Nature tours are the safest way to learn about the great outdoors without exposing oneself to paper cuts and unrequited lab-partner crushes. Protect your fingers and your heart with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get a two-hour dolphin-watching tour from Botany Bay Ecotours, located on Edisto Island (a $40 value).
Accredited biologist, U.S. Coast Guard–certified captain, and Botany Bay Ecotours founder Meg Hoyle and her team of knowledgeable guides lead a variety of ecological excursions along the Carolina coast. During the tour, aspiring dolphin spotters step aboard the Carolina Skiff and motorboat off on a semiprivate adventure in search of the ocean’s greatest public-relations agents. While seeking out man’s best bottle-nosed friends, experienced guides give knowledge-starved tour takers a double dose of cultural and natural history, detailing the symbiotic relationship between the historic Botany Bay Plantation and the animals who worked together to preserve it. Most excursions will successfully locate and observe dolphins in their natural habitat—frolicking, feeding, and telepathically plotting eventual world domination. In addition to cheery water mammals, tour-takers might also spot patriotic bald eagles or preening pelicans posing for the Audubon Society’s yearly pinup issue.
Participants may bring their own snacks and drinks but should leave their replica 19th-century harpoons at home. Dolphin excursions depart from the Edisto Marina. Please call ahead to reserve a tour.
Botany Bay Ecotours
Helmed by local biologist and US Coast Guard–certified captain Meg Hoyle, Botany Bay Ecotours leverages scientific expertise while exposing Edisto Island's natural beauty through leisurely boat tours and educational kayak excursions. Dolphin eco tours set off in pursuit of clear, memorable glimpses of the bottle-nosed creatures, while sunset tours showcase the exquisite colors of the sun setting over the beach and birds heading to their marshland roosts. Guests looking for a similar experience on dry land can observe turtles on the beach or head off on a private island safari. Guides augment the sightseeing experiences with rich explanations of the history and biology of local wildlife, as well as the region's low-country and Gullah culture.
3702 Dock Site Rd.
Edisto Beach, South Carolina 29438Get Directions