Haunted Ghost Tour & Cruise of Charleston Harbor

Sandlapper Tours, Inc.

Zerve Seller: Sandlapper
Activity #817

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Explore haunted city sites that cannot be reached on foot!

Climb aboard the Palmetto, our 45ft catamaran, versatile enough to venture down secluded creeks and handle the harbor's waters smoothly. With a capacity of only 49 passengers, everyone will experience a personalized atmosphere.
*Please note, if less than 10 people booked on tour smaller boat may be taken out*

Feel the cool breeze of the Charleston Harbor as you hear bone-chilling tales all about:

  • The Hanging of Stede Bonnet, “The Gentleman Pirate”
  • Tragic deaths and the lost fortunes left behind
  • Soldiers and fishermen lost to the dark waves of the Harbor
  • Ships that appear as a warning to seafarers
  • The Holy City’s long history of bloody wars and devastating storms
Charleston’s forts, houses, and ships are the centerpiece of many of the South’s most famous ghost stories, and now you can get closer than ever before to the fascinating horror of the Holy City's ghastly past!

Under the cover of darkness, you never know what might be lurking, and after a few ghostly reminders, you won’t feel quite so alone on the peaceful waters.

We’ll make sure you will never see this seaport the same way again!

What Is Not Included?

The price of food and drinks is not included in the tour, so please be sure to bring some extra cash if you would like to take advantage of our full snack bar.

Meeting Location

Maritime Center near E. Bay and Calhoun Streets (Charleston, SC) (Exact meeting location details will be provided immediately upon purchase of tickets.)
277 Reviews Rating: 4.1 4.1 out of 5.0
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Rating: 5
Interesting and fun
Wed, Jun 24  9:15 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family Without Children
The haunted tour and information was extremely interesting. Add the sights of Charleston at night and this is one of the best deals available.
Rating: 2
Wed, Jun 24  9:15 PM Male 40-49 Local Couple on a Date
I have taken a variety of tours in Charleston area and this was my least favorite. The storyteller was boring. He was suppose to run the bar and tell stories at same time. He talked the entire time and only a couple of folks were able to access the bar. You should have had another person working on the boat besides the captain and storyteller. I was stuck in spot in which I had to sit sideways so I was uncomfortable throughout the trip - seemed like you had a few too many on the boat.
Rating: 5
Great experience
Fri, Jun 19  9:15 PM Female 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Couple on a Date
We had a great time on this harbor tour. The guide seemed knowledgable about the history of Charleston. I wouldn't say it was scary so much as it was interesting, but others that are more into believing about ghosts may be more creeped out by the stories than me.

Really enjoyed it and would recommend to others.
Rating: 2
Moderately Interesting
Wed, Jun 17  9:15 PM Male 30-39 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
It was neat as far as a boat tour of the harbor at night. The stories were slightly interesting but it probably would have been just as good to tell them in a "historical manner" than trying to make it sound like a scary ghost story.
Rating: 3
Charleston Harbor Ghost Tour
Wed, Jun 17  9:15 PM Female 40-49 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
We have taken this tour three times. Every time it is the same stories. The tour guide was wonderful for our first time. But the one we had the last two times was just going through his script. The kids (two girls ages 10) only got scared with the story of the "boohag". But no nightmares were had that night. We turned a broom upside down beside the bed to give them comfort (the tour explains why). Its a nice boat ride around the harbor, but if you are expecting to be scared, maybe you should take the prison tour or look somewhere else.
Rating: 5
Great trip!
Fri, Jun 12  9:15 PM Female 40-49 Unspecified Unspecified
If you like ghost stories, but would rather have a relaxing boat ride instead of a walk, this is for you. Nice cruise around the harbor, with the ghostly buildings pointed out. We walked around a bit the day after and saw some of the haunted places in person...
Rating: 4
Ghost Tour and Cruise on Vacation
Thu, Jun 11  9:15 PM Male 50-59 Domestic Tourist(s) Family With Children
Althought there are no ghosts seen, the stories of the ghosts, Charleston history and overall knowledge of Ed Macy is very entertaining as well as informative. Very glad we elected to take the tour.
Rating: 5
Great Tour!
Mon, Jun 8  8:00 PM Male 60-69 International Tourist(s) Unspecified
Very informative and entertaining tour! Great staff and a relaxed atmosphere!
Rating: 4
Entertaining and bloody good fun on the water
Sat, May 30  9:15 PM Male 30-39 Combination Family Without Children
+ The boat was small, but clean and comfortable for the size of our group.

+ The host, Ed Macy (Raconteur), was extremely charismatic and effective at communicating the history of the various sights we cruised past colorfully enough to really engage the group.

+ Even without the subject matter and the color, it's just nice to have a chill boat ride at night on a hot Charleston evening.

+ Many of the anecdotes tied into prominent Charleston locations you could easily go check out yourself, either at your leisure or as a part of an additional walking tour if you wanted to. Some folks on the tour were, for instance, staying at the B&B mentioned. My wife and I, as another example, had eaten brunch at another spot mentioned.

- We departed a bit late, and the advertisement advised us to arrive 30 minutes early, which was definitely overkill (come about 5 minutes early, especially if you've already paid).

- There were drinks, and they weren't terribly over-priced all things considered, but the beer sucked (Bud Light and Miller Light) and the wine portions were small.

