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Coastal Expeditions

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514 Mill St Ste B, Charleston, SC 29412
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Kayak coastal tides

We took a guided kayak tour in the coastal tides at Folly Creek. Our guide was very friendly and... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
argylecutter
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Des Plaines, Illinois
TAPS 2018

I had the time of my life on the recent TAPS kayaking expedition hosted by coastal expeditions. Our... read more

Reviewed 3 days ago
LoriCStLouis
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St Louis
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Coastal Expeditions' mission is to take people to beautiful places to experience meaningful things by kayak, SUP, canoe and powerboat. Founded in 1992, Coastal Expeditions is the original outfitter in Charleston, South Carolina and is a family business with a team of exceptional, big-hearted guides. Saltwater and blackwater tours and rentals are available year round from several wildlife-laden spots, including 4 private on-water outposts at Folly, Shem Creek, Isle of Palms and the Bulls Island Ferry.
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Travelers talk about
“boneyard beach” (106 reviews)
“bulls island” (232 reviews)
“shem creek” (140 reviews)
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
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514 Mill St Ste B, Charleston, SC 29412

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Reviewed 2 days ago

We took a guided kayak tour in the coastal tides at Folly Creek. Our guide was very friendly and extremely knowledgeable about all the plants, fish, and animals in the area. We did get to see a pod of dolphins feeding which was very cool....More

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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I had the time of my life on the recent TAPS kayaking expedition hosted by coastal expeditions. Our guides, Geoff and Katie, were amazing – they taught us so much I feel as though I should’ve earned college credit. It was so nice to be...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I kayaked with my husband and 13 year old granddaughter. We each had our own kayak, it was her first time and she paddled like a pro. The staff gave us great instructions. I'd recommend this place anytime.

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Lori, sounds like your granddaughter should come back for a naturalist job in a few years :) Thanks for visiting us at Coastal Expeditions!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

These guys know what they are doing, and obviously enjoy sharing their knowledge and fun-loving personalities with their customers. The boat captain went out of his way to accommodate our party, and made us feel like he was happy to do so. This was the...More

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thank you, Carol, for your kind review! Our Ferry crew does a great job educating our guests and we are happy you think so too! Please come back and see us, here at Coastal Expeditions!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My goodness, I had planned to fly fish today but did not work out so looked for an alternative activity. A local recommended Coastal Expeditions to Bull Island. What a wonderful trip for the day and to have it led by experienced and talented scientists...More

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Our ferry crew, Will and Nick, will be happy to know they could make your trip special. If you are ever back in town, check out many of the other excursions we offer including kayak tours, charter cruises and overnight trips in the lowcountry!

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My dad, step mom, wife and myself booked a 3 hour kayak tour, and it was simply fantastic! The gear and kayaks were really nice and they did a great job providing helpful tips so that paddling is easy and enjoyable (even for beginners). Capt....More

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

What a wonderful adventure on Shem Creek! Phytoplankton remove carbon dioxide from sea water and release oxygen as a by-product, which provides us (humans) the oxygen we need to survive! This production is one of the major sources of oxygen as there is so much...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The boat ride to Bull's Island was incredible..the guide we had gave us so much information on the preservation and overall day to day for the conservationists who work diligently to protect this area. The highlight for me was heading out to Boneyard Beach. You...More

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Jenny, we are so happy you had a great day on Bull Island. There is no shortness of magic on the island- alligators, the boneyard, the mixing of salt water and fresh water environments! Thanks so much for coming out on the Bull Island Ferry!...More

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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great trip out to Morris Island. Captain Henry was friendly, very knowledgeable, great with kids and gave us a bonus history tour on the way back.

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

The views at Morris Island are fabulous! Hope you learned a lot and had an unforgettable experience. Thanks for choosing CEx!

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We decided to go for it even though the weather wasn't exactly perfect for kayaking. We did have to tandem up instead of individual kayaks due to wind and currents making it much harder to paddle in. Our guide, Aaron, was extremely knowledgeable on everything...More

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

March was an extremely windy month for us, here on the coast. Glad that ya'll were up for the extra effort, its not an adventure til something doesn't go as planned. Aaron is a knowledgeable guide and instructor. Hope that we can see you again...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our tour guides Dallas and Cory were amazing! Extremely engaging and knowledgeable about the area, took time to learn everyone’s names and made the experience very personable. The tour was beautiful, windy in the harbor but easy in the marsh. Would definitely recommend and we...More

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Chris C, Owner at Coastal Expeditions, responded to this reviewResponded 6 days ago

Thanks so much for visiting with us! It can get a bit windy in the harbor from time to time, but it makes the paddle that much more satisfying once you make it through the tough part and see a bit of wildlife. Thanks again...More

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Karen B
June 2, 2017|
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Response from Chris C | Property representative |
Hey, Karen! Sunrise trips are a great option in spring, fall, and summer - you can beat the morning heat if you're willing to get up early! Wildlife will vary during different parts of the year. Our dolphins are... More
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Patricia T
July 11, 2016|
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Response from Michelle S | Reviewed this property |
We did a stand up paddle board tour but no experience was needed so I assume the same is true for the kayaking trips.
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Natalie B
March 28, 2016|
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Response from Talleycat |
Hello! You won't find alligators in Shem Creek - gators are freshwater lovers, and Shem Creek is an estuary system! However, you will see gators in abundance (and up close) at Bulls Island on a sunny day.
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