Coastal Expeditions is excited for the opportunity to provide ferry service and naturalist-guided tours to St. Phillips Island in partnership with South Carolina State Parks. It is the only National Natural Landmark in the park system, and one of only six in the state. This rare designation is awarded by the National Parks Service to conserve sites that contain outstanding biological and geological resources. Departing from the Hunting Island State Park Nature Center, the boat tour to St. Phillips Island is a naturalist-led ecotour along the Story River to the St. Phillips Island dock. Once we reach the island, a park ranger will welcome everyone to the island before boarding the tram to the beach. During the 3.5 mile ride through the forest to the beach and picnic area adjacent to the Turner House, a naturalist guide will share information about the human and natural history of the island. Once at the picnic area, there will be a couple of hours to beach comb, hike interior trails or simply relax on the beach with a picnic. After your ramblings on this pristine barrier island, the tram will take you back to the dock for the return trip to the mainland. To make reservations for the Island Safari or Dolphin Cruises, click here.
Limited space, so register early. NEED TO CANCEL? You’ll need to call at least 48-hours ahead or you will be charged for the trip
Tour times are 9am-3:30pm and 10:30am-5pm
Small backpack with plenty of drinking water, lunch, sunblock, insect repellent. Don’t bring anything that is difficult to carry or that takes up excess space.
Hunting Island State Park Pier Nature Center - arrive 30 minutes prior to tour