- To be frank, and I've been on a couple of walking ghost tours but this was my first haunted boat tour, there is a lot of distance on this kind of tour between your subject matter and you. Often you're hearing stories of church graveyards or mansions in the city, and from the harbor you can just barely see the silhouette of their roofs. That's just an inherent problem with a harbor/boating version of this tour, it suffers in the chill department due to the separation, when compared with a walking tour. HOWEVER, walking tours involve a lot of... well... walking. Also - drunk college kids ruining your storyteller's delivery. This had none of that. Overall I'm OK with it.
Rating: 5
Loved it!
Fri, May 29  9:15 PM Male 40-49 Local Unspecified
It was a great experience. No negatives at all!
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Ratings and Reviews for:
Is this tour suitable for children?
You know your children best! Although we do tell a few ghostly stories along the way and the cruise does take place in the dark, we do not enter any haunted places or create an atmosphere that would frighten young children. However, we do ask that you do not bring children ages 3 or younger with you, as the content may frighten infants.
Do I have to purchase tickets in advance?
Advance purchase is strongly recommended, and cruises often sell out quickly. To maximize your chances of getting the day and time you prefer, please book well in advance. Tickets can be purchased with a Visa, Mastercard or American Express.
Why does the schedule only list events running in the next couple of weeks?
The Sandlapper is a very popular choice for private charter sailing. We therefore only open the boat to public sails a few weeks in advance. If the date you are looking for is not currently listed in the schedule, please check back at this website frequently for updates, or contact Sandlapper Tours by clicking the "Contact Sandlapper" link. New events and sail times are added quite frequently, especially as the sail date draws near.
What type of ticket should I buy if I'm bringing a very young child?
For children between the ages of 4 and 12, you can purchase a reduced price Child ticket. We ask that you do not bring children ages 3 and younger with you on the cruise, as the content of the tour may frighten infants. If you would like to attend with your infant, check out our other cruises!
What exactly do we see on the tour?
On this one of a kind tour, you'll experience a scenic cruise all around the Charleston Harbor and see sites of famous ghost stories and other historically significant landmarks. The cruise takes place in the dark, which adds to the ghostly atmosphere. You'll be able to see the Charleston skyline, churches, and bridges lit up for the night.
Are drinks or food served on the tour?
Beer, soft drinks, and bottled water, as well as a full snack bar are available for purchase on board.
Can I bring my own food or drinks on the tour?
While you are allowed to bring a sandwich or a small boxed lunch, we ask that you refrain from bringing your own drinks. A full array of beverages and snacks is available for sale on board.
What happens if it rains?
Your captain and crew watch the weather forecasts closely and want to ensure your tour is a safe, enjoyable, memorable experience. In the event the current or forecasted conditions get in the way of that happening, requiring us to cancel, we will contact you as soon as possible to join us at another date/time.
Does the tour include any stops?
No, we will be on the water, cruising the entire time. If you would like to explore the areas that we pass on the tour, just ask your guide or captain. They'll be happy to point you in the right direction after the cruise.
Are there restrooms on the boat?
Yes, the boat is equipped with a bathroom that is accessible at all times. We call it a "marine head" and it is unlike the bathroom you use at home. It involves pumping and there are simple directions posted in the bathroom on how to use it.
What should I wear?
We recommend that you dress appropriately for the weather. It can often be a few degrees cooler out on the water in spring and fall. Also flat-soled, closed toed shoes are a good idea.
Can I stow anything during the tour?
You can bring any items that you would like to enjoy on the tour, but we do have limited storage space, so please try to keep large items to a minimum. Please keep in mind that while the captain will always be on board, we cannot take responsibility for any broken, lost or missing items.
Where does the tour finish?
Our tour will end at the same pier from which it departed.
Is the Palmetto safe?
Your safety is our number one priority. The Palmetto is a stable, gentle vessel run by USCG certified Captains. We provide life jackets for every passenger on board and our crew is there to help you in any way.
Will I get seasick?
Passengers usually find the Sandlapper to be a very steady vessel. However, you can choose to take something in advance if you're prone to motion sickness.
Are gift certificates available for the trip?
Yes! Gift certificates for Sandlapper trips are great for any occasion. To purchase a gift certificate, click on the "Contact Sandlapper" link.
Can I book a private charter?
Yes! In addition to our public tours, Sandlapper Tours also offers group and private charters. We can make your wedding party or reception, or birthday party even more memorable with an oyster roast or crab boil on a barrier island. For more information, please click on the "Contact Sandlapper" link.
Does the Palmetto have handicapped/wheelchair accessibility?
The Palmetto’s handicapped/wheelchair accessibility is somewhat limited. There are 4-5 wide, sturdy steps to board the Palmetto, but once on board there is plenty of space. Family or friends in your group would just need to provide some assistance with boarding, to account for the steps. If you do have any questions or concerns, please click on the “Contact Sandlapper” link to inquire.
Are you allowed to bring dogs on the tour?
No. Unfortunately no dogs are allowed on the boat.


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

Not suitable for children ages 3 and younger.
Because this tour takes place in the dark, infants ages 3 and younger are not permitted aboard the cruise.

Sandlapper Tours, Inc.

Inspired by their love of Charleston and all of its unique stories, natives, Bryan and Timothy H. Collins founded Sandlapper Tours, Inc. The brothers have a deep affinity for the culture of the area, as well as the rich history embodied along the Harbor coastline.

The goal of Sandlapper Tours is to provide quality, guide narrated tours of the Harbor. Locally owned and operated, Sandlapper is dedicated to outstanding customer service and giving guests the most entertaining and educational experience.
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