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2-Hour Marsh Kayaking Eco Tour

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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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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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    Charleston Outdoor Adventures
    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 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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  • 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
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • All Necessary Kayaking Gear: kayak, paddle, personal flotation device, and dry bag
  • Professional, Knowledgeable Guide
  • 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
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
About the operator
By: Charleston Outdoor Adventures
New York City, New York
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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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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
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
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
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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Las Vegas, Nevada
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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David M
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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Weldon S
Bonavista, Canada
Wonderful day.
Our guide was excellent, explained so much about the estuary ecosystem. Spent a full hour on the beach by the
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Christina W
Silver Spring, Maryland
Informative, personal and fun!
There were only two of us on this tour on an unusually cold day for Charleston, but Cade (our guide) made us feel
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Jerusalem, Israel
Unique Kayaking with Added Value
We joined a small group and were given a double seated kayak (a bit limited in size for my height, but equipment
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Key Details
  • Duration: 2h
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
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  • Languages Offered: English
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