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C
7 December 2019

Went on the St Phillips expedition. It was a fun day with knowledge guides and amazing scenery! Very enjoyable day!

L
23 November 2019

Best day trip ever... Alligator Walk...wonderful guides, scenery, and wildlife... Highly recommend!!!

G
3 November 2019

I recently completed the Saltmarsh Sunrise kayak tour. It was really cool to start the day kayaking in the dark and watching the world wake up on the water (from the beautiful sunrise to seeing and hearing the birds begin their days). It was made much better by our wonderful guide Scott who was quite knowledgeable and clearly passionate about this ecosystem. Thanks for the experience Coastal Expeditions! More...

S
28 October 2019

Our family did the fossil hunting tour for our daughter's birthday and we loved it. Capt. Henry and Anna were both very knowledgeable about the history of the area but also the tides and sea life. This was our second expedition with Coastal and we are hooked. Thanks for helping us make wonderful memories! More...

L
17 October 2019

My wife and I use Coastal Expeditions whenever we are in Charleston and feel like spending a day on the water.   We have used them several times and frankly each time gets better.     The location is perfect at Shem's Creek for our visits, the staff is top notch truly understanding we are experienced kayaker's and hitting the highlights of kayak safety in the local waters while not bogging down with trivia.   This is IMHO the best outfitter in the area and they have our business hands down More...

J
13 October 2019

Coastal Expeditions is the premier Ecotour business in the Charleston and Mt Pleasant area. If you want to see, enjoy and learn about the local, unique natural habitats this area has to offer, Coastal Expeditions has the field trip for you. Barrier island exploration by ferry and hiking, kayaking, paddle boarding, kids summer camps and more are offered with expert guides sharing fascinating information about the local history and culture, as well as teaching you the captivating secrets of the local flora and fauna. More...

D
11 October 2019

We saw dolphins, lots of birds. even a king fisher and osprey. it was extremely windy and difficult to paddle against the wind and tide. our guide Liz, did the best she could with us under those conditions. More...

C
6 October 2019

The staff at Coastal Expeditions is the best around. They’re knowledgable about the tides, wind, and water conditions so they can recommend the best possible paddle for you on any given day. Plus there’s ample parking, as a bonus. More...

J
2 October 2019

We took the Bulls Island Beach Drop excursion this past weekend. It was wonderful! The boat ride was great. We got to see lots of dolphins! Will and Nick were wonderful! Hearing Will give a history of the area and talking about the wildlife and shells was just as great as the island itself! Will definitely do this again! My 2 children enjoyed it as well! More...

G
30 September 2019

Did the Bull Island Drop yesterday! What a awesome trip! The boat ride, the beach and the shells and sand dollars were awesome! Nick and Will were terrific! Learned and saw so much! Looking forward to another trip very soon. More...

G
30 September 2019

Did the Bull Island Drop yesterday! WOW! What a trip! The boat ride, beach combing treasures galore! Nick and Will were awesome! Learned so much. Planning another trip very soon! More...

K
29 September 2019

Hey from Sevierville,TN! Today we went to Morris island! It was such a great experience. The captain and the guide (Anna) were so helpful and knowledgeable and made the experience so much fun! !! Definitely will recommend to others and will come back!!! More...

T
29 September 2019

Very good experience had so much fun and learned a lot from our Captain on ferry to Morris Island and learned a lot from Anna our guide after we got there, then had most of day to play and explore.

S
29 September 2019

Absolutely amazing tour of the creek, our guide David was informative, professional but mostly a lot of fun. Thank you

L
25 September 2019

Went kayaking for the first time with my work family and our guide, David, was awesome! I loved every minute and definitely going to do again. Thank you David!

D
21 September 2019

Amazing time and great guides with plenty of knowledge. Look forward to another trip to explore more of Bull Island

P
16 September 2019

Did the dolphin cruise out of Hunting Island! Loved Capt. Henry and TJ!!! Great time!!!

D
15 September 2019

The staff was great and the kayaking was just as good. We had a great morning on Shem Creek. We will be back !!

L
13 September 2019

We have enjoyed many trips with Coastal Expeditions over the years. They have always done a great job, Bulls Island, Folly Kayaking (many times! ), today did IoP Kayaking tour with Katy. Great day, floated out with the dolphins, lots of birds and just enjoyed the beauty of the estuary. More...

S
11 September 2019

Coastal Expeditions is such a terrific way to view and learn about the beautiful barrier islands around Charleston, South Carolina; on a sea kayak, paddle board or motor boat. More...

A
28 August 2019

Great experience! We decided the morning of that this is something we wanted to do and called to reserve paddle boards. Once we arrived, we changed our minds to kayak. The staff was great and got us setup. On our way out we stopped to chat with the staff and everyone was very friendly. Overall...The experience was amazing and as a plus we ended up seeing four dolphins in the creek. More...

G
14 August 2019

The Boneyard at sunrise is a truly magical experience! Looking forward to my next trip on August 24, which will be my eleventh excursion with this company. If you have been there before, chances are likely you'll go again. If you've never been there, by all means go! More...

A
10 August 2019

This morning's sunrise tour, kayaking in Folley Creek was beautiful!! Our guide, Scott was GREAT! Not only was the sunrise spectacular, dolphins swimming with their young all around us, and all sorts of birds searching for their breakfast, but Scott taught us so much about the nature around us and life in the estuary. Certainly an amazing way to start the day More...

R
9 August 2019

Did the two-hour kayak tour of Shem Creek with Brody and Ellen today.  We had a morning departure at low tide with very light winds.  Perfect conditions apparently for Shem Creek (especially in SC summer heat).  What a fantastically fun time on the water, learning about native species, tidewater ecosystems, the local economy, and SC history and conservation.  Our two boys had a great time and we would definitely recommend this tour company to others.  We saw dolphin, manatee, osprey, pelican, and plenty of other birds.  Thanks! More...

T
3 August 2019

We have done several kayak tours and loved every experience. Most recently, our son attended the Maritime Camp. It was such an amazing experience for him. He came home daily excited to share all that he had seen and learned. Nice job and great experience as always! More...

J
1 August 2019

My husband, mother-in-law, 2 young kids, and I did the 2 hour family tour on IOP and it was amazing! Our guide, Scott, was very knowledgeable and made the trip extremely kid friendly. I would highly recommend this as a must-do in Charleston. More...

A
20 July 2019

Amazing time as always! Love coming here and the amazing customer service you provide. Best paddle board and kayak rentals in Shem creek

T
20 July 2019

Our bachelorette group booked the paddle board trip and we had a blast! Loved going at our own pace.

W
19 July 2019

My wife, daughter, and I enjoyed ourselves greatly today on a Kayak tour. It was our 1st time in a kayak, and I don't know why we're waited so long to go. We smiled the entire tour. It was totally worth it, and we already can't wait to go again! Thanks Nick Smillie! More...

T
19 July 2019

Great Guide and instructor Scott Depung Jr! Kayaking Isle of the Palms is a bucket list for Charleston. I will definitely do it again!

L
18 July 2019

We had the most amazing time on Shem Creek. Liz was an excellent tour guide. Her energy and disposition made our group of friends feel like she was another friend joining us for an adventure! We saw a dolphin within 5 minutes and continued to see them! I will definitely go back next time I’m in town. More...

