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 (888) 505-3680.

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, including fishing, 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.


NEW in 2016- Fishing 101: Join a professional guide and take part in a sustainable harvest tradition that dates back 4,000 years! Learn about the ecosystem while fishing the salt marshes of the ACE Basin. This ecotour gets you on the water to sample the abundance of the salt marshes and creeks around Edisto Island. Your knowledgeable guide will teach you about the life history and habits of the local fish and provide you with an opportunity to catch your own inshore and nearshore species of fish including: Redfish, Spotted Trout, Summer Trout, Flounder, Whiting, Sharks, and Cobia. Learn about the techniques of sustainable fishing. We specialize in education and helping our customers target specific species using light tackle.
4 hours.
Price is $495 for 4 people fishing and 6 passengers total.

Dolphin Boat Ecotours:
 These trips focus on the ever-popular bottlenose dolphins, but there's so much more! Cruise w
ith 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 a Dolphin Ecotour

or a Private Dolphin Ecotour

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.

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  for a Gullah Ecotour

(Note: the "Growing Up Gullah" program is on the THURSDAY Dolphin Ecotours for 2016)

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.

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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. E
xplore 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

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

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


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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