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Charleston Kayak & SUP Rentals

Shop Information

We are a professional family of guides and captains dedicated to offering adventures through some of the most beautiful saltwater estuaries in South Carolina. As Charleston’s premiuer kayak & SUP rental service and paddling guiding company, we provide you with everything you need to have an adventure of a lifetime.

With COA, you can expect to experience the Lowcountry in a way you will never forget. Our shop is located on Bowen’s Island – a natural, scenic and cultural area that is not impacted by industrial tourism. Our goal is to enrich your appreciation of South Carolina’s wild and special places while you enjoy the thrill of engaging outdoor activities.

We strive to provide the best service in the Lowcountry, keeping your safety at the top of our priority list.  With attention to detail and a friendly sense of humor, we strive to make sure you are comfortable and excited for your adventure.

Rental Information – Kayaks

Renting kayaks and SUPs is a wonderful way for you to explore the creeks, tidal flats, and estuaries of the Lowcountry at your own pace. Whether you are looking for a short adventure or multiple days of kayaking, we have what you need. Relax and unwind as you paddle through the quiet waterways behind Folly Beach that are home to oyster flats, wild dolphins, osprey, crabs, a large variety of shorebirds and marsh grass as far as the eye can see.

We offer a wide range of the newest-available model kayaks which are suitable for all guests and experience levels. Our shop will fit you to a kayak that is comfortable and appropriate for your skill level. We proudly use the following manufactures for our gear: Perception, Current Design, Eddyline, Wilderness Systems, Astral, and Werner.

Charleston Kayak Rental 4 Hours 24 Hours
Single Set-On-Top Kayak $27 $37
Tandem Set-On-Top Kayak $37 $47

 

Rental Information – Stand up Paddleboards (SUPs)

Rent a paddleboard and see the Lowcountry like you have never seen it before. Glide at your own pace through the calm creeks and rivers behind Folly Beach where you will have some incredible wildlife viewing opportunities. While you paddle though this saltwater wilderness you may encounter wild dolphins, wading birds, otters, oyster beds and more. Whether you are new to SUP or an experienced paddler, we provide you with everything you will need to have an adventure you will never forget.

We offer new, high quality paddleboards for rent that are suitable for all experience levels. The brands that we use for our SUP gear include Three Palms, Werner, and Surftech.

Charleston SUP Rental 3 Hours 24 Hours
Stand Up PaddleBoard (SUP) $32 $42
ALL RENTALS INCLUDE:

Detailed paddling instruction, paddleboard/kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, map of the area, dry bag, tidal information, updated weather forecast, secure parking, restrooms, and use of our private paddleboard/kayak launch.

Taxes are not included in the price. Weekly rentals are also available.

Looking for more outdoor adventure in the area?  Check out all of our Charleston activities!

Where to Paddle

We have a private launch at our location on Bowens Island. Our staff will prepare and pull down your gear to the water’s edge.  Kayaking is one of the best ways to relax and explore the Lowcountry. As you paddle through the calm saltwater creeks nestled behind Folly Beach, you will discover the natural wonders and wildlife that call this area home. You will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with wading birds, oyster beds, barrier islands, wild dolphins and more.  

Q What should I bring Kayaking and Paddleboarding?

2 to 3 bottles of water per person as staying hydrated is critical to having a great time out on the water.
Wear clothes or a bathing suit that can get wet – synthetic material is best, no cotton or jeans.
Please wear water shoes, sandals or tennis shoes that can get wet.
If you are paddleboarding, you are required to wear shoes with straps that will not fall off.
Bring sunscreen, hats, and sunglasses with a retaining strap.
If relevant, bring an extra pair of contact lenses and required medications.
Don’t forget to capture your adventure with cameras, GoPro, and cell phones. We provide dry bags for you to use.
We will go out rain or shine – please bring rain gear as afternoon rain is common in the Lowcountry.
In the spring and fall, a light jacket is recommended.

Q When is the best time of day to see wildlife?

You are able to see wildlife at all times throughout the day. No time is better than others.

Q When is the best time of day to see dolphins?

The dolphins are residents of the Charleston area and can be seen 24/7, 365 days a year. However, you are more likely to see the strand feeding behavior during low tide.

Q What is included with the rental?

Detailed paddling instruction, paddleboard/kayak, paddle, personal floatation device, map of the area, dry bag, tidal information, updated weather forecast, secure parking, restrooms, and use of our private paddleboard/kayak launch.

Q What is your CANCELLATION POLICY?

COA implements a 24 hour cancellation policy. If you cancel more than 24 hours in advance, there will be no cancellation fee and you will be completely refunded.

Q Can I sign the waiver without printing it?

Yes. The waiver is electronic and you can sign it on your phone or computer. No need to print.

Q Can you go inside the Morris Island Lighthouse?

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

Q Where do you launch kayaks and paddleboards you have for rent?

We have a private launch that is at our location on Bowens Island. Our staff will prepare and pull down your gear to the water’s edge.

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