L
17 July 2019

Very friendly staff. A great, chill atmosphere that makes you feel like a local. I've been paddle boarding and kayaking with their equipment and have always seen lots of dolphins and other local wildlife. They have a reusable water bottle full of cold water for only $4. Get it. *Also, someone on here complained about tipping.  Dude, if you owned your own board (at least $500) you'd have to put it on your car, tie it down with a belt-crank system( $750), drive to the water, take it off the car, and walk it to the water (or buy a $5mil waterfront property) so I think it's worth it to thank the kids who carry it to the dock and get you safely on the water so you can spend your energy on paddling past the dolphins and manatees.   There has never been pressure to tip. It's the same credit card system all small businesses have. Tip your barista. Thank your pilot. Be cool. See you guys soon. ‍ More...

C
15 July 2019

Fantastic, polite/friendly, professional staff. Really enjoyed our tour & our awesome tour guide! Will be back

M
15 July 2019

We had a fantastic kayak tour of Folly Creek. Our guide David was thorough with instruction and very knowledgable about the wildlife and ecosystem. We will surely return for another tour! More...

B
14 July 2019

We had so much fun on the ferry trip to bull island. Definitely a trip to remember :)

K
13 July 2019

My husband and I decided to spend our anniversary kayaking in Charleston. Neither of us had much kayaking experience prior to this. Our guide, Dallas, was amazing. His joking nature put both of us at ease right from the start. I was completely blown away by his knowledge of the wildlife along the creek. As an elementary teacher, I love any opportunity to have fun and learn something at the same time. I would recommend Dallas and the rest of Coastal Expeditions to anyone. My husband and I are already planning our next trip. More...

A
12 July 2019

My husband and I loved our experience with Coastal Expeditions! We booked a kayak for 2 for 4 hours for only $50! We went to the inlet where we kayaked through gorgeous neighborhoods and beautiful landscape! Then, we went another route to the bay where we experienced pelicans and dolphins feeding off of fishing boats within feet from us! We loved being so close to the coastal nature, it allowed us to experience the area like never before! More...

K
12 July 2019

I can’t say enough wonderful things about Coastal Expeditions. Nick took us out for an amazing sunrise paddle board tour. We saw dolphins, manatees and many different species of birds. Nick was able to explain so much to us. Thank you so much for an amazing experience! We’ve already recommended this to several people we know and will continue to recommend it to everyone! More...

B
9 July 2019

My 2 best friends and I went on a sunrise paddle board excursion this morning with Nick Smilie. We were very fortunate to see a couple dolphins and a couple manatees! It was AMAZING and we could not have had a better time! Nick has such a great personality, is extremely knowledgeable, and made it so much fun!! We highly recommend Coastal Expeditions!! Nick - You totally rock and we can’t thank you enough for giving us the best sunrise expedition!! More...

J
9 July 2019

Had the most amazing sunrise paddle board experience this morning. Nick was absolutely the perfect guide! He’s super friendly, knowledgeable and fun! We saw manatees and dolphins. Highly recommend! More...

N
7 July 2019

Awesome experience. We saw dolphins multiple times and our tour guide, Scott was both helpful and knowledgeable about the wildlife in the area. Lots of fun and I would love to come back and bring my entire family next time. More...

D
6 July 2019

Our group of 13 rented kayaks with Coastal Expeditions and we enjoyed exploring Shem Creek. They made the process easy. They instruct you, give you a map, life vests, even sunglasses and sunscreen if needed. You can buy inexpensive metal water bottles that clip to your kayak if you forget water. They help you in and out of the water and take great care of you! Excited to paddle board in the future or explore their guided tours. More...

D
1 July 2019

Great place! The staff were all very knowledgeable and helpful with our kayak rental, and made the process smooth! They even pointed out to us the best places to see wildlife nearby and tide information to make the paddling easier. We ended up seeing dolphins and manatees! More...

A
30 June 2019

Great tour! Nolan was our tour guide and he did a great job. Really enjoyed the sunset tour on Shem Creek

D
30 June 2019

Great experience! Knowledgeable staff - super easy map and great directions! We saw dolphins, manatee and various birds! Super excursion! ❤️

G
28 June 2019

This place is SO COOL and the staff are incredible!

B
28 June 2019

So glad we found this! These folks were super accommodating and helpful... and nice! We texted (per the website) pretty late the night before and the next morning had a "see you soon! " message from them. Would absolutely come here again, and that's saying a lot for me - the water terrifies me! Lol More...

B
27 June 2019

Awesome people and service! Choose them for Sup!

S
24 June 2019

We had an awesome time with Samantha last night on our paddle board excursion! She was very knowledgeable and very fun and made the trip awesome! We even got to see some dolphins as well! More...

R
23 June 2019

Nick and Anna were fantastic guides on the Folly Creek kayak tour. We saw some dolphins and learned about the salt marshes. The views were incredible. Would definitely do it again More...

R
23 June 2019

Nick and Anna were awesome guides on the Folly Creek kayak tour. We saw some dolphins and learned about salt marshes. It was very relaxing despite the fact that we burned 500 calories! Would definitely go with them again. More...

B
19 June 2019

My kids used paddle boards at Shem Creek. They had a blast and Brittney was so helpful getting them scheduled, boards reserved and making sure we had all waivers in place. Thank you and we will return!

R
15 June 2019

5 stars

D
4 June 2019

My husband and I went out on the Santee Delta tour with Captain Gates and had an amazing trip! The scenery couldn’t be beat and his wealth of knowledge plus his obvious love for the area made it an experience we won’t forget.

E
3 June 2019

David and Ellen made our first kayak adventure an amazing one. So easy going and knowledgeable! Highly recommend!

A
26 May 2019

Wonderful scenery, learned a lot about sea and shore birds and intertidal oysters! Felt super safe in Anna's hands.

L
24 May 2019

Katie was the most excellent guide!!! ❤️ so much fun! And katie was so full of information on the history of Folly and Charleston!

M
20 May 2019

We used Coastal Epeditions to go kayaking for a team building activity through my place of employment. The staff and guide who helped to set us up with our equipment were amazing! It only took a few minutes from the time we checked in till they had our kayaks ready. Thank you for the great experience and I will be back in the near future withy family. More...

K
16 May 2019

Amazing guides with knowledge and a curious spirit about some of the most beautiful places in South Carolina.

N
26 April 2019

Dallas and the team were fantastic and so enthusiastic- learned a great deal. Saw dolphins, birds, fish and a beautiful sunset. We will be back!

T
25 April 2019

Our guide, Olivia, was great! We enjoyed a wonderful history lesson and beautiful scenery! Highly recommend!

A
22 April 2019

What a ride! I had such a blast from start to finish. I made a reservation via text the night before and just walked in the next day and got out there. It was $45 plus don't forget to tip! The staff is incredible, friendly, and knowledgeable. I had a kayak to myself for 2 hours and took the time to go both inland and Outland, where all the bars and boats usually are at Shem Creek! Couldn't have had a better experience and it was the perfect day for it. Will most definitely be back with friends. Thanks again! More...

D
18 April 2019

We had a great tour at Isle of Palms on Morgan Creek today. Dallas was a great tour guide. My 4 kids thought he was so fun! Dallas was fantastic with the kids. Thanks for an awesome family outing!! More...

T
17 April 2019

Great trip to Morris Island today. Tour guide and captain were informative and enjoyable. Looking forward to weekend trip to Bulls Island!!!

J
16 April 2019

Very professional, VERY knowledgeable ( our guide was Olivia). She took very good care of our group. Paddling a black water creek is totally amazing. We saw birds, snakes and turtles, also butterflies. We learned a lot about the vegatation too. We highly recommend this company. More...

M
10 April 2019

Our guides, Katie and Olivia were THE BEST! Knowledgeable, in tune with the group and fun!

P
25 March 2019

Great trip today to Cape Romain lighthouses. Interesting intro talk by Tommy Graham, our boat was handled skillfully by our very knowledgeable Captain Olivia, and very enjoyable on-site guidance by Bud and Randy. Outstanding morning!

