There is much to see and do year round on the Guale Coast.
Each season offers it's own adventures and activities. Look
at what activities you want, then consider the best time of
year to do them. For example, significant distance hiking
(particularly if your carrying a load of photo equipment) is
generally much more pleasant during late fall thru early
spring. Cool temperatures and no bugs. On the other hand,
most people don't like swim or wade in mid 50's water
temps. Try summer for these activities.
Here are some general guidelines for things you will need to
make your trip comfortable. If you have any specific
questions, please call or e-mail us. We'll be happy to
discuss preparations that will make your trip a pleasant
For those of you not familiar with the coastal environment,
it's great for the critters that make it their home, but it
can be pretty tough on us humans. A few bits of equipment
will make your trip comfortable and enjoyable. One note
for parents with children 10 yrs and younger. Georgia
regulations require that they wear a life preserver whenever
the vessel is underway. Basically unless the boat is tied to
the dock or anchored, children must wear a PFD while aboard.
When you make reservations, let us know the number of
children under 11, and the weight range for each. (0-30 lbs,
30-60 lbs, or 60-90 lbs) We will provide the appropriately
sized PFD for each child.
In general motion sickness is not a problem. Many trips stay
in sheltered waters of creeks and don't encounter
significant wave action. The ride is much like a car on a
slightly bumpy road. Trips over open ocean or wide bodies of
water can experience a more bouncy ride. Significant boat
"rolling" will generally only be experienced while fishing
in sounds or on the ocean. If you are prone to motion
sickness, check with your doctor for prescription or over
the counter medication that can reduce the symptoms.
Stowage space is limited on boats. Generally one can pack
for a daytrip using a small day pack or a soft duffel of
about 1ft diameter by about 2ft long per guest. If trip
plans including island hiking, a day pack is preferred. It
can be used to carry necessities for your off boat
excursions. Water and cold drinks are provided with your
tour price and limited cold storage is available in ice
The level of physical exertion varies with specific
activities on trips. In boat activities require little
effort (photography, dolphin watching, sight seeing, etc.).
Many places where we hike and beach comb require beaching or
anchoring the boat and disembarking with no dock
facilities. This requires and increased level of agility
and effort. Two excellent island exploring sites (Warsaw
and Blackbeard) do have dock facilities. Hiking in the
summer can add additional heat stress to your body. During
your trip planning, consider the level of activity you want
All Season Equipment:
o Sun Screen. On a boat, you get the normal sky UV
plus a significant additional dose reflected from the water.
I recommend a minimum of SPF 30. Reapply every couple of
hours and you won't get lobersterized.
o Sun Glasses. These need to specifically block UV.
Base tint on personal preference.
o Broad Brimmed Hat. Waterproof is good since it can
double as a rain hat. A tie-down/chin strap is desirable.
o Light Weight Rain Suit. One can get chilled even in
summer from a cold rain. Your suite can double as a
windbreaker or temporary sun protection.
o Walking/Boat Shoes. Soft rubber soled shoes that
are comfortable for light hiking are recommended. They will
provide good traction aboard and be adequate for island
exploring. Leather soled shoes and "flip-flops" should not
be worn because they can cause dangerous slips on wet decks.
o Medicines/Personnel Needs Items . Don't forget
items in this category.
o Snacks/Food. A day on the water makes you hungry.
Bring your favorites eatables.
o Other. Binoculars, camera, nature guidebooks, etc.
Late Spring, Summer, Early Fall:
o Get Wet Clothing. Bathing suite or shorts for
wading, swimming or mud bogging.
o Dry Clothing: If you participate in activities that
get you wet.
o Sun Cover. Even with sunscreen, it is prudent to
carry a lightweight long sleeved shirt and pants. Zip off
leg pants are handy. Your sun cover can serve for your dry
o Get Wet Shoes. An old pair of lacing tennis shoes
is essential if one wishes to explore the marsh and mud on
o Small Towel. Interestingly, if you towel salt water
off your skin (instead of "air drying") you avoid most of
that "sticky salt water" feeling.
o Insect Repellent. When walking inland away from
the beach, one is likely to encounter gnats and mosquitoes.
A good repellent needed. About the best I've found has a
minimum of 20% DEET in the formulation.
Late Fall, Winter, Early Spring:
o Cooler Weather Clothing: The trick here to staying
comfortable is layering. Wool or polypropylene work best in
the high humidity found near the water. You may need several
layers for an early morning start but frequently need only a
medium to light shirt and pants by midday. Be sure your rain
gear will fit over your layers. A rain suit works well as
final layer and windbreaker.
o Rubber Boots. Depending on activities, knee high
boots may be desirable. These keep you dry and warm while
walking the marsh edges.