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Barrier Island Ecotours Isle of Palms

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Barrier Island Ecotours
50 41st Ave
Isle of Palms
SC
29451
Tel: 843 886 5000

Where are we going today?

There is some pretty amazing wildlife in our oceans and near our beaches, and lucky for all of you in or heading to South Carolina - you can experience it all with Barrier Island EcoTours!

Barrier Island EcoTours have a WHOLE range of tours just waiting to take you out and explore the nature and wildlife of the barrier islands. Why not pick from one of their scheduled trips, like the Capers Wildlife Exploration, or the Dolphin Discovery Sunset Cruise?

Capers takes you on a 3.5 hour excursion by boat all the way to Capers Island, where you can see one of the few remaining barrier islands that are undeveloped. Dolphins are AMAZING creatures, and what better way to see them than on a 2.5 hour boat excursion where you can see all the dolphins playing and feeding. 

The Blue Crabbing Excursion is always popular with the kids, where they can head to a very cool crabbing spot and learn all about the life history of the crabs! Then get ready to eat some of the freshest seafood you've ever tasted when you can enjoy your catch that evening! 

With Marine Biology Day Camps and Creek Fishing, there are certainly plenty of tours to choose from! 

If you have a big family and want your own tour, they can organize your very own private charter just for you! Maybe you want a beachside cookout ... right on the beach!

The great thing about Barrier Island Ecotours is…it’s ECO friendly! Kids will learn all about he environment, and why we need to protect it, as well as HOW they can help! More than just a family day out!

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsTours from $34
  • ChildrenTours from $24 under 12
  • Free Under: 2 years
LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Tour times vary

Some tours seasonal over summer - check beforehand

Teachers corner

It's a great place for students to visit so of course they have a great field trip option! They can provide food for a cook out, and can have up to 150 students. There are also teacher resources for each age level. .

I'm Hungry!

There are some trips with the dinner cook outs available, and fresh seafood with crabbing! So you might just taste some of the freshest food in your life!.

Healthy Eating!

It's always worth taking a bottle of water and a healthy snack to keep you going.

Any Top Tips?

They have a new Family Fun Day tour - make sure you check it out! .

Doing our bit

They are ecotours, so they are all about looking after the environment and teaching kids about why and how they should!.

Need a little extra help?

If you do have special needs, just speak to someone before you book and see what assistance they can give you.

More information

Don't forget your camera! .

What people are saying?

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    Friends,

    Barrier Island Ecotours is hands down worth a trip to Charleston to experience.

    The sights of the salt marsh and all it has to offer is worth every penny. Where else can you experience up close and personally all the marine and terrestrial wildlife the estuaries and capers island has to offer? From dolphins, crabs, deer, allligators, abundant fish, you will have a blast being entertained by the outdoors. Every trip is a surprise because you don't know what you will encounter.

    If you want peace and relaxation at the same time of excitement...Read More

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    As Charleston locals, my family has the incredible opportunity to go on a nature tour with Barrier Island Ecotours at least once a summer and often times, more! With their many options like crabbing trips, dolphin excursions, sunset cruises, etc., we always have a great time and it's never the same trip twice. The captains handle the boats with precision, and the naturalists have an incredible amount of knowledge and keep everyone entertained and laughing. And then there's the fishing charters! Our daughter LOVES fishing with Mr. Shane, and every...Read More

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    Morgan,

    I just wanted to write a quick thank you to you and your company for the amazing time we had yesterday. My husband and I went Creek fishing in the a.m. with Griffin and then our whole family chartered the pontoon boat with Robert for a cruise/crabbing and Capers Island at night. When i say we had an amazing time, I mean literally we all had such a good time we can't stop talking about it! Our guides were not only knowledgeable and fun, but catered to us (Griffin specifically took us to get crabs for Shark hunting and Robert even carried...Read More

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    The most amazing Eco Tour I have ever been on!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!

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    My wife and I took the half-day tour to Capers Island. Robert was our guide, and he did a fantastic job explaining the low country eco system in detail. As a lifelong resident, he really knows it and loves it; and being a teacher for many years, he is a natural with the guests and especially kids. Dolphins were abundant on this tour, and we saw several different behaviors: a mother dolphin guiding her calf, several dolphins hunting in a group, and a lone dolphin chasing fish into a shallow shore. Capers Island is beautiful and offers great shelling....Read More

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by Lee Sparwasser

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Friends,

Barrier Island Ecotours is hands down worth a trip to Charleston to experience.

The sights of the salt marsh and all it has to offer is worth every penny. Where else can you experience up close and personally all the marine and terrestrial wildlife the estuaries and capers island has to offer? From dolphins, crabs, deer, allligators, abundant fish, you will have a blast being entertained by the outdoors. Every trip is a surprise because you don't know what you will encounter.

If you want peace and relaxation at the same time of excitement these are the trips for you and your family and friends of any ages.

Ask the naturalists and they will tell you the hot spots of where to go and what trips are best suited for your group.

Lee and Max

by Michael Schumpert

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As Charleston locals, my family has the incredible opportunity to go on a nature tour with Barrier Island Ecotours at least once a summer and often times, more! With their many options like crabbing trips, dolphin excursions, sunset cruises, etc., we always have a great time and it's never the same trip twice. The captains handle the boats with precision, and the naturalists have an incredible amount of knowledge and keep everyone entertained and laughing. And then there's the fishing charters! Our daughter LOVES fishing with Mr. Shane, and every time we've been out, she's caught enough fish to make her ask almost every day when we can go again. I highly recommend Barrier Island Ecotours for visitors and locals alike...

by Katie Reiners

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Morgan,

I just wanted to write a quick thank you to you and your company for the amazing time we had yesterday. My husband and I went Creek fishing in the a.m. with Griffin and then our whole family chartered the pontoon boat with Robert for a cruise/crabbing and Capers Island at night. When i say we had an amazing time, I mean literally we all had such a good time we can't stop talking about it! Our guides were not only knowledgeable and fun, but catered to us (Griffin specifically took us to get crabs for Shark hunting and Robert even carried my 5 year old through the creek cause he was afraid to step on something) and kept us totally entertained. Its not often you find a compnay you are completely satisfied with, but you all went above and beyond, an all 14 of our family members had a blast. And trust me, we're a hard bunch to please :) I will recommend you to anyone and everyone I know and can't wait to come back and spend more time with your group in the future. Even my son said "When I get big I want to do what he (Robert) does, Mom Can I come live here?"

Thank you for truly making this vacation special for our group, from the 5 year old to the 76 year old we are smiling, laughing and already enjoying the memories we made thanks to you. May all the joy you gave us today come back to you tenfold. All our best,

Katie Reiners & Family

by A Google User

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My wife and I took the half-day tour to Capers Island. Robert was our guide, and he did a fantastic job explaining the low country eco system in detail. As a lifelong resident, he really knows it and loves it; and being a teacher for many years, he is a natural with the guests and especially kids. Dolphins were abundant on this tour, and we saw several different behaviors: a mother dolphin guiding her calf, several dolphins hunting in a group, and a lone dolphin chasing fish into a shallow shore. Capers Island is beautiful and offers great shelling. This trip was worth the price, and special thanks again to Robert.

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