Free Community Kayak and Boat Tours

Whether you are an avid birder, a beginner, or just want to learn more about this interesting part of Charleston Harbor, you might be interested in an excursion to Crab Bank made available with a grant from the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation. Coastal Expeditions and Audubon South Carolina are offering free two-hour, family-friendly tours this Fall. Learn about the restoration of this critical bird habitat after intensive fundraising by many agencies.

You can choose between a boat trip or, for the more adventurous, take a kayak tour. Whichever you choose, it is bound to be a fun, informative activity.

Be a Part of the Crab Bank Story

In 2018, the people of Charleston rallied for Crab Bank. Many made donations, wrote letters, or raised their paddles high at the Save Crab Bank Paddle. It was truly a community effort to protect something that all know is important. And the next chapter of this critical seabird rookery is about to begin. 

The Coastal Expeditions Foundation and Audubon South Carolina invite you to witness the restoration of Crab Bank Seabird Rookery firsthand.  

All Fall, complimentary boat and sea kayak tours to this vital nesting island are being offered so you can share in the story of Crab Bank. 

In the coming year, this critical nesting island will be restored to over 20 acres of high-ground for brown pelicans, black skimmers, American oystercatchers, multiple species of terns, and herons, and more. This State Heritage Preserve will yield tens of thousands of young birds into wild populations as a result of our collective efforts. 

This adventure departs from the Shem Creek flagship location, 514 Mill Street, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464, en route to the protected edge of Charleston harbor. Coastal Expeditions guides will provide interpretation specific to the Crab Bank effort as a critical part of only five protected bird-nesting islands on the South Carolina coast.

Gather your family and friends and come out with us on one of our tours- everyone is welcome!

Check Dates & Reserve Your Spots!

Kayak Tours 

Boat Tours 

When you book, you’ll be asked to hold your reservation with a credit card at $20 per person. You won’t be charged unless you are a no-show. If you can’t make it, please give us as much notice as possible so that others may go in your place.

Outings may be filmed by a documentarian, Adam Boozer of Jewell & Ginnie LLC, to be made into a film capturing the rebirth of Crab Bank over the next year.

COVID-19 safety: When you are on the Coastal Expeditions campus and on the boat, everyone is expected to socially distance and wear a mask. On sea kayak tours, you may remove your mask once you are on the water.

Pelicans photos are from the Crab Bank when it was supporting hundreds of Brown Pelican nests, just a few years ago. Image credit: Dana Beach, Coastal Conservation League

-Submitted by SIB


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