Capers Wildlife Exploration

Why We Love This

  • Visit one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands
  • Explore Bone-yard Beach

Barrier Island Eco Tours

Visit one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands and cruise through winding tidal creeks to find diverse wildlife living in this salt marsh environment. As you arrive on Capers, explore its pristine "Bone-yard Beach" and interior freshwater ponds.

What You'll Do

Enjoy a 3.5 hour boat excursion as we venture to Capers Island, one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier islands. We will cruise through winding tidal creeks to find diverse wildlife living in this salt marsh environment. Common sightings include bottlenose dolphin, osprey, pelicans, bald eagles, herons, egrets, and more. Along the way we'll employ various nets and habitat traps for an up-close look at some of the rarely seen marine creatures that thrive below the surface. As you arrive on Capers, you will have about an hour and a half to explore its pristine "Bone-yard Beach" and interior freshwater ponds. Capers provides excellent opportunities for shelling and bird watching.

Age & Fitness

All ages welcome.

Meeting Location

50 41st Ave. Isle of Palms, SC 29451

When To Arrive

Please arrive 10-15 minutes early.


On-site parking is available. Parking at the marina can be difficult. Arrive early to find a space within walking distance.

Cancellations & Refunds

Tickets are non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled by us but you may reschedule your tour with at least 24 hours notice prior to the scheduled departure time.


Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

Post Booking Info

Weather Policy - Please show up unless you hear from us. Isolate, pop-up thunderstorms are common in the summer months and may delay the trip by a few minutes or may miss us completely. We will contact you if the trip is cancelled, otherwise please plan on checking in at the scheduled time. Please arrive at the Isle of Palms Marina at least 15 minutes prior to departure time. Meet at the green "Barrier Island Eco Tours" sign on the right side of the "Marina Market" general store where you will check in with your Captain. He or she will also give you a free parking pass and direct you where to park and board the boat. You are welcome to bring your own refreshments and small cooler for the trip. Beer and wine is welcome for passengers ages 21 and over. Wear comfortable and weather-appropriate clothing and shoes or sandals. Bathing suits are optional since you are welcome to get in the water during this excursion. Please feel free to bring a bag with sunscreen, towels, cameras, binoculars, bug spray, or anything else that will make your trip more enjoyable.

"We learned so much!"

May 6, 2019 - 

We've taken this tour twice in one year yet learned so much even the second time. All depends on who is giving the tour. Both guides were very knowledgeable and make the tour a lot of fun. Great for adults and kids.

"Wonderful! "

March 22, 2019 - 

It was fun and educational!

"Such a great family trip!"

October 2, 2018 - 

Crew was so knowledgeable and engaging. We had a great time!

"Great tour"

October 23, 2017 - 

Courtney did a great job with all the kids. Very knowledgeable and patient! Beautiful boat ride and barrier island!

"Not to be missed "

October 10, 2017 - 

Beautiful uninhabited Island. Unusual driftwood and deadwood configurations. Made stops along the way to catch marine life. Saw many water birds and dolphins. Our guide Courtney was fabulous! Sweet, well versed in marine biology and super with the kids.


August 21, 2017 - 

Great trip, great captain and great experience


August 17, 2017 - 

Guide was knowledgeable and interactive. Island was unique!

"Excellent adventure for people of all ages"

August 3, 2017 - 

Great guides, great scenery and great back-to-nature adventure. Best thing we did on our Charleston vacation.

"Great trip"

August 1, 2017 - 

We sailed with Catherine and Michael last week. Michael gave most of the presentation, very knowledgeable and also very good with kids. Saw dolphins at several places and really learned a lot about the local wildlife and ecosystem. The island beach we visited was beautiful, lots of pretty sea shells.

"Awesome tour!"

July 19, 2017 - 

Very informative and fun for the family! Capers Island was fun to explore!

"Perfect Way to Explore"

July 13, 2017 - 

We had an amazing experience, my 12 year old daughter kept telling me how fun the boat trip was and we all learned so much about the local habitat. Highly recommend!

"Awesome "

June 28, 2017 - 

Great guides who were educational and good with kids

"Fantastic family adventure!"

June 24, 2017 - 

Our entire family enjoyed the experience and I am so glad we did It!


May 31, 2017 - 

Exceeded our expectations. Price reasonable. Very informed guide. Great morning.

"Great. "

May 21, 2017 - 

Our captain and tour guide were both awesome - very knowledgeable and humorous. We saw a dolphin pod, gorgeous shells, found an in tact sand dollar (!), and enjoyed a leisurely exploration walk without the commercialization of public beaches that included seeing different types of crabs and small fish and even a sting ray.

"Great trip"

May 19, 2017 - 

Informative crew, very knowledgeable about what we were seeing.....our family had a wonderful time

"Fantastic, very knowledgeable Guide! "

May 13, 2017 - 

Great tour. Very interesting informations and beautiful wildlife. Fantastic overall experience.

"Great Experience"

April 22, 2017 - 

Our family had a great time with Mike and John. We would highly recommend for families.


April 19, 2017 - 

Bo the Captain was great. Took my 5 and 4 year old boys. They loved it.

"Great fun and educational"

April 18, 2017 - 

Family of 8 ranging in age 4 to 70 all enjoyed trip.

"Amazing "

November 22, 2016 - 

Robert was an exceptional tour guide that made for an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

"Awesome Experience"

November 10, 2016 - 

Our guides were VERY kind, knowledgeable, and helpful! They were great with kids and adults of all ages. We were able to see many types of wildlife and really enjoyed our boat ride and time on the island. I would highly recommend this for anyone!

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