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Join Kiawah River & Coastal Expeditions on an exclusive paddle and hike of the Kiawah River and surrounding area.

We’ll set off on a naturalist-led hike through the maritime forest of a spectacular Lowcountry oasis at Kiawah River, an island village in the Charleston countryside. We will explore a curated section of the Kiawah River trail system on this 2000-acre wonderland in search of eagles, alligators, wild turkeys, painted buntings, and our object bird, the roseate spoonbill.

After a pause to refresh and prepare for the next phase of our adventure, we will paddle through the tidal flats on the Kiawah River on the saltwater estuary, then hike a few miles around the undeveloped property during the prettiest part of the day. We will leave the mainland behind and venture into the intimate creeks via expedition-style sea kayaks. As we cross this dynamic edge that is the transition between the land and the sea we will experience a dramatic change of both flora and fauna. The ecosystem changes dramatically as the oaks and pines yield to the smooth cordgrass fields of the salt marsh.  Bottlenose dolphins feed in these creeks, and egrets, herons, spoonbills, and wood storks hunt along the edges.  It’s an incredible way to spend your day.

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

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

TOUR DURATION
5 hours (includes instruction, prep, lunch and on-water time)

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Participants will kayak on a guided expedition that has been timed with the tides for an enjoyable trip.  This is an intermediate level tour for anyone with a moderate level of fitness.
Please note there are only portable restrooms at the boat landing.

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.  Mosquitoes can be bad, so long sleeves/pants are recommended.

WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellent, bagged lunch and snacks

NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to cancel 7 days prior to the tour date or you will be charged.  If the weather keeps us from going, you will not be charged.

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