Join us on a full-day sea kayak expedition to see local wildlife, including resident bottlenose dolphins.
The day begins under the shaded canopy of grand oaks at the Farmhouse at Kiawah River, an island village in the Charleston countryside. Heading down to nearby Bobcat Landing, everyone will be fitted to gear and given a short lesson in sea kayaking.
From there the adventure begins. Glide through a maze of salt marsh and tidal flats, keeping an eye out for the abundant wildlife that calls this ecosystem home. Expect to see gregarious pods of bottlenose dolphins and a myriad of birds- herons, eagles, roseate spoonbills and more.
Following a 4-5 mile paddle (timed with the tides for an enjoyable experience), we’ll beach on Captain Sam’s Spit for a well-deserved break. This small shifting island of sand is vital for many important or endangered species including piping plovers, diamondback terrapins and bottlenose dolphins.
On the island, walk the tide line for seaside treasures, birdwatch and enjoy our packed lunches. After this island exploration, we’ll re-launch and head back to our starting point at Kiawah River.
Bottlenose dolphins in this area are known for strand-feeding behavior in this region and we hope to see it on this paddle! We’ll keep a respectable distance from them, using practices we’ve learned through our training with Lowcountry Marine Mammal Network.
This is a fantastic trip for anyone that wants to explore further into the wild places around Charleston
Want to check out our other Kiawah Island Tours? Find them here.
This tour is available by private expedition for groups of 6 or more. Call (843)884-7684 to reserve.
Things to Know
Gear (sea kayak, PFD, paddle, etc.), pre-paddle prep/instruction, and guide.
Up to 6 hours (includes instruction, prep, lunch break and on-water time)
This activity is intermediate to advanced. Participants will kayak on a guided expedition that has been timed with the tides for an enjoyable trip. However, this trip requires paddling for about 5 hours and wind conditions may impact the difficulty level. We recommend this trip for people with kayaking experience, please be prepared to paddle! Tandems are required for this outing.
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-2 liter/person, bagged lunch & snacks, sunscreen.
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 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 72 hours prior or you will not be eligible for a refund for the tour.
You Could Say This Tour Is...
Adventurous, Birding, Dolphins & Wildlife