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Upcoming Tour Dates:  May 23, June 2 and June 23.
Trip Times: 9 a.m-2 p.m. / 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Travel through diverse ecosystems – from lush bottom land forests, through freshwater tidal marshlands and remnant rice fields, into a salt-marsh estuary where you’ll find yourself on the front beach of a barrier island looking out across the open Atlantic. 

The Santee was once a busy river teeming with commerce and human activity during the 18th and 19th centuries. It was a main corridor for Europeans, colonists, and early Americans into the interior of the region, and was one of the “rice baskets” of the Lowcountry in its tidal reaches.  Today, it is of the wildest and most scenic rivers in the South, with Audubon-grade backdrops.

We will follow the course of this great river as it slowly meanders and eventually opens up into the largest river delta on the East coast. Along the way we will experience the transition of wetland ecosystems as we look for birds and other wildlife in this wild and remote river delta.

The landscape will start as live oaks, cedars and blooming wildflowers and transition to salt-loving Spartina.  Your wildlife experience will begin with an ecosystem that supports alligators, kites and bald eagles and then open up to bottlenose dolphins, ospreys, gulls and terns.

Once on Cedar Island, you can self-explore this undeveloped barrier island beach or just lay the beach towels out and enjoy the sun and water! After a couple of hours on the island the captain will pick you up and take you back up the river to where we started our journey.

Along the way, we may get good looks at Swallow-tailed Kites. They migrate from Brazil to this area of South Carolina to breed every summer, utilizing the dragonfly-rich swamps as their primary food source. As they soar above the open river corridors, you’ll see how they got their name, feeding on the wing with glimpses of the striking black-and-white plumage and a long, forked tail.  They are an icon of the summer swamp and only here for few months.


Gates Roll, Captain & Guide
Rumored to have been raised by a family of blue crabs (that’s the legend that Capt. Chris tells anyway), Gates is one of the best guides to have even been part of the Coastal Expeditions team.

In 2013, REI Adventures gave him the Top Guide award– one of only 6 people worldwide to get the award that year. He’s just gotten better since then. And the Santee Delta is his genius loci.

Things to Know

ACTIVITY LEVEL
After a guided boat cruise, you will depart directly from the boat onto the beach on a ramp. Once on the island, its up to you whether you want to beach comb, explore or relax.  Cedar Island is a beautiful barrier island and there are no shelters or bathrooms.

WHAT TO WEAR
Shoes that you don’t mind getting wet (Tevas-style shoes are best), a hat, and synthetic clothing (it will dry faster than cotton).  During cooler weather, dress in layers.  Swimsuits optional!

WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water, sunscreen, insect repellent, bagged lunch and snacks. Binoculars if you have them!

BOAT & CAPTAIN
You’ll be on a custom-built, Coast Guard-certified vessel with the capacity to hold 18 people. Your captain is a seasoned naturalist with a 100-ton captain’s license.  Safety is paramount on our excursions, and you’ll feel confident with the condition of our vessels and training of our captains.

NEED TO CANCEL?
You’ll need to cancel 7-days prior to the trip or you will be charged.

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