M
24 March 2019

Thank you Coastal Expeditions for the trip today to Lighthouse Island. The trip was interesting and I would highly recommend it to anyone to learn the history of our lighthouses.

N
17 March 2019

They are so nice and informative. I want to travel to SC for their activities.

K
16 March 2019

The staff are awesome and the places that they take you are amazing! The Morris Island shark’s teeth and fossil hunting tour was our third time here. Capt. Henry and Katie did a great job! Until next time... More...

N
13 March 2019

Our sunset kayak tour was incredible! We learned a lot and saw some dolphins! The guides were so knowledgeable and full of personality. It was a new experience to kayak in the dark on calm waters. Definitely give it a try! More...

R
9 March 2019

This was our second trip with Gates as our guide. Fantastic trip. He is wonderful and so knowledgable. Highly recommend Coastal Expeditions!

G
3 March 2019

Awesome experience great guides! Highly recommended them!!!

S
20 February 2019

We have been 3 times so far and each time has been absolutely amazing. Will is an exceptional guide and very informative. We learn something new every time we go. Completely recommend.

J
1 February 2019

I have visited Charleston twice in 2 years and have taken 3 excursions with them. I am already booked on another when I return to Charleston this summer. They have the BEST excursions and the BEST team!! Full of knowledge, so accommodating and great fun! More...

N
30 January 2019

Our sunrise excursion to Boneyard Beach on a freezing January morning was magical. I will be back.

M
21 January 2019

Thanks Coastal Expeditions for giving us another fantastic outing. We took my three year old son, Hunter, on the Lunar Eclipse on Bull’s Island outing. Your crew was wonderful and made it something special for my whole family. “Best nighttime adventure with Mr. Moon.” More...

A
13 January 2019

What a fun way to spend an afternoon in Charleston- had the BEST time kayaking on Shem creek!! Great guides, and the refresher course they did on how to paddle and steer was helpful since it had been many years since I was on one. It was a blast looking for shark teeth on the island we stopped at (found 3!). Also we were very lucky to see a dolphin on the way back and tons of beautiful birds. Thanks Coastal Expeditions for the incredible afternoon! Highly recommend. More...

M
6 January 2019

I really enjoyed my trip. I am not a great shark tooth hunter but what a beautiful day. Dallas and Katie were wonderful guides!

L
6 January 2019

Dallas was a great tour guide!

L
4 January 2019

12/29/18: What an amazing trip! We learned about the history, as well as eco-system information on this Beach Drop excursion. The captain and first mate were professional, personable, and made the trip there and back fun. My husband and I will definitely be booking this again! 5 stars More...

J
25 December 2018

I cannot say enough good things about this business and our tour guide, Scott. He volunteered to give a tour on Christmas Eve and it was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the area and local wildlife. Three hours honestly flew by. This is my second time renting kayaks from here and I'd definitely do it again. More...

T
24 December 2018

Excellent excursions! Captain Chris made the entire trip fascinating! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!!!

M
13 November 2018

My parents came into town and I thought it would be fun to take them to Shem Creek.  Husband and I chose to paddle board (SUP) while parents chose to tandem kayak.  The guys at the desk were friendly and paperwork and payment was super easy when we arrived.  The guides gave us instructions and got us into the water with no problem.  We were out for about 3 hours.When we got back, we were assisted out of the water and we headed out.  Easy peasy!  We will definitely do it again! More...

D
11 November 2018

Awesome tour guide!! Did a great job with the group!

P
28 October 2018

Just returned from a fabulous weekend guided trip to Bull's Island! Everything was well organized and the guides made sure we saw all kinds of wildlife and scenery and were very knowledgeable! They were even accommodating with my dietary restrictions, making the trip possible for me! More...

E
23 October 2018

Took a kayak tour out of Morgan Creek on Isle of Palms. If you want a chill tour in some calm water this tour is good for you.  Took us by some beautiful homes and boats and then back into the marsh where we eventually grounded our kayaks in the middle of the marsh on a sand bar and got out and walked around!  It was awesome and our tour guide Kevin was so knowledgeable and made it fun for us!  Even for those of us who have kayaked more than others it was still a fun morning in nature!  All levels can do this one! More...

R
21 October 2018

I took the Beach Drop tour today. It was excellent! Kevin was very knowledgeable and helpful. I have taken 4 tours to Bull Island and have always had a great experience!

J
20 October 2018

We just did the Bulls Island run and really enjoyed the trip, especially how knowledgeable and engaging Will was. Highly recommend this adventure! And Nick, thanks for trying to beat the rain!) More...

R
8 October 2018

We took the sunset cruise with Dallas on Saturday & it was fantastic. Dallas had such a passion and excitement for his job that his energy was contagious. Add in that we saw a pod of dolphins and a beautiful sunset and we were more than satisfied. Thanks again Dallas for all your hard work Saturday. More...

E
5 October 2018

We had a GREAT time on a 3 hour kayaking tour. Our guide was Scott and he was amazing. He was very knowledgeable about the area and wildlife. We had an amazing time and it is an awesome trip to make for people who love nature and wildlife. More...

V
8 September 2018

Great service, great people. I highly recommend them!

S
4 September 2018

We had an amazing kayak tour yesterday with Coastal Expeditions out of Morgans Creek, Isle.  It was my first time kayaking and my husband and I took out a tandem, I was a little apprehensive but we had such a good time I can't wait to go again! .  Dallas was our guide and he was excellent , very professional and knowledgable while making the trip a lot of fun.  He had extensive knowledge about the local ecosystem and wildlife and pointed out the ospreys and water birds.  He gave everyone in our group equal attention and encouragement and we highly recommend him as a guide.  Scott was the land based member of the team and again he was very knowledgable about the local waterways and kayaking technique, super friendly and helpful and his contributions made for a great experience.  Thank you guys, we will be back! More...

S
1 September 2018

This morning we did a sunrise kayak tour with Hannah. It was seriously the most amazing experience. Hannah was so knowledgeable, personable and just made my first kayak experience a phenomenal one. I’m officially hooked and shopping for my own kayak! I highly suggest you try Coastal Expeditions! More...

B
25 August 2018

The paddle boarding was awesome! I had such a great time. The man who helped use get set up was so helpful & also explained why we were doing what we were doing. It was a great way to get outdoors & also get a small workout. I highly recommend! More...

R
25 August 2018

Went with a group of girls as a bachelorette weekend activity. Super nice people and was a lot of fun

C
24 August 2018

Everyone was accommodating and super nice! A wonderful experience and way to enjoy Shem creek!

M
21 August 2018

Love love loved this kayaking tour experience! Dallas was amazing and patient and knowledgeable. He made us feel comfortable and capable even when many of us were new to kayaking. We were able to see lots of wildlife including a huge pod of dolphins. Highly recommend this experience for all! More...

C
20 August 2018

We went for their 4th annual folly doggie paddle, where you bring over 25 lbs dog food to rent a kayak or paddle board! Such a deal! The people were very friendly, organized and helpful, and had everything ready even if we did not make reservations. The paddle boards and paddles were new, plus if we wanted to, we could have brought our dogs along for the ride! More...

L
19 August 2018

Excellent adventure!!! It was fun and a great way to see Charleston

D
19 August 2018

It was an amazing day they were so polite helpful and we had an awesome time

J
18 August 2018

Just returned from an amazing overnight trip to Bull’s Island with Coastal Expeditions! Olivia and Katie are extremely knowledgeable about the coastal environment and are so friendly and welcoming to guests. The food, lovingly prepared by Papa Mo, was second to none! I HIGHlY recommend Coastal Expeditions! More...

