6 Hour Sandy Island Tour

Black River Outdoors

Zerve Seller: BlackRiver
Activity #5578
On this 6-hr tour, we'll kayak along small creeks to Sandy Island. We'll stop for a short hike & then a paddle down scenic White Creek.

To plan a private 6 Hour Sandy Island Tour, please click "Contact BlackRiver" on the left side of the page.

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Description

Paddle around Sandy Island, the Eastern seaboard’s largest undeveloped fresh water island. On this longer, 6 hour tour, you will be able to explore all Sandy Island has to offer, with an increased likelihood of seeing interesting wildlife.

Paddle our longer, stable sea kayaks along several small creeks to a small dock on Sandy Island and go ashore for a short hike to a Carolina Bay in the heart of Sandy Island.  After stretching your legs and eating lunch, we will paddle down White Creek, a beautiful creek that winds through Sandy Island, before returning to our launch point.

Book your 6 hour Sandy Island tour with Black River Outdoors and make some memories with us!

To inquire about scheduling a trip, please click the "Contact BlackRiver" link on the left side of this page.

What Is Not Included?

Gratuity for your guide is not included but is happily accepted and greatly appreciated! Remember - "Tip your Guide - Not your Kayak!!!"

Meeting Location

Wachesaw Rd (Murrells Inlet, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
How do I book a trip?
Please click on the "Contact BlackRiver" link on the left side of the page to inquire further.
Are kayak rentals available?
Yes! Rentals include PFDs and paddles. We also may be able to provide cartop carriers and straps, depending on your vehicle type and the number of kayaks being rented. Multi-day rental discounts are available. Delivery is available in a limited area around Pawleys Island. Sorry, we are not located on the water, but there are many fresh and salt water paddling locations within a 15-45 minute drive, including five river systems: Winyah Bay, Pawleys Island, Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, and Francis Marion National Forest. Plan your own exploration! We have maps and paddling guide books available for purchase. Last minute rentals are possible, since we usually have plenty of boats and equipment available, but reservations are required to guarantee boat availability. Please click on the "Contact Black River" link on the left of the page to inquire further.
Are gift certificates available?
Yes, they are! Gift certificates make great birthday or holiday presents, and they are available for tours or to be used toward a purchase. We can mail them to you or directly to the recipient. There is no expiration date for purchased gift certificates, and the recipient can use them at any time. You can inquire about gift certificates by clicking "Contact BlackRiver" on the left side of the page.
What if there's bad weather?
Although we do not cancel tours for passing showers, we do not intentionally conduct tours during thunderstorms. If there is a problem anticipated, we will cancel, delay, or reschedule the tour and call you early enough in advance to let you make other plans. You may hear weather forecasters on the radio and television announcing thunderstorms for days in advance. Please do not be alarmed. This is the normal forecast for nearly every day during the summer; go ahead and book anyway. We have become very adept at checking current weather satellite photos and Doppler weather radar on the Internet a few hours prior to the tour. Although we can never be 100% accurate, we can better assess our local weather than the general statewide alarms that the radio and TV weather broadcasts offer.
Will my young children enjoy this?
As long as the child is able to sit upright throughout the duration of the tour, there are no age limits. There is a reduced price for children ages 8-12. Children under 7 can come for free. We expect parents to decide whether their children will be entertained enough to last the duration of this 4-hour tour. We do have youth-sized kayaks that can be great for enthusiastic kids (or adults) 8 and older, under 5 ft tall, and under 110 pounds. This gives them an amazing boost in self-confidence, as they are in charge of their own kayak. Children 7 and under must ride in a tandem (two person) kayak with a parent to help with the paddling. Our tandem kayaks also accommodate a jump seat so that a very young child (under 50 lbs.) can ride between both parents in the tandem kayak. Let us know if you need one when you purchase your tickets. We will also ask that you properly select the appropriate PFD (Personal Flotation Device) for your child.
Am I too old for this?
People of all ages with a spirit of adventure and an appreciation of nature and history will enjoy paddling the slow moving waters of the South Carolina Low Country. Moderate physical ability, but no prior kayak paddling experience is necessary to participate. We have had guests as old as 92 enjoy our tours by pairing them with a stronger paddler in a tandem kayak.
Do I need to know how to swim?
No, we will be above water at all times. All guests and guides are required to wear a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) at all times while in the kayak.
Will we be kayaking with a guide?
Yes! All of our tours are guided by our knowledgeable staff who will be able to share information with you about the ecology and history of the area.
What if I don't know how to paddle a kayak?
No prior kayaking experience is required. Introductory kayak paddling instructions and a safety talk are provided by a trained guide prior to launching the kayaks. We highly recommend single kayaks for beginners, since they are easier to maneuver, however, we do offer a tandem option. All necessary paddling equipment is provided to you. We carefully select User Friendly Kayaks. The guide also carries communications and emergency equipment and a first aid kit.
Is there a better time of day to take the tour?
