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We are a professional family of guides dedicated to leading trips through some of the most beautiful saltwater estuaries in South Carolina. As the premier Charleston kayak and SUP tour guiding and rental service company, we provide everything you need to for the adventure of a lifetime.

With COA, you can expect to experience the Lowcountry in a way you will never forget. Our trips focus on natural, scenic and cultural areas that are not impacted by industrial tourism. While you explore these areas firsthand, we believe environmental education and awareness has the greatest impact. This belief guides us as we strive to create fun, interactive tours that will resonate in the hearts and minds of all of our adventurers. Our goal is to enrich your appreciation of South Carolina’s wild places while you enjoy the thrill of outdoor activities.

We strive to provide the best service in the Lowcountry, keeping your safety at the top of our priority list. The latest kayaking and paddleboarding protocols will be practiced by all guides and captains to ensure that you have the best experience possible while out on the water. With attention to detail and a friendly sense of humor, we make sure you are comfortable and excited for your adventure.

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An experienced local guide will lead you through the peaceful waterways behind Folly Beach pointing out and talking about local ecosystems, indigenous species, fauna and flora. This easy-moving trip takes you through the saltwater estuary, with the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife such as dolphins, wading birds, pelicans and crabs.  Paddleboarding is also a great way to explore the tidal creeks behind Folly Beach.  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.

Charleston Kayak & SUP Tours Kayak (Adult) Kayak (12 under) SUP
2-Hour Marsh Tour $47 $27 $47
3-Hour Marsh Tour $57 $37

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2 HOUR MARSH TOUR - STAND UP PADDLEBOARDING

An experienced guide will lead you and the group through the saltwater wilderness behind Folly Beach taking time to point out and discuss the local ecosystems, wildlife, and flora. As you glide through pristine marsh fields and remote creeks you will experience a side of Charleston you will never forget.

2 HOUR MARSH TOUR - KAYAKING

An experienced local guide will lead you through the peaceful waterways behind Folly Beach pointing out and taking the time to talk about local ecosystems, indigenous species, fauna and flora. This easy-moving trip will take you through the saltwater estuary giving you the opportunity to see a variety of wildlife such as dolphins, wading birds, pelicans and crabs.

3 HOUR MARSH TOUR - KAYAKING

On this moderately-paced trip, an experienced guide will lead the group through a maze of tidal creeks and bays discussing the local ecology, wildlife and eco-systems. This trip is perfect for those who want to spend more time on the water discovering the beauty and natural wonders of Lowcountry.

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 tour are you most likely to see dolphins on?

You have a 99% chance of seeing dolphins on our Dolphin Tour and the Morris Island Lighthouse tour which are on our Carolina Skiff bay boat. Although you may see dolphins on our other tours, these two tours have the greatest chances.

Q Can I request a guide?

Yes, guides love to be requested! If your personal favorite is available, we can certainly accommodate your request.

Q Can trips be customized?

Yes. We recommend booking a private tour so that we can accommodate your needs and requests.

Q Do we go if it is raining?

Yes. We go out rain or shine however we will postpone or cancel a trip if the conditions are unsafe – such as lightning or very high wind.

Q Do you need experience to participate?

No experience is needed. We take out first-timers all the time! We provide a very detailed instruction before you go paddleboarding and kayaking to ensure that you feel comfortable and have the best time possible on the water.

Q Do you need to know how to swim?

No, you do not. You are required by law to wear a personal floatation device when you go kayaking or paddleboarding with us.

Q Do you offer group trips?

Yes, COA welcomes groups large and small. Group discounts may be available. Please call our office to set up your group trip today.

Q Is there transportation available?

We do not provide transportation to our location. Rental cars and UBER are the best ways to reach us as there is not easy public transportation nearby.

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.

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 Can I bring food or drinks on the tours?

Yes, as long as you do not litter. We ask that you do not bring anything in single use glass bottles.

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 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.

If you cancel within 24 hours of your tour time, you will be subject to a 50% cancellation fee. COA keeps our tours small so that you can have the best experience possible. When you have a reservation and cancel within 24 hours of your tour time, we will have turned away potential guests.

If COA cancels a tour due to inclement weather like heavy rain, high winds or lightening then you will not be charged a cancellation fee and you will be refunded if you are unable to reschedule for a different time and date.

For large groups, private tours, or school groups, COA has a 48 hour cancellation policy. If you let us know more than 48 hours in advance that your group will be unable to come, there will be no penalty. If you cancel within the 48 hours prior to your tour, you will be charged a 50% cancellation fee.

Reservations can only be rescheduled one time. If a party has to reschedule a tour or rental, they must do it more than 4 hours prior to the departure time. If a party reschedules within 4 hours of the tour time, they are subject to a 25% rescheduling fee.

Any reservation that has been rescheduled is final. If a party cancels a reservation that has already been rescheduled, they are subject to a 50% cancellation fee.

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