Barrier Island Eco Tours Trips

Scheduled Trips

"A special thanks to Shane Ziegler of Barrier Island Eco Tours, Isle of Palms, for sharing his invaluable insights and
vast knowledge about the Lowcountry, its wildlife and ecosystem. And the tours are fabulous!"
-Mary Alice Monroe, Author of
The Beach House

We offer naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island State Heritage Preserve, one of the last undeveloped barrier islands. Our fleet consists of twin sister 49 passenger pontoon boats the Delphinus and the Caretta and our 19 passenger pontoon, the Sayana. All pontoon boats are covered and have a restroom, beaching ramp, and fold down lexan panels in case of cool weather. Our fleet also includes the Marsh Mama, a 27 foot, 17 passenger Carolina Skiff; and the Cut Mullet, a 23 foot, 6 passenger bay style boat. Both are set up for inshore fishing. All of our boats are available for private, customized charters as well.

Take a look at the boats we have available.


Capers Wildlife Exploration
Duration: 3:30
Adults $38.00
Children 12 and under $28.00
Toddler 0-2 $0.00

Capers Wildlife Exploration

Offered Monday-Saturday from 9am-12:30pm, Memorial Day through Labor Day.
Offered Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from 9am-12:30pm year-round.
$38 for adults, $28 for children 12 and under, 2 and under are free
*Please click on "Buy Tickets" for availability

Enjoy a 3.5 hour boat excursion as we venture to Capers Island, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands. We will cruise through winding tidal creeks to find diverse wildlife living in this salt marsh environment. Common sightings include bottlenose dolphin, osprey, pelicans, bald eagles, herons, egrets, and more. Along the way we'll employ various nets and habitat traps for an up-close look at some of the rarely seen marine creatures that thrive below the surface. As you arrive on Capers, you will have about an hour and a half to explore its pristine "Bone-yard Beach" and interior freshwater ponds. Capers provides excellent opportunities for shelling and bird watching.

IF THIS TRIP IS FULL PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US AT 843-886-5000 FOR ALTERNATIVE TRIP OPTIONS. THIS TRIP IS AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE CHARTER AS WELL.

WEATHER POLICY-PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US. ISOLATED, POP-UP THUNDERSTORMS ARE COMMON IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AND MAY DELAY THE TRIP BY A FEW MINUTES OR MAY MISS US COMPLETELY. WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THE TRIP IS CANCELLED, OTHERWISE PLEASE PLAN ON CHECKING IN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.

(Restrictions)

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 2 and under are free.

Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE unless the tour is cancelled by Barrier Island Eco Tours but you may reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled departure time. When you make reservations, please enter the best phone number to reach you on the DAY OF THE TRIP if we need to get in touch with you about the weather. Allow enough travel time to arrive at the boat at least 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. Parking is "tight" at the Isle of Palms Marina in the spring and summer months so please allow enough time to find parking. PLEASE BE ON TIME.

SPECIAL NOTE: WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS, THE SYSTEM WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE TICKETS THAN ARE AVAILABLE FOR THAT TRIP. FOR EXAMPLE, IF IT WON'T ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE THAN 1 TICKET, THAT MEANS ONLY 1 TICKET IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRIP.

Dolphin Discovery Sunset Cruise
Duration: 2:30
Adults $34.00
Children 12 and under $24.00
Toddler 0-2 Free $0.00

Dolphin Discovery Sunset Cruise

Offered Sunday, Wednesday and Friday evenings. Times vary based on sunset. Please click on "Buy Tickets" to view times scheduled.

$34 for adults, $24 for children 12 and under, 2 and under are free

*Please click on "Buy Tickets" for times and availability.

Join our naturalist on a search and discovery mission on this 2.5 hour boat excursion to encounter the fascinating bottlenose dolphin and loggerhead sea turtle. Bottlenose dolphins are a common resident of our salt marshes and inlets behind the barrier islands. As you observe the dolphins feeding, playing, or simply cruising around in their native environment you will learn all about their social behavior, feeding habits, and much more. Also learn about the life history of threatened loggerhead sea turtle which we often catch sight of during the summer months. You will also have about 1 hour to get off the boat and explore Capers Island's "Bone-yard Beach".

IF THIS TRIP IS FULL PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US AT 843-886-5000 FOR ALTERNATIVE TRIP OPTIONS. THIS TRIP IS AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE CHARTER AS WELL.

