Free Community Kayak & Boat Tours

Whether you are an avid birder, a beginner, or just want to learn more about this interesting part of  Charleston Harbor, you might be interested in an excursion to Crab  Bank. With a grant from National Fish & Wildlife Foundation, Coastal Expeditions and Audubon South Carolina are offering free 2 hour, family friendly tours during this Fall.  Learn about the restoration for this critical bird habitat after intensive fund raising by many agencies. 

You can choose between a boat trip or ,for the more adventurous, take a kayak tour. Whichever you choose, it is bound to be a fun, informative activity. 

Be a Part of the Crab Bank Story

Be a Part of the Crab Bank StoryIn 2018, the people of Charleston rallied for Crab Bank. Many of you made donations, wrote letters or raised your paddles high at the Save Crab Bank Paddle. It was truly a community effort to protect something that we know is important. And the next chapter of this critical seabird rookery is about to begin. 

The Coastal Expeditions Foundation and Audubon South Carolina invite you to witness the restoration of Crab Bank Seabird Rookery as our guest.  

All Fall, we’re offering complimentary boat and sea kayak tours to this vital nesting island so you can share in the story of Crab Bank. 

In the coming year, this critical nesting island will be restored to over 20 acres of high-ground for brown pelicans, black skimmers, American oystercatchers, multiple species of terns and herons, and more. This State Heritage Preserve will yield tens of thousands of young birds into wild populations as a result of our collective efforts. 

This adventure departs from our Shem Creek flagship location in route to the protected edge of Charleston harbor. Coastal Expeditions guides will provide interpretation specific to the Crab Bank effort as a critical part of only five protected bird-nesting islands on the South Carolina coast.

These 2-hour, family-friendly tours are made possible by a grant through National Fish & Wildlife Foundation (NFWF).

Gather your family and friends and come out with us on one our tours- everyone is welcome! Book your boat or sea kayak spots now!

Restoration of Crab Bank Seabird Sanctuary has been a true community project. The Coastal Expeditions Foundation has been proud to work alongside Audubon South Carolinathe Coastal Conservation LeagueSouth Carolina Department of Natural Resourcesand South Carolina Wildlife Federation and YOU to make it a reality.

Check Dates & Reserve Your Spots!



When you book, you’ll be asked to hold your reservation with a credit card at $20/person. You won’t be charged unless you are a no-show. If you can’t make it, give us as much notice as possible so that others may go in your place.
Outings may be filmed by a documentarian, Adam Boozer of Jewell & Ginnie LLC, to be made into a film capturing the rebirth of Crab Bank over the next year.

COVID-19 safety: When you are on the Coastal Expeditions campus and on the boat, everyone is expected to socially distance and wear a mask. On sea kayak tours, you may remove your mask once you are on the water.

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Pelicans Photos are from Crab Bank when it was supporting hundreds of Brown Pelican nests, just a few years ago. Taken by Dana Beach, Coastal Conservation League

Can’t make it out but want to support the work that the Coastal Expeditions Foundation is doing for environmental education and seabird rookery protection? 

Make a donation today!


Author: sibirders

SEABROOK ISLAND BIRDERS / “watching, learning, protecting” Seabrook Island Birders (SIB) are residents, renters and guests of Seabrook Island, SC who have an interest in learning, protecting and providing for the well-being of the incredible variety of birds that inhabit Seabrook Island throughout the year.

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