UNMATCHED WILDLIFE OPPORTUNITIES
Located just 30 minutes north of the city, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge is Charleston's Wilderness. This 66,000-acre refuge contains saltwater estuaries, barrier islands, freshwater impoundments and maritime forests, providing critical habitat plants and animals. Bottlenose dolphins raise their calves in these protected creeks, loggerhead sea turtles nest on the island beaches and nearly 300 species of birds migrate through or are year-round residents.
The Cape Romain Kayak Tour takes you through the saltwater estuary from the mainland to Bulls Island. As you wind through the emergent oyster beds, your guide will share stories about the region's history from the time of Sewee Native Americans to the present. Birds like Great Blue Herons, American Oystercatchers, Marsh Hens and Black Skimmers will be observed feeding along the edges of the creeks. And a few of the resident dolphins are likely to make an appearance along the way, undisturbed by the quickly rhythm of the paddles.
Once to Bulls Island, we'll pull the kayaks to shore and take a break and enjoy an oceanside picnic. After some beach combing on this pristine, undeveloped beach, we'll paddle back through the estuary to civilization. Timed with the tides, this trip will utilize the incoming and outgoing tides to help us with our journey.
COST & TRIP LENGTH
The trip cost for this 6-hour adventure is $85/adult and $55/12 & under. This price includes gear (kayak/canoe, PFD, paddle, etc.), transportation to the put-in, pre-trip prep/instruction, lunch and the on-water experience. Tax is already included in the price.
Participants will kayak on a guided expedition that has been timed with the tides for an enjoyable trip. This is an intermediate level tour for anyone with a moderate level of fitness.
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.
WHAT TO BRING
Drinking water (4 liters/person), sunscreen, insect repellent, bagged lunch and snacks
Sea Kayaking, Dolphin-Watching, Birding, Photography, Charleston History