Out Upon the Water

Creeks, rivers, marshes, and sounds abound in the Lowcountry, teeming with life. The variety of ways the museum has created to take you out upon the water to experience all of these is a big part of what puts the “Coastal” in Coastal Discovery. Cruise the May River and Savannah Port, put your kayak in the creek with an expert on Jarvis, explore Daufuskie via boat and private island, and shoulder up to our neighbors the dolphins as you choose from an adventurous list of our Tours on Water.

Out Upon the Water

Creeks, rivers, marshes, and sounds abound in the Lowcountry, teeming with life. The variety of ways the museum has created to take you out upon the water to experience all of these is a big part of what puts the “Coastal” in Coastal Discovery. Cruise the May River and Savannah Port, put your kayak in the creek with an expert on Jarvis, explore Daufuskie via boat and private island, and shoulder up to our neighbors the dolphins as you choose from an adventurous list of our Tours on Water.

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KAYAK TOUR
OF JARVIS CREEK

Join a naturalist guide in a kayak exploration of Jarvis Creek. Paddle through the salt marsh looking for bottle-nosed dolphins, wading birds and other local wildlife. Jarvis Creek is a small creek in the north end of Hilton Head Island not typically visited by recreational boaters. The absence of fast moving boats, the calm waters, and the many inlets and side creeks make it the ideal location to see wildlife. Given the physical requirements of this tour, we do not allow children younger than 5 years of age to participate. Children ages 5 to 12 have to be in a double kayak with an adult.

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KAYAK TOUR
OF JARVIS CREEK

Join a naturalist guide in a kayak exploration of Jarvis Creek. Paddle through the salt marsh looking for bottle-nosed dolphins, wading birds and other local wildlife. Jarvis Creek is a small creek in the north end of Hilton Head Island not typically visited by recreational boaters. The absence of fast moving boats, the calm waters, and the many inlets and side creeks make it the ideal location to see wildlife. Given the physical requirements of this tour, we do not allow children younger than 5 years of age to participate. Children ages 5 to 12 have to be in a double kayak with an adult.

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DOLPHIN
& NATURE CRUISE

Join a museum docent in this cruise along the waters and salt marshes of Broad Creek. The Lowcountry’s Salt Marsh is home to many interesting creatures such as river otters, eastern oysters, blue crabs and a great species of birds. Among the most charismatic creatures found in the Salt Marsh are the Bottlenose Dolphins. Museum guides share their knowledge about this and many other of the fascinating creatures found in the salt water channels of Broad Creek.

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DOLPHIN
& NATURE CRUISE

Join a museum docent in this cruise along the waters and salt marshes of Broad Creek. The Lowcountry’s Salt Marsh is home to many interesting creatures such as river otters, eastern oysters, blue crabs and a great species of birds. Among the most charismatic creatures found in the Salt Marsh are the Bottlenose Dolphins. Museum guides share their knowledge about this and many other of the fascinating creatures found in the salt water channels of Broad Creek.

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DAUFUSKIE ISLAND
ARTISANS & HISTORY TOUR

Take a boat cruise from Hilton Head Island to Daufuskie Island and learn about Native Americans, European Settlers, and Gullah People who made this island their home. Visit unique historical sites and meet local artists in their studios.

Tucked between Hilton Head Island and Savannah is Daufuskie Island, a true gem of the Lowcountry. Constantly inhabited for the last two thousand years, this island has never had a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Departing from Hilton Head tour begins with a scenic guided boat cruise to the island. Your Captain is a Historian and Interpretive Naturalist. Once on Daufuskie, we load on to golf carts and tour Daufuskie, stopping at significant historical sites and artists studio. Stops on the golf cart tour may include: The First African Baptist Church, The Mary Fields School (memorialized in Pat Conroy’s, A Water is Wide), The Daufuskie Rum Distillery, The Daufuskie Museum, Silver Dew Pottery, The White School, the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse and The Iron Fish Gallery (winner of Martha Stewart’s American Made Award.

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DAUFUSKIE ISLAND
ARTISANS & HISTORY TOUR

Take a boat cruise from Hilton Head Island to Daufuskie Island and learn about Native Americans, European Settlers, and Gullah People who made this island their home. Visit unique historical sites and meet local artists in their studios.

