St. Phillips Island Ferry Book Now

Current Ferry Schedule
The summer schedule is tidal dependent. Please click Book Now to view the calendar to see available dates.
9 a.m.- 2 p.m.
11 a.m.-4p.m.

Adults $55/Kids 12 & under $35


 

Escape from the mainland to this hidden getaway!

Departing from the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center, the boat tour to St. Phillips Island is a naturalist-led ecotour along the Story River to the St. Phillips Island dock. Once we reach the island, a park ranger will welcome everyone to the island before boarding the tram to the beach.

You’ll have time to beach comb, hike interior trails or simply relax on the beach with  a picnic.  After your ramblings on this pristine barrier island, the tram will take you back to the dock for the return trip to the mainland.

“A salty Eden where dolphins leap and vivid painted buntings perch on low branches while eagles and ospreys gaze from the treetops.”
-Southern Living, January 2021

For nearly 40 years, St. Phillips Island was a beach retreat for conservationist Ted Turner and his family.  During that time, trails were thoughtfully carved through the maritime forest and habitats for species like fox squirrels, loggerhead sea turtles and indigo snakes were restored. With ancients dunes and a mature forest dominated by Spanish moss-draped live oaks, Southern magnolia and saw palmetto, St. Phillips Island is a nature lover’s paradise, providing critical habitat for alligators, sea turtles, bobcats and a myriad of seasonal and resident bird species, including bald eagles, roseate spoonbills and painted buntings. In 2017, Hunting Island State Park acquired St. Phillips Island.



Love the sound of this adventure but want to stay on the boat? Try this dolphin-watching tour on the Story River.

Things to Know

COVID-19 SAFETY
As of May 10, 2021, masks are optional for participants of Coastal Expeditions tours. We are continuing to operate our boats at a reduced passenger capacity to allow for social distancing. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we are using guidance from the CDC and other regulatory agencies to adapt as new data emerges.

ARRIVE EARLY
The St. Phillips Ferry departs as scheduled and will not wait for late arrivals.  Arrive 30 minutes early and meet at the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center for registration.

WHAT TO WEAR
St. Phillips Island is a remote barrier island, so dress for hiking.  Dress in layers and wear a hat for sun protection.  Once you get to the beach, you can ditch your shoes and dip your toes in the Atlantic, but you’ll want closed-toe walking shoes while you are hiking the roads and trails of the island.

WHAT TO BRING
Small backpack with plenty of drinking water, lunch, sunblock, insect repellent.  Don’t bring anything that is difficult to carry or that takes up excess space. Please bring a form of payment with you on the day of your tour.

ACTIVITY LEVEL
Once you reach the island, you’ll board a tram and ride 3.5 miles to the beach.  From there, you can explore the shoreline or head into the interior island trails.  You’ll need to be able to walk 1/4 mile from the tram to the seashore. The captain and mate can help you plan a route that fits your expectations and time on the island.

PARK ADMISSION
Admission to Hunting Island State Park is not included in your tour price. Please check their website for current rates.

DOG POLICY
We love dogs, but they are not permitted on the public ferry service.

WEATHER POLICY
If the captain feels that it will be UNSAFE to run (ie. thunder, lightning, or high winds) Coastal Expeditions will cancel at no charge to you. We will contact you before your trip if weather is going to be an issue. If you decide not to go due to light rain or hot/cold weather you need to cancel 48 hours in advance to avoid being charged.

NEED TO CANCEL?
There is a 48-hour cancellation policy.  If you need to cancel or reschedule, please call (843) 884-7684.

St. Phillips Island and Hunting Island are part of the South Carolina State Park Service. Read more here

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