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 add tours weekly Oct. 31-Dec. 31 according to the weather. We're glad to work with you to create a custom tour during your
visit. All tours depart from The Marina at Edisto Beach (3702 Docksite 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 self-guided tour app for iPhones. You will explore Edisto Island as your drive or walk through the vibrant history and culture of the island. Click to download the Explore Edisto app from the App Store.
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. Thursday trips include a Gullah Tour with local resident Sarah Burnell. 75 minutes. $49 per adult, $25 per child ages 4-12! If you have a group of 6 or more, ask about our group rates.
for an Edisto Island Dolphin Boat EcoTour
or a Private Edisto Island Dolphin Boat Tour (90 minutes)
Gullah Ecotour: Join Island celebrity Sarah Burnell on the Thursday 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 Thursday on the public Dolphin Ecotours and on private tours by request. 75 minutes. $49 adult/$25 child.
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 age 10. 75 minutes. $46 per person.
for an Edisto Beach Sunset Cruise
or an Private Edisto Beach Sunset Cruise
If you've been on an Ecotour with us before and want to try something new, check out these new offerings...
Morgan (Monkey) Island: There is much local lore about "Monkey Island," but join this tour and separate fact from fiction. This tour crosses all 3 rivers of the ACE Basin (Ashepoo, Combahee and Edisto). Morgan Island is uninhabited by humans but home to a breeding colony of free-ranging, Rhesus macaques. You will have the opportunity to see these animals at a close distance but from the safety of the boat. The monkeys are on their own schedule so we cannot guarantee their presence on every tour. But the scenery of the ACE Basin, the opportunity to see dolphins, waterfowl, and birds of prey, and the expansive marsh and maritime forest vistas, all combine to make this tour a fabulous adventure, monkeys or not. 3 hours. Price is $400.
ACE Basin River Tour: Travel upstream to the freshwater portions of the ACE Basin and enjoy a variety of experiences and sights. Stop at the historic fishing community at Bennett’s Point or look for sunning alligators in the tidal marsh and feral goats in the maritime forest. Explore the salt water wedge as you transition from the saltwater to freshwater ecosystem. This is a fascinating tour for anyone interested in seeing the heart of the ACE Basin from the water. 3 hours. Price is $400.
Private Tours: If you're looking for a more customized experience, book a private tour. Any of the above public tours can be booked as a private for up to 12 passengers for $400. Or you can explore the ACE Basin further and delve deeper into the history of the area or even circumnavigate the whole island. Call Meg to book a Custom Private Tour for 6-12 people starting at $400 for 1.5 hours. 843-469-0052 or email email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
If your family has a special needs child or adult, we will work with you to create a custom tour at a reduced price. Call Meg at 843-469-0052
BOAT TOURS DEPART FROM EDISTO MARINA
next to Bay Creek Park on Edisto Beach, unless otherwise noted.
Programs for school groups are correlated 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.