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Overview

Cruise through Lowcountry tidal creeks and marshes en route to the uninhabited Morris Island on this boat cruise from the Charleston area. A private boat company launches from Bowens Island for the scenic ride through an estuary rich in biodiversity before a soft landing on Morris Island. Spend free time to taking photos of the historic Morris Island Lighthouse, combing for seashells, and looking out for birds, sea turtles, and dolphins before your return.
  • Boat trip to Morris Island from Bowens Island
  • Cruise through an estuary, marshes, and other Lowcountry landscapes
  • Opportunities to see bottlenose dolphins, sea turtles, and more
  • Free time to explore Morris Island upon arrival, known for its historical lighthouse
  • Multiple departure times throughout the day
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2.5-Hour Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise in Charleston
1-Hour Stop on Morris Island
See wildlife including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, wading birds, pelicans, sea turtles, and more
Learn information about the local ecosystems and history from your Naturalist Captain
Live Narration On Board
1871 Bowens Island Rd , 1871 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA

Drive to the end of Bowens Island Road and find our office on the dock. The parking lot is located on the right as you drive in.

This activity will end right where it started.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, camera, and a bag for shell collecting if desired.
  • Dress for the weather with clothes and shoes that are suitable for beach walking.
  • Please arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled departure time.
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Please note there is a stop at Morris Island where travelers can visit for about 45min to walk around. This may be an issue for wheelchair accessibility, however travelers have the option to remain onboard during this time if they choose.
  • Restrooms are available before departure. No restrooms are available for the duration of the tour.
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 18 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Charleston Outdoor Adventures
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What type of boat is used for the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
A:We use a comfortable Carolina Skiff bay boat for this tour.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse handicap accessible?
A:Yes, the boat is accessible. As the island is made up of sandy beaches, guests in wheelchairs may wish to stay on board the boat during the Morris Island stop.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse appropriate for young children?
A:Yes! Children love combing the beach to collect shells and there is a good chance to see native wildlife during the trip.
Mar 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me on the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
A:Bring water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, a camera, and a bag for shells you find on the beach. You can also bring a small cooler with drinks and snacks. Wear comfortable shoes that you don't mind getting sandy/wet.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can I bring food/drink with me on the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
A:Yes, as long as you do not litter. We ask that you do not bring anything in single-use glass bottles.
Mar 2021
Q:
Does the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse operate if it's raining?
A: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.
Mar 2021
Q:
Is there parking near the departure point for the Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
A:Yes, there is complimentary parking available onsite.
Mar 2021
Q:
Can we go inside the lighthouse during the Charleston's Tidal Creeks Eco Boat Cruise with Stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
A:No. The historic lighthouse is surrounded by water and is not accessible to the public.
Mar 2021
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Charleston Marsh Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
See all safety measures taken by Charleston Marsh Eco Boat Cruise with stop at Morris Island Lighthouse.

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Traveler Tips


  • "I recommend the tour to anybody, just don't wear flip flops or open toe sandals, there are jagged seashells at the beachfront of the island." See review
  • "Go early, it gets very warm in the Carolina sun." See review
  • "Just FYI if you go in winter it is windy and cold while the boat is going so bundle up and take blankets." See review

