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Escape to Bulls Island on one of our most popular excursions!

The adventure  begins as you board the ferry and head to Bulls Island. As we navigate through the fields of Spartina that edge the estuary creeks to the island, the captain and mate share their knowledge and passion about the refuge, the wildlife and the regional history.

The ecotour to the island takes about 30 minutes, and it is not uncommon for us to see loggerhead sea turtles, pods of gregarious bottlenose dolphins, bald eagles and some of the 293 bird species that live in Cape Romain. While on board, you’ll be able to move around to take in the pristine views and examine the natural specimens (like an alligator skull and loggerhead sea turtle ribs) on the “touch table”.

Once on the island, you’ll be on your own to explore the 16 miles of trails and seven miles of sandy beach.

The well-tended roads and trails and large expanse of pristine beach make Bulls Island perfect for exploration by foot.  Because there are no cars on the island, you can quietly approach a covey of ducks on Jacks Creek or alligators basking in the sun.  Bring your binoculars and a birding book to take full advantage of the observatory platforms on the island.

The jewel of the island is the magnificent Boneyard Beach.  Located at the north end of the island, Boneyard Beach is a forest stranded in the surf.  This majestic area is reason enough to go to Bulls Island and many visitors go directly to the beach to witness this beautiful sight.  If you are planning to enjoy Boneyard Beach, we recommend that you spend a full day on Bulls Island.

The Boneyard is the perfect spot for a picnic lunch as you watch the waves roll over sun-bleached oaks. This three-mile stretch of beach at the northeast corner is the result of the surf that is steadily moving sand away from this end of the island.  The hundreds of oaks, cedars and pines that are left behind are weathered by the salt and sun to create a skeletonized forest in the sand.

Things to Know

CURRENT SCHEDULE
Departs at 9 and 12:30 
Returns at Noon & 4

ARRIVE EARLY
The Bulls Island Ferry departs Garris Landing promptly.  Arrive 15-30 minutes early and walk to the end of the pier.

WHAT TO WEAR
Bulls Island is a 5,000-acre remote barrier island, so dress for hiking.  Dress in layers and wear a hat for sun protection.  Once you get to the beach, you can ditch your shoes and dip your toes (or swim) in the Atlantic, but you’ll want closed-toe walking shoes while you are hiking the roads and trails of the island.

WHAT TO BRING
Small backpack with plenty of drinking water, lunch, sunblock, insect repellant.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Following a 30-minute eco tour to the island, participants explore the island by foot. There are 16 miles of trails and over 7 miles of beaches.  The captain and mate can help you plan a route that fits your expectations and time on the island.

BICYCLES
You must make a reservation for your bike or you will have to leave it at the landing.  Call (843)884-7684 to reserve.  Space is limited.  Read this first if you’ve never brought a bike to Bulls.

NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to call at least 48-hours ahead or you will be charged for the trip.

You Could Say This Tour Is...

Best Seller, Adventurous, Birding, Dolphins & Wildlife, Young Kid Friendly

Trip Advisor Reviews

If you want to experience a true slice of the Lowcountry, then I highly recommend this trip! My sister and I visited yesterday with my niece (11) and nephew (9) and it was a huge hit! This is the first time we have taken this trip....but it won't be our last. Will and Nick from Coastal Expeditions shared lots of great info about the island, wildlife we could expect to see, and their habitat. It was informative, entertaining and fun! The kids had a blast exploring the beach looking for shells and we saw dolphins, blue crabs, birds and lots of other wildlife. We will definitely take bikes on our next visit. It's a great way to see a little more of the island. Bring plenty of water, food and snacks...and hit the trails for a trip you will not soon forget!
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