Take The Bulls Island Ferry To

Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge

About Bulls Island
Bulls Island Is Not For Everyone.

But if you like birding, pristine hiking, beach combing, unmatched naturalist-guided tours through the estuary, bald eagles, alligators, dolphins, otters, and the chance to get away from the mainland, all within 66,000+ acres of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, then Bulls Island might just be for you.

Alligator / Alligator mississippiensis

Bottlenose dolphin / Tursiops

Take the Bulls Island Ferry and explore some of the 16 miles of trails and roads, 7 miles of undeveloped shoreline to connect with nature and yourself.

Ferry Schedule

The Bulls Island Ferry runs year-round, taking passengers to Bulls Island from Garris Landing in Awendaw. Following a 30-minute ecotour through Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, the Ferry docks at Bulls Island and passengers depart to explore the island on their own.

Make sure every person in your party reserves a spot, regardless of age. Families of 5 or more receive a ticket for 1 child at no charge.

If you are taking a different tour (Bulls Island Beach Drop, Lighthouses Tour, etc.), please check your reservation for departure times and/or departure point.

Adults

$40

Ages 3-12

$20

2 & Under

Free

Summer Schedule

March 1 - November 30

Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat

Departs 9 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.

Returns Noon & 4 p.m.

Winter Schedule

December 1 - February 28

Saturdays Only

Departs 10 a.m.

Returns 3 p.m.

Arrive Early

  • We recommend that you arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled departure time.
  • Once you have parked, gather your things and walk to the end of the pier.
  • If you don't see the boat and crew, know that they are on their way. The boat will leave on time, so don't be late!
  • Bikes require prior reservation; Call (843)884-7684 to make your reservation

How to Dress & What to Bring

  • Watch the weather and dress for hiking; Long pants and long sleeves are recommended
  • Hiking boots or walking shoes (not flip-flops) and hat
  • Pack drinking water, lunch or snacks, insect repellent, and sunscreen
  • Other things you may want: Towel, bathing suit, or binoculars

About Cape Romain

Located just 30 minutes north of the city, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is Charleston's Wilderness. This 66,000-acre refuge contains saltwater estuaries, barrier islands, freshwater impoundments and maritime forests, providing critical habitat plants and animals. Bottlenose dolphins raise their calves in these protected creeks, loggerhead sea turtles nest on the island beaches and nearly 300 species of birds migrate through or are year-round residents.

Directions

GARRIS LANDING
498 Bulls Island Road
Awendaw, South Carolina 29429
(843) 884-7684

FROM CHARLESTON:
Take Highway 17 North past Mount Pleasant
Turn right onto Sewee Road (you will see a sign for the BULLS ISLAND FERRY)
Turn right onto Bulls Island Road and drive to the end of the road

FROM GEORGETOWN/MYRTLE BEACH:
Take Highway 17 south towards Awendaw
Turn left onto Doar Road at the second entrance off Hwy 17 (there is a white building with a red roof at the corner)
Take the very next right onto Sewee Road
Turn left onto Bulls Island Road and drive to the end of the road

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Call or text 843.884.7684 to book.

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Offering Kayaks

Take in the stunning beauty of local creeks and waters from one of our kayaks. Walk-ups are welcome or call / text to book and we’ll be ready when you are. All gear and instruction provided.

Call or text 843.884.7684 to book.

Outpost Location

Need A Guide?

If you really want to get a feel for the local history, identify the native wildlife, and get to special places, you'll need someone experienced to show you the way. We'll get you there.

Check out our Isle of Palms tours.

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