J
15 August 2018

We took a kayaking tour led by the amazing Aaron out of Folly Beach today.  Aaron was deeply knowledgeable, personable and friendly. He found us several pods of dolphins (unbelievable!) and even some pelicans diving for fish. I don't usually write on-line reviews but this was such a special experience I felt compelled to write one today. More...

H
14 August 2018

I had an amazing time during my paddle board tour with Cory! He was very knowledgeable about the area, friendly as well, and made the whole experience fun and enjoyable! Katie was also very helpful as well with getting the boards down to the water and helping us with paperwork. Very friendly crew and an experience I definitely recommend for natives as well as people visiting. More...

S
13 August 2018

definitely the kayaking. we had such an awesome time and our guide was extremely helpful and knowledgeable about the area.

C
9 August 2018

Wonderful experience for my family and friends! Wil and Nick were knowledgeable, passionate, and overall perfect guys for our trip! Looking forward to our next adventure with Coastal Expeditions! More...

R
8 August 2018

went on a paddle board n kayaking tour. great experience both times. highly recommend.

R
7 August 2018

Always a fun and interesting experience. Knowledgeable and personable staff. A great asset to the low country

R
5 August 2018

Did the Shem Creek kayak 3hr tour with my son this morning and Hanna was our guide. Really enjoyed the laid back comfortable atmosphere that Hanna and the rest of the CE team provided from check in to the on water tour. Hanna did a great job of moving our group along at a comfortable pace as we first paddled upstream to see a lot of Shem Creek and then down thru the busy area by the bars & restaurants and on out into the harbor. Learned a lot about the various wildlife and ecosystem of the marsh as well as a bit of Shem Creek history. All in all a fun time and I highly recommend it. Looking forward to doing some of their other trips around the region. More...

A
4 August 2018

What an amazing group this is! Not only do they have awesome tours with kind, knowledgeable guides, but these guys are absolutely COMMITTED to community service and bettering the environment. Charleston is lucky to have them ‍♀️ ‍♀️ More...

I
1 August 2018

Really friendly atmosphere where the employees genuinely want you to have fun! It was awesome, I recommend to anyone who likes kayaking and trying new and not so hard activities!

K
29 July 2018

These guys are the best. I took my family on a tour of Shem creek and the harbor with paddle boards and kayaks and Henry and his team were so helpful. They help me figure the best time to go and then gave the family a great kayak lesson before we took off. We had a blast. More...

J
27 July 2018

Wonderful day... Lots of work be ready, and sit up straight or pay.

M
26 July 2018

Dallas was an amazing guide! Had a great time on the water! We saw lots of animals on our outing!

B
25 July 2018

My boyfriend and I had the best time kayaking on Shem Creek with Dallas. Such a cool experience to see wildlife up close and the natural beauty of the area. We will definitely be back on our next trip!! More...

T
23 July 2018

Such a fun way to see Shem Creek. We even saw 2 dolphins. Tour guide Corey was very informative and friendly. I highly recommend.

L
21 July 2018

Rented 3 kayaks for a half day trip out Shem Creek to the Harbour. The whole experience was spectacular, even saw some dolphins, but made even better by the amazing staff. Helpful, informative, and incredibly friendly. Will definitely use them again for our next kayaking adventures. More...

D
16 July 2018

Employees were great. Fun day

S
15 July 2018

Olivia was our guide for the black water Wambaw Creek tour today. She was very knowledgeable about the history and ecology of the area. The group of 8 was of mixed skills and we found they use a hybrid kayak that is canoelike for the black water tours. The group did great except for me, but Olivia really came thru and helped me keep up with the rest.  This is a beautiful trip that everyone should experience. Birds and a gator that led us down the creek for a long time. Our group loved this trip and we are wanting to do more Coastal Expedition trips. More...

A
15 July 2018

Highly recommend! Staff was helpful, knowledgeable, and very nice. This location was perfect! We saw lots of dolphins and there are lots of great restaurants right down the road for after. I’ll definitely be coming back!

J
15 July 2018

Everything was great. Definitely something to do when you come to town.

C
14 July 2018

We booked the 2 hour guided kayak tour and it was well worth the price. Our guide Kendra was knowledgeable about the area and a great teacher about how to paddle the kayaks. We saw lots of birds, a dolphin and manatee. Our group ranged in age from  11 to 66 and everyone enjoyed it. A great way to get a different view of Shem Creek and Charleston Harbor. More...

N
8 July 2018

Always the best trip near Charleston... wake up to the sunrise on the boneyard Beach.

N
8 July 2018

Always a fantastic sunrise photo tour! Thank you!

J
8 July 2018

Amazing morning with Coastal Expeditions! Celebrated my husband’s birthday with a sunrise expedition. Perfect way to start the day! Well organized and wonderful people. More...

J
7 July 2018

I recently took my third trip to Bulls Island with Coastal Expeditions today, the sunrise trip to boneyard beach. It was a great morning and the views were fantastic. The captain and guide we both extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and habitat. Would highly recommend this trip to anyone, local or not. More...

C
7 July 2018

My family had an awesome experience here. We had never been paddle boarding. They welcome walk ins and were so nice and professional from the moment we arrived until we left. Will recommend them to anyone looking to paddle board or kayak. More...

R
6 July 2018

Great experience!! We did a family/kid friendly 2hr kayak tour. There were 4 kids & 5 adults, kids range 9-5 and working the boats were so easy. Our guide, Kendra, was amazing! Made us feel at ease on the water & was very knowledgeable about the area! Pointed out dolphins and got us to a point in the harbor were we could get out in the water. It was such an awesome trip! We will be back to do it again!! More...

N
5 July 2018

Five stars for sure! We had a great time on a guided tour. Thanks Chesley! A knowledgeable guide and beautiful surroundings really made this outing one to remember for our family. We look forward to coming back.

T
4 July 2018

Thank you for a very fun day at Bulls Island. Our family really enjoyed our day. We want to go out again sometime.

M
1 July 2018

Friendly staff, laid back atmosphere, good boards and a dolphin swam underneath me!

M
1 July 2018

Friendly and knowledgeable!

B
29 June 2018

Had a blast and service couldnt have been any better!

C
24 June 2018

Went out kayaking today from Shem creek into the harbor. Our guide, who I can’t remember his name, really sorry, was great. Beautiful day on the water and s close encounter with dolphins which just sealed the day. Thanks again. More...

B
22 June 2018

Really enjoyed kayaking here. I wish there had been an area to lay out like beach or could have docked at a restaurant to eat.

L
21 June 2018

Went on the Bulls Island ferry and had a wonderful time. The crew was great and very informative. Pointed out dolphins and rare birds along the way. On the way back went over the names of the shells and things we found. Would love to go again just not when the heat index is 106 and you have a 1.5 mile walk to get to the beach. I think we are going to try the beach drop next. More...

A
20 June 2018

It was great! So fun!

D
18 June 2018

Take the full day trip to Bull Island, it's worth every penny and minute.

K
18 June 2018

We took a private charter with 15 people guided by Capt Henry and had a great time! He was very interactive and knowledgeable about the area. We had a great time cruising around and appreciated being able to bring our own food and drink on board. Would definitely recommend this tour for a larger group - great activity to do on a family vacation. More...

C
12 June 2018

Took my little bro paddleboarding for the first time on Saturday, it was beautiful and amazing and the dolphins were all around us! Super nice staff, and easy boards to learn on. Highly recommend, Coastal Ex is the #1 spot ya'll! More...

