The Beaufort History tour encompasses the colonial era, beginning of king cotton, the rise of the planter society, the town's prominent role in the Civil War, and its role in Reconstruction. Join us for a journey back in time as we follow the path of the old Beaufort River ferry to the Historic district where we'll paddle past antebellum mansions and see the town as it was meant to be seen - from the water.
On our Salt Marsh Ecology tour we explore hundreds of acres of salt marsh without leaving the city. Kayaking on the Beaufort River and through a series of creeks, we'll search for bottlenose dolphin, blue crabs, oystercatchers, and many other salt marsh inhabitants. On this trip we beach the boats on a sandbar and catch marine organisms with a cast net. It's always a surprise to see what we find!
The ACE Basin is where history meets nature. Once the site of a cypress/tupelo swamp forest, the rice culture of the past has transformed this area into a tidal freshwater marsh - a unique habitat perfect for freshwater herbaceous plants, birds and alligators. The ACE Basin is well-known as a wildlife mecca and conservation success story, but some of the most fascinating details lie in its history. Beginning in the late 1600s, this area was completely transformed, and rice was grown here for almost 200 years. This set the stage for the rise of the south, the civil war, and the current Gullah Heritage of the Sea Islands. Understand this rich history by paddling through diked creeks and rivers, exploring historic canals and entering an abandoned rice field.
Hunting Island State Park is a nature-lovers paradise; a beautiful, 5000 acre island that is an excellent place to explore both marine ecology and barrier island geology. On our Lagoon Trip We'll kayak on the protected waters of the lagoon, riding the tide out towards the sea. Halfway down, we'll stop at a sandbar to throw a cast net and catch marine organisms. We'll then continue to the inlet, where we'll beach the boats a second time and take a walk on the beach followed by a sea-shell-show-and-tell before catching the rising tide back to our starting point.
On our Hunting Island Dolphin Ecology tour, we explore the marsh at high tide, then spend some time kayaking in the Fripp Inlet in search of the bottlenose dolphin!
On our Shrimp Trip, we’ll paddle past a working shrimp dock and through the salt marsh that nourishes their catch. We’ll de-mystify shrimp boat rigging, and then recommend a place to enjoy some of that awesome goodness!
Beaufort Kayak Tours