Explore the Wild Side of Charleston with these Outdoor Adventures

These adventures include kayaking, boat tours, paddleboarding, and fishing!

Charleston Outdoor Adventures

If you are going to explore the Lowcountry, you’re going to want to do it with Charleston Outdoor Adventures. It’s amazing what’s in your own backyard here in the Lowcountry! Trips focus on natural, scenic and cultural areas that are not impacted by industrial tourism. Not only will you have fun out on the water, but there is also environmental education and awareness tied into all these adventures!


Two-hour marsh kayaking: An experienced local guide will lead you through the peaceful waterways behind Folly Beach pointing out and taking the time to talk about local ecosystems, indigenous species, fauna, and flora. This easy-moving trip will take you through the saltwater estuary giving you the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife such as dolphins, wading birds, pelicans, and crabs.

Three-hour marsh kayaking: On this moderately-paced trip, an experienced guide will lead the group through a maze of tidal creeks and bays discussing the local ecology, wildlife, and eco-systems. This trip is perfect for those who want to spend more time on the water discovering the beauty and natural wonders of Lowcountry.

Kayak rentals: If you are looking to explore the waterways without a guide, renting a kayak is just what you need. Renting kayaks is a wonderful way for you to explore the creeks, tidal flats, and estuaries of the Lowcountry at your own pace.

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Boat Tours

Dolphin Eco Tour: Board the Carolina Skiff bay boat to explore the inlets, creeks, and marshes behind Folly Beach in search of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. The waters surrounding Charleston are home to more than 300 wild dolphins who live here year-round; you have a very good chance of seeing dolphins while your captain discusses natural ecosystems, local history, and dolphin fun facts.

Morris Island Lighthouse Tour: Board the Carolina Skiff bay boat and wind through pristine tidal creeks out to Morris Island and the historic Morris Island Lighthouse where you will be able to get out and explore the beach. As you cruise the six miles out to the uninhabited barrier island, the captain will discuss and point out native wildlife, local history, and the diverse eco-systems of the Lowcountry. You have a very good chance of seeing wild dolphins on the way to and from the island.

Fossil Hunting Tour: Board the Carolina Skiff bay boat and cruise through tidal creeks and marshes out to the uninhabited Morris Island. Once you arrive, a naturalist will lead you on a multiple-mile beach hike to a remote location where you are likely to find pre-historic fossils. Your guide will discuss fossils in general, why fossils are found in this area, and what type of fossils you can expect to find on Morris Island.


Two-Hour Marsh Tour: An experienced guide will lead you and the group through the saltwater wilderness behind Folly Beach taking time to point out and discuss the local ecosystems, wildlife, and flora. As you glide through pristine marsh fields and remote creeks you will experience a side of Charleston you will never forget.

Paddleboard Rentals: If you are interested in exploring the Lowcountry without a guide, renting is perfect for you. Renting a paddleboard is the perfect way to unwind and connect with nature.

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Inshore Fishing Charters: Board the Sea Hunt bay boat and have a local captain take you to some of the best fishing spots in the area. All of the fishing charters are private tours so that you can have the best time on the water.

Kayak Fishing: You will be joined by a local guide in the saltwater estuary behind Folly Beach where you have access to areas and fish that others can not reach. Kayak fisherman have an advantage over other anglers as kayaks provide stealth in shallow water unmatched by even the quietest of flats boats.

How it all Started

Charleston Outdoor Adventures was founded by Joe Lotts who spent 16 years in the outdoor guiding industry before deciding to branch out on his own. With more than a decade of experience on local waters and a university degree in wilderness leadership and experiential education, Joe possesses a deep understanding of the region’s stunning wildlife. His dedication to environmental education, awareness, and stewardship inspire the guides and guests to value the spectacular nature of coastal South Carolina.

Plan Your Adventures!

Charleston Outdoor Adventures
1871 Bowens Island Road
Charleston, SC 29412

E: charlestonoutdooradventures@gmail.com
P: 843-795-0330


Text information from the official site of Charleston Outdoor Adventures | Video created in partnership with our friends Charleston Locals