K
11 June 2018

We have LOVED every trip we have done with Coastal Expeditions! Their team’s knowledge and love of nature, as well as, fun spirit make each adventure a blast! We did the Bull Island kayak and hike trip lead by Olivia today! She was fantastic!! We couldn’t asked for a more beautiful trip! We are already planning our next adventure. � More...

L
11 June 2018

Staff was super knowledgeable and helpful! We took the Isle of Palms kayak tour and we all had a great time(including my 4 and 8 year olds)!

J
10 June 2018

Top notch crew!! Made the class fun! Definitely recommend them to anybody that wants to learn kayaking!

C
7 June 2018

Lovely trip! The staff was friendly and helpful. There is also a nice area to shower off and change.

L
4 June 2018

Thanks for providing the fun for our staff team building! I have rented from you all before and have never been disappointed! Great fun!

T
2 June 2018

Katie was and awesome tour guide!!! Very knowledgeable ,funny, and patient !!!

M
31 May 2018

Moved from California about a year ago and wanted to explore our new home. Coastal Expeditions and our guide for both tours, Kevin, did not disappoint. We took a 6 hour Black Water tour of Francis Marion and a 3 hour full moon tour of Folly. Absolutely stunning! CE makes it easy to book, everyone in the office is great and has excellent communication.  The trips are good for a novice or a more experienced kayaker. More...

C
30 May 2018

We had a guided kayak tour two years in a row and had amazing experiences both times. The guides are knowledgeable, passionate and friendly. We saw a lot of sea life and beautiful views of Charleston and the Harbor. More...

M
28 May 2018

I took the Bulls Island Ferry for the Beach Drop. The captain was very informative and knowledgeable. On our way to the Island We saw a Mother dolphin with her baby. We also saw an alligator which they say was rare in that part of the water. After the drop, the Island has many things to explore. This place is a shell paradise! Lots of wildlife to see also. Boneyard Beach is a must see! We happen to catch an overcast day which made it perfect. If you go on a hot day be prepared there is zero shade. Take plenty of water more than you expect to drink. If you want to explore wear hiking shoes lots of walking. I loved this trip and would recommend to take it! More...

C
13 May 2018

Coastal Expeditions is top notch at every level... From booking the trip and answering my 8 million questions, to the actual tour - Corey, our instructor and guide, was AMAZING! Literally with every moment every single staff member cared about our happiness and safety... I am a control freak and prone to high anxiety when in a new element... Corey explained everything so all understood, very patient, and obviously enjoyed sharing his knowledge of Shem Creek, Charleston Harbor and local wildlife.... Fantastic tour... Can't wait to seek more adventures with Coastal Expeditions! More...

M
12 May 2018

Fantastic experience kayaking (no tour, on our own).  Played with a couple of dolphins for a while.  Very helpful and friendly staff.  First-rate equipment.

M
6 May 2018

I would highly recommend this place to anyone. I booked our tour about a month before we went. I called a few weeks later asking if they ever had anyone propose. They didn't but I was given our tour guides name and he called me shortly after. I recommend Dallas to anyone. He was awesome and just as excited as I was haha. He took my girlfriend and I out for a 3 hour tour (cue the Gilligans Island theme song) it was absolutely beautiful and perfect. Oh and she said yes!!! So I now have a fiancé! Thank you Dallas for the adventure and amazing experience! More...

J
5 May 2018

I would use this company again. Very informative and made it fun and personable. Gave much detailed help about the map of the island and the timing to walk it. Stopped along the way to and from Bulls Island to point out dolphin and wildlife. More...

R
4 May 2018

We took the ferry to Bull Island. Captain was very informative and quick to point out sights along the way! We spent our morning on the beach. ...it was high tide so no large shells but we did find 2 whole sand dollars, knobby whelks, and turkey wings! Thanks for a great trip....will definitely go back! More...

H
28 April 2018

These guys are great. Very knowledgable about the area! Highly recommend!

A
27 April 2018

This was our first time kayaking and it was amazing! Already planning the next expedition for our summer vacation. Thanks so much! We had a blast!

J
14 April 2018

Brittany and Hannah were amazing providing me with recommendations on how to make the most out of my trip. Really informed staff made this a stellar experience!

D
14 April 2018

Great outfit for kayaking. We're rank amateurs but Dallas and his crew were awesome teachers and guides. Highly recommend CE for beginners or experienced kayakers.

L
13 April 2018

Great hospitality on the quiet part of Shem Creek, beautiful views, professional service and wonderful changing facilities.  Great help getting us first timers started!  Highly recommend! More...

L
9 April 2018

Lucky enough to do the Bulls Island beach drop and Bulls Island ferry this week. As with all my previous trips to Bulls Island with Coastal Expeditions, I had a marvelous time. The trip out and back is always pleasant and informative. Captain Will even ended each trip with an appearance of bottled nose dolphins. Also, the island and Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge are amazing. More...

M
6 April 2018

Went on a 3 hour kayak tour with Cory as our guide. One word...AWESOME!! He was very knowledgeable about the local biodiversity and history of the area.  Our three kids(ages 10, 12, & 13) absolutely loved every minute of our tour.  We saw dolphins, pelicans, a sea otter, a sea turtle, & a wide range of seabirds.  Can't think of a better way to spend a day!  Thanks Coastal Expeditions & Cory! More...

M
3 April 2018

Just spent a wonderful afternoon on Backbone island - our guide was full of information and our only regret was wish we had come for the whole day!!! Incredible experience!

G
31 March 2018

Great tour. Our guides were very knowledgeable and fun. Our family had a great time and learned quite a bit from the guides. Equipment and total experience was top notch. More...

A
29 March 2018

My fellow Hotel Management Team and I spent the morning enjoying a great outdoor adventure with Coastal Expeditions! Dallas did a great job guiding our tour and he even had a great Team Building Activity for us. We will be recommending this tour to others! Thank you for taking such great care of us! More...

P
26 March 2018

Day trip with 6 children, ages 4-11 + 3 adults. Packed lunch, snacks and water, stayed for the day. 9 am ferry, returned at 4. Crew on the Ferry we're informative and friendly. The kids enjoyed their talk both coming and going. Luck would have it, we got to see dolphins on the way, which the pilot stopped for us to watch and enjoy, adding even more information to absorb. The island did not disappoint! And Yes, there we're Gators! After navigating around the first one on a trail, anxiety was lifted, and we were able to enjoy each encounter. We used a beach cart for our provisions, it did get cumbersome hours later, (we we're a little tired). Biggest tip: on the way over you are given a map, and the crew helps plans your time so you won't miss the ferry back They give length and approximate time for each trail. Take 2 for your group, one for safe keeping, and one to use...that may or may not get blown away with the wind. We went the end of March, it was cool that day, which was perfect for the level of activities. More...

B
14 March 2018

Awesome fun people, always exciting and I learn something new every time I get on the ferry!

D
9 March 2018

A great paddle although a bit cool and windy. We saw lots of birds including a close up with an Osprey. We even got a glimpse of a dolphin. Our guide, Cory, was informative and super nice. I would definitely recommend this company for a guided paddle. More...

I
26 February 2018

Excellent half-day trip: the Long Billed Curlew Cruise, in which we actually saw two of the "object birds." Also bald eagles, northern harriers, American oystercatchers, buffleheads, willets, whimbrels, Forster's and royal terns, redheaded ducks, brown pelicans, one white pelican, cormorants, great blue herons, a myriad of shorebirds I can't identify ( :-)), and several pods of dolphins. Super service from naturalist Gates and the Cap'n. They're knowledgeable and personable folks, like everyone else I've met from Coastal over a few years and two trips to Bull Island (one day trip and one weekend at Dominick House). Highly recommended. More...

