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2 Hours Shem Creek Safari Kayak Tour

Explore Charleston's most iconic creek by sea kayak to see native wildlife and learn about the local history. As we paddle past oyster-lined marshes and down by the shrimp boats, we'll see animals like bottlenose dolphins, pelicans, egrets and more. In the summer months, manatees and sea turtles call this creek home, too! Coastal Expeditions guides lead you on this adventure, while making sure that the experience is safe and fun for all ages.
City: Mount Pleasant
Mon 22 Jul
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Starting at $52.00
Mon 22 Jul
Starting at $52.00
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What's Included
Professional Guide with kayak, life guard & first aid certifications
Kayaking Gear (Sea Kayak, Paddle, Personal Flotation Device)
Dry Bag (to keep phone & personal belongings from getting wet)
2-Hour Guided Kayak Eco Tour
Additional Info
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants and small children can ride in a pram or stroller
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
What To Expect
Shem Creek Park
Historic Shem Creek is one of the most iconic spots in Charleston and is known for its shrimp boats, seafood restaurants and wildlife. Bottlenose dolphins frequent this creek and will often breach just feet away from your kayak. In the summers, manatees call Shem Creek home and loggerhead turtles will occasionally pop above the surface. As you pass by the shrimp boats and oyster-lined marshes, you see Charleston Harbor and the Holy City Skyline. The Netflix show Outer Banks films on Shem Creek and your guide can show you familiar places where Pogues hang out!
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.
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Reviews (41)
Nov 2022
The sunrise tour on Shem creek was absolutely beautiful! We saw plenty of birds and kayaked to a little island where we found lots of shark teeth. We also kayaked through the estuaries which was calm and pretty. Great adventure and our tour guide Graham was very informative and awesome. Will definitely do it again.
Peter S
Nov 2022
I just returned from my first Dominick House weekend trip to Bull's Island. Putting aside for a moment that we enjoyed 3 days and 2 nights on a 5,000 acre National Wildlife Refuge, I wanted to share a little about the Coastal Expeditions guides and all they did to make the trip fabulous. Annie and Abbi have the logistics mastered. Everything was in place where it was supposed to be, when it was supposed to be. All us guests had to think about was enjoying the trip. The meals were delicious and hearty. We even had a couple meals in the field. Abbi's chili would have been good in the dining room. Dished out on a dike overlooking thousands of waterfowl, it was memorable! The trip was non-stop action. I've been on tours where an outing was followed by a couple hours of sitting around. Not the case with this group. Although we had the option of sitting out any excursion, we could be on the go as much as we wanted. Annie had us on the trailer at 6 a.m. to catch sunrise on the beach and out after dark to listen for owls and stargaze. We burned a lot of calories, which was good, because the 2nd breakfast (yup--second breakfast) featured homemade sausage gravy, biscuits, eggs, and your choice of blueberry, chocolate chip, or plain pancakes. I found it easiest to have one of each. Captain Chris is the human equivalent of Siri for low-country culture and natural history. I don't think there is anything he doesn't know. Hey Chris, What are those shells sticking out of the mud? Chris: those are oysters, one of the four building blocks of the saltmarsh... Hey Chris, Why is it called a "bald" eagle? Chris: the bald eagle, Latin name Haliaeetus leucocephalus, has a white head that looks featherless at a distance. I came away from the trip filled with fun facts about Bull's Island and its history. Annie, Abbi, and Chris were at least as enthusiastic about the experiences as the guests were. Our group of 14 was a pleasure to be with. Chatting at dinner was as much fun as touring the island. I would be delighted to have this group of guests over for Thanksgiving dinner to continue the dialogue. Did I mention the wildlife? We saw deer, a black coyote, raccoons, bobcats, fox squirrels. On one sunset cruise we floated in the creek with the only noise coming from the exhalations of a close-by bottlenose dolphin and the clacking of clapper rails in the marsh. Bald eagles, peregrine falcon, and ducks galore were just a few of the 107 species of birds we recorded. Would I take this trip again? Haliaeetus I would! (Sorry--you'll have to take the trip yourself to understand what this means.)
Nov 2022
Coastal Expeditions is a must thing to do while in Charleston! We loved every part of the tour, especially our amazing tour guide Abbi. She was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife of Shem Creek and made great conversation. She was very inclusive, friendly, and helpful! All the staff was extremely welcoming and helpful. The equipment is very nice, new and clean. You can tell they take great care of the property and equipment! I highly recommend this tour to anyone!
Response from Host
Nov 2022
Hi there! Thank you so much for exploring with us on Shem Creek. Abbi is so awesome and we are so grateful that she is part of our team. Hope to see y'all again another time!

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