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Charleston Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse
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Charleston Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse

By Charleston Outdoor Adventures
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The uninhabited Morris Island makes a nice contrast to the nearby city of Charleston, but Morris Island isn’t easy to get to, as it’s only accessible by boat. This cruise sets sail from Bowens Island and takes you to Morris Island to spend free time exploring it at your own pace before heading back. Be on the lookout for marine life, such as bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles, from the boat.
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Ages 0-99, max of 21 per group
Duration: 2h 30m
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Highlights
  • This cruise travels to Morris Island, which is only accessible by boat 
  • Explore Morris Island at your own pace
  • Catch sight of dolphins and other marine life, as well as a lighthouse 
  • Fit the cruise into your schedule, with multiple departures offered
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2023

  • 2.5-Hour Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise in Charleston
  • See wildlife including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, wading birds, pelicans, sea turtles, and more
  • Learn information about the local ecosystems and history from your Naturalist Captain
  • Live Narration On Board
  • 1 hour stop at the beach!
  • Fuel surcharge
What's not included
  • Snacks
  • Bottled water
  • Gratuities

Make your way to Bowens Island for your Morris Island eco-cruise. On the water, cruise through inlets, salt marshes, and estuaries near Folly Beach on your way to the island. Keep a lookout for marine life such as dolphins and sea turtles, as well as birds along the route. After you arrive on Morris Island, spend free time exploring independently at your own pace. See the historic Morris Island Lighthouse, go searching for shells, or just relax and take in views of the surrounding area. Your Morris Island cruise ends on the Charleston Harbor and returns to the original meeting location for drop-off.

Start:
  • 1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
    Drive to the end of Bowens Island Road and find our office by the marsh. The parking lot is located on the right as you drive in.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Pushchair accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 50458P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Most travellers can participate
    • Remember to bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, a camera, and a bag for shell collecting if desired. These essentials will help ensure you stay comfortable and prepared throughout the adventure.
    • Dress for the weather with clothes and shoes that are suitable for beach walking. Comfortable, weather-appropriate attire and sturdy footwear will help you fully enjoy the experience on Morris Island.
    • Please note there is a stop at Morris Island where travelers can visit for about 45 minutes to an hour. During this time, you can walk around and explore the island. However, this may pose an issue for wheelchair accessibility. Travelers have the option to remain onboard during this stop if they choose.
    • Restrooms are available before departure. Please note that there are no restrooms available for the duration of the tour.
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early for departure to check in at the Charleston Outdoor Adventures office. This ensures a smooth and timely start to your adventure.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 21 travellers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    The tour operator has provided the following answers to customers’ questions.
    What type of boat is used for the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
    We use a comfortable Carolina Skiff bay boat for this tour.
    Answered Mar 2021
    Is the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse handicap accessible?
    Yes, the boat is accessible. As the island is made up of sandy beaches, guests in wheelchairs may wish to stay on board the boat during the Morris Island stop.
    Answered Mar 2021
    Is the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse appropriate for young children?
    Yes! Children love combing the beach to collect shells and there is a good chance to see native wildlife during the trip.
    Answered Mar 2021
    What should I bring with me on the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
    Bring water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, a camera, and a bag for shells you find on the beach. You can also bring a small cooler with drinks and snacks. Wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting sandy/wet.
    Answered Mar 2021

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 50458P2

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    Anne
    Columbia, MD1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020
    The day after Thanksgiving I went on the Eco Cruise to Morris Island. It's a trip I have enjoyed often, typically taking visitors to Charleston, or going with a neighbor. It's an easy trip. Always remarkable for the beauty and opportunity to be on the water. Shelling on Morris Island is a treat, and the captains are without fail professional and knowledgeable about the surrounding eco system.

    This time, we saw several dolphins, including a mama and a calf. Our captain on this trip was Josh. Because we saw so many dolphins, he wove a lot of dolphin behavior information into his discussion. COA does a good job of making sure their staff really understand the information they are providing and they typically do it in an effective way. Josh is obviously invested in the natural world which made the information he shared that much more valuable. It was a great trip! Safe as well, given we're in a pandemic. Thank you COA!
    Written November 30, 2020
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    Amy and Rick Ross
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    We enjoyed the tour. Our captain was informative and engaging. We saw several dolphins. The captain knew where to look for them and was knowledgeable about all the wildlife we encountered. The time on Morris Island was plenty for shell hunting and walking to see the lighthouse.

