Barrier Island Safari: Grab your beach towel and pack a picnic and we'll take you to a secluded island where you'll see the beach as it was hundreds of years ago. With no houses and few people, these trips embody the magic of coastal South Carolina. On the way to the beach, we'll tell you about the area and the amazing connections between the people and the land. As a true ecotour experience, we support that you take only photos and leave only footprints. We do not advocate shell collection, but encourage you to "catch and release" so that the next group can enjoy the beach treasures. $40 per person, 2 hours.

Botany Bay Ecotours
of the ACE Basin


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Programs & Prices

Advance purchase recommended. Tours often sell out!

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Get information, availability and book tickets online for an
ACE Basin Ecotour at Edisto Beach or call Zerve at (800) 979-3370.

Check our calendar for availibility!

Our focus at Botany Bay Ecotours is to provide enjoyable, content-rich programs that have a low impact on the environment. We offer a variety of tours from March 1- October 31 and we're glad to work with you to create a custom tour during your visit. All tours depart from Edisto Marina (3702 Dock Site Rd.) unless otherwise noted. Here's a sampling of our most popular tours...(Prices reflect $2 per person booking fee).

Tour any time of year at your own pace with our new self-guided tour app for iPhones.
You will explore Edisto's Scenic Hwy 174 as your drive through the vibrant history and culture of the island.
 Click here to view app.

Dolphin Boat Ecotours: These trips focus on the ever-popular bottlenose dolphins, but there's so much more! Cruise with the dolphins and learn about their amazing life history. Keep in mind that dolphins are wild animals and we can't guarantee their presence. However, we feel a trip on the water in the ACE Basin is always a worthy way to spend time whether the dolphins join us or not. Remember, this is more than just a dolphin tour. You will enjoy seeing a variety of bird species, learn about the salt marsh ecosystem and local cultural history. Your guide can tell you about the sea turtles that nest on the beach during the summer as well. Wednesday trips include a Gullah Tour with local resident Sarah Burnell. 75 minutes. SPECIAL of $46 per adult, $24 per child ages 4-12! If you have a group of 6 or more, ask about our group rates.

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an Edisto Island Dolphin Boat EcoTour

or a
Private Edisto Island Dolphin Boat EcoTour (90 minutes)

Gullah Ecotour
: Join Island celebrity Sarah Burnell on the Wednesday Dolphin Ecotour and hear her first hand account of "Growing up Gullah" on Edisto Island.  Sarah's stories and songs give you a front row seat to Island history and culture. She will "sing" the dolphins to the boat while your captain shares natural history with you on this one-of-a-kind tour. Gullah Ecotours are every Wednesday on the public Dolphin Ecotours and on private tours by request. 

Sunset Cruise: Unreel and unwind while your captain takes you on a cruise that is the perfect ending to a day on Edisto. Watch the birds heading for their roosts, the dolphins feeding and your cares slipping away. Bring a cold beverage of your choice to treat yourself or make it a perfect date night. Not suitable for children under 10. 75 minutes. $48 per person.

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for an Edisto Beach Sunset Cruise

or an
Private Edisto Beach Sunset Cruise



Private Tours: If you're looking for a more customized experience, book a private tour. We can explore the ACE Basin, delve deeper into the history of the area or even circumnavigate the whole island.
Call Meg to book a Custom Private Tour starting at $395 for 1.5 hours. 843-469-0052 or email

Island Safari: Grab a beach towel and pack a picnic and we will take you to a secluded island get-away. Explore a beach as it was hundreds of years ago with no houses and few people. On the way, we'll tell you about the amazing cultural
history linked to the area. Once on the beach, there are plenty of wonderful beach treasures to explore which your guide can help identify. We support the ecotour principle of "take only photos and leave only footprints" so the treasures will stay on the beach for the next explorers to discover.
Call Meg to book your Private Island Safari starting at $340 for 2 hours, 12 people maximum. For groups larger than 12, we can make multiple trips and have your entire group together on the island. 843-469-0052 or email

Kayaking and Paddleboards: To rent kayak or paddleboards or to book a guided tour, contact Botany Bay Kayak Adventures at 843-868-1716.

Group Trips & Private Events available upon request


next to Bay Creek Park on Edisto Beach, unless otherwise noted. 

Programs for school groups are correlate
d to the state science standards. Group rates are available


If you are unable to join us on these tours, we provide private, customized tours upon request. 

To arrange a group tour, please contact us directly.

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