Santee Delta River Cruise + Beach Drop Book Now

Upcoming Tour Dates:  October 6 and October 20.
Trip Times: 9 a.m-2 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.

“Sometimes I wonder how come everybody doesn’t know about this place,” Crolley said. “There are secrets here that people should know about, mysteries. And the clues are still here.”  – Our Secret Delta, The Post & Courier

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.


 

“Guides Chris Crolley and Gate Roll have deep respect and knowledge of the delta and offer their observations with refreshing lyricism.” –Our Secret Delta, The Post & Courier

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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Santee Delta River Cruise + Beach Drop

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