Located just a few miles from downtown Charleston on the charming shrimping creek that has become the symbol of Mount Pleasant, our flagship campus offers everything you need for a great day on the water. It's been our home since 1992, when our founder started Coastal Expeditions and brought sea kayaking to the Lowountry.
We are headquartered here because Shem Creek is the perfect introduction to the Lowcountry. Our tours, led by professional guides, share their passion about local history, wildlife and ecology as you take in the views of the Ravenel bridge, Fort Sumter, a shrimping village and downtown Charleston. Dolphins, manatees and a myriad of birds (including pelicans, egrets, herons and ospeys) are frequently seen on Shem Creek tours. No experience needed, we tailor each outing to your group.
If you have questions, please call us at (843)884-7684. We're available to help you pick the right tour, schedule a time that works for your group or provide information about what to expect!
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SHEM CREEK & CHARLESTON HARBOR KAYAK TOUR
Offered two times every day (or by reservation), this is the ultimate introduction to the Lowcountry waterways! You'll kayak from our flagship location past the working shrimp boats into the edge of the Charleston Harbor. Dolphins, manatees (in summer), a bird rookery and unmatched views of the Holy City await! 3 Hours, $65 Adults, $45 12 & under. Find out more
ONE OF THE TOP TOURS
2-HOUR SHEM CREEK KAYAK TOUR
Want an introduction to the Lowcountry but feeling limited for time? Escape for a couple of hours on on picturesque Shem Creek. You'll paddle past working shrimp boats as dolphins (and possibly a manatee or two!) breach nearby. Your guide will share their knowledge about Charleston history and the surrounding ecosystem. This is a good tour if you have younger kids in your group. 2 Hours, $52 Adults, $40 12 & under.
SHARK TOOTH & FOSSIL KAYAK TOUR (October-March)
Looking for something to do with your kids? This kayak tour takes you down historic Shem Creek to Crab Bank Island to search for shark teeth and fossils that are embedded in the sands of Crab Bank Island. Your guide will share tips for spotting these ancient treasures for an outing that is fun and educational! 3 hours, $65 Adults, $45 12 & under. Find out more
CHARLESTON HARBOR SUNSET KAYAK TOUR
Set off on a kayak tour with your naturalist guide at dusk for a special look into the saltwater creek environment! You'll see egrets roosting for the evening, the setting sun glinting off the water's surface and beautiful views of the Charleston skyline. 3 hours, $65 Adults, $45 12 & under.
CRAB BANK BIRD ROOKERY KAYAK TOUR (May-August)
Departing from our Shem Creek location, this tour focuses on the birds that nest on Crab Bank Island, a thriving bird rookery at the entrance to the Charleston Harbor. This is a great tour for photography (for wildlife and extraordinary views of the Holy City skyline) and birding, all while enjoying the sights and sounds of Shem Creek. 3 hours, $65 Adults, $45 12 & under. Find out more
"Coastal Expeditions' knowledge of barrier islands is unmatched."
This was our first trip to Charleston. We only had four days to spend, so we researched fun things to do in and around the city. We wanted to kayak and looked for an outfitter that would do more than just put us on the water. The Coastal Expeditions website was informative and offered a variety of activities. We took a two-hour kayak tour on Shem Creek. Aaron was our guide. He was knowledgable of the area and enthusiastic for its preservation. We learned a lot and had fun in the process. As soon as we were done, we booked a trip to Bulls Island for the next day. (Read more here at TripAdvisor.)