Coastal Carolina Sea Kayaking
Coastal Carolina barrier islands provide some of the most spectacular wilderness ecosystems in the country, teeming with diverse wildlife and untouched shorelines. Capers Island Heritage Preserve will serve as our ocean front base camp on this expedition style weekend paddle, as we explore miles of undeveloped beachfront and over 8000 acres of pristine maritime forest. Few adventures can compare to paddling these coastlines alongside playful Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in the warm afternoon sunshine. In addition to paddling, we will have opportunities to pull ashore and hike the bone yard beaches and dense coastal forests home to a myriad of wildlife including over 275 species of birds. We will explore the southern end of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, including Bull Island, a class one wilderness area named one of the best birding locations in the nation. Our local naturalist guides are a wealth of knowledge for natural and human history of this coastline. Moreover, they prepare truly gourmet backcountry meals! Join us on this engaging weekend excursion as we provide unmatched access to, and expert interpretation of, one of the most stunning and diverse coastlines on the planet.
Important Notice: Day 1 is the day you should plan to arrive at the meeting point for the trip. This may require departing your hometown one or more days in advance.
Coastal Carolina Sea Kayaking Itinerary:
Day 1 Welcome y'all to South Carolina and one of the most amazing coastlines for kayakers.
Day 2 Today's paddle takes us to Bull Island, a wilderness area relatively unchanged and unaltered by man.
Day 3 Explore the flora and fauna of a barrier island and discover it's intricate geology while circumnavigating the island.
Day 4 One last morning paddle before bidding adieu to this land of Southern hospitality.
Contact REI Adventures prior to purchasing your airline ticket to confirm the trip has the minimum number of participants required to operate.
Professional instruction and guiding; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; shuttle services; 3 nights camping accommodations; kayaks.
Transportation from your hometown to Mount Pleasant SC; insurance of any kind; alcoholic beverages; soft drinks; guide gratuities and items of a personal nature.
This trip is rated Moderate (3) as we plan to kayak 4-6 hours per day in calm to moderately rough conditions. To maximize your enjoyment of the trip and to avoid sore muscles, we suggest that you engage in a regular exercise regimen beginning at least three months prior to your departure. Most important to your enjoyment of the trip is your overall fitness level.
Daytime temperatures are usually mid 80°F, with evening temperatures dropping to 65 - 70°. You may encounter cool and rainy conditions, including fog and wind. Rain is a possibility so adequate raingear is important.
Charleston International Airport (CHS), Charleston, SC: 30 minutes
Hilton Head Island (HHH) Hilton Head, SC: 2 - 2½ hours
Myrtle Beach (MYR), Myrtle Beach, SC: 2 hours
This trip is subject to the booking information set forth in the current REI Adventures Weekend Reservation Information. Please read this information carefully and call us if you have any questions. A full gear list and detailed pre-trip information is sent upon sign-up. We highly recommend the purchase of travel insurance through REI Adventures. If coverage is purchased at the time of your initial reservation, the 'Pre-existing Conditions Exclusion' is waived (certain exclusions apply).
We look forward to having you join us for the trip of a lifetime! Why wait? Space is limited, reserve your adventure today.
Coastal Carolina Sea Kayaking
The key to staying comfortable while on an active trip is layering. To obtain maximum comfort with minimum weight, you need versatile layers that mix and match to create the right amount of insulation, ventilation and weather protection. This gear list has been created to help you choose equipment for the trip. Try to bring only what is necessary - this will help you and the field staff.
Daytime temperatures are usually mid 80o F, with evening temperatures dropping to 65 - 70o. You may encounter cool and rainy conditions, including fog and wind. Rain is a possibility so adequate raingear is important.
- Life jacket and spray skirt
- Dry bag - 1 small for personal gear
- 2 person tents, double occupancy
- Cooking gear and eating utensils
- Group first-aid kit
- Sleeping bag rated to 30º - 40ºF
- Sleeping pad
- Rain jacket with hood, waterproof and breathable
- Rain pants, waterproof and breathable
- Sweater or jacket, wool or fleece
- Thermal underwear top and bottom
- T-shirts (no cotton)
- Long sleeve shirt
- Long pants
- Wool or warm synthetic socks
- Lightweight hiking boots
- Wetsuit booties, water sport sandals, or old tennis shoes
- Paddling gloves
- Beach towel
- Wool or fleece hat
- Sun / rain hat
- Sunglasses and retainer strap
- Toiletry kit (toothbrush, travel-sized paste, deodorent, personal medications, etc.)
- Sun block and lip balm
- Plastic bags - Ziploc for wet clothes
- Two to three 1-quart water bottles
- Favorite snacks
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Insect repellent
- Camera and film spare, batteries
- Small dry bag for personal gear
- Small binoculars (7x or 8x are best)
Things to Consider
- We plan to paddle double (two-person) kayaks on this course for their stability, good tracking, and speed. If you are planning to bring your own kayak, please contact us in advance of departure with the type of boat so that we can be certain it will be adequate for the kind of paddling we'll do on this trip. REI will require that boats meet a certain standard for type and size suitable to the demands of the paddling we plan to do on this trip.
Feel free to give us a call at (800) 622-2236 should you have any questions regarding the gear list. The staff at our stores and Direct Sales (800-426-4840) will also be happy to help you with gear questions. Or check out www.rei.com/learn. The Expert Advice section on our "Learn" page has great information to help you prepare for your trip.