Since 1992, the basic mission of Coastal Expeditions has been to take people to beautiful places to experience meaningful things. Being that Charleston is a water town, the best ways to get to these spots are by kayak, canoe or powerboat.  Our guides delight in showing you dolphins feeding in a saltwater creek or the Holy City skyline at sunset.  And they can't wait to take you to the Boneyard on Bulls Island at daybreak or share Charleston history with you as you paddle by historic rice fields.  We offer something for everyone- kayak and paddleboard rentals, daily tours, blackwater adventures, camping and more.  

We offer the kinds of trips that we like to take ourselves.  Whether birding, photography, dolphin-watching, hiking Bulls Island, camping in the national forest, learning a new skill or setting off for a fun afternoon of paddleboarding with your family, we'll make sure that you are prepared, safe and outfitted with the best equipment.

Coastal Expeditions guides are educated throughout the year and are certified in First Aid/CPR and Lifeguarding and, depending on their specialty, have their Captain's License or ACA certification.  Every winter,  the entire staff participates in Guide Training, a multi-day expedition where they learn about the Lowcountry eco-sytems in an immersive environment.   

The main guiding principles of Coastal Expeditions are education and conservation.  We know that you protect what you love, and when you have an experience in nature- a meaningful and real experience- you take that with you forever.  Throughout the year, Coastal Expeditions donates to conservation groups, both monetarily and in time.  Groups like Coastal Conservation League, The Nature Conservancy, Lowcountry Land Trust and Open Land Institute utilize Coastal Expeditions for guide service throughout the Lowcountry of South Carolina.


It was  25 years ago that Anne Gould brought sea kayaking to Charleston and started Coastal Expeditions.  From the public landing on Shem Creek, she would take people into the Charleston Harbor and teach them about bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, oysters and the delicate dynamics at play in the surrounding estuary.  Paddling routes into remote areas in the ACE Basin and Francis Marion National Forest were developed and itineraries were perfected as Anne and her guides explored hardwood bottomland forests and blackwater rivers.  You can see the impact that she has made on the Lowcountry, as now there are several outfitters offering kayaking services, paddling clubs, meet-up groups and weekend warriors that enjoy the sport.

Coastal Expeditions has expanded to three on-water kayaking locations in the Lowcountry, while continuing the vision that Anne developed in 1992.   

Our mission is to share the intricacies of the local ecosystem to enrich, educate and develop advocates for the environment