To experience the natural beauty of the Hammock Coast first-hand, explore a remote barrier island called North Island and ride by South Carolina’s oldest lighthouse, which is still operational. There are two guided boat tours to this pristine location: Carolina Rover Tours’ Sea Shell & Lighthouse Cruise and Cap’n Rod’s Lighthouse Shell Island Tour.
Carolina Rover Boat Tours’nSea Shell & Lighthouse Cruise glides through a bird-watcher’s paradise by the Georgetown Light (1811), which has lit the way for over two centuries of seafarers. Disembark on North Island to explore and beach comb where the sea unfolds her secrets, depositing an ever-changing array of seashells. Observe the sight of a Civil War wreck, the Union flagship USS Harvest Moon, while on-board naturalists deliver an informative commentary with reference to historic plantation tidelands.
These tours last four hours and take place from March-November. Rates are $38 for adults (12 and over); and $30 for children (11 and under)
Location: 739 Front Street, Georgetown, SC
Cap’n Rod’s Lighthouse Shell Island Tour offers a leisurely stroll an unspoiled beach, accessible only by boat, and peace and quiet as you search for the perfect seashell to add to your collection or scan the waves for dolphins and shore birds.
These tours last four hours and take place Monday-Saturday from March to October. Rates are $38 for adults; $30 for children ages 4-12; and children ages 3 and under are free
Location: 701 Front Street, Georgetown, SC