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Boat Tours

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Marsh Tour: Georgia has only 100 miles of coastline but thousands of miles of tidal waterways. Traveling through the sounds and rivers presents a unique perspective of the marshes as well as unexpected sightings. Bottlenose dolphins are a common sight as well as bald eagle and osprey. Pelicans, gulls, terns, cormorants, occasional loggerhead turtles, manatee in warm weather and unexpected events such as leaping sturgeon and spotted eagle rays are all possible sightings. Your group can get off the boat and explore Dead Man's Hammock, a shell rake island, and travel through narrow creeks to vast vistas of salt marsh.

We leave from the Isle of Hope Marina on Bluff Drive. This historic area along the Skidaway River is lined with antebellum homes and moss-draped live oaks. 

3 hours, $280 for 1-4 people, $70 additional people up to 6.

Isle of Hope Sunrise or Sunset Tour: Early and late the water and the sky turn extraordinary and the summer heat cools off. 

 

Join us for a relaxed cruise up the Skidaway River to Grove's Creek, finishing with an anchorage for a swim and sunset watching. We commonly see dolphin, a variety of wading birds, perhaps eagles, osprey, or even a sea turtle. 

Sunrise and sunset kayak tours also available.

We leave from the Isle of Hope Marina on Bluff Drive. This historic area along the Skidaway River is lined with antebellum homes and moss-draped live oaks. 

 

3 hours, $280 for 1-4 people, $70 additional people up to 6., BYOB & snacks, swimsuits, towels

Wassaw Island, five miles long with seven miles of empty, beautiful beach is a National Wildlife Refuge administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Accessible only by boat, Wassaw is open to the public dawn to dusk. 

Trips to the South End of the island disembark at the federal dock on the mainland side of the island and include a .67 mile guided naturalist hike through the maritime forest and over a 35 foot storm event dune to the Atlantic side. Your group can either return the same way to the dock or hike the beach to the south end of the island (about 2 miles) and be picked up there. South end pickup will require wading in the water up to knee deep. A visit to the North End includes the remains of Spanish American War Fort Morgan as well as the north end boneyard beach. Trips here require wading through water up to knee deep. 

 6-7 hours, $380 for 1-4 people, $95 ea add'l person to EITHER the North or South End.

Ossabaw Island: Ossabaw, a State Heritage Preserve and the third largest Georgia barrier island, is rich in human and natural history. Accessible only by boat, all trips must be approved by The Ossabaw Island Foundation and meet the guidelines of a State Heritage Preserve. Savannah Coastal EcoTours will arrange approval for your group and make sure that the guidelines of the State Heritage Preserve are met. 

Your tour includes a 45 minute boat trip (each way) from Isle of Hope Marina, a walking tour of the north end of the island that includes restored slave tabbies, an original hunting lodge and other buildings as well as mature maritime forest, an endless alley of arching live oaks down the Main Road and marsh and creek vistas. 

For an additional fee, truck transportation is available through the Ossabaw Island Foundation and gives access to other areas on the northern half of the island including Middle Place, site of a former plantation and the Genesis Project as well as native American artifacts and habitation. Observed wildlife may include Ossabaw Island pigs, deer, bald eagles, alligators and other reptiles, a large population of birdlife and a feral herd of Sicilian donkeys. 

Overnight trips that meet the guidelines of a State Heritage Preserve are also available and provide time for exploration of the south end of the island, including the boneyard beach. Housing or camping, for additional fees, is available through the Ossabaw Island Foundation.

Day trips (6-7 hours) are $380 for 1-4 people, $95 each add'l person up to a limit of 6 to Savannah Coastal EcoTours plus The Ossabaw Island Foundation fees of $180 (north end walking tour) or $250 (transportation to additional areas of the island). 

Overnight trips - ask about the current protocol, fees and availability.