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Upcoming Dates:
July 21st – 5:30 pm-8:30 pm
July 22nd – 5:45 pm-8:45 pm
August 10th – 8 am-11 am

Call (843)884-7684 to arrange for a private charter.


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 and tax.

TOUR DURATION
3 hours

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Participants will take a boat ecotour.  It is suitable for most activity levels. Please note there are only portable restrooms at the boat landing.

WHAT TO WEAR
Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet, a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton).  To protect from sun and mosquitoes, long pants and sleeves are recommended.  A windbreaker jacket is often a good idea for the boat ride.

WHAT TO BRING
Binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent and a picnic lunch; Everything you bring should fit into a small daypack.

NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to cancel 72 hours prior or you will be charged for the tour.  If weather keeps us from going, you won’t be charged.

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