WEATHER POLICY-PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US. ISOLATED, POP-UP THUNDERSTORMS ARE COMMON IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AND MAY DELAY THE TRIP BY A FEW MINUTES OR MAY MISS US COMPLETELY. WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THE TRIP IS CANCELLED, OTHERWISE PLEASE PLAN ON CHECKING IN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.

(Restrictions)

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 2 and under are free. Pets are welcome in certain situations. If you would like to bring your pet please call 843-886-5000 to discuss.
Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE unless the tour is cancelled by Barrier Island Eco Tours but you may reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled departure time. Allow enough travel time to arrive at the boat at least 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. Parking is "tight" at the Isle of Palms Marina in the spring and summer months so please allow enough time to find parking. PLEASE BE ON TIME.


SPECIAL NOTE: WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS, THE SYSTEM WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE TICKETS THAN ARE AVAILABLE FOR THAT TRIP. FOR EXAMPLE, IF IT WON'T ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE THAN 1 TICKET, THAT MEANS ONLY 1 TICKET IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRIP.

Blue Crabbing Excursion
Duration: 3:30
Adults $40.00
Children 12 and under $30.00
Toddler 0-2 Free $0.00

Blue Crabbing Excursion

Scheduled trip is only available from Memorial Day through Labor Day. This trip is also available as a private charter year-round. Please call us at 843-886-5000 for more information on scheduling a private Crabbing excursion.

$40 for adults, $30 for children 12 and under, 2 and under are free

*Please click on "Buy Tickets" for availability.

Learn to catch crabs the old fashioned way, with a hand line and chicken neck.

We will venture by boat to an excellent crabbing spot, teach you about the intriguing life history of the blue crab, and then catch, cook, clean and consume these tasty crustaceans. Our crab boil takes place on the beach of Capers Island. A fantastic trip for the family. This may very well be the freshest seafood you will ever eat!

IF THIS TRIP IS FULL PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US AT 843-886-5000 FOR ALTERNATIVE TRIP OPTIONS. THIS TRIP IS AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE CHARTER AS WELL.

WEATHER POLICY-PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US. ISOLATED, POP-UP THUNDERSTORMS ARE COMMON IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AND MAY DELAY THE TRIP BY A FEW MINUTES OR MAY MISS US COMPLETELY. WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THE TRIP IS CANCELLED, OTHERWISE PLEASE PLAN ON CHECKING IN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.

(Restrictions)

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 2 and under are free.

Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE unless the tour is cancelled by Barrier Island Eco Tours but you may reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled departure time. Allow enough travel time to arrive at the boat at least 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. Parking is "tight" at the Isle of Palms Marina in the spring and summer months so please allow enough time to find parking. PLEASE BE ON TIME.


SPECIAL NOTE: WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS, THE SYSTEM WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE TICKETS THAN ARE AVAILABLE FOR THAT TRIP. FOR EXAMPLE, IF IT WON'T ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE THAN 1 TICKET, THAT MEANS ONLY 1 TICKET IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRIP.

Creek Fishing
Duration: 3:30
Adults $95.00
Children 12 and under $85.00

Creek Fishing

Offered in the summer every Monday-Friday 8-11:30am, 1-4:30pm and 5-8:30pm aboard our 6 passenger bay-style boat.

Offered as private charter during off-season, please call 843-886-5000 for availability and reservations

*Please click on "Buy Tickets" to check availability.

$95 for adults, $85 for children 12 and under, 2 and under are free


Our experienced captain will take you to a few of his hot spots back in the salt marsh. This is fun-fishing at its best,with light tackle and plenty of action. This is a perfect fishing trip for families or individuals who don't want to pay for a private charter. Our guides are great with kids!

Catches include redfish, trout, flounder, shark, rays, ladyfish, and more. Fresh bait, license, and all tackle provided.

IF THIS TRIP IS FULL PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US AT 843-886-5000 FOR ALTERNATIVE TRIP OPTIONS. THIS TRIP IS AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE CHARTER AS WELL.

WEATHER POLICY-PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US. ISOLATED, POP-UP THUNDERSTORMS ARE COMMON IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AND MAY DELAY THE TRIP BY A FEW MINUTES OR MAY MISS US COMPLETELY. WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THE TRIP IS CANCELLED, OTHERWISE PLEASE PLAN ON CHECKING IN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.

(Restrictions)

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. This trip is not recommended for children 2 and under. Pets are welcome in certain situations. If you would like to bring your pet please call 843-886-5000 to discuss.

Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE unless the tour is cancelled by Barrier Island Eco Tours but you may reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled departure time. Allow enough travel time to arrive at the boat at least 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. Parking is "tight" at the Isle of Palms Marina in the spring and summer months so please allow enough time to find parking. PLEASE BE ON TIME.