Wildlife tends to be more active during the cooler part of the day in the summer. For this reason, we avoid tours during the hottest part of the day. In general, the water tends to be calmer in the mornings than in the afternoon, but in terms of sightseeing, the view is just as beautiful at any time of day.
What should I wear?
We recommend a brimmed hat, cap, or sun visor and footwear that you do not mind getting wet (sneakers, sandals, surf slippers). You may want to be prepared to swim in warmer months. If there is cooler weather in the morning, then dress in layers since it can warm up rapidly during the day. Gloves and a windbreaker are a good idea for cooler days.
What about my medical condition?
If you are concerned about a medical condition that you have, you should consult your physician before participating. Our guides are not qualified to determine whether you should be paddling with a bad back, heart condition, tennis elbow, pregnancy, etc. Moderate physical ability, but no prior kayak paddling experience is necessary to participate.
What types of kayaks will we use?
We carefully select Stable Recreational Kayaks, either solo (for one person) or tandem (for two people), for our tours. Our Solo Kayaks have very large cockpit openings, and our Tandem Kayaks have one long cockpit opening, so you will not feel claustrophobic or trapped while paddling. We highly recommend single kayaks for beginners, since they are easier to maneuver.
Do we use single or tandem kayaks?
We offer single and tandem (2 person) kayaks. We highly recommend single kayaks for beginners, since they are easier to maneuver, however, we do offer a tandem option. Our tandem kayaks also accommodate a jump seat so that a very young child can ride with both parents in the same boat. Let us know if you need a jump seat when you purchase your tickets. Don't forget to select a tandem AND a jump seat, when selecting your preferred kayak. We generally recommend using solo kayaks, unless there is a physical or age limitation preventing a guest from paddling their own boat.
Are the kayak tours safe?
Yes! Our kayaks are stable and user friendly. In addition, our CPR and first aid certified guides are always on hand and available. In the rare case where someone falls in the water, our guides are specially trained to get you back in the kayak quickly and easily. Life jackets must be worn at all times and alcohol or drug use is not permitted at any time.
How many people do you take out per tour?
We want to ensure that you have a personal and wonderful experience! To guarantee this, we have a maximum of 10 people per tour guide.
What will we see on the tour?
During our Sandy Island Tour, you will see prehistoric sand dunes and a longleaf pine forest. You will also go ashore for a short hike into the heart of Sandy Island. You may see a variety of birds, including Herons, Egrets, Wood Storks, Bald Eagles, Osprey, Ducks, Prothonatary Warblers (aka Swamp Canaries), Woodpeckers, etc. You may also see Alligators, Snakes, Beaver, Otter, Deer, etc.
Do I have to wear a life vest?
Yes, a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is not only required, it's also a good idea!
Did you say there are snakes and alligators?
Alligators and snakes, like all wildlife, can be unpredictable, but with some luck, maybe we will see one! As with all other wildlife, they would rather not encounter humans. We are not on the alligators' list of foods, and they are not aggressive towards us. We leave them alone, and they leave us alone. Over 99% of the snakes seen on our tours are non-venomous. They are mostly harmless water snakes basking in the sun on branches overhanging the water. The venomous snakes in our area do not climb trees. The harmless Brown Water Snake is frequently mis-identified as a Water Moccasin. This is where most snake stories in our area come from. Our guides are very knowledgeable about snakes, and will often slip out of their kayaks to catch a harmless snake and let interested guests get a closer look. Many of our guests (even kids) choose to hold the snakes, once they realize that they are not aggressive when handled gently.
Are pets allowed?
Unfortunately, as much as we like pets, we cannot allow pets on our guided tours for insurance reasons. If you would like to take your pet out on the water, you can rent a canoe or kayak.
Are there any weight restrictions?
We can accommodate individuals up to approximately 325 lbs. for a single kayak, and a combined weight of 650 lbs. for a tandem kayak. Everyone must have at least a moderate fitness level, as you will be paddling. For guests outside of these weight limits, please contact us directly by clicking on "Contact BlackRiver" on the left side of the page.
Are food and drinks included?
During the tour, we will take a 20 minute lunch break. Since food and drinks are not included in the ticket price, we suggest bringing your own lunch or snack for the lunch break. We also recommend bringing a bottle of water. There is room for a soft-sided or small 6-pack type cooler in your kayak.
What should I bring?
Don't forget to bring your lunch! Also, bring plenty of liquids to drink such as bottled water. You may want a strap for any glasses or sunglasses. Consider bringing wide-brimmed hats, sunscreen, and bug repellent. If you want to take photos, a waterproof camera or a disposable camera in a waterproof bag are good options. Bring expensive cameras at your own risk. There is room for a soft-sided or small 6-pack type cooler in your kayak. Be sure to bring any personal emergency medications, such as for allergies, that you may require. Leave valuables that you do not want to risk getting wet locked up in your car or at home.
Is gratuity included in the ticket price?
Tips for our tour guides are not included in the price, but are always appreciated. Remember: Tip Your Guide - Not Your Kayak!!
Do I need to sign a liability waiver?
Yes, all participants must sign a liability waiver before the tour. Any participants under the age of 18 must have an accompanying adult sign the waiver for them.
Are private tours available?
Yes! Please click on the "Contact BlackRiver" link on the left side of the page to inquire further.

