8:30 a.m. 2 HOUR NAO "After" Sunrise on Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Paddle
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $39.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $39.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $29.00

8:30 a.m. 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.

10:00 a.m. 3 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $55.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $55.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $39.00

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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse. The paddle duration is about 6 to 7 miles. This longer tour gives you a better chance to see more dolphins! Tours are led by University Degreed 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.

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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the in the distance, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse.

(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.

1:00 p.m. 3 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Kayak Tour
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $55.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $55.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $39.00

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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and Patriots Point. 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.

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 $39.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $39.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $29.00

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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and Patriots Point.

(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.

2 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Sunset Paddle
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $39.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $39.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $29.00

2 HOUR NAO Shem Creek & Crab Bank Island Sunset 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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and Patriots Point. 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.

Wambaw Creek Blackwater Wilderness Area Morning 3 Hour Kayak / Canoe Tour at 10:00 a.m.
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $55.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $55.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak Preferred $39.00
Child 12+ Single Kayak Preferred $39.00
Adult 13+ 2 Person Canoe Preferred $55.00
Child 12 and under 2 Person Canoe Preferred $39.00

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. 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 $39.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $39.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak Preferred $29.00
Child 12+ Single Kayak Preferred $29.00
Adult 13+ 2 Person Canoe Preferred $39.00
Child 12 and under 2 Person Canoe Preferred $29.00

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. The area has primitive restroom use only, so take advantage of the Shell station before you arrive!

Full Moon Kayak Paddle on Shem Creek
Duration: 2:15
Adults 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $45.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $45.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $35.00

Full Moon Kayak Paddle on Shem Creek

Enjoy the beautiful "Rising of the Moon" over the calm harbor out of the historic Shem Creek Shrimping Village. Dolphins love it and it's a magical paddle you don't want to miss! We'll stay alongside the marsh once we get to the bay and will watch the moon rise over the ocean bay. All safety equipment and gear provided.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Tour subject to weather cancelation. Ages 14 and up can paddle in single kayaks if desired. 13 and under must be in Tandem 2 person kayak age 14 or older, however there are some exceptions made if you call us ahead of time. Single and Tandem kayaks available. 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.

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.

2 Hr Mornings/Afternoons on the Marsh Kayak Tour
Duration: 2:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $55.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $55.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $45.00

2 Hr Mornings/Afternoons on the Marsh 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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and Patriots Point. Pick up at wild dunes is free for 3 or more.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Tour subject to weather cancelation. 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.

3 Hr Family Fun Dolphin & Pelican Kayak Tour
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $65.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $65.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $50.00

3 Hr Family Fun Dolphin & Pelican 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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse. The paddle duration is about 4 to 5 miles. This longer tour gives you a better chance to see more dolphins! Tours are led by University Degreed and or Master Naturalist Guides that are also certified ACA guides and or Instructors.

(Restrictions)

Ages 4 and up welcome. Tour subject to weather cancelation. 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.

2 HOUR Shem Creek Sunset COUPLES ONLY CHAMPAGNE Kayak Tour
Duration: 2:00
Adult 21+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $55.00
Adult 21+ Single Kayak Preferred $55.00

2 HOUR Shem Creek Sunset COUPLES ONLY CHAMPAGNE Kayak Tour

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 of the historic Charleston Harbor, Castle Pinckney, Ft. Sumter, the Sullivan's Island Lighthouse and Patriots Point. Includes Champagne.

(Restrictions)

For Couples ages 21 and up only. 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.

Quenby Creek River and Rice Plantation & Pompion Hill Chapel Blackwater Paddle at 10:00 a.m.
Duration: 3:00
Adult 13+ Tandem Kayak Preferred $55.00
Adult 13+ Single Kayak Preferred $55.00
Child 12 and under Tandem Kayak $40.00

Quenby Creek River and Rice Plantation & Pompion Hill Chapel Blackwater Paddle at 10:00 a.m.

This black water tour starts on historic Quenby Creek and twists along the historic banks of Quenby Plantation. Journeying past abandoned rice fields of wildflowers, we paddle on to the East Branch of the Cooper River where wooden barges once floated rice, cotton and indigo out to the Charleston Harbor. Halfway through our tour we explore a 300 year old English church called Pompion Hill Chapel attended by French Huguenots and European Settlers hundreds of years ago. Here we view bald eagles, hawks and wetland shorebirds for miles overlooking the abandoned rice fields while we stop and have lunch. Often accompanied by the nostalgic American Alligator during the summer, this tour is truly, one of our paddlers favorites.
Huger area (23 to 24 miles from Downtown Charleston or 16 miles north of Mt. Pleasant)

(Restrictions)

Ages 14 and up in Single kayaks. Ages 13 and under in Tandems with someone. Bring bottled water, sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, shoes that can get wet or sandy and lunch! Bug spray is not needed.

Our Guides

Bob Eli Kathie
 John TillmanSarita
 
Dakota
 
 
 


 

About NAO

At Nature Adventures Outfitters, our entire focus is on giving you the best kayak experience the waters near Charleston and the South Carolina coast have to offer. Whether you're staying at the Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, or Downtown Charleston, we have tours for every member of the family. Featuring expedtition sea kayaking to South Carolina attractions including the barrier islands, blackwater swamps and rivers. No experience necessary, so plan your next South Carolina vacation with Nature Adventures Outfitters!

Our record on Safety and accurate Naturalist interpretation has given us a reputation as Coastal South Carolina's most recommended and respected Kayak Guide Service.

Environmental Organizations paddle with us and we've had repeat clientele for years!

This business is an equal opportunity provider.
This business is operated under a special use permit with the Francis Marion National Forest.

 

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