J
8 February 2018

Awesome afternoon out on the water. Everyone is so friendly. Olivia is an awesome guide with so much ecological, cultural, and historical knowledge. We learned a ton and were so happy to have the water to ourselves! We saw a dolphin, tons of pelicans, and a bunch of other great birds. Definitely coming back when we visit SC again. More...

J
9 December 2017

The staff is wonderful, friendly, knowledgeable and passionate about what they do. You will come back from your excursion refreshed, relaxed and inspired by the beauty of the area. Go for it!

K
30 November 2017

Fantastic day trip! I took the ferry to Bulls Island, stayed all day and returned on the 4PM ferry. It was a beautiful November day. The walk to Boneyard Beach is not far at all from the Ferry landing and very scenic. I spotting an alligator with 7 young along the way. Our first-class guides were Captain Wil and First Mate Nick. Their fun personalities along with their endless knowledge and passion about the refuge really added to the experience. You will be provided with a map of the island and the guides will let you know which trails are your best options for what you wish to see and do. When I tell others about Bulls Island, I like to refer to the trip as a day safari on land and water. I'm so glad that I discovered Bulls Island. Their website will answer just about any questions you could have and details all of the adventures they offer. If you do need to contact their office directly by email or text, their response time is FAST. I'm looking forward to my next trip to Bulls Island. More...

K
26 November 2017

We had a great time! Everyone was so helpful and our guide Aaron was great!

L
22 November 2017

We did the 2 hour Shem Creek paddle tour. Our guide Chesley was great! Thanks!

V
19 November 2017

This was a great experience! I especially appreciate Will and Nick for the educational part. I learned more about the coastal habitat in one day than I have for years. These guys make this tour a real event, not just a boat ride to an island. Thank you again and we will do this again and again. Well worth the money! More...

S
9 November 2017

My husband and I decided to make this trip at the last minute and we were not disappointed! The trip was beautiful and the we really enjoyed our time on the Island. You do not want to miss Boneyard Beach if you have a camera! Hoping to get on the Sunrise trip next. Thanks again for everything! More...

J
8 November 2017

I had my first experience with Coastal Expeditions yesterday. We brought our McBee Elementary 6th graders on a field trip kayaking on Black River. By far, one of my favorite field trip adventures ever. The guides were very knowledgeable about science, history, as well as about the region. They were great with our kids. Thank you, Coastal Expeditions for an awesome experience! We hope to come back in the spring!! More...

B
8 October 2017

We had a great outing with Kevin near the Isle of palms. HE was a wealth of knowledge and the history of the area. My wife had never been on a kayak and he took the time to teach her ever step she needed. Thanks y'all

L
8 October 2017

The Shem Creek kayaking tour is such a fun, active way to experience Charleston. Highly recommend!

W
6 October 2017

Cory did an amazing job, we had so much fun! Thanks for a great trip! We had a group of nine on a super windy day. He was able to take care of all of us at once and make sure we all had a nice time.

W
21 September 2017

Highly recommend going on one of there tours, just amazing. Massive thanks to our tour guide Katie that day, very knowledgeable and passionate about the area.

S
17 September 2017

Staff is always friendly and helpful. It's a great way to spend a few hours having fun and getting some exercise at the same time!

J
15 September 2017

I've accompanied Coastal Expeditions to Bull's Island approximately 10 times in the last three years. After my last trip, I've even more excited to go back. Great education and exploration.

H
8 September 2017

Jordan did a great job getting us prepped and ready to go. She made us feel very comfortable and explained all the precautions we should take with great clarity. I'm glad we did a tandem due to the tides, singles would've been very hard even though we workout regularly. Awesome experience, loved hearing the oysters and seeing Dolphins. Highly recommend!! More...

J
5 September 2017

Wow what an adventure. We had the BEST BEST BEST and most knowledgeable tour guide ever, Geoff!!! His guidance in learning to kayak, along with an enormous amount of information linking the Mark Catesby exhibit at the Gibbs Museum with the natural habitat in Shem Creek was phenomenal. The weather on Friday evening prohibited our planned adventure and Geoff was so kind to reschedule it for Monday evening which turned out to be exceptional with the sunset and moonrise in fabulous weather. THANK YOU, GEOFF, for a memorable experience for all of the Girl Cousins from Oklahoma, Florida and Colorado. More...

A
3 September 2017

My husband & I did a paddle board tour with Hannah. She was awesome and full of knowledge about the different birds & marine life. We had a great time!

S
23 August 2017

My boys kayaked Shem Creek and loved it. We also did the Bull Island Beach Drop and it was fabulous! We have been to Bull Island many times and loved it each time, but the beach drop was an entirely different experience! Thanks

D
22 August 2017

We enjoyed a great kayak tour this morning with our guide, Hannah! Thanks, too, to Aaron for getting us launched. We'll be back.

S
9 August 2017

Stand up Paddle boarding has been on my bucket list for awhile now. My husband & I took our son (9) & daughter (7) with us on our 12 year wedding anniversary. It was an incredible experience! We saw 2 manatees & several dolphins. My kids are already begging to do it again❤️ The staff was great & had a dry bag we could borrow to take a few things with us. We will definitely be back to do it again! More...

S
6 August 2017

These guys are great. We came on a Saturday at 9:00am. We got lucky and it was only my boyfriend and I. It was like our own private tour. Our tour guide, Gates (if that's right), was amazing. Super knowledgeable and answered every single question we asked. The weather was overcast and it would randomly start sprinkling, but that really only made it better because we did not get hot until the end (around 12pm). We saw tons of wildlife, including a dolphin swimming around us (which was my fave part!), and Gates was able to identify and describe every single creature. This was one of the best parts of our trip, and we will definitely come back (maybe for the Bulls Island ferry or camping trip). More...

K
6 August 2017

Very friendly and knowledgeable staff! We had a lot of fun!!!!

S
4 August 2017

One of the best experiences of my life. The staff was off the charts knowledgeable, friendly and welcoming. I knew I would have fun on our trip but I had no clue that I would learn so much. And above all walk away with a new found appreciation and awareness of the world around us. This trip was a real eye opener and once in a life time experience. I can not recomend this company enough. We drove down from western New York for this trip and it did not disapoint. Thank you to the staff and guides for making our trip so memorable, you guys rock! More...

K
26 July 2017

fun trip today...... Dallas was great! thanks...look forward to next time.

C
23 July 2017

Terrific day with Coastal Expedition rentals. Easy to find, knowledgeable and very friendly staff, fun all the way around. We were lucky enough to see manatees and dolphins up close! More...

K
22 July 2017

Awesome time despite the wind! Dallas did a spectacular job!!!!!!!!!!

E
19 July 2017

Stellar. Great guides. Very knowledgeable of marine life.

J
19 July 2017

What a great company. Geoff and Hank were awesome. We paddled out from IOP, where we explored the tidal estuary and saw dolphins, lots of birds, and all kinds of interesting things. These guys really know their stuff, and they're all adorable to boot. I wish I could just go on endless tours of all the estuaries and creeks and rivers with them!! More...

C
17 July 2017

Jeff was such a great guide and full of interesting facts and knowledge. We had a great time and can't wait to come back!

H
15 July 2017

Got to see a bunch of dolphins again. Absolutely love this place

S
15 July 2017

Amazing service and super friendly staff! Highly recommend!

J
13 July 2017

Had a great time kayaking ! Chesley was very helpful!

K
13 July 2017

Highly recommend. Chesley was knowledgeable and informative. Gorgeous sunrise, dolphin escort, and Chesley even acted as our group photographer!

D
11 July 2017

Dallas was great and the sunrise tour was fantastic.