SPECIAL NOTE: WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS, THE SYSTEM WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE TICKETS THAN ARE AVAILABLE FOR THAT TRIP. FOR EXAMPLE, IF IT WON'T ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE THAN 1 TICKET, THAT MEANS ONLY 1 TICKET IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRIP.

Marine Biology Day Camp
Duration: 4:00
Children ages 5-12 $50.00

Marine Biology Day Camp

Offered Memorial Day through Labor Day every Wednesday and Friday from 9am-1pm

Ages 5-12 only, $50 per child

*Please click on "Buy Tickets" to check availability.

Hey kids! Here is a chance to have fun while learning about marine biology.

We will take you to Capers Island where you will see, touch, and learn about the interesting creatures that live along our shores.

You will have a chance to throw a cast net, crab, explore the salt marsh, spend time observing bottlenose dolphins and catch animals to put in our touch-tank. We will also grill hot dogs and enjoy peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, chips, cookies and watermelon for lunch on the beach. Bottled waters are included.

WEATHER POLICY-PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US. ISOLATED, POP-UP THUNDERSTORMS ARE COMMON IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AND MAY DELAY THE TRIP BY A FEW MINUTES OR MAY MISS US COMPLETELY. WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THE TRIP IS CANCELLED, OTHERWISE PLEASE PLAN ON CHECKING IN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.

(Restrictions)

The Marine Biology Day camp is for children ages 5-12 only. This trip is not open for adults.
Lunch is provided, however if your child has a food allergy please contact us at 843-886-5000 to discuss options.

Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE unless the tour is cancelled by Barrier Island Eco Tours but you may reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled departure time. Allow enough travel time to arrive at the boat at least 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. PLEASE BE ON TIME.


SPECIAL NOTE: WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS, THE SYSTEM WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE TICKETS THAN ARE AVAILABLE FOR THAT TRIP. FOR EXAMPLE, IF IT WON'T ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE THAN 1 TICKET, THAT MEANS ONLY 1 TICKET IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRIP.

New!!!  Lowcountry Boil Beachside Cookout
Duration: 1:00
Adult $65.00
Child 12 and less $50.00
2 and under $0.00

New!!! Lowcountry Boil Beachside Cookout

Offered Wednesday evenings Memorial Day-Labor Day 5-8:30.

$65 for adults, $50 for children 12 and under, 2 and under are free

*Please click on "Buy Tickets" for times and availability.

How does fresh local shrimp, smoked sausage, sweet corn, red potatoes and onions all boiled perfectly together in special seasonings served to you on a beautifully pristine beach sound? We will cruise to Capers Islands North Beach where you will have time to explore and shell hunt while we prepares dinner. Come back and enjoy a fresh seafood dinner as the sun sets over the salt marsh. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be prepared for non-seafood eaters. BYOB and coolers welcome.



IF THIS TRIP IS FULL PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CALL US AT 843-886-5000 FOR ALTERNATIVE TRIP OPTIONS. THIS TRIP IS AVAILABLE AS A PRIVATE CHARTER AS WELL.

WEATHER POLICY-PLEASE SHOW UP UNLESS YOU HEAR FROM US. ISOLATED, POP-UP THUNDERSTORMS ARE COMMON IN THE SUMMER MONTHS AND MAY DELAY THE TRIP BY A FEW MINUTES OR MAY MISS US COMPLETELY. WE WILL CONTACT YOU IF THE TRIP IS CANCELLED, OTHERWISE PLEASE PLAN ON CHECKING IN AT THE SCHEDULED TIME.

(Restrictions)

Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult. Children 2 and under are free. Pets are welcome in certain situations. If you would like to bring your pet please call 843-886-5000 to discuss.
Cancellation Policy: TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE unless the tour is cancelled by Barrier Island Eco Tours but you may reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled departure time. Allow enough travel time to arrive at the boat at least 15 minutes early for check-in and boarding. Parking is "tight" at the Isle of Palms Marina in the spring and summer months so please allow enough time to find parking. PLEASE BE ON TIME.


SPECIAL NOTE: WHEN PURCHASING TICKETS, THE SYSTEM WILL NOT ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE TICKETS THAN ARE AVAILABLE FOR THAT TRIP. FOR EXAMPLE, IF IT WON'T ALLOW YOU TO ORDER MORE THAN 1 TICKET, THAT MEANS ONLY 1 TICKET IS STILL AVAILABLE FOR THAT PARTICULAR TRIP.