjoy a guided, eco-based kayaking adventure through Folly Creek and its maze of tidal creeks that wrap around uninhabited hammock islands. This 2-hour marsh kayaking excursion is paced for intermediate, novice, and young adult paddlers alike. You and a small-group (up to 12) will experience the pristine coastal marshes, laid back atmosphere, and stunning wildlife of Charleston's estuaries, including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, and assorted waterfowl.
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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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    Stop: 2 hours -
    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 return to the starting point
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, 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.
  • 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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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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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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Great tour ! Saw dolphins and a wood stork. Guide was very knowledgeable We learnt interesting things about the flora and fauna of the salt mash. We’ve already recommended to friends and family
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Response from COA_Staff, Manager at 2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco Tour
Responded 3 days ago
We appreciate you taking the time to share a review. Glad you enjoyed your tour. See you next time!
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Cade gave our family (including two teenaged boys) a special tour of the marsh where we saw a variety of birds and two dolphins. Cade was very knowledgeable about the ecosytem of the salt marsh and imparted important wisdom about how to protect our environment. He also treated
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We had a great time on our Kayak tour of the estuary. We saw seven dolphins, osprey, egrets, multiple bird families, and our guide Cade was excellent explaining the role of nature and the importance of the low country to the area. We felt safe, Cade was knowledgeable, and
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By: Charleston Outdoor Adventures
Mark B
1914
Kayaking:Definite must while in Charleston
This is an excellent way to get out and explore the salt marshes. If you enjoy bird watching this is the tour for
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Patricia C
Mesquite, Texas
8541
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
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Whitney203
New Fairfield, Connecticut
40
2 hour Saltwater Marsh tour
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
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msidlick
Malvern, Pennsylvania
20
Kayak tour folly river
Great tour ! Saw dolphins and a wood stork. Guide was very knowledgeable We learnt interesting things about the
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awh37
New York City, New York
20
Unique and insightful tour!
Cade gave our family (including two teenaged boys) a special tour of the marsh where we saw a variety of birds and
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tomkreider
Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
499
Exciting tour of the Marsh Eco System
We had a great time on our Kayak tour of the estuary. We saw seven dolphins, osprey, egrets, multiple bird
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Abby A
10
An amazing experience!
I am a botanist and wanted to learn some of the plants of the region. I requested a guide who knew about the local
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John L
10
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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NH Cracker
55
So Much Information
Very knowledgeable and engaged captain explained more than we even knew to inquire about. Clearly, the love of
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mamamcd702
Las Vegas, Nevada
465
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
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  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Languages Offered: English
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