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star-5
Awesome
Joe_C
, Jun 2022
Great experience. Friendly staff. Great tour guides. I would definitely recommend. Don't miss this experience.
star-5
Fantastic family experience!
Rodney_S
, Jun 2022
Josh was sure to point out all the dolphins along the way. We even saw a baby dolphin! Our granddaughters face just lit up. We have been to Charleston many times but this experience is a whole different side of the low country.
star-4
Fun and educational boat ride!
Lu_W
, Jun 2022
The boat ride and the information shared about the plants and animals inhabiting the area. Captain Lou was a pleasant and knowledgeable young man with a great sense of humor. It was a good tour with fun tour mates.
star-5
Nice family outing
BHL_H
, Jun 2022
Josh was great. It is a nice fast boat ride. Expect to get sprayed! Saw tons of dolphins. Also you do stop at a small beach area so prepare for that. Also if your older the beach is hard to walk to prepare.
star-5
Tour w Dallas
Timothy_R
, Jun 2022
We had a blast with Dallas on this tour! He explained the wildlife and showed us a great time. Saw multiple dolphins and the sunset was 5/5!
star-4
Dolphin cruise to Morris Island
Chris_H
, Jun 2022
Our family enjoyed our boat cruise. The other group with Luke ended up leaving before us and returning after us. I don't know if our guide was in a hurry to get our tour over with? We were told we could get military discount refunded to card since we purchased them online, then we never got refunded. They claimed we got military discount when we bought them online which was not true. Oh well not going to keep asking. You either do or don't, just don't appreciate getting lied to about it. Overall it was a neat experience, lots of shells to collect. Only saw handful of dolphins.
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star-5
Great Experience
Raven_J
, Jun 2022
Captain Craig was an excellent tour guide and very knowledgeable on local eco systems. We got to see a lot of dolphins and other wildlife.
star-5
Loved it
David_H
, Jun 2022
Loved this boat tour. So much information about the land/animals. Kids loved finding shells near the lighthouse. Highly recommended
star-5
Excellent Trip
Kimberly_W
, Jun 2022
We absolutely loved it! Captain Luke was the best! Very polite and very informative! Great sense of humor too! He made my family feel very welcomed and happy!
star-5
The boat ride was fun, we...
Jillian_W
, Jun 2022
The boat ride was fun, we saw a lot of dolphins which was cool. Also, Josh was a great guide. Definitely recommend.
star-5
Fun With Captain Tripp
Sandra_H
, Jun 2022
Captain Tripp was the greatest guy. So friendly and informative. Made us feel welcome. Had to cut it a little short because of the storm but still alot of fun.
star-5
Fun in the sun!
Leigh_L
, Jun 2022
Loved the boat ride, the sandy beaches and all the dolphins! Josh was a great captain and we learned so much about the area.
star-5
Luke is the best! 5 years running!!
Sarah_S
, Jun 2022
Luke is the best captain and tour guide!! We have come for 5 years in a row and always asked for Luke. He is extremely knowledgeable, funny, entertaining and the dolphin whisperer. If you're thinking of taking a tour he is your man! We'll be back again.
star-5
Awesome experience
Michelle_J
, Jun 2022
Captain Luke was an amazing guide. Loved his stories and education about the ecosystem. The beauty of Morris Island is unparalleled. So glad we took the tour
star-5
Making Great Memories!
Mark_S
, Jun 2022
Our guide Trip was amazing! Lots of stories and learned so much! The fact that we saw dolphins was a bonus! The girls (6 & 8) loved it! We got to spend an hour at Morris Island and hunted for shells. When we got back to the boat, Trip gave the little ones real shark teeth! Definitely recommend this adventure!
star-5
Captain Ryan and so much more!
cindy_j
, Jun 2022
What a wonderful trip! Captain Ryan was fun and very knowledgeable. We learned so much about the ecosystem. The walk around Morris Island was beautiful and peaceful. Thanks for the great time!
star-5
Great time!
DeannaStevens
, Jun 2022
Our family cruised from Bowen Island to Morris Island and back. Very informative tour guide. We visted the Morris Island light house. while there we found a bunch of pretty sea shells and also saw LOTS of dolphins. Extra bonus was the baby dolphin that was just a few weeks old. This was an all around wonderful experience. Once we returned we watched the sun set from Bowen Island Restaurant. Would definitely recommend to others! Well worth it.
star-4
Relaxing and peaceful
Saache_M
, Jun 2022
The dolphin sitings were a major highlight of the ride. Captain Josh was very knowledgeable of the area and made the tour very educational for us. Captain Josh was very friendly and exciting and made us more excited about sharing our experience with others. We Will definitely tour again.
star-5
Marsh Madness
Susan_Y
, Jun 2022
Captain Dallas made this excursion memorable with his knowledge of Charleston and the marsh, his love for the wildlife and his overall wit! Great day had by all.
star-5
Nature and humor tour
Jeanne_A
, Jun 2022
Our tour to Morris Island with Dallas was good for the soul. Sun, salty breeze, dolphins, egrets, oysters, sea shells, sand, and humor. Highly recommend. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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