B
9 July 2017

First time paddle boarding and the instructors made learning quick and easy.  Paddle up the creek or out in the ocean, it is a lot of fun.  We had dolphins swim 10 yards in front of us. More...

J
8 July 2017

Took a special group Kayak trip from. Shem Creek out to Crab Bank (Shore bird nesting area) with emphasis on Mark Catesby. Our guides Geoff and Tally were very knowlegeble and enthusiastic about this pioneering English naturalist and explorer. These guides trained us to paddle safely while having fun and learning about this special ecosystem. They love Charleston, the natural environment, teaching and truly appreciating a simultaneous sunset and moonrise! Unique and fantastic! More...

J
4 July 2017

I can't say enough how wonderful our sunrise paddle was. Jeff is an outstanding guide, personable & extremely knowledgeable not about the wildlife and ecosystem but also the historical significance of the region. He made sure we worked at a comfortable pace, and always made time to stop for the critters. (And even snapped some pictures for us!) We saw: dolphins, countless pelicans & gulls. Not to mention got a pluff mud mask. Absolutely worth the 3am wake up call. Thank you Jeff. Your patience & knowledge was so very appreciated on this holiday. You took a couple of beginners, who were probably clunky & a little awkward in the kayak at times and made us feel totally at ease on the water. Consider your goal of turning on two new people to the sport of kayaking accomplished. More...

A
2 July 2017

Several of my friends and I chose a guided kayak excursion as my birthday adventure this year. We had a great time with Olivia as our guide. She is very knowledgeable about the marshes and its inhabitants, and maneuvering through the creeks. We are looking forward to future adventures with Coastal Expeditions! More...

P
25 June 2017

Best summer camp ever! Summer tradition for my boys and 10 friends. The camp counselors rock!!

R
25 June 2017

Location was great, everybody was very friendly, our instructor and guide (Jeff )was very good and knowledgeable. My wife and I had really done this before so they will show you everything you need to know. After leaving there we wanted to go our on Kayak. We will be back again. I would defiantly recommend this to everyone. More...

D
23 June 2017

We love this place! My daughter and I try to kayak and paddle board whenever we are in the area. The view on Shem Creek is amazing. We always see dolphins! Coastal Expeditions is our favorite! More...

J
19 June 2017

Henry was an amazing guide, knowledgeable and patient with kayakers of all levels. We had a gorgeous day on Shem Creek! Would recommend to anyone, especially families.

S
17 June 2017

I loved this place! First off the views are amazing! On our kayaking adventure we seen seven dolphins! Then you have the actual company itself; everyone is so friendly and helpful. Our guide made sure to go over every little detail to ensure our safety and the best way to keep us from getting tired. She showed us the best routes on the map as well. Definitely will be coming back! More...

G
10 June 2017

Just finished a kayak day trip with Geoff on Echaw Creek. So much fun and Geoff is a walking (oops - I mean a kayaking) encyclopedia! Brilliant historian, "birder", and naturalist. This is my third or fourth outing with Coastal Expeditions and I can't wait until the next one! More...

J
5 June 2017

Amazing trip!!! Everyone was super nice and helpful! Our guide Geoff was the Best!!! He was very knowledgeable about the wildlife and history of Charleston! We also got to witness strand feeding first hand! Amazing experience ❤️ More...

G
1 June 2017

My family was there on Sunday May 28 to memorialize my sister.  We chartered a boat for fifteen of us and Captain Chris took us out into the bay and helped us have a lovely "homespun" service for her.  He couldn't have been more gracious and accommodating.  The boat was very clean and obviously very well-maintained.  Other staff involved in helping us get checked in, etc, were equally friendly and gracious as was the individual with whom I made the reservations.  I highly recommend Coastal Expeditions! More...

C
28 May 2017

My friend and I loved kayaking with Coastal Expeditions. The staff was friendly and very helpful, the equipment was great and their advice was on point! All of these things and more made the experience great. I will definitely be back again! More...

J
22 May 2017

Amazing trip - we took 6 novice employees out for a team-building excursion and it was fabulous.

S
22 May 2017

This is the greatest adventure I have had since I've been in South Carolina! Henry and Kevin were absolutely spectacular! I knew very little about kayaking and not only was our tour informative but it was fun ! Henry really knows how to take a group on an adventure. Learned substantial amount of information about kayaking, Shem Creek, wildlife, and even South Carolina history. I highly recommend to anyone who likes to try something new! More...

L
20 May 2017

We loved our time on IOP and cant say enough about the awesome adventure we had kayaking with coastal expectations even with a 2 year old it was wonderful and so peaceful.

K
20 May 2017

While visiting Charleston last week my boyfriend & I wanted to do something outdoors so we booked a 9:00 am drop on Bull Island through Coastal Expeditions. It definitely turned into the HIGHLIGHT of our entire trip. We spend a lot of time outdoors (camping, hiking, etc.) & this tour is one of my favorite things we have ever done! Our captain & first mate were Will & Nick - they were both super friendly & knowledgable! The information shared on the way out & back enhanced our experience & knowledge of the island and preserve. You could also tell these two love SC & their jobs! We also appreciated that Will gave specific details about the map & trails & what was best for the time of year. The island itself was spectacular. We hiked first to the boneyard (at the suggestion of Will due to the tides). The beach was wonderful & we found many beautiful shells. We then ate our packed lunch & headed Turkey Walk trail. Turkey Walk trail was in the interior so we enjoyed the different landscape. We also saw a ton of alligators so that was awesome! All in all we hiked approx. 9 miles. Tips - bring lots of water, sunscreen & sun protection (glasses, hats, etc.), bug spray. The beach is a bit of a hike but some who came just for the beach brought a wagon, so that was smart. Otherwise, be prepared to carry your gear for awhile. One last thing - you do have the opportunity to tip your guides. We paid with a card & added it there but they also have a tip jar on the boat, in the case you want to tip at the end of the tour - bring cash. If possible stay the whole day (9 am ferry out & return on 4 pm ferry). Another huge perk was that there was hardly anyone on the island - we basically felt like we had the place to ourselves! A++ experience - awesome guides & a wonderful and unique experience. Thanks Coastal Expeditions!! More...

T
20 May 2017

We had an amazing time on our kayak tour this morning with Olivia! She is so knowledgeable about the history and ecology of the area! 10/10 will definitely be back for more! Thank you! � More...

Y
19 May 2017

Top ten experiences of my 50 years on earth!! Can't wait to go again!

B
15 May 2017

Dallas is so enthusiastic and excited about his job, the water and kayaking! Enjoyed meeting him as much as we did kayaking.

C
1 May 2017

Coastal Expeditions is located perfectly in Shem Creek right near many popular restaurants and shops. The staff are friendly and helpful, and their equipment is always in tip-top shape and good quality. There are bathrooms with showers on site, which is very convenient and kept clean. I recommend Coastal Expeditions to anyone looking to do some kayaking/ SUP and want to experience the best of Lowcountry life. More...

P
30 April 2017

It was first experience kayaking an our guide,Talley was sooooo good!!! She stayed calm and encouraging the entire time! !! Her love for the area and the habitat shone through and we just fell in love with her and the coast and its critters:) love it!! Would do it again and again!! More...

A
29 April 2017

This was by far the highlight of our trip!! Aaron was our tour guide and he was amazing. So knowledgeable and really personable! ! We booked the 9am tour in the middle of the week and it was only myself, my fiance, and Aaron so it was like we booked a personal tour. We did the Isle of Palms tour and it was great. Super relaxing and so nice to enjoy the water. In case you don't have any kayaking experience, they teach you before heading out on the water. Next time we are in Charleston we are definitely going to book another tour through them! More...

