It's dark out there on the harbor and you will never see this seaport the same again after participating in one of these tours!
Enjoy a relaxing evening while cruising along Charleston's Waterways and taking in breathtaking views of her sunset silhouetted skyline.
Present your students with a unique experience and the opportunity to explore Charleston's rich heritage and natural habitats by boat.
If you are interested in exploring Charleston's "tideland treasures", this is the tour for you!
Experience Charleston's most unique History Tour by water, with a tour guide licensed by the City of Charleston!
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Welcome to Sandlapper Tours, voted #1 Charleston Harbor Tour company in Charleston, SC!
We operate out of the Charleston Maritime Center located near the S.C. Aquarium.
We are a locally owned and operated company offering History, Nature, Sunset, and Ghost Tours of the Charleston Harbor.
Board the “Palmetto”, our 45ft. motorized USCG certified catamaran and set out on the adventure of your choosing! Our maximum capacity is 49 people, making it possible for our guests to enjoy a small group setting as well as to interact with our guides. We also offer private charters for up to 49 guests. Experience Charleston harbor’s rich heritage, maritime history and tideland treasures like never before!
We offer a Charleston Dinner Cruise with an assortment of options available to entertain your guests and their specific interests. Imagine your group enjoying a dining experience including Frogmore Stew, an Oyster Roast, or a Lowcountry Crab Boil on the beautiful beach of a Barrier Island. Sandlapper Tours specializes in private boat charters and would love to entertain your guests with this unique and authentic Charleston harbor dinner cruise.
Our Charleston Nature Tours and Charleston Historic Tours are proud to have a local naturalist, as well as a local historian aboard our tours who will interpret the sites your guests will see during the cruise. The Palmetto, a versatile catamaran, allows our Captain to smoothly handle the harbor’s waters, as well as navigate through salt marsh creeks and land the boat on the beach. You guests can now experience Charleston, its harbor, and Lowcountry living like never before.
All boat tours and charters depart from the Charleston Maritime Center, located at 10 Wharfside Street, not far from the S.C. Aquarium. Snacks, soft drinks, water, beer and wine are available for purchase. A restroom is available on the boat. Free parking and restrooms are also available at the Charleston Maritime Center.
Get ready for fun, history, and sights like you’ve never seen before. Join us to tour the Charleston Harbor
Charleston Harbor has always been the focal point of the city’s life and history. Without the harbor, the City of Charleston wouldn’t exist. Come on out on one of our comfortable boats, learn about Charleston and its surroundings, and see the city from a different angle. This last view is especially lovely during a Sunset Cruise, as the sun goes down behind the city, putting its famous church steeples in silhouette.
As far back as the late 1600s, Charleston was known as a shipping port. From then on up to the Civil War, uncounted tons of rice, cotton, hides, lumber, and ships stores left the wharves. Today, Charleston ranks in the top ten of U. S. ports in the value of goods shipped through its ports.
Yet, Charleston is also known for its gracious beauty and Southern lifestyle, as evidenced by the lovely antebellum homes along Battery Row that you’ll learn about on our History tour. Also right in that area is White Point Gardens, scene of the hanging of many of a pirate; rumor has it that some of them still haunt the park. We might tell you more during our Ghost Tour, or we might not. You’ll have to come along to solve the mystery!
Equally as fascinating to us as Charleston’s history are the many natural areas around the harbor. Two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper, merge right off the Peninsula and find their way out to sea through the harbor’s mouth. Out near that mouth are barrier islands, marshlands, and waterways, just waiting to be explored. One of our favorites is Morris Island, still uninhabited and largely untouched. We like it so much we take our Nature Tours out there for a visit, where you may see great blue herons and snowy egrets, learn about crabs, and maybe catch a glimpse of dolphins at play.
These are just a few of Charleston Harbor’s sights. Others include the magnificent Ravenel Bridge, which is a sight indeed when seen from the water, as well as Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie, and Castle Pinckney, all of which played important roles in the city’s history. We can’t tell you about all of them here. You’ll just have to see them for yourself!