“May you always have a shell in your pocket, and sand between your toes.” – Unknown
Travel with us to the entrance of the Calibogue Sound, across from South Beach, to a mile long sandbar that’s exposed at low tide. Labeled on nautical charts as Grenadier Shoal, this is a beachcombers paradise. As low tide approaches, tidal pools form, exposing sand dollars, sea stars, and a variety of different shells.
On the way to the Mile Isle, you’ll be introduced to the salt marsh around Hilton Head. You’ll see its ecosystem and food web in action. As low tide approaches, oyster beds will be exposed along the muddy banks. Herons and egrets stand as still as statues over the remaining rivulets that drain the marsh, waiting for one last baitfish to swim by. As we travel through the sound to and from Mile Isle, we’ll have opportunities to spend time watching dolphins feeding, playing and socializing.
This is a leisurely 2 hour, 30 minute adventure, exploring Mile Isle at your own pace. Your Captain is also certified as a Low Country Master Naturalist and will assist in identifying various shells and marine life, letting you know what you can keep and what needs to be left on the beach.
This trip does require some level of mobility, as it involves stepping down onto a step and wading in approximately two to six inches of water. This tour is also tide dependent. While low tide occurs daily, how “low” the low tide is depends on the lunar calendar, so please review our posted schedule.
As with all our tours, this is a private trip! You will be aboard our spacious Carolina Skiff Ultra Elite with just your group, up to 6 passengers, and your Captain. Having a private tour ensures you’ll get a great seat no matter where you sit. Social distancing at its finest!