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Charleston Marsh Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse

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  • 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)
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  • Offered in: English


Cruise through Lowcountry tidal creeks and marshes en route to the uninhabited Morris Island on this boat cruise from the Charleston area. A private boat company launches from Bowens Island for the scenic ride through an estuary rich in biodiversity before a soft landing on Morris Island. Spend free time to taking photos of the historic Morris Island Lighthouse, combing for seashells, and looking out for birds, sea turtles, and dolphins before your return.
  • Boat trip to Morris Island from Bowens Island
  • Cruise through an estuary, marshes, and other Lowcountry landscapes
  • Opportunities to see bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and more
  • Free time to explore Morris Island upon arrival, known for its historical lighthouse
  • Multiple departure times throughout the day

What's Included

  • 2.5-Hour Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise in Charleston
  • 1-Hour Stop on Morris Island
  • See wildlife including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, wading birds, pelicans, sea turtles, and more
  • Learn information about the local ecosystems and history from your Naturalist Captain
  • Live Narration On Board

    Meeting And Pickup

    Meeting point

    • 1871 Bowens Island Rd
      1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA

      Drive to the end of Bowens Island Road and find our office on the dock. The parking lot is located on the right as you drive in.

    End point

    This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    What To Expect

    Additional Info

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
    • Bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and a bag for shell collecting if desired.
    • Dress for the weather with clothes and shoes that are suitable for beach walking.
    • Please note there is a stop at Morris Island where travelers can visit for about 45min to walk around. This may be an issue for wheelchair accessibility, however travelers have the option to remain onboard during this time if they choose.
    • Wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Infants must sit on laps
    • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
    • Restrooms are available before departure. No restrooms are available for the duration of the tour.
    • Please arrive 15 minutes early for departure to check in with Charleston Outdoor Adventures office.
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers

    Cancellation Policy

    You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

    • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
    • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
    • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
    • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Frequently Asked Questions

    The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

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    Q:What type of boat is used for the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?

    A:We use a comfortable Carolina Skiff bay boat for this tour.

    Mar 2021

    Q:Is the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse handicap accessible?

    A:Yes, the boat is accessible. As the island is made up of sandy beaches, guests in wheelchairs may wish to stay on board the boat during the Morris Island stop.

    Mar 2021

    Q:Is the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse appropriate for young children?

    A:Yes! Children love combing the beach to collect shells and there is a good chance to see native wildlife during the trip.

    Mar 2021

    Q:What should I bring with me on the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?

    A:Bring water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, a camera, and a bag for shells you find on the beach. You can also bring a small cooler with drinks and snacks. Wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting sandy/wet.

    Mar 2021

    Q:Can I bring food/drink with me on the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?

    A:Yes, as long as you do not litter. We ask that you do not bring anything in single-use glass bottles.

    Mar 2021

    Q:Does the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse operate if it's raining?

    A:Yes. We go out rain or shine however we will postpone or cancel a trip if the conditions are unsafe – such as lightning or very high wind.

    Mar 2021

    Q:Is there parking near the departure point for the Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?

    A:Yes, there is complimentary parking available onsite.

    Mar 2021

    Q:Can we go inside the lighthouse during the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?

    A:No. The historic lighthouse is surrounded by water and is not accessible to the public.

