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Overnight Expeditions

South Carolina Aquarium Overnight Paddling Expeditions


Join us on our weekend expeditions, for Aquarium members only. Each Expedition is $300 per person for 2 days and 1 night of fully guided tours. This price is inclusive of all meals, tents, Camping gear, kayaks, and other equipment.

50% of proceeds benefit the SC Aquarium


Capers Island Expedition

June 18 and 19, 2016 
 Explore Capers Island State Heritage Preserve and the waters surrounding the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge on a wonderful Island Expedition! We’ll have a base camp on Capers Island on the south side where it’s cool in the forested dunes. We’ll explore the creeks, estuaries and trails on Capers and the waters surrounding the refuge with Nature Adventures Outfitters and the SC Aquariums Marine Biologists. White sandy beaches with ocean breezes await your visit!  Dolphin, sea turtles and over 257 species of birds frequent the area. Includes shelling, a beach campfire, fishing, crabbing, island cuisine and lots of fun!   *Our boat will take your provisions out for you so you don’t have to haul anything out. Just Paddle with us in your kayak and have fun in the sun

Fall Creek Lake Keowee Waterfall Paddle

As you know, the SC Aquarium showcases a wonderful variety of animals from the “Mountains to the Sea” in South Carolina.  On this trip, we’ll stay at Keowee/Toxaway State Park and enjoy an easy Paddle to Fall creek Falls.  We’ll also enjoy a few waterfall hikes and a campfire social and cookout. You can sign up for a Cabin or a Tent Site with us. 
October 15 and 16, 2016 (From noon on Saturday until 4:00 on Sunday) 

Cabin Provisions: $350 / ages 13 and up and $250/ ages 12 and under.

Tent Provisions: $300 / ages 13 and up and $200 / ages 12 and under.  Includes 2 lunches, 1 breakfast and 1 dinner plus hiking and paddling trips!

50% of proceeds benefits the SC Aquarium

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Overnight Black Water Expeditions

Journey "down" the Santee River and camp out Riverside on an island, or sandy riverbank! We explore rice canals, black water creeks, brackish water marshes and fresh water islands all along the way. Once paddled and occupied by the Santee Indians, this pristine wilderness remains the same, uninhabited by development nestled in the Francis Marion National Forest.

See... Bald eagles, Swallow-tailed Kites, Hawks and many varieties of Wetland Birds. Shy and elusive Alligators, River otter, Deer and Wild Boar are also sometimes seen.

Primitive and Semi-primitive Camping available. Waterways include: Santee River , Echaw, Wambaw, Chicken and Hampton Creeks, The Edisto River, The Black River and more.

Overnight Saltwater Expeditions

Capers Island State Heritage Preserve, Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway, Barrier Island waters & Marshes of the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, McClellanville (Jeremy creek ) and Awendaw Creeks.

Explore Barrier Islands, Brackishwater and Saltwater Marshes and Creeks throughout the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Dolphins, occasional loggerhead sea turtles and hundreds of coastal shorebirds frequent the area. Over 277 species of birds documented. Explore Remote Beaches, Islands and coastal Plain Indian Ceremonial Shell rings.

These tours include some Open water paddling with full sun, wind and currents. *Guided tours highly suggested on the coastal Saltwater Expedition.

Expedition Fees


With University Degreed Naturalists, American Canoe Association Certficiated kayak guides and instructors, First Aid / CPR Current, and experienced guides, your Expedition is complete. Right down to tasting edible plants and having meals cooked and catered at your campsites. Our guides know the way and provide a safe, educational, recreational and fun Tour!

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