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Coastal Expeditions Charleston Kayak Tours

A guest enjoying a tour of Shem Creek.
A guest enjoying a tour of Shem Creek. © 2013 Audra L. Gibson

Beautiful Backdrops and Experienced Kayak Guides

When it comes to kayak tour experience in the Charleston area, Coastal Expeditions is the name to know. The family-owned business has been providing guests with stellar adventures since 1992, and has a variety of different tours and locations for patrons to take advantage of. The tour guides are dedicated naturalists who are eager to share the natural beauty and wildlife of the rivers, salt marshes, and blackwater in the Lowcountry for paddlers at most any level.


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A pelican rests on Crab Bank Island just off Shem Creek. © 2013 Audra L. Gibson. All Rights Reserved.
A pelican rests on Crab Bank Island just off Shem Creek. Be on the lookout for these birds during your kayak tour.

Half Day Kayak Tours at Multiple Locations in Charleston

Coastal Expeditions offers guests a variety of half day tours that run either two or three hours in length across three Lowcountry locations. A half day tour is enough time for guests to really enjoy a taste of the water, but does not require an extreme level of physical exertion. For parents of younger children (or couples that want to stick together) tandem kayaks are also available for most of the tours Coastal Expeditions offers. Below is a quick overview of each location.

Shem Creek Kayak Tours

Shem Creek is Coastal Expeditions flag-ship location and offers an incredible overview of the Lowcountry from the water. Guests will paddle past Shem Creek shrimp boats on their way out of the creek and be greeted with views of downtown Charleston, the Ravenel Bridge, and residential Mt. Pleasant. A bevy of birds frequent this kayaking spot including ospreys, egrets, herons, and pelicans. Guests are also likely to catch a glipse of playful dolphin and quite frequently even a manatee or two. This spot is also in close proximity to some popular Mt. Pleasant eateries in case you feel like grabbing a bite after your tour.


Isle of Palms Kayak Tours

This island town is a popular place for folks who love the water to rent a house and stay for the week. The Atlantic isn't the only water to enjoy on IOP. Kayak tours leave daily from the Isle of Palms Marina and give guests the opportunity to paddle through the gorgeous salt marsh estuary. Guests are often impressed by the beauty of Seven Reaches Creek, Gray's Bay, and a playful dolphin or two.

Kayak Tour Coupon Code

Guests who would like to book a kayak tour in Charleston are encouraged to take advantage of the Traveling Ink Coupon promotional code when they book online. Check availability for any of Coastal Expeditions locations by clicking the appropriate button below and use the following coupon code when checking out.

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*All of Coastal Expeditions offerings include knowledgeable guides and necessary rental equipment.

Things You'll Want To Bring While You Paddle

The two most important things guests will want with them when taking a kayak tour or rental are water and sun protection. It is vital that guests stay hydrated on the water, so bring a bottle of water or your favorite Nalgene along for the ride (about 1 liter per person is recommended). It is also important that patrons protect themselves with sunscreen and a hat. In addition, guests should bring shoes they don’t mind getting wet (Teva or Chaco-style footwear works well). Paddlers should wear clothes they don’t mind getting wet (synthetic fabrics dry the quickest) and should dress in layers during cooler weather.

Coastal Expeditions Addresses and Contact Info


Shem Creek
514-B Mill Street, Mt. Pleasant, SC
Located at the Shem Creek Maritime Center by the dry stack marina
(843) 884-7684

Morgan Creek - IOP
41st Avenue, Isle of Palms, SC
Located at the Isle of Palms Marina
(843) 886-9590

Cape Romain & Bulls Island
498 Bulls Island Road, Awendaw , SC
(843) 881-4582

Traveling Ink Tour Tip 

Traveling Ink team members had the great fortune of seeing a variety of wildlife on their Shem Creek tour, including jumping shrimp, pelicans, egrets, herons, dolphins, and manatees. The natural surroundings would have made a great tour alone, but the addition of the wildlife was an extra blessing.

Guests who are into wildlife may want to consider booking a tour time closer to low tide for an elevated chance of seeing more birds, fish, and mammals out on the water.


source: Coastal Expeditions

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