Charleston Kayak Safari | Shem Creek 2-hr Book Now

You haven’t really seen Charleston until you’ve seen it by water.  And we think that there isn’t a better way than by sea kayak.

Shem Creek meanders through the saltmarsh and into Charleston Harbor, making it the perfect spot for the chance to see iconic Lowcountry wildlife like bottlenose dolphins and Eastern brown pelicans.  Along the oyster-lined banks, egrets and herons hunt for crabs and shrimp while osprey fly overhead.  In the summer months, manatees and sea turtles return to the creek and will sometimes pop to the surface as we paddle by.  We’ve led tours on Shem Creek for 30 years and we’re still amazed at the amount of wildlife that congregates here.

The kayak guides at Coastal Expeditions are all experienced naturalists with a knack for storytelling.   As they lead you down the creek past shrimp boats, they’ll share tales of Charleston’s rich history- all while making sure that you never miss a wildlife moment.

No experience needed and fun for all ages.  When you arrive, your kayak and other gear will be ready for you, and our team will teach you everything you need to know to have a great time on the water.  Coastal Expeditions sea kayaks are selected to be very stable and user-friendly.  


Don’t see a date or time that works for your group?  We offer private tours for groups of 6 or more when available. Call (843)884-7684 and a tour specialist will get you set up!

Things to Know

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

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

ACTIVITY LEVEL
You will kayak on a guided expedition that has been timed with the tides for an enjoyable trip.

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- 1 liter/person, sunscreen (available for purchase).

WEATHER
Inclement weather may impact this excursion. Cancellations usually occur due to lightning, thunder or high winds and we will make sure to reschedule you 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 before your departure and help you reschedule or credit/refund the full cost of your trip.

GRATUITY
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 prior to 24-hours or you will not be eligible for a refund for the tour.

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Charleston Kayak Safari | Shem Creek 2-hr

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