Tucked between Hilton Head Island and Savannah is Daufuskie Island, a true gem of the Lowcountry. Constantly inhabited for the last two thousand years, this island has never had a bridge connecting it to the mainland. Departing from Hilton Head tour begins with a scenic guided boat cruise to the island. Your Captain is a Historian and Interpretive Naturalist. Once on Daufuskie, we load on to golf carts and tour Daufuskie, stopping at significant historical sites and artists studio. Stops on the golf cart tour may include: The First African Baptist Church, The Mary Fields School (memorialized in Pat Conroy’s, A Water is Wide), The Daufuskie Rum Distillery, The Daufuskie Museum, Silver Dew Pottery, The White School, the site of the Bloody Point Lighthouse and The Iron Fish Gallery (winner of Martha Stewart’s American Made Award.

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MAY RIVER
MARITIME CRUISE

See a true historic southern coastal village from the water. A captain who grew up here will point out Old Town Bluffton’s historic landmarks as you are surrounded by the endless beauty of the May River. Learn about the dolphins, oysters, shrimp, fish, sharks, sea birds and other inhabitants of this unique environment. Bring the whole family and have your camera ready to capture the amazing wildlife in an extraordinary habitat.

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MAY RIVER
MARITIME CRUISE

See a true historic southern coastal village from the water. A captain who grew up here will point out Old Town Bluffton’s historic landmarks as you are surrounded by the endless beauty of the May River. Learn about the dolphins, oysters, shrimp, fish, sharks, sea birds and other inhabitants of this unique environment. Bring the whole family and have your camera ready to capture the amazing wildlife in an extraordinary habitat.

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SAVANNAH
PORT CRUISE

The Port of Savannah, the nation’s largest port in volume, contains over 50 piers, wharves, and docks. On this 90-minute cruise you will experience a working port as it should be seen – from the water. This excursion begins with a scenic view of Savannah’s Historic Riverfront and then ventures upriver to the Georgia Ports Authority. Here, your captain/guide will discuss the variety of ships seen, the port operations, and products of the different terminals. Simply a Savannah experience not to miss!

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SAVANNAH
PORT CRUISE

The Port of Savannah, the nation’s largest port in volume, contains over 50 piers, wharves, and docks. On this 90-minute cruise you will experience a working port as it should be seen – from the water. This excursion begins with a scenic view of Savannah’s Historic Riverfront and then ventures upriver to the Georgia Ports Authority. Here, your captain/guide will discuss the variety of ships seen, the port operations, and products of the different terminals. Simply a Savannah experience not to miss!

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KAYAK
THE OUTBACK

This 4.5 hour tour will take you by boat to a private island, viewing wildlife along the way and briefly exploring Page Island. From there you will kayak through the peaceful and pristine creeks on the back of Daufuskie Island. No experience is necessary, and this is a great family outing.

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KAYAK
THE OUTBACK

This 4.5 hour tour will take you by boat to a private island, viewing wildlife along the way and briefly exploring Page Island. From there you will kayak through the peaceful and pristine creeks on the back of Daufuskie Island. No experience is necessary, and this is a great family outing.

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DOLPHIN
ECO CRUISE

Join us for a one and a half to two-hour power boat tour through the Lowcountry water watching for birds and dolphin in the salt marsh ecosystem. Cruise from Shelter Cove Marina down Broad Creek and into Calibogue Sound where you’ll see the beautiful Harbour Town Lighthouse. Outside Hilton Head uses small enough boats to have close-up encounters with the great variety of wildlife. If time allows, the captain may also throw a cast net along the banks of the marsh and display the shrimp and small fish that might be caught.

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DOLPHIN
ECO CRUISE

Join us for a one and a half to two-hour power boat tour through the Lowcountry water watching for birds and dolphin in the salt marsh ecosystem. Cruise from Shelter Cove Marina down Broad Creek and into Calibogue Sound where you’ll see the beautiful Harbour Town Lighthouse. Outside Hilton Head uses small enough boats to have close-up encounters with the great variety of wildlife. If time allows, the captain may also throw a cast net along the banks of the marsh and display the shrimp and small fish that might be caught.

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