Be Robinson Crusoe For a Day


This seldom-offered trip brings guests directly to one of the most secluded and pristine beaches in the world for shelling, swimming, birding, and a chance to reconnect with nature.   The Bulls Island Beach Drop is one of Charleston's best outdoor adventures.

Capt. Chris Crolley, steward of Coastal Expeditions, says it best:  “The beach on Bulls Island is not a place...It is an experience...a vast stretch of primordial sand littered with shells, sea creatures and extraordinary bird life."

The trip begins with a 50-minute naturalist-led boat tour through the saltmarsh estuary.  Guests will be able to explore the beach at their own pace and will be able to visit a shore bird rookery. The North Beach is full of whelks, sand dollars and many other types of shells as well as Native American pottery. Boneyard Beach, one of nature’s most magnificent works of art in the Lowcountry, is a short walk away.

Cape Romain, home of Bulls Island, is home to a large population of nesting loggerhead sea turtles, bald eagles, bottlenose dolphins and a staggering 293 species of birds, including rare red knots, several species of terns, ospreys, and a plethora of other shore birds. Seven miles of Bulls Island’s beach are part of the longest stretch of undeveloped coastline on the east coast and allow for unparalleled shelling, beach combing and exploring.



"Did you know [that 29,000 acres of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge] are considered a Class 1 wilderness location? Meaning it has remained relatively unchanged and unaltered by man. There are only 2 – TWO! – on the eastern seaboard. So quit going to the same three brunch spots and instead take an expedition for a day of secluded beach bliss."

-Charlie Magazine













"Can I give it more than 5 stars? Coastal Expeditions is a first rate organization. The trip was nothing but great! We did the "Beach Drop" which is offered periodically. Captain Chris and First Mate Lonnie were extremely personable and knowledgeable. On the ferry trip out and back they covered valuable information about the estuary and many environmental facts about the water and nature in the area. Lonnie did an interpretive walk on the island with all those interested, while others explored on their own, took photographs, collected shells, enjoyed the water, and watched for wildlife. Something for everyone. We had the utmost confidence in Capt Chris when we encountered a short storm on the way back, as he steered us around it. The trip was well worth the money, and we plan to return for more expeditions soon.
-Shirley, TripAdvisor Review























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Trip Dates:
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Price:

$40 Adults
$20 12 & under


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Departure Point:
Garris Landing in Awendaw, SC
Directions

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Activity Level: Participants will depart directly from the boat onto the beach on a ramp; Once on the island, participants can decide how much of the 7-mile beach that they wish to explore.

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Activities Include:
  • Hiking
  • Shelling
  • Birding
  • Photography
  • Beach Combing

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Read About Your Guides

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Trip Highlights:

  • On-board Naturalist-led Eco Tour
  • Dolphin Watching
  • Boneyard Beach

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Coastal Expeditions operates under contract into Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, under the leadership and guidance of U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to provide public access to the refuge.

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PLEASE NOTE: Since bicycles are not allowed on the beach, you may not bring bicycles aboard the ferry for this expedition.

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