Programs & Rates
Botany Bay Ecotours
We recommend advance purchase. Our tours tend to sell out!
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, Shark, and Cobia. Learn about the techniques of sustainable fishing. We specialize in education and helping our customers target specific species using light tackle.
DURATION: 2 or 4 hours
PRICE: $265 for 2 hours and $530 for 4 hours (4 people fishing and 6 passengers total)
Please call Capt. Don to set up the best fishing time during your stay: 843-576-9611
If you've been on an Ecotour with us before and want to try something new,
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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. If you're interested in sea turtles, ask your guide to tell you about the nesting loggerheads that come ashore each summer.
DURATION: 75 minutes
PRICE: $53 per adult, $26.50 per child ages 4-12 *for 6 or more adults use discount code 'Group' for 5% off. Private tour $477 for up to 12 people.
Enjoy a "Captain's Choice" trip based on the tide and winds and delve deeper into the ACE. You may stop at the historic fishing community at Bennett’s Point to buy fresh shrimp or look for sunning alligators in the freshwater tidal marsh. This is a fascinating tour for anyone interested in seeing the heart of the ACE Basin from the water. Private tour.
DURATION: 3 hours
PRICE: $636 ( up to 8 passengers)
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 year round. From November-February trips are added weekly based on weather or by calling to request a private tour.
All tours depart from The Marina at Edisto Beach (3702 Docksite Rd.) dock slip D2 next to Bay Creek Park unless otherwise noted.
Dolphin Boat Ecotour • Gullah Ecotour • Sunset Cruise • ACE Basin FIshing
Morgan (Monkey) Island • ACE Basin River Tour • Custom Private Tours • Private Island Safaris
Dolphin Boat Ecotour
Custom Private Tours
ACE Basin River Tour
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 $477. Or you can explore the ACE Basin further and delve deeper into the history of the area and even circumnavigate the whole island.
DURATION: 1.25 or more
PRICE: starting at $477
BOOKING: Contact us at 843-576-9611 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Morgan (Monkey) Island
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.
WHEN: Every Thursday and on Custom Tours by request.
DURATION: 75 minutes
PRICE: $53 adult, $26.50 child ages 4-12 *for 6 or more adults use discount code 'Group' for 5% off. Private tour $477 for up to 12 people.
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. Private tour.
DURATION: 3 hours
PRICE: $636 (up to 8 passengers)
Booking Phone: (843)869-2998
ACE Basin Fishing
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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 slip- ping away. Bring a cold beverage of your choice to treat yourself or make it a perfect date night.
*Note: not suitable for children under 10
DURATION: 75 minutes
PRICE: $53 per person *for 6 or more adults use discount code 'Group' for 5% off. Private tours $424
for up to 12 people.
Botany Water Taxi
Group Trips & Private Events available upon request
Programs for school groups are correlated to the state science standards.
If your family has a special needs child or adult, we will work with
you to create a custom tour.
Call us at 843-576-9611
Grab a beach towel and pack a picnic and we will take you to a secluded island get-away. Explore one of the Botany Bay beaches as it was hundreds of years ago with no houses and few people. 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. This tour does NOT depart from Edisto Marina, so please note the location once you purchase your ticket.
DURATION: 2 hours (more or less time can be arranged)
PRICE: $316 FOR 6 people