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Barrier Island Eco Tours

Naturalist-Guided Nature Tours and Charters in Charleston, SC

Explore Capers Island Heritage Preserve and its waterways and marshes on one of our popular dolphin tours, crabbing excursions, or eco charters!

Come in enjoy the summer breeze and immerse yourself in nature on one of our boat excursions. Explore our beautiful salt marshes and pristine barrier islands with our naturalist guides to encounter dolphins, sea turtles and the variety of birds and marine life that inhabit it. Trips include our Capers Island Wildlife Exploration, Dolphin Discovery Sunset, Family Fun Day, Beachside Cookouts, and Inshore Fishing Charters.  We hope to share this amazing ecosystem with you soon!

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About Our Tours & Company Mission


Our goal is to promote awareness, conservation, and enjoyment of South Carolina’s coastal resources.

Barrier Island Eco Tours offers naturalist-guided tours to Capers Island Heritage Preserve, located just 15 miles north of Charleston, SC. Our trips depart from the Isle of Palms Marina and take you through winding salt marsh, tidal creeks, and the Intracoastal Waterway to Capers Island.

Along the way, you learn about this amazing ecosystem and the plants and animals that call it home. Bottlenose dolphins, loggerhead sea turtles, and numerous birds are common sightings. Your guide pulls crab traps and throws cast nets to bring marine life onboard to put in our touch tank for closer examination.

The majority of our scheduled trips are aboard our covered 49-passenger pontoon boat equipped with a restroom and beaching ramp. We also offer inshore fishing and private eco tours on our 6-passenger and 16-passenger boats through our sister website, Welcome aboard!

Read about our guests' unforgettable experiences!

Amazing Fun with Courtney!

Courtney greeted our group of students on the bus- from her intro, I knew this was going to be a great time. She was amazingly witty (too witty for 10 and 11-year-olds, but as an adult, I loved her)! She was super friendly and very knowledgeable about all of the ocean life we encountered on the tour. It's a beautiful place and you will enjoy walking the sands and learning about the history of the land.

– LeCargile., TripAdvisor
Aamzing Caper's Island Trip

Captain John (Stingray) and Jassen were wonderful guides on April 17, 2019! From explaining the eco system in the marsh, showing us a variety of crabs, allowing us to interrupt when we saw dolphins, pointing out a U-boat look-out tower on Dewees Island, and other wildlife that was seen on our way to and from Caper's Island.

– Nurse L., TripAdvisor
Great Day at the Beach

Very informative boat ride through the intracoastal waterway. We saw dolphins and pulled up crab pots. Capers Island is the real deal. Once there, you see why photographers from every corner of the world come to photograph the beach. Extraordinary! Great trip for visitors, locals and families.

– Karen C., TripAdvisor
Exactly What We Were Looking For

We were very impressed by this low environmental impact boat trip to Caper Island. Lots of wildlife to enjoy on the way followed by some gentle peaceful time on the island itself. Our guide and skipper was highly knowledgeable and took time to explain the marine and bird life we encountered. Highly recommend.

– Judith M., TripAdvisor
10/10 Every Time!

WE LOVE BARRIER ISLAND ECO TOURS!! We are locals and do this every opportunity we can. We have been able to do 2 dolphin sunset cruises in different seasons. The dolphins came very close to the boat (sometimes right up to the boat) and a beautiful sunset to top it off both times. I loved seeing boneyard beach as the sun was starting to go down. The captains were very knowledgeable! So much wildlife we even saw the rare rosette spoonbills!

– Julie H., TripAdvisor
Best Excursion in the Low Country By Far

This was our second time out, first was with my son's therapy group and this time we got to bring my husband and I cannot speak highly enough of our trip! Our tour guide Robert was so knowledgeable, fun and made learning so much fun for us and our kids! We have lived in Charleston for 9 years and the Capers Island Tour is seriously by far the best thing we've done here. Don't miss out!

– Leslie C., TripAdvisor