charleston birding trips

Explore the salt-marshes of Charleston with your professional naturalist captain aboard our spacious Carolina Skiff. Our open deck and high safety rails make this boat ideal for families and small groups, and our shallow draft allows us to go where most boats can’t. Our  US Coast Guard Master Captains are  professional naturalist with a passion for sharing their knowledge of local ecology and history. There are lots of boats for hire in the Charleston area, the difference really comes down to the captain you hire.  Let us show you the low-country as we see it!

Morris Island Lighthouse and Dolphin Cruise

 Dolphins + undeveloped beach island + historic lighthouse = a great day on the water in Charleston, South Carolina! Our 24ft Carolina Skiff offers a spacious and quiet ride as we cruise the salt marsh estuaries on the way to historic Morris Island. We will take our time on the way to the island to explore creeks and look for bottlenose dolphin, wading birds, and other wildlife. Throw a cast net or pull a crab pot to get a closer look at whats in the water! We will land the boat on Morris Island and have time for exploring the undeveloped beach. The history is deep on this eroding barrier island in the shadow of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Today the lighthouse lies stranded off the island, completely surrounding by the atlantic ocean. This tour can be booked for just about anytime, but low-tide often provides the best wildlife viewing opportunities, and maximum beach access. In the summer months, early morning charters are a great bet to be the first footprints in the sand and to beat the heat!


Private Boat Charter Rate: 2-2.5  tour

2 people= $135  base rate

additional adult passengers + $30

additional kids (16 & under) +$25

Infants No Charge

We operate all of our charters as private events to best meet the needs of our guests, and provide a much more intimate experience with our natural surroundings. As such, trip departure times can be customized to best suite your schedule and to take advantage of the best tidal conditions for wildlife viewing and beach combing. We typically like to operate closer to the low-tide, but trips can be scheduled for anytime. In the summer, mornings and evening tend to be the nicest times to be out on the water. If your not sure when to go, check with us and we can make a suggestion based on tidal conditions for your prospective date.


Morning trips available daily at 9am

Twilight trips available daily at 6:30pm 

Or Call for Low-tide departure times



We are lucky enough to have one of the best departure spots in Charleston for boating! Our private dock facility is located at Crosbys Fish and Shrimp Company, in the Folly Beach area. It provides easy access to quiet and pristine estuaries to explore right out of our backdoor. We have free parking, private restroom facilities, and true low-country culture at its best. Crosby’s is home to some of the local shrimping trawlers, oyster-men, and fisherman, so theres always lots of fresh local seafood available for purchase at the retail shop when you get back, and Friday nights in the spring and summer, its home to the famous Crosby’s Dock party for fresh cooked seafood and music!

2223 Folly Rd Charleston SC 29414