    Mar 2021

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    Traveler Tips

    I recommend the tour to anybody, just don't wear flip flops or open toe sandals, there are jagged seashells at the beachfront of the island.
    Go early, it gets very warm in the Carolina sun.
    Just FYI if you go in winter it is windy and cold while the boat is going so bundle up and take blankets.
    1,259 reviews
    Total review count and overall rating based on Viator and Tripadvisor reviews
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    Fun even in the Rain
    Lindsey_l, Feb 2023
    It was cold and rainy but our trip was great! Thank you for great service! No one but my husband and I showed up for the tour so we got great personalized service!
    Thank you Captain Tripp.
    Sheri_K, Feb 2023
    My family - including two kids (11, 13) - had a great day out on the boat with Captain Tripp. We learned a lot, saw dolphins, birds and collected beautiful seashells, including a couple of sand dollars. I would recommend sunglasses and just know there is no bathroom available once you depart. A great way to see another side of Charleston.
    Expected more after...
    Carole_M, Jan 2023
    Expected more after reading about it. Not much to see along the way. Too much time on the island. How many shells does a person need to see. The oyster beds were quite interesting. Enjoyed the dolphins. Getting on and off the boat could be handled better. Boat ride was ok.
    Response from Host, Jan 2023
    Greetings Carole- We appreciate you taking the time to leave a review, and are disappointed to hear the experience did not meet your expectations. If you choose to come back in the future, we do offer a shorter Dolphin Tour where you don't get off the boat. If you'd like to share any specific suggestions please email Take care.
    Fun tour!
    Sherryl_D, Jan 2023
    Our tour guide, Josh was very knowledgeable about the waterways and wildlife. Loved eating a raw oyster off the riverside shore and collecting seashells at the lighthouse beach during low tide.
    A Visit to the Morris Lighthouse and Beyond
    BRIAN_J, Dec 2022
    My wife and I had a really enjoyable time out with Capt. Josh. He was quite informative and gave us little factoids about the oysters, tides, wildlife, and the barrier islands. We got to walk around Morris Island and take in the views of Morris Lighthouse and enjoy the peace and tranquility of wandering around the beach. We were fortunate enough to see two types of dolphins as well. We would definitely do this trip again. Good
    Loved seeing all the wildlife
    Virginia_L, Dec 2022
    So much fun! Great wildlife experience and Josh was a great guide. Would totally recommend to family and friends
    Fun and Educational
    Patricia_R, Nov 2022
    We went with family we were visiting. The ride was fun and educational. Captain Trip was knowledgeable and enthusiastic. I would highly recommend this experience.
    Worth EVERY penny!
    Willie_T, Nov 2022
    The Charleston Marsh Eco Boat Cruise was informative, exhilarating, and extremely relaxing. Our tour guide, Josh, was a wealth of information and he made the activity even more delightful. We even saw multiple dolphins! This was worth EVERY penny and I highly recommend this activity. If I ever visit Charleston again, partaking in this again will be at the top of my list.
    Anniversary Outing
    Emily_O, Nov 2022
    Our experience was superb. Our tour guide was very intriguing, and made the tour great, because he shared insightful information of the marsh, vegetation, and wildlife. We also were able to watch dolphins, which was a plus.
    Awesome boat ride and beach walk
    Steve_J, Nov 2022
    The family had a great time. Captain Craig is extremely knowledgeable about the ecosystem of the area, and points out the wildlife, and the ecosystem. Lots of pictures of dolphins, and birds. The hour long free time on Morris Island is a great addition to be able to walk the beach, see the light houses, enjoy the ocean, hunt for shells, shark teeth, and take great photos. I would recommend this to everyone who wants a reality cool boat ride through a different view of what goes on behind the shore line.
    Great sight seeing!
    ashleigh_s, Nov 2022
    We booked the Eco tour shortly before our trip to Charleston. I had previously lived here and wanted to show my spouse the Folly Creek and Morris Island Lighthouse. The tour guide, Craig, was super knowledgable and passionate about these local ecosystems. We saw tons of dolphins which was everyone's favorite part! Highly recommend booking this tour if you're looking for something a little more local and away from big crowds downtown.
    So many dolphins! Going...
    Hayden_H, Nov 2022
    So many dolphins! Going out to the lighthouse and returning we saw 8+ each way. Loved learning about the history of the island and the preservation that continues to be enforced. Comfortable boat ride. Lovely experience.
    Our guide was fantastic....
    Gail_J, Nov 2022
    Our guide was fantastic. He was full of information. It’s obvious he loves what he does and enjoys sharing his knowledge. You won’t be sorry you took this trip.
    You should go!
    Kelsey_T, Nov 2022
    This was quite a fun experience and we saw so many dolphins! I was floored and didn't expect to have that much fun. Thanks so much Dallas for the amazing experience!! I will be coming back for sure.
    Great time even in the fog.
    Bethany_M, Nov 2022
    Captian Ryan was a great slice of information while we explored on a cloudy foggy morning. I highly recommend the eco tour. Dolphins, light houses and education is a great way to spend the morning.
    Excellent value
    Molly_H, Oct 2022
    Josh was an amazing tour guide, the weather was overcast and a bit chilly but we saw close to 30 dolphins and that was magical. Shell hunting was so much fun and we were so happy with what we found. We will be going back for another tour for sure.
    Great experience
    Cheri_C, Oct 2022
    Captain Ryan was great and was knowledgeable. My mom and I had a great time. Very enjoyable. We enjoyed the boat ride and the time we spent on the island
    Great tour
    Lawrence_C, Oct 2022
    Great tour with very knowledgeable and personable guide/captain. Everything was very enjoyable. This is highly recommended.
    Very enjoyable boat trip!
    Elena_A, Oct 2022
    Captain Josh made stops and narrated he details of the eco system of the marsh. We saw so many dolphins playing in the water! They followed our boat.
    Stephanie_F, Oct 2022
    Was a great experience. Captain Dallas was very informative. The scenery and the wildlife was extraordinary.


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