Charleston is a city that is meant to be explored on the water.  Here are some of our favorite ways to experience the Sea Islands by water.  If you are thirsting for more, download our free Charleston Sea Island Vacation Guides.  Our guides include top recommendations on parks, beaches, and outdoor recreation in the area!

Great Ways to Have Fun on the Water

Sonny Boy Charters- 843-708-1486

Sonny Boy Charters is the #1 choice for an intimate adventure.  Captain Brad offers a variety of tours.  These include guided fishing charters, dolphin cruises, shelling excursions and memorable sunset cruises launching out of Bohicket Marina.  Captain Brad grew up on these waters and brings an unrivaled enthusiasm combined with over 30 years of experience.

  • Sweetwater Sailing – 843-779-9649

Sweetwater sailing offers sailing for all ages and levels of experience.  Whether it is for an introductory sail, an advanced sail or simply enjoying nature at its best, Sweetwater is ready to set sail for a memorable adventure.  They offer a 3 hour minimum cruise design so you are not rushed and you get plenty of exposure to the Low Country landscape. Dorothy sails along the North Edisto River where you will enjoy a relaxing adventure steeped in nature.  She ventures into the Atlantic Ocean for the more experienced sailors.

  • Lil Darlin’ Charters – 843-442-4706

Lil Darlin’ Charters can accommodate up to 6 guests for a great day on the water ways of the Lowcountry. Whether you’re interested in a day of fishing, shrimping, dolphin watching, or even just a tour around Charleston and the islands in style, Lil Darlin’ Charters will ensure a fun, safe and knowledgable excursion to keep you coming back year after year. Charter lengths include 2 hrs, 4 hrs and up to 8 hrs of fun in the sun aboard Captain Lindsay’s 220 Viper.

  • Charleston Harbor Tours – 888-224-5037

Daily Tours, Entertainment Cruises, Dining Cruises, Special Events, Wedding’s & Private Parties.

  • The Schooner Pride – 800-344-4483

Dolphin, Sunset, & Moonlight Sails. Available for Private Charter.

  • Sandlapper Water Tours – 800-979-3370

Ghost Tours, Sunset Cruises, Nature Tours, History & Educational Tours. Available for Private Events.

  • Aqua Safaris – 800-524-3444

Fishing & Sailing Charters, Beer Sampling Cruises and other Exciting Adventures.


Looking for more ways to explore the penninsula by water? Read our blog to learn about Charleston’s most unique boat tours!