Family Kayak Tour (2-hr) | Isle of Palms Book Now

The Family Paddle is simply a 2-hour version of our Daily Tour from the Isle of Palms.  Same guides, same gear, just tailored to the needs of younger families.

Departing from our Isle of Palms Outpost at the marina, you’ll find yourself situated at the beginning of the longest contiguous stretch of undeveloped coastline on the Eastern seaboard.  What does that mean for you?  Wildlife is abundant here.  Bottlenose dolphins, blue crabs, sea turtles, oysters, pelicans, egrets and myriad of other species feed and live in this part of the estuary.

If conditions are ideal, we’ll pull the kayaks up on a verdant hammock island to stretch our legs and swim along the bank (its oyster-free).  Your guide will show your family the native plants and animals that live on the small island, including edible plants and tiny wharf crabs on a brief nature walk, too!

Your guide will engage your children with stories about pluff mud and pirates while teaching them about the intricacies of the salt marsh.  It’s a great way to explore the waters that surround this island oasis.

Don’t see a date on the calendar that works for you? Check out our Shem Creek Family Kayak Tour offerings, about 15 minutes from IOP!

Things to Know

INCLUDES
Gear (sea kayak, PFD, paddle, etc.), pre-paddle prep/instruction, guide, and tax.

TOUR DURATION
2 Hours (includes instruction, prep and on-water time)

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Participants will kayak on a guided expedition that has been timed with the tides for an enjoyable trip.

PARKING FEE
The Isle of Palms Marina charges a $10 fee for parking. We recommend carpooling, riding bikes or getting an Uber as parking can be limited.

WHAT TO WEAR
Shoes that will stay on your feet, a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton).  During cooler weather, dress in layers.

WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen (both available for purchase)

WEATHER POLICY
If the guide feels that it will be UNSAFE to run (ie. thunder, lightning, or high winds) Coastal Expeditions will cancel at no charge to you. We will contact you before your trip if weather is going to be an issue. If you decide not to go due to light rain or hot/cold weather you need to cancel 24 hours in advance to avoid being charged.

NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to cancel prior to 24-hours or you will be charged for the tour.

You Could Say This Tour Is...

Featured, Dolphins & Wildlife, Young Kid Friendly

Trip Advisor Reviews

We have two little ones who have been long hoping to kayak, but we are far from experts ourselves. Enter Olivia from Coastal Expeditions. She very patiently - and with great enthusiasm - talked 8 and 5 years olds through what I assume is an abbreviated version of the typical tour (not in time, but distance covered) - but which felt like a grand adventure to all involved. All the while paddling from kayak to kayak engaging all in interesting and friendly conversation and pointing out interesting birds and wildlife, and natural features (along with great kayaking tips). By the end, we all felt like we had substantially improved skills - and a real desire to return. Already none of us can wait until next time. While I'm sure all their guides are great, if you have young kids with you, ask for Olivia - she was terrific. Things to bring - sunscreen, hats, water bottles, and if (like us) you are not experienced in kayaking - a sense of humor.
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Family Kayak Tour (2-hr) | Isle of Palms

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Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant Rentals

Offering Kayaks and Paddleboards

Take in the stunning beauty of local creeks and waters from one of our kayaks or SUPs. 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 Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant tours.

Rent a Kayak or Paddleboard Click to Book via Text

Isle of Palms Rentals

Offering Kayaks and Paddleboards

Take in the stunning beauty of local creeks and waters from one of our kayaks or SUPs. 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.

Rent a Kayak or Paddleboard Click to Book via Text