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Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist in Charleston

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  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Updated 28/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
A note from Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist in Charleston
*Health Check* - If you or anyone in your group is experiencing COVID 19 symptoms, we will work directly with you to cancel or reschedule your tour. *Masks Optional* - Masks are not required and are NOT provided. Recognizing that each guests have their own level of comfort, they are optional. BYOM
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Updated 28/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Overview
With a certified naturalist on board this boat tour through the estuaries of Charleston Harbor, you’ll get all your questions answered. Step foot on Morris Island, admire the city skyline and coastline, and keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins and birdlife. You’ll have the opportunity to pull up a crab pot for the catch of the day.
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You'll start at
Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA1/2 block from the SC Aquarium
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    Coastal South Carolina
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    On this tour of Charleston Harbor and its amazing waterways and incredible uninhabited islands, the guide will show you numerous species of shorebirds such as Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Eastern Brown Pelicans, and Least Terns in their natural habitat. You will also see dolphins that are often at play as they demonstrate their presence in the creeks and the harbor. The small group will also see Morris Island, an 840-acre island that lies in the outer reaches of the harbor, which was strategically built because of its location in the American Civil War. Morris Island was heavily fortified to defend Charleston harbor and now is home to a beautiful ecosystem with amazing picturesque views.   The group will also explore Barrier Island as the naturalists will continue to explore the beach with you and explain the habitats of the abundant wildlife as seen in Charleston Harbors’ estuaries.
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    Pass by Fort Sumter National Monument
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Charleston Maritime Center
10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA1/2 block from the SC Aquarium
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Highlights
  • Charleston Harbor cruise with landing on Morris Island
  • Hear expert commentary from a certified naturalist
  • Search for seashells and learn about native birds
  • Small-group tour is limited to 15 passengers
Important Information
Departure Point
Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Duration
2h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • Boat
  • Guide
Exclusions
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Maximum is 15 people per booking
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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 49 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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Kris N wrote a review Aug 2020
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The captain, naturalist, and reservation specialist were all so friendly and personable. The tour was informative and fun. We saw so many more dolphin than I expected. I liked the tour so much I booked a haunted cruise for the next day.
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Date of experience: August 2020
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Response from Carolinaboy2001, Owner at Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist in Charleston
Responded 4 weeks ago
Thank you so much for your awesome review! We are so glad that you enjoyed the nature tour and that our friends showed up..🐬 We hope you enjoyed the ghost tour as much as the nature!! Thanks again.
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Traveler485421 wrote a review Aug 2020
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We took this harbor and island tour and had a great time. Smiley was an awesome guide and made the experience was enjoyable! The captain of the boat was also very informative and interactive. I would definitely recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Carolinaboy2001, Owner at Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist in Charleston
Responded 10 Aug 2020
We are so glad that y’all enjoyed the nature tour and really appreciate you taking the time to write such a great review. We are thankful to have such great staff. Hope to see y’all aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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Atraveler12@ wrote a review Jul 2020
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Captain Joe and Nick did a great job. Very informative and a fun, relaxing trip. Saw no dolphins which was slightly disappointing, but Morris Island and the shark teeth were very cool, and both kids and adults enjoyed it.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Response from Carolinaboy2001, Owner at Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist in Charleston
Responded 17 Jul 2020
Thanks so much for the great review. We really appreciate it. So glad that y’all enjoyed the nature tour and were able to see some shark teeth. We are sorry that the dolphins had a late night out and decided to sleep in during the trip. Hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again, when the dolphins are fully rested. 😉
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Jordan F wrote a review Jun 2020
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Our guide, Smiley, did great educating us on the history of the harbor and the different wildlife we encountered. We have a 2 1/2 year old son and he loved it and our guide did great interactions with him. We saw dolphins as soon as we left! And had a great time overall. Would
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Date of experience: June 2020
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Response from Carolinaboy2001, Owner at Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist in Charleston
Responded 24 Jun 2020
Wow. What an awesome review. Thank you so much! We are so glad that y'all enjoyed the Nature Tour. Smiley does a great job for us and we are so happy that you agree. We hope to see you aboard the Palmetto again soon.
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Heather M wrote a review Sep 2019
Dallas, Texas136 contributions27 helpful votes
I'm so glad we booked this tour! It was even a rainy day and we had so much fun! The naturalist told us a lot of facts about the animals and also about the history in the area. It was great for both kids & adults! I highly recommend this tour!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Boykin123, Owner at Nature Boat Tour with Certified Naturalist in Charleston
Responded 3 Sep 2019
Thanks for coming out with us! You can still have fun on a boat when it's a light rain. We had a roof over our head! We hope to see you again in the future on a sunny day! Captain Bryan Sandlapper Tours
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Fun cruise, definitely recommend!
The sunset cruise was great. The captain and crew were very knowledgeable, friendly, and entertaining. Boat ride ha
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tartegirl50
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Relaxing, fun, great music/Crazy Train
My husband and I took a sunset cruise, even though we had an overcast. It was still fun, relaxing and cool breezes.
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Vacation237416
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The best!
Captain Robert's sense of humor was fantastic! Nick Smiley was also eager to help and funny. Very enjoyable experie
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Haunted Ghost Cruise
Mr. Macy was very informative and animated in his tales of the ghostly city of Charleston. The weather was perfect
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Serenalfg
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EXCELLENT tour!
Lee is an AWESOME storyteller! Multi-generation tour guide & true Charlestonian, her first hand knowledge shows and
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Haunted Ghost Water Tour
Lee was a wonderful story teller and had facts with pictures to back up her stories about the surrounding area. I d
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Cristina M
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Awesome Relaxing Cooling ride at sunset
Very nice chilling experience. It was soo hot in town; the breeze on the boat felt great! Tour guides were excell
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lisanky
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Relaxing boat ride
My husband & I took our almost 2 year old on this sunset boat ride. We all enjoyed ourselves. The guide Nick Smiley
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S8351BSjudyc
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Not as advertised ok if your a beginner ghost follower.
Not for those that are experienced. Same ole stories. Says going to places that can't be reached. But Just cruis
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dorcasj545
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Fabulous
So much fun Sarah and John (I’m hoping I got that right) were great and so much fun. Would definitely do this again
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Great cruise!
Great cruise and very informative of all that we were seeing! They were open to questions and happily answered.
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Ghost tour
It was a fantastic evening. Ed Macy Does an amazing job storytelling with vivid details of the specific ghost encou
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Sunset Tour
Fantastic experience!!! Would DEFINITELY RECOMMEND!!! Our Captain was very knowledgeable of the history and our bar
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Z4384DAmelissaw
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Good time
Great to hear some history and hear about ghost sightings. The bridge story was sad but interesting.
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Tracy L
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Nice ride
We went out hoping to see Dolphins, which we didn't. They did take us to Morris Island and we got off the boat and
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