Captain Howard, the man at the helm of Adventure Harbor Tours, has an inherent attraction to the water. The second he steps out onto his boat he finds less dread, more excitement, and a desire to share this joy with others. As the voices of Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley sing from his boat's onboard stereo, Captain Howard ferries groups of up to 12 out into Charleston Harbor, where Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swim beneath the surface and one lonely scuba diver guards the harbor's flush valve. The captain's expeditions can take the form of private charters, fishing charters, or his most popular trip: a tour of Morris Island.
Untouched by cars or roads, Morris Island welcomes visitors onto secluded beaches filled with shells, sand dollars, and conchs. The 4-mile barrier island allows ample room for visitors to pick these shells, play in the sand, or run alongside their dogs—which Captain Howard welcomes onto his tours.
A bird's eye view of Charleston affords spectacular vistas of the colonial charm of the city, the vast blue ocean that surrounds it, and the green marshes that separate the two. Holy City Helicopters organizes flight tours that provide anyone with access to these unparalleled views from above.
The helicopter tours hover over locations as far flung as Kiawah Island or Edisto Beach to let tour goers soak in the colorful sights of the Low Country. From inside the cabin of a chopper during some tours, guests can see local buildings and landmarks such as Rainbow Row from above or get a better look at the U.S.S. Yorktown at Patriot's Point. Though helicopters are not usually equipped with gyro stabilized imaging, this can be requested prior to the tour.
At Walks in History, 1-mile tours are based on stories from the books Haunted Charleston and Haunted Harbor by authors Geordie Buxton and Ed Macy. The 90-minute Pirate and Haunted History tour tracks the fading footsteps of Blackbeard, Stede Bonnet, Anne Bonney, and Mary Read through the cobblestone streets and bastion walls of the Old Walled City. Making pit stops at six to eight haunts, the guides unravel tales regarding pirate hangings, Fort Sumter and the Pink House, where Blackbeard once shot rum and drunk dialed former first mates.
The 90-minute Haunted Charleston Ghost Tour ventures into the murky twilight like a darkness-starved vampire bat after the summer solstice. As the expert guides snake through six to eight stops, they shed light on ghostly activity at sites such as the Old Citadel, a Revolutionary War burial ground, and the remains of the Charleston Orphan Asylum.
"I love that I get to take a walk, literally, into the past every day." That's how Charleston Sole's owner, Brian Simms, described his job for the company website's Q & A section. A self-described history buff and Charleston native, Simms leads tours that explore the Holy City's past, lore, and legends. He spins tales of days past at landmarks such as Revolutionary War sites, Antebellum Mansions, and St. Michael's Church—Charleston's oldest church edifice. Simms' walking adventures last approximately two hours and cover 1.5 miles—the average distance humans can walk before needing to recharge their batteries.
Staff Size: 2?10 people
Average Duration of Services: 1?2 hours
Parking: Parking lot
Recommended Age Group: All ages
Pro Tip: Wear a lot of sunscreen, bring sunglasses and a strap, and wear shoes or sandals that are appropriate for the water.
Most Popular Attraction/Offering: Beautiful scenery and wildlife.
What special training do you or your staff have?
Our highly skilled tour guides draw on their knowledge about the surrounding area.
As the old adage says, "Stuff happens." What training do you and your staff provide to help customers stay ahead of the unexpected?
We provide an introductory lesson to ensure all customers will be completely comfortable out on the water. We also offer one-on-one assistance when necessary.
What?s your favorite part of your job?
We have many wildlife encounters, including paddling with the dolphins.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
This is an opportunity to explore the Charleston area in the most unique way possible and create memories that will last a lifetime.
Hydrofly Watersports' guides rely on the waters of the Atlantic Ocean to entertain them. Amid its waters, they help guests explore the coast of South Carolina, from the urban shoreline of Charleston to the sandy resorts of Myrtle Beach. The guides charter boats, lead jet ski dolphin-watching tours, and even teach people to soar through the air on flyboards. When the staff seeks a change of pace, they lead guests out on fishing trips to seek out jetties, wrecks, and reefs teaming with prey such as snapper, grouper, and mahi-mahi. Those looking to tame the calm of the ocean while standing up can enlist in Hydrofly Watersports' paddleboarding lessons and rentals.