2 HOUR NAO "After" Sunrise on Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Paddle
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $40.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $40.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $30.00

2 HOUR NAO "After" Sunrise on Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Paddle

Greet the "cool" warmth of the morning sunrise on Historic Shem Creek and watch the "shorebirds" come alive! Typically the actual sunrise is around 6:15 to 6:45 a.m., so we'll see the morning colors shine on the bay just after it comes up. Dolphins also love the mornings and it's the "coolest time of day" to get out and explore.
You can anticipate seeing dolphins, pelicans and the beautiful Charleston Harbor Skyline across the bay. We'll paddle to 22 acre Crab Bank Island and through the marshes surrounding the bay.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up. Ages 14 and up can paddle single kayaks on their own. All others 13 and under are suggested to be in tandems with an adult or another "tween". The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.

10:00 a.m. 3 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $57.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $57.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $40.00

10:00 a.m. 3 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour

Your paddle begins in a festive saltwater marsh area in historic Shem Creek among shrimp boats and restaurants that line the creek. We then journey out to a 22 Acre Island Preserve called Crab Bank across a shallow bay, which is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds including the state threatened species Wilsons Plover and Eastern Brown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphin and sometimes manatee, this is a nice wildlife paddle. This tour also includes incredible views in the distance of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, and Ft. Sumter. The paddle distance is between 2.5 - 5 miles. This longer tour gives you a better chance to see more dolphins! Tours are led by University Degree and or Master Naturalist Guides who are also certified ACA guides and/or Instructors.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Tour subject to weather cancellation. Ages 14 and up can paddle in single kayaks if desired. 13 and under must be in a Tandem 2 person kayak with someone 14 or older, however there are some exceptions made if you call us ahead of time. Single and Tandem kayaks available. Please make note of your choice of single kayaks or tandem kayaks on your reservation. The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.

10:00 a.m. 2 HOUR NAO Mornings on the Marsh Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $40.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $40.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $30.00

10:00 a.m. 2 HOUR NAO Mornings on the Marsh Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour

Our paddle begins down historic Shem Creek among shrimp boats and festive restaurants that line the creek. We then journey out to a 22 Acre Island Preserve called Crab Bank, which is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds including the state threatened species Wilson's Plover and Eastern Brown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphin and sometimes manatee, this is a nice wildlife paddle. This tour also includes incredible views in the distance of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, and Ft. Sumter.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Tour subject to weather cancellation. Ages 14 and up can paddle in single kayaks if desired. 13 and under must be in a Tandem 2 person kayak with someone 14 or older, however there are some exceptions made if you call us ahead of time. Single and Tandem kayaks available. Please make note of your choice of single kayaks or tandem kayaks on your reservation. The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.

1:00 p.m. 3 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $57.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $57.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $40.00

1:00 p.m. 3 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour

Your paddle begins down historic Shem Creek among shrimp boats and festive restaurants that line the creek. We then journey out to a 22 Acre Island Preserve called Crab Bank, which is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds including the state threatened species Wilsons Plover and Eastern Brown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphin and sometimes manatee, this is a nice wildlife paddle. This tour also includes incredible views in the distance of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, and Ft. Sumter. This tour encompasses about 5 miles of paddling.


(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Ages 14 and up can paddle single kayaks. Ages 4-12 will need to be in a tandem (2 person) kayak with someone aged 14 or up. Cancellation is subject to inclement weather conditions deemed necessary by Nature Adventures. Please Indicate either a 1-person single or 2-person tandem kayak. The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.

2:00 p.m. 2 HOUR NAO Afternoon on the Marsh Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $40.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $40.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $30.00

2:00 p.m. 2 HOUR NAO Afternoon on the Marsh Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour

Your paddle begins down historic Shem Creek among shrimp boats and festive restaurants that line the creek. We then journey out to a 22 Acre Island Preserve called Crab Bank, which is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds including the state threatened species Wilsons Plover and Eastern Brown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphin and sometimes manatee, this is a nice wildlife paddle. This tour also includes incredible views in the distance of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, and Ft. Sumter.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Tour subject to weather cancellation. Ages 14 and up can paddle in single kayaks if desired. 13 and under must be in a Tandem 2 person kayak with someone 14 or older, however there are some exceptions made if you call us ahead of time. Single and Tandem kayaks available. Please make note of your choice of single kayaks or tandem kayaks on your reservation. The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.

Sunset 2 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Paddle
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $40.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $40.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $30.00

Sunset 2 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Paddle

Located in the Mt. Pleasant area, just minutes from Downtown Charleston. Your paddle begins down historic Shem Creek among shrimp boats and festive restaurants that line the creek. We then journey out to a 22 Acre Island Preserve called Crab Bank, which is home to thousands of nesting shorebirds including the state threatened species Wilsons Plover and Eastern Brown Pelicans. Frequented by dolphin and sometimes manatee, this is a nice wildlife paddle. This tour also includes incredible views in the distance of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, and Ft. Sumter. Family Friendly, ages 4 and up welcome.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up. Ages 14 and up can paddle single kayaks on their own. All others 13 and under are suggested to be in tandems with an adult or another "tween". The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.

Wambaw Creek Blackwater Wilderness Area Morning 3 Hour Kayak / Canoe Tour at 10:00 a.m.
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $57.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $57.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak Preferred $40.00
Child 12+ Single Kayak Preferred $40.00
Adult 13+ 2 Person Canoe Preferred $57.00
Child 12 and under 2 Person Canoe Preferred $40.00

Wambaw Creek Blackwater Wilderness Area Morning 3 Hour Kayak / Canoe Tour at 10:00 a.m.

