Set Sail on Seabrook: Best Ways to Get on the Water
It’s summer in the Lowcountry and there’s no better way to enjoy the sunshine than spending time out on the water! There’s no shortage of aquatic experiences on Seabrook Island, SC, from our oceanfront pools to our two pristine beaches. But, if you are looking for a day adventure, we also have a host of boat rentals and charters available just down the road.
Whether it be sailing, fishing, or paddle boarding, the possibilities for exploring are endless. So, here are a few of our local recommendations if you plan to set sail from our shores:
Best Boat Rentals & Charters Near Seabrook Island
Take in Seabrook from a different view — set sail from one of our nearby marinas and embark on a memorable adventure. Whether you are looking for a hands-on exploration or a leisurely sunset cruise along the coast, Bohicket Marina has something for everyone. Nothing but smooth sailing here!
1 – Kiawah Sailing
From the deck of his 33-foot sailboat, Palmetto Tide, Captain Jack offers a variety of exciting and personalized sailing experiences. A few of his popular tours include Private Island Picnic Shelling Adventures, Sunset Sail, Family Fishing, Sailing Lessons (Beginner to Advanced), Dolphin Watching, Champagne Cruises, and Full Day V.I.P. Cruises which entail all of the above. You can even charter your own private sailing yacht for inshore and offshore sailing.
2 – Holy City Sailing
Embark on a private three-hour tour with up to six passengers (all ages welcome) aboard the Beneteau 373 — a past Boat of the Year award winner. Hosted by Captain Chad Stewart, passengers enjoy a scenic sunset view with a guaranteed sighting of our resident dolphins. A typical sailing tour cruises down the Bohicket River to the North Edisto. From there, you get to explore creeks, head inland, or even head offshore. Whether you want to participate in sailing the boat, or sit back and relax, this tour is sure to be a memorable one.
3 – Blue Dot Voyages
Hosted by Captain Stephen Bell and Dawn Bell, Blue Dot Voyages offers limited opportunities to charter and learn to sail aboard the Leopard48 and Pilar vessels in the waters surrounding Charleston, Seabrook, Kiawah, Edisto, Beaufort, and Hilton Head. Bring up to five people to enjoy a sea life encounter, sailing lesson, or catamaran sailing experience out on the water. It’s endless fun dolphin watching, sunset sailing, beaching, swimming, paddle boarding, and fishing. Leave from the North Edisto inlet near Seabrook Island and adventure to the destination of your choice depending on the requested duration of the voyage.
Fishing & Charters
The Charleston food industry is known for its local delicious seafood, but what better way to experience the Lowcountry than to catch your own fresh fare! Schedule a day to appreciate the abundance of sea life our local waters have to offer. Whether you’re looking to go crabbing, nearshore fishing, or inshore fishing, there are lots of options for you to choose from.
1 – Keen Eye Charters
Book a two- or three-hour fishing charter with Captain Keen of Keen Eye Charters out in the open ocean or chasing redfish, trout, flounder, and sharks in the tidal creeks. Keen Eye Charters offers both nearshore and inshore fishing, along with a wide variety of custom tours, including crabbing, shelling, dolphin watching, bird watching, barrier island adventures, and sunset cruises. They even offer good ole’ fashioned booze cruises. And if you can’t choose just one (who can?), you can mix and match activities to your liking.
2 – D & S Fishing Charters
Join Captain Darrell Crabtree on his 21’ Triton Center Console for inshore light tackle sport fishing in the beautiful waters surrounding Kiawah Island and Seabrook Island. The list of targeted fish species includes redfish, spotted sea-trout, flounder, black drum, cobia, king mackerel, ladyfish, black sea bass, Spanish mackerel, spadefish, tarpon, and black-tip shark. Your fishing trip will conclude with the cleaning and filleting of your fresh catch for a delicious dinner later on. If you don’t want to cook your fish at home, Captain Crabtree has recommendations for the best local spots to prepare it for you.
3 – Marlin Dog Marine
Captain Will Fredrick welcomes passengers ages 3 and up to join him on his 22’ Pathfinder Bay Boat. Located in Bohicket Marina, Marlin Dog Marine provides access to plentiful Intracoastal Waterways as well as the Atlantic Ocean. A few species you might encounter include redfish, flounder, spotted sea-trout, grouper, spadefish, black sea bass, and more! Captain Frederick provides the fishing rods, reels, bait, and license, all you need to do is grab life jackets for the little ones.
4 – Lil Darlin’ Charters
Lil Darlin’ Charters runs various fishing trips around Charleston’s local waterways out of St. Johns Yacht Harbor on Maybank Highway. Our fisheries are home to some of the finest inshore species including spotted sea trout, redfish, black sea bass, tarpon, sharks, and more! Pro angler and pastime fisherman alike are sure to enjoy this outing. A lifelong resident of the Lowcountry, Captain Lindsay has extensive knowledge of the local rivers and tidal creeks, coupled with a passion for fishing that he wants to share.
Looking to be your own captain for the day? Sea Island Boat Rentals offers 19’ Key West Skiffs to rent for the day out of Bohicket Marina.
Paddle boarding and kayaking are a few other exciting water activities that locals and visitors alike enjoy. Both provide a unique way to explore Seabrook’s natural estuaries and magnificent wildlife at your own pace (while also providing you with a great workout).
1- Water Dog Paddle Co.
Water Dog Paddle Co. offers both sunset and daytime dolphin spotting eco-adventures—and either one will showcase our stunning Lowcountry views. Water Dog conveniently offers both kayaking and paddle boarding tours, led by an experienced tour guide who can teach you how it’s done! Whichever option you choose, you are sure to make unforgettable memories exploring the beautiful creeks and salt marshes. You might even learn a thing or two about the local wildlife and ecosystems during the education part of the tour.
2 – St. Johns Kayak Tours
Located just a short distance from Seabrook Island, St. Johns Kayak Tours offers both kayak and paddle board tours for all ages and experience levels. In addition to their more active kayak and paddle board tour options, St. John’s offers fishing charters, shrimping charters, and dolphin and boat excursions. You can’t go wrong with any of these one-of-a-kind marine adventures!
3 – Charleston Paddle Co.
Book an unforgettable on-water experience with Charleston Paddle Board Co., which offers a variety of activities for people of all ages and abilities. Just to name a few, they offer paddle board lessons, paddle board tours, surf lessons, summer surf camp, SUP yoga, and much more. Any tour with Charleston Paddle Co. is an excellent way to learn about the history of Charleston from a unique perspective.
SEA-ze the Day
What better way to take in the beautiful views of Seabrook than from the island’s coastline. Spend a day with your friends or family and learn from experienced instructors in an exciting environment. Explore the estuaries and marshes near Seabrook Island to discover the natural treasure of the Lowcountry.
To visit our beautiful, private barrier island, browse our available Seabrook Island vacation rentals here.
Seabrook Island is Charleston's Truly Private Oceanfront Community. Membership in the Seabrook Island Club is required for ownership. Amenity use is for Members and their Guests Only. The Lakehouse is for use by Property Owners and their Guests as well.