With more than three decades as a marine biologist tucked under his waders, Dr. Joe Richardson has studied beaches from Nova Scotia to the Bahamas, but he still never ceases to marvel at the diversity of Tybee Island’s shores. The widely published professor emeritus of marine sciences at Savannah State University delights in sharing his knowledge about these lively shores, and to that end hosts walking tours for groups of all ages that incorporate conversation and hands-on activities. As his followers comb their fingers and toes through the sand of the beaches and inlets, they search for fossilized shark teeth and animals that Dr. Joe helps identify. He also discusses the tides, sand layers, local marine life, and which creatures eat with salad forks or soup spoons. Along the rock jetty, groups splash into tide pools to learn about the intertidal zone and the ways animals adapt to this habitat, then help Dr. Joe collect live specimens for a field aquarium by pulling in a 50-foot beach seine net and examining the fish and crabs caught in its weave. Lucky guests can glimpse the sleek fins of dolphins, and curious ones can ask Dr. Joe about his research projects, current ecological concerns, and how mermaids keep their fingers from getting pruny.
The YMCA is a cause-driven organization that is for youth development, for healthy living and for social responsibility. That?s because a strong community can only be achieved when we invest in our kids, our health and our neighbors. All of our YMCA of Coastal Georgia locations embody these three values so that everyone regardless of age, gender or income is given the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive at the Y. With a variety of group fitness classes ranging from Zumba to family fit nights, spin classes to TRX and everything in between, you?re sure to find what you?re looking for at the YMCA! Our staff pumps up adult fitness regimens with aquatic fitness and boot-camp classes, basketball courts, personal-training sessions and so much more. We?ve also filled our fitness centers with free weights, cardio equipment, and weight machines. When they?re not helping adults trim down waistlines during Brazilian-jujitsu, cycling, and aerobics classes, staff members are getting back in touch with their inner children. They stimulate imagination, mental development, and growth as they lead children?s day camps, after-school programs, and numerous sports offerings.
Yoga Co-Op specializes in Jivamukti, a Vinyasa form of Hatha yoga that inspired its first practitioners in 1984. Encompassing tenets beyond mat work, Jivamukti operates on a five-pronged philosophy that encompasses scripture, devotion, non-harming, music, and meditation. When students enter the facility, they first see a floor-to-ceiling mural of swirling pink, blue, and yellow that pops against black walls. The attention-grabbing art counterbalances the muted feel of the studio, however, where eggshell walls and simple green plants evoke simplicity and set the mood for the physical and spiritual lessons ahead. Seven classes challenge practitioners of varying experience levels, whether they're at the start of their yoga experience or have grown with their discipline. Among the courses, Spiritual Warrior keeps its busy students in mind with a 7:15 a.m. class time, and beginner Vinyasa introduces novices to slower-paced moves. Peace In/Peace Out aids in relaxation, and meditation classes put a Jivamukti spin on the ancient discipline.
Licensed and board-certified acupuncturist, and a Georgia native, Isa Holloway, who accrued expertise under the tutelage of Southwest Acupuncture College's Doctors of Oriental Medicine, facilitates full-body holistic healing with the strategic application of tiny needles during acupuncture treatments. Sessions aim to alleviate health woes—including allergies and sleep dysfunctions caused by recurring nightmares of cookie monsters under the bed—and additional pampering, such as topical herbs, hot tea, foot acupressure, and guided meditation, further encourage overall wellbeing. Alternatively, cosmetic acupuncture treatments may encourage the production of collagen and elastin in the skin, and patients have the option to pair sessions with microcurrent or light energies to further vivify faces.
Daufuskie Discoveries creates opportunities to explore Daufuskie Island's lush, historic habitat with customized guided or private outings. An enclosed or open-air water taxi quickly shuttles small groups from Hilton Head or Savannah to the island's three-mile stretch of sandy beach in 30 minutes, with captains tossing out facts about Calibogue Sound and Cooper River. Customers disembark and board their conveyance of choice—golf cart, boat, or shoes—before bursting through the tree line into specific isle regions, such as Bloody Point, which houses the Bloody Point Cemetery and Bloody Point Lighthouse & Silver Dew Winery. Three-hour private cruises skirt the coastline as a guide artfully describes the sun dipping beneath marshes as a hot air balloon deflated by a stampeding herd of storks.
Island Miniature Golf and Games' family-friendly activities can't be contained, sprawling across both indoor and outdoor facilities. The 18-hole mini-golf course undulates across a landscaped yard complete with all the rock hazards, streams, ponds, and shirt-cannon-toting mascots of a full-scale game of golf. Visitors practice their swings at the three-station softball and baseball batting cages, blast bad guys in the arcade, and test out their car-chasing skills on the bumper-car court. Birthday-party packages occupy young revelers with fun-stuffed amenities such as an inflatable moonwalk bounce house and a private party room.