This is a "Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail" located in the heart of a Protected Wilderness area in the Francis Marion National Forest. This beautiful Blackwater Creek is a tributary to the Santee River and was paddled by the Santee and Coastal Plain Indians for thousands of years. Giant 1000 year old Bald Cypress trees can be seen in the upper section and Water Oak, Water Ash, Red Maple and Swamp Dogwood shade the banks of its pristine black waters. It offers spectacular birding and wildlife viewing including Prothonotary warblers, small alligators, turtles and the occasional river otter. Banks of the river reflect geological precedence of the Rice era where Historical earthen dikes give way to a flooded subtropical forest of abandoned rice fields once owned by prosperous Rice Plantations. The 3 hour tour encompasses about 4 to 5 miles of paddling with a short break creekside. 45 minutes from Mt. Pleasant and 50 minutes to an hour from Charleston and South Myrtle Beach. *After your tour enjoy the historic town of McClellanville with local seafood, gift shops, museum and several artist shops. Your tour will end around 1:00 to 1:30 p.m.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 through 11 must be in a tandem 2 person kayak or canoe with someone aged 14 and up. Ages 12 and up are allowed to paddle a single kayak. This is slow moving fresh black water and is perfect for beginners. During summer months, there are occasional paper wasp nests here and there. Bring your own epipen if you are allergic to them. It is rare that anyone gets stung, but bring one just in case if you are allergic as it is a remote area.
On a rare occasion, the U.S. Forest Service will be conducting control burns. If this occurs, we will have the right to cancel the tour with a full refund. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule. The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people.

Wambaw Creek Blackwater Wilderness Area Afternoon 2 Hour Kayak / Canoe Tour at 2:00 p.m.
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $40.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $40.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak Preferred $30.00
Child 12+ Single Kayak Preferred $30.00
Adult 13+ 2 Person Canoe Preferred $40.00
Child 12 and under 2 Person Canoe Preferred $30.00

Wambaw Creek Blackwater Wilderness Area Afternoon 2 Hour Kayak / Canoe Tour at 2:00 p.m.

This is a "Nationally Recognized and Designated Trail" located in the heart of a Protected Wilderness area in the Francis Marion National Forest. This beautiful Blackwater Creek is a tributary to the Santee River and was paddled by the Santee and Coastal Plain Indians for thousands of years. Giant 1000 year old Bald Cypress trees can be seen in the upper section and Water Oak, Water Ash, Red Maple and Swamp Dogwood shade the banks of its pristine black waters. It offers spectacular birding and wildlife viewing including Prothonotary warblers, small alligators, turtles and the occasional river otter. Banks of the river reflect geological precedence of the Rice era where Historical earthen dikes give way to a flooded subtropical forest of abandoned rice fields once owned by prosperous Rice Plantations. 3 miles round trip of paddling. 45 minute drive from Mt. Pleasant and 50 minutes to an hour from Charleston and South Myrtle Beach. *After your tour enjoy the historic town of McClellanville with local seafood, gift shops, museum and several artist shops. Your tour will usually end between 4:15 and 4:30 p.m.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 through 11 must be in a tandem 2 person kayak or canoe with someone aged 14 and up. Ages 12 and up are allowed to paddle a single kayak. This is slow moving fresh black water and is perfect for beginners. During summer months, you may need to be careful of occasional paper wasp nests. Bring your own epipen if you are allergic. The last 3.5 miles of the drive is on a dirt road. On a rare occasion, the U.S. Forest Service will be conducting control burns. If this occurs, we will have the right to cancel the tour with a full refund. The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 3 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.The area has primitive restroom use only, so take advantage of the Shell station before you arrive!

3 Hr Island Time Picnic and Paddle Kayak Tour
Duration: 3:30
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $80.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $80.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $65.00

3 Hr Island Time Picnic and Paddle Kayak Tour

Enjoy a leisurely paddle to Crab Bank Island bird sanctuary or another nearby location in the shallow bay out of Shem Creek overlooking the Charleston Harbor.
We'll explore the island and or shoreline areas collecting shells while your guide prepares an “island lunch” picnic style! Authentic,
local favorites including peel and eat shrimp with sides, Charleston “Benne Wafers” and Key Lime Pie!

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Ages 14 and up can paddle single kayaks. Ages 4-12 will need to be in a tandem (2 person) kayak with someone aged 14 or up. Cancellation is subject to inclement weather conditions deemed necessary by Nature Adventures. Please Indicate either a 1-person single or 2-person tandem kayak. The "Qty" when purchasing tickets refers to a per person number. For an example 1 adult tandem refers to only one person, 2 adult tandem refers to 2 people. Minimum tour size is 2 people. If the tour does not meet this requirement, we reserve the right to cancel or reschedule.

SUP Rental
Duration: 3:00
SUP 3 Hour Rental $30.00

SUP Rental

Three hour rental of a Stand Up Paddleboard at our Shem Creek location (1 Shrimpboat Ln, Mt Pleasant SC)

(Restrictions)

Must be ages 14 and up to be on a SUP alone. A small child can be on a board with a parent. Minors must be accompanied by someone 18 or older. No pregnant women on SUPs.

Contact Us

We are the closest outfitter to Charleston and the oldest and most respected naturalist guide service!

You can GPS in Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 and it will take you to our parking lot  at Shem Creek. Do not use this address for our other tours - click here for directions to our Blackwater Tours or our other Saltwater Tours.

Main Location: Shrimp Boat Lane, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina (On the water at Shem Creek) All others: See our Directions page on our website.
Telephone:  843-568-3222
Telephone 2:  800-673-0679
E-mail:  nao@att.net
Mailing Address:1900 Iron Swamp Rd. Awendaw, SC 29429