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We’re offering several trips in June and July!

Protecting and conserving seabird rookery islands has become a cornerstone of the Coastal Expeditions Foundation.  Through ecotours to places like Crab Bank and Bird Key Stono, we are able to share information about these critical nesting grounds with you.  

Our start finds us on the intimate creeks behind Kiawah Island that wind through to the Atlantic Ocean.

The salt marsh estuary is one of the most super bio-diversified ecosystems on Earth.  On our adventure, we’ll explore the salt marsh creeks and ocean tributaries as we identify a myriad of different avian species, searching along the way for pods of gregarious bottlenose dolphins. (Although dolphins are not guaranteed, we do see them almost every time we’re in this part of the Lowcountry.)

We will continue down the Kiawah River as it feeds into the Stono River en route to Bird Key.  Bird Key Stono is one of only four active seabird and shorebird nesting sanctuaries on the South Carolina coast.  The parent birds have been busy pair bonding, nest building and preparing for the summer fledglings that are arriving daily at this point.  Our custom-built vessels work as a fantastic bird blind and offer an unobtrusive vantage point to witness these avian masters of air and water as they go about the daily tasks of feeding, sheltering and teaching their newly hatched young the tricks of the trade. We will be viewing the chicks from a respectful distance.

Things to Know

INCLUDES
Boat ecotour, guide

TOUR DURATION
3 hours

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Participants will take a boat ecotour.  It is suitable for most activity levels.

WHAT TO WEAR
Dress for the weather.  A windbreaker jacket is often a good idea for the boat ride.

WHAT TO BRING
Binoculars, camera

WEATHER
Weather (thunderstorms or high winds) may impact this excursion. Cancellations usually occur due to lightning, thunder or high winds and we will make sure to reschedule your group if needed. Our general cancellation policies apply unless our experts determine it is potentially unsafe or unwise to venture out. In the event that we decide to cancel due to weather, we will make every effort to call you at least two hours before your departure and help you reschedule or credit/refund the full cost of your trip.

GRATUITY
Gratuity is not included in your tour price. Our guides go above and beyond to make sure you have a fantastic time out on the water! Average gratuity ranges from 15%–25% of your tour cost based on your experience. It is not required, but always greatly appreciated!

NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to cancel 7 days prior or you will not be eligible for a refund for the tour.

Bird Key Baby Pelican Cruise

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