Botany Bay Ecotours

Exploring Edisto Island's natural and cultural history

Privately guided Boat Ecotours available March-November
(Prices start at $535 for 5 adults and $20 for each additional adult)

Public Boat Ecotours are available in Spring and Summer

Beachcombing and Marvelous Meals By Marvetta are available All year

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PRIVATE DOLPHIN
BOAT ECOTOURS

Enjoy an adventure looking for our only resident marine mammal and learn about their amazing life. These trips focus on the ever-popular bottlenose dolphins, but there’s so much more! Cruise with the dolphins and learn about their amazing life history.

Public ecotours available

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private ace
basin tour

Explore the unspoiled beauty and wonder of the world-renowned ACE Basin estuary. 
Travel upstream in the ACE Basin and enjoy a variety of experiences and sights. Over 300,000 acres are protected in perpetuity. This is a fascinating tour for anyone interested in seeing the heart of Edisto Island from the water.

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EDISTO'S AFRICAN
AMERICAN JOURNEY

This is a private tour of the waterways traveled by enslaved people who were active participants in gaining their freedom. We will uncover the links between the geography of the area and the history as we travel the rivers and creeks that served as transportation routes for centuries.

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BEACHCOMBING
Walking Tour

Explore the beach with new eyes on this guided tour. You will learn about shells, fossils and the animals living below the sand. Learn to find shark’s teeth and experience the beach as a living zone between the ocean and the dunes.

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Marvelous Meals
By Marvetta

Marvetta Hutchinson grew up with one of the best cooks on the island teaching her about Sea Island cooking techniques and ingredients. If enjoy fresh, local food and want to be a part of a meal that local islanders enjoy, let Marvetta come to your kitchen with everything you need to create a delicious Sea Island feast in the Gullah tradition. 

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PUBLIC DOLPHIN BOAT ECOTOURS

Enjoy an adventure looking for our only resident marine mammal and learn about their amazing life. These trips focus on the ever-popular bottlenose dolphins, but there’s so much more! Cruise with the dolphins and learn about their amazing life history.

Private ecotours available

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PRIVATE SUNSET CRUISE

Unreel and unwind while your captain takes you on a cruise that is the perfect ending to a day on Edisto. Watch the birds heading for their roosts, the dolphins feeding and your cares slip- ping away. Bring a cold beverage of your choice to treat yourself or make it a perfect date night.

Public ecotours available

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PUBLIC SUNSET CRUISE

Unreel and unwind while your captain takes you on a cruise that is the perfect ending to a day on Edisto. Watch the birds heading for their roosts, the dolphins feeding and your cares slip- ping away. Bring a cold beverage of your choice to treat yourself or make it a perfect date night.

Private ecotours available

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About Botany Bay Ecotours

Botany Bay Ecotours is owned and operated by a local biologist, so our ecotours are crafted to help people enjoy and understand the amazing plants and animals that make the Botany Bay area their home.

Our programs combine cultural history and natural history because they have been inextricably linked since humans first arrived on our Edisto Island coast.

Whether you’re a long-time resident or just visiting for vacation, after a tour with us you’ll come away with a better understanding of this wild area of our coast.

Tours depart from 3702 Dock Site Rd. The location can be hard to find, so please check the map before arrival to see where to park and where to find the boat.

Yes, we welcome well-behaved dogs and owners!

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