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Total Eclipse 2017

Everyone is getting excited for the 2017 total eclipse coming up on August 21st.

A total solar eclipse occurs when the moon passes between the earth and the sun and completely shields the overwhelmingly bright light of the photosphere (the sun’s surface). This affords observers the unique opportunity to see the two outermost layers of the sun’s atmosphere (the corona and chromosphere).


The corona (the sun’s gaseous outer atmosphere) is the white halo that can be seen surrounding the sun. The chromosphere (which lies just below the corona, about 3,100 miles above the photosphere) looks like a thin red ring.

The eclipse won’t only affect the appearance of the sun: during a total solar eclipse, even the normal rhythms of Earth are disrupted. The abrupt disappearance of the sun makes the day appear to be night in more ways than just the darkness left behind. The drop in temperature also causes plants and animals to react as if dusk has arrived. Keep an eye out for odd behaviors such as birds flying home to settle in for sleep in the middle of the day.

If you’re looking for things to do in Charleston to maximize your total eclipse experience, Nature Adventures and On Purpose Adventures have partnered to provide 4 amazing ways to observe an event that's sure to go down in history.

Join us as we kayak and camp on Capers Island. Be in the path of totality at 2:41pm for this unique experience.

Option 1: Paddle out Sunday, August 20th, set up camp and enjoy the pristine beach. Soak up the sunset fireside with the subtle sounds of breaking waves. Rise early for a dip in the ocean or sip coffee and listen to gulls and royal terns announcing their arrival. We will begin to watch as the moon approaches. Following the eclipse, the group will paddle back sharing amazing memories.

Option 2: The tides are perfect for a day trip to Capers to meet up with the overnight campers and experience history in the path of totality.

Want a great view but only have a few hours to spare? Option 3 or 4 might be the fit you’re looking for.

Option 3: A 3-hour kayak tour on historic Shem Creek.

Option 4: A 2-hour SUP tour on Shem.

All reservations require a deposit and can be done via phone, so please call 843.568.3222 to claim your spot.

See below for details about costs, departure times, and what’s included.

Option 1: Capers Island Overnight ***22 spots MAX***
Time:  Meeting at Gadsdenville at 9:30 for 10am departure on 8/20, returning from Capers at 4/5pm 8/21.
Cost: $150 per person
Includes: kayak, guided tour on water and land, camp site, eclipse glasses, all gratuities.
+$100 upgrade includes:  4 meals, 2 snacks, & all camping gear provided (group tent lodging). If you wish to bring your own gear, it must fit in/on your kayak.
Option 2: Capers Island Day Trip ***19 spots MAX***
Time: Leaving Gadsdenville Landing at 8:30am on 8/21 & returning from Capers at 4/5pm.
Cost: $100
Includes: kayak, guided tour, eclipse glasses, all gratuities.

Option 3:  Shem Creek Kayak Tour
Time: 1-4pm 8/21
Cost: $70 per person (gratuity not included)
Includes: Eclipse glasses and anchoring if needed.

Option 4:  Shem Creek SUP Tour
Time: 1:30-3:30pm 8/21 (arrive early to be on the water at 2)
Cost: $55 per person (gratuity not included)
Includes: Eclipse glasses and anchoring if needed.

Remember, reservations can only be made via phone at 843.568.3222, so give us a call to claim your spot now.

*Bringing your own kayak gives you a $25 savings on any of the tours. The Capers Island overnight is limited to 22 regardless of who supplies the kayak.


Kayaking with dolphins

"Bryson was an excellent guide and took us an enjoyable paddle on Shem Creek. We saw several groups of dolphins swimming right beside us. We paddled out to the bird sanctuary and saw many brown pelicans and several newborns. Bryson gave us an excellent overview of the Charleston skyline and the history of its forts."

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Paddle board and kayaking

"Even though it rained beforehand, it was worth the wait. And rain made the dolphins more active. Bryson was an awesome guide. It was a first for a friend an me and so much fun! Will definitely return!"


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Fun, Relaxing, and Informative

"My wife and I took the kayak tour in the early morning. Neither of us had been on a kayak before, but our guide, Jim, had us feeling like pros in no time. The boat traffic was low that day and the water was very calm. Making the day a relaxing, yet fun, way to cap off our vacation."

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