J
15 April 2017

Enjoyed Friday exploring Bull's Island. Will and Nickolas were our friendly and informative guides on the ferry ride. Saturday we kayaked Shem Creek with Olivia and Hannah. They were just as nice and informative. Southern hospitality at its best! More...

C
14 April 2017

This is our second time sea kayaking using Coastal Expeditions' boats. They are very efficient and paddling through Shem Creek is amazing. A must do when you are in Charleston. More...

J
14 April 2017

Coastal Expeditions is an unfailingly generous partner to local conservation groups. If you are debating among local outfits, you should know that they aren't just looking at the bottom line - they give back to protect nature throughout the year. I've never had a bad experience with one of their staff, and they are passionate and big-hearted as well as reliable, knowledgeable and fun for local bookings. More...

C
10 April 2017

We had such a wonderful experience!!  Our guide Chesley was so personable. I loved the way he made sure everyone was included and involved so no one felt left out and his unlimited knowledge had all of us astounded. I couldn't possibly recommend this trip more. Kudos to our wonderful guide!! More...

E
4 April 2017

The tour guides were very knowledgeable of the area. This tour was well worth the money and we will definitely be returning. An absolute jewel. Returned this year and are just as satisfied. More...

M
30 March 2017

We have been to bulls island many times and the ferry ride, alligators, and eating lunch on the beach make it a perfect day every time!

J
27 March 2017

I had the most amazing experiences with Geoff and Kevin, with those two guiding you will too

A
26 March 2017

Gates, our guide with Coastal Expeditions, provided a wonderful tour through the Wambaw Wildness Area. Caroline, our additional kayaking guide, offered constructive advice to improve my kayaking skills, while Kevin, our upland forest walk guide, showed off his expertise in primitive skills. All three guides were kind, patient, and informative. I would not hesitate to book another tour with CEX. More...

J
4 March 2017

Beautiful sunny afternoon, saw a variety of birds, a dolphin, oyster beds and collected shark teeth. We would go again without hesitation. Kevin was a great instructor and safely prepared us for the adventure. More...

B
22 February 2017

We went on a kayak tour with Henry and had a blast!  The entire staff was super friendly, and Henry was so knowledgeable about kayaking, the local area, and the wildlife that made the whole experience that much more enjoyable!  Highly recommend Coastal Expeditions for a fun and unique way to explore beautiful Charleston!! More...

D
27 November 2016

We had an excellent kayaking experience with Aaron at the Mount Pleasant Shem Creek location. He was not only knowledge about teaching us how to navigate a Kayak in different scenarios, but we learned about the biology of the estuary he grew up exploring. We also enjoyed his travel stories. The other employees were friendly, too! More...

P
14 November 2016

I've honestly lost track how many times I've gone to Bull Island with Coastal Expeditions, but I can tell you that each and every time is a new adventure . The beach itself is ever changing thanks to Mother Nature, but I have never failed to learn something new on each trip . Will and Nick are excellent at what they do . Both are also a wealth of information . I'm already looking forward to our next adventure with Coastal Expeditions!!!! More...

J
9 November 2016

GREAT experience. Staff was excellent, knowledgeable, and friendly. I'm horrible with names, but the lady behind the counter was so nice and made you feel extremely welcome and was willing to answer any questions. The gentlemen that gave me the board was helpful and gave me excellent instruction and pointers. This was my first time paddle boarding so he spent a good deal of time showing me everything, telling me where to go, what to watch out for, etc. Great location to paddle straight down Shem Creek through all the shrimp boats and have the dolphins swimming with you. My only regret was not tipping the guy that got my board. They recommend you put everything in your car so I had nothing on me on the way out. Great experience and I will definitely go back. Not only was the paddle boarding experience great...the staff really made my visit worthwhile and they are the reason I will go back time and time again. More...

S
8 November 2016

The staff was friendly and our guide told us exactly what we needed to know and off we went! Super easy, super fun. We will be back!

B
3 November 2016

Captain William Christenson was the absolute best! He was extremely knowledgeable, thorough, friendly, and helpful. He made the entire experience enjoyable and informative. He even recommended what would be best to see on Bulls Island based on time limitations, mosquitoes, seasonality, and activity. We were so fortunate to have had him to guide us and cannot wait to do it again! Thank you :) More...

B
4 October 2016

Excellent tour! Our guide, Caroline was very helpful, patient, and knowledgeable of the waterway and birds and their critters along the way !

D
19 September 2016

Excellent service and equipment. Very knowledgeable about the sport and the location.

A
18 September 2016

such a great experience! Dallas is AWESOME! so much fun!

A
30 August 2016

Took the sunrise photography tour of boneyard beach and would highly recommend it. Professional staff and a great location.

C
22 August 2016

The people here were so nice! My girlfriends and I called the day of to see if they had any paddleboards for the five of us and they made it happen on quick notice. When we arrived, we were exhausted and told them how we rushed to make it there on time (5 girls + 1 bathroom to get ready at our airbnb = hot mess). They were so sweet and told us to come back after we ate so we wouldn't die from heat exhaustion.When we did, we try to liven things up wherever we go and hopefully they were entertained just as much as they were entertaining trying to speak to us seriously about the oyster beds (to which, one of our friends go stuck on for 20 minutes).NOTE: Shem Creek was AWESOME. We saw dolphins! And shrimp jumped onto my board! I wish I had a bucket to catch them with. Will definitely come back More...

J
1 August 2016

We had a great time on our kayak tour out Isle of Palms Marina.  Our guide Jaime was fun, knowledgeable, and helpful. We spotted dolphin, great blue heron, osprey, and other wildlife along the way, and the kids loved it. Recommended.

A
29 July 2016

My husband and I visited bull island for the day and had the most amazing time. Our guides Will and Nick were fun and informative - one of my favorite parts of the trip was the ferry ride to and from the island to hear Will talk about the refuge. We took the 9am ferry over and the 4pm back which was a little lengthy for what we wanted to do but the 12pm return was too early. The walk to the boneyard was long but totally worth it. Unlike anything I've seen before and we brought home tons of conch shells and sand dollars. I would recommend this trip for anyone who enjoys the outdoors but be prepared to walk 10+ miles to visit the boneyard. Would come back with friends/family next time! More...

G
25 July 2016

Wonderful, educational! Professional, friendly group.

M
23 July 2016

Coastal Expeditions at Folly Beach was a great outfit to take a kayak guided tour of the beautiful estuaries around the islands near Charleston. They were friendly, accommodating to our needs and very professionally run emphasizing great customer service to ensure our enjoyment. Their equipment was top notch emphasizing safety concerns and customized the kayaks individually. Our guide was a great woman named Jaime with an environmental science degree who taught us so much about the local ecology, birds, water creatures, mud and was genuinely a pleasure to be with. I highly recommend you choose coastal for your kayaking adventure. More...

C
16 July 2016

Had an amazing time! Dallas was very nice & helped ensure we had a fun & safe time. Saw lots of dolphins. I would absolutely do it again (:

K
11 July 2016

Our guided tour of Wambaw Creek was awesome! Paddling the black water creeks was amazing, and our stop at Hampton Plantation for lunch was like a step back in time. Without a shadow of a doubt, the thing that made our trip truly extraordinary was our guides. Geoff and Greg are simply the best. It was apparent that they both possess a great deal of love and passion for their jobs, the environment, and history. They were both extremely knowledgeable, super friendly, and funny. During our six hour trip, we learned more about our state's history, local fauna, and plant life than I ever thought possible. We had a blast and cannot wait to go on another adventure with these guys! More...

E
7 July 2016

Great time with rental kayak in Shem Creek this morning! Owners and all staff were incredibly friendly and helpful!

A