    In the settings of Covid our boat was only partially filled but there was still less that 6ft of space between the 3 families and captain. The captain did not wear a mask nor did he enforce/encourage mask wearing for guests. I would tour with this company again but not during the pandemic as I did not feel safe with their masking practice.
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    Laura M
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    We decided at the last minute to take this tour because the weather was unseasonably warm for January. We read the reviews and saw so many folks recently gave great reviews. This was a great afternoon. We learned a lot about the local eco system and had a beautiful boat ride out to the island. Found loads of shells and enjoyed beautiful scenery. A great day!
    Written January 7, 2020
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    TulaKitty
    Santa Rosa, CA410 contributions
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    We originally booked this tour so we could see the Morris Island light. Yes, it is standing out in the water and one cannot get to it, but it was nice to get as close as possible. Captain Josh made the tour very interesting with lots of facts about the flora and fauna. We spent an hour beach combing and picked up a bunch of shells that we were able to collect (there were so many shells). We saw dolphins, pelicans and other birds. Captain Josh even plucked an oyster out and someone ate it raw. We really enjoyed this cruise and would recommend it to our friends if they were visiting the area.
    Written April 23, 2021
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    Patricia C
    Mesquite, TX508 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2020
    First besides telling you how wonderful Josh, our boat captain , was I have to say... if you take this ride in winter... BUNDLE UP! it gets windy and therefor chilly. we were on the boat with some pros who brought blankets which came in handy with the wind and when some of the water was spraying up. In summer no need to worry about all that, I bet it feels awesome lol.
    We saw quite a few dolphins on the boat ride out to Morris island. The boat captain stopped when ever one was spotted so we could watch them. We saw oysters in their natural habitat and pelicans. The boat captain was very knowledgeable about the sea life as well as history of Morris island and Charleston. Morris island was SO full of sea shells, some were as large as my whole hand. we found a lot of sand dollars but most were still living and Captain Josh told us how to tell which ones were living and asked we leave them there. my kids really enjoyed walking the beach and finding a dead crab and jelly fish along with collecting shells.I found it relaxing. We had plenty of time to explore and the whole thing took the 2.5 hours as they stated it would.

    FYI if you take an Uber get his info just in case. Maybe it is because we went in winter. Maybe in summer a lot of people are going back and forth to Folly beach and the Uber and Lyfts are more plentiful in summer but in winter... we had a hard time finding anyone near to come get us. It took almost an hour before we got a ride there to pick us up. I had wished we had gotten the Uber driver's info who took us out there to at least call and see if he could take us back to the historic Charleston area when we were done. it ended up being a lyft we got to take us back.
    Written February 27, 2020
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    Mohammad E
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    May 2022 • Family
    The tour was supposed to be 2.5 hours but because of rainy weather conditions, they finished in 1.15 hour ( we already knew it is gonna rain but they wanted to give it a shot and they said they will do partial refund after it). When we asked about refund amount, they said they will decide after the tour depending on the duration. We were 5 people and paid $270 in total. The trip was very short, they refunded only $50. They should have refunded us half of the tickets since we only went for half of the tour. Moreover, we did not see anything; just two birds and 2 small dolphins. It was really waste of money and will not do again for sure and do not recommend it to others.
    Written May 7, 2022
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    Jenny O
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    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Aug 2022 • Family
    We had an excellent experience! Captain Dallas was knowledgeable, funny, and personable. He interacted with members of our party of all ages, kept us entertained, and even remembered everyone’s name on the boat! We saw many dolphins, an incredible sunset, and found sand dollars while walking on the beach at the lighthouse. We would not hesitate to go again!
    Written August 3, 2022
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    ELNO523
    West Hartford, CT2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The folks at Charleston Outdoor Adventures have their act together - from booking to boating it was all smooth sailing. Captain Dallas was knowledgeable about the environs and inhabitants of the marsh — not to mention entertaining. We saw a large number of dolphins, some strand feeding and a pair surfing in our boats wake. It was a wonderful afternoon on the water, not to be missed.
    Written October 23, 2021
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    Elizabeth S
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2021
    This was a phenomenal tour packed with education and fun. Tripp was our Captain and he is both kind and extraordinarily knowledgeable about the Charleston waters and animals. He held our attention throughout with easy to understand conversation about the waterway and was amazing at helping us spot dolphins. We saw entire pods, including a mama and her baby swim right by our boat! We also saw a number of other animals and fowl that Tripp said are rare to see. It is fascinating that he can both captain the boat and be on the lookout for so many rare animals and fowl at the same time. This was easily the best tour in Charleston that we have been on. We hope to be back and take their 5 hour fossil tour.
    Written June 29, 2021
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