Policies

Refund/Rescheduling Policy

Non-refundable, cannot be rescheduled.
Once purchased, tickets cannot be refunded and cannot be rescheduled because your space is being guaranteed at the event.

Weather Policy

Activity may be cancelled due to severe weather.
The activity usually runs in light rain and other moderate weather conditions, but the seller may cancel the activity up to an hour before the start time in the event of severe or unsafe weather conditions. If the seller cancels the event, ticket-holders will be allowed to reschedule tickets (subject to availability) or receive credit for a future event.

Other Policies

All participants must sign a waiver.
All participants are required to sign a liability waiver before taking the tour. Any participants under the age of 18 must have an accompanying adult sign the waiver for them.
All participants must meet age and weight requirements.
Children must be 8 & up to ride in a single kayak. Kids under 8 must ride in a tandem kayak with an adult. An additional Jump Seat may be added to a Tandem for kids under 50 lbs. Youth kayaks can be used by anyone 8 or older (must be 5 ft. or under and under 110 lbs.) The weight limit for a single kayak is 325 lbs. or 650 lbs. total for a tandem kayak. All participants should be moderately fit.
Kayak policies and restrictions.
All participants are required to select a kayak type, listed above in the Extras field. If you do not select a preferred kayak, we will pick one for you. When selecting a tandem kayak, keep in mind you need to enter 1 tandem kayak for 2 people. For participants that need a jump seat, you must select the tandem AND a jump seat in the Extras field. In addition, life jacket sizes must be noted above.

About

Black River Outdoors

Let Black River Outdoors help you escape to the Wild Side of Myrtle Beach and the Grand Strand! There is an amazing world of beautiful scenery and wildlife just minutes from your hotel, condo or cottage. Leave the crowded beaches, traffic jams, and shopping malls behind, and come explore what we think will be the highlight of your visit!
 
For almost twenty years, Black River Outdoors has been taking guests on Guided Kayak Ecotours to experience the hidden wonders that are missed by most visitors and locals alike. 

We are a family business, with a passion for helping to create the next generation of outdoor lovers! Richard and Frankie are the owners, and their son, Paul, is the Lead Guide and Kayak Instructor. Put away your smart phones and electronics, leave the hustle and bustle behind, and come explore with us!
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