Charleston Coastal Wildlife

Get up close and personal with Charleston’s vibrant coastal wildlife on one of our nature and dolphin eco tours. Explore the rivers and creeks that meander through the Lowcountry and travel to an uninhabited barrier island.
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Experience Charleston’s Wildlife
& Explore Our Barrier Islands

Travel through the Charleston Harbor and past historic landmarks on the way to the uninhabited Morris Island. In addition to marine animals, the Lowcountry waterways are home to many interesting species of birds including Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, Eastern Brown Pelicans, and Least Terns. Experience these and other unique wildlife in their natural habitat.

During a serene coastal cruise, our crew will pull crab pots full of exceptional gifts from the sea to add to our onboard “touch tank”. Licensed naturalists will explore the Morris Island beach with you and point out the fascinating sea life that is abundant in Charleston’s estuaries. Spend a relaxing afternoon in the salty air, collect shells, and discover the wild side of the Charleston waters.

Dolphins Come Out to Play

Our local bottlenose dolphins are friendly and playful and they often put on a show for cruising boats. Watch them frolic in the creeks and the harbor with the beautiful backdrop of a majestic Charleston sunset. Of course, we can’t guarantee that you’ll see dolphins, but they usually show up to see the visitors.


Nature & Dolphin ECO Tour Prices

At Sandlapper Water Tours, we aim to keep our prices affordable so that our cruises are accessible to everyone. Our prices are as follows:

  • Adults are $45
  • Children under 12 are $30
  • Children under 3 are free

*All prices include tax

Duration – 2 hours

Where to Board

  • 10 Wharfside Street, Charleston, SC 29403 – Near the Charleston Maritime Center
  • Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Please be courteous of other passengers and arrive on time.
  • Please check in at the blue and white ticket booth under the reservation’s last name.

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“This was an excellent afternoon tour with a friendly and knowledgeable crew and tour guide. We were able to see dolphins, learned about different crabs from the crab pot, and were shown a myriad of sea life from a collection on board. The walk on the beach at Morris Island to look for shells and sharks teeth was very enjoyable. My husband and I would highly recommend this tour for families with children, and anyone with an interest in nature.”



“Our family of five adults had a wonderful time on this trip. As a kindergarten teacher, I would highly recommend this activity for families with children too. The guides were very informative about many topics and welcomed questions from participants. There were animals in the touch tank that could be closely observed and a hands-on portion where different ocean objects were passed. The time on Morris Island could be better used if the guide had talked to the group as a whole on the island some first then given free time to look for shells and explore. As it was the guide went with one family with children and helped them find some shark teeth and a sand dollar. But overall the trip was well worth it. It was a highlight of our vacation for everyone in our group.”



“That was one of the best tours ever!! The fact that the crab trap was pulled and you were able to get off at the island was perfect!!! I would be the poster woman for this tour any day!”