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Excursions:

This page provides information on our standard and custom trips.   Bear with us---this is yet another long page.  We feel that if we provide a reasonable amount of information up front (on the web site, by phone, or email), you will be better able to choose and discuss with us your coastal adventure.

 

Departure points and times will be arranged as we confirm your reservations.  In general, a 5 day minimum lead time is required to schedule a trip.  We may be available on shorter notice, but  can't guarantee this. We will provide maps, directions and other information you may need to make your trip successful.  As always, we encourage your questions and comments.  Clear communication and planning between us is the key to a coastal excursion that you will long remember.

 

We invite organized groups to contact us for special arrangements and pricing. This includes Scout Troops, USPS, USCG Aux, Birding Clubs, Photography Organizations, etc.  Please note custom trips below for suggestions.

 

A note about fishing:  I really don't have the expertise to sell myself as a fishing guide.  Depending on trip conditions (give us a call to discuss—this can fit in for some boat trips), you’re welcome to bring fishing equipment and give it a try. You will need a Ga. fishing license. However, if your interest runs to serious fishing, there a number of good off-shore and in-shore guides in the area.  Drop us a note and we'll be glad to give you some references.

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Standard Excursions

 

Little Tybee Exploration:

Little Tybee covers about 15 square miles (~10,000 acres) of uninhabited marshland, creeks, ocean front beach, and islands.  By comparison, this is about four times the area of Tybee Island.  The terrain varies from high ground islands (about 25 islands ranging in size from greater than 2miles to a few acres), ocean front beach (approximately 5 miles), dozens of miles of estuarine creeks (from boat width to a couple of hundred yards wide), many acres of high and low stands of marsh, and high salt-flat areas. (see the aerial photo on the Photos page of this site)   Touring this area allows you to see the full range of habitats of a barrier island ecosystem.  All of the sucessional stages, from offshore bar to maritime forest, are present.  The area abounds with shore birds and porpoises are frequent visitors to the creeks. All of the plant species common to this ecosystem are present. In summary, the opportunity  for hiking, beach combing, nature observation and just riding the creeks are bundled together on Little Tybee.

 This trip can require a bit of agility and endurance.  While you may stay aboard the boat and see many of the significant features of the area, it is more enjoyable to disembark and do some on foot exploring.   With the large boat, we must anchor and go ashore in the dingy.  Small boat tours allow us to land directly but one still has to step out of the boat on to soft sand.  During the summer heat may be a factor for some people.  Fortunately, if you are bothered with the heat,  spring, fall and winter present many days with comfortable temperatures. 

 Trips Available:

Large Boat---Available

Small Boat---To be announced when Available

 

Wassaw Island Exploration:

Warsaw Island is a National Wildlife Refuge which is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is open to the public for day trips. (USFWS Wassaw Website) This island is the youngest and least impacted by man of all of the areas barrier islands. The refuge is approximately 10,000 acres including a single barrier island (Wassaw) and several smaller interior islands. Over three quarters of the refuge is comprised of salt marshes, with about one quarter categorized as beach, dune, and forest habitat.  Warsaw Island is 5.5 miles long, from .5 to 1-mile wide, with 7 miles of ocean beach. A series of lower dune ridges parallels the main ridge. Numerous depressions and ponds lie between these ridges. Starting with a bare sand beach, a succession of vegetative habitats provide for an abundance of wildlife species. Here you will find magnificent old-growth stands of live oak and a mixed pine/hardwood climax forest. This is an excellent tour for bird watching and landscape/nature photography.  One may observe many species, from shore birds to those living in classical maritime forest habitats. The beaches, dunes and forests can yield many spectacular landscape shots.

 For this trip, a dock is available for embarking on the island.  Your feet provide the transport, but there are well marked trails on the island.  As always, this coastal area can get quite warm during the summer, and you will definitely need your bug repellent.  This is an excellent fall, spring, and most winter days destination.

Trips Available:

Large Boat---Available

 

Blackbeard Island Exploration:

Blackbeard Island is a National Wildlife Refuge which is administered by the US Fish and Wildlife Service and is open to the public for day trips. (USFWS Blackbeard Website) Blackbeard is a barrier island of approximately 5,600 acres and 7 miles of ocean front and sound beach.  The refuge includes a 3,000-acre National Wilderness area of salt marsh and pine forest on the south end of the island. The north end of Blackbeard is vegetated with palmettos, live oaks and hardwoods. Two freshwater ponds are a haven for ducks, wading birds, and alligators. In winter bald eagles and peregrine falcons are often seen while walking the beach.  In the summer, flocks of black skimmers, terns, and brown pelicans congregate along the beach front.  The forested interior of the island is home to warblers, painted buntings and songbirds.  Deer, raccoons, possums, and a number of other terrestrial species make their home here.    A few miles south of Blackbeard is Wolf Island and the Altamaha River delta.  This vicinity is considered to be one of the  premier birding areas in the western hemisphere.  Additionally the dock from which the trip departs is within the Harris Neck Refuge (USFWS Harris Neck Website)

 As with Warsaw, a dock is available for embarking on the island.  Your feet provide the transport, but there are well marked trails on the island.  As always, this coastal area can get quite warm during the summer, and you will definitely need your bug repellent.  This is an excellent fall, spring, and most winter days destination.

Trips Available:

Large Boat---Available

 

 

Standard Excursion Prices:

We currently offer trips using 24’ boat and intend to add 16’ boat trips in the near future (“large boat” and  “small boat” respectively—see  About  Us  page for boat descriptions).  Pricing is based on time, from leaving the dock to time returning to dock, rather than destination/activities.

Large Boat (LV) Price Schedule:  Up to six passengers with a minimum of 4 hours underway.

Four Hours:---------------------------------------------------------------------------- $280

Four to Eight Hours additional per hour:--------------------------------------$ 30

Eight to Twelve Hours additional per hour:---------------------------------- $ 20

Small Boat (SV) Price Schedule:  Up to Three passengers with a minimum of 2 hours underway.

Two Hours:------------------------------------------------------------------------- $ To be Announced

Two to Eight Hours additional per hour:----------------------------------$ To be Announced

 

Custom Excursions and Pricing:

We will be pleased to arrange custom trips based on your specific needs and desires.  This offers you the ability to plan a wide range of activities and schedules.  Such things as overnight cruises, support for island camping trips, support for paddling trip groups, club or organized group trips, and various specific inter-coastal destinations /cruises are possibilities. Basically, if it isn’t unsafe or illegal, we will be pleased to help you schedule and plan your trip.  If you contact us by the online form, just put "custom" in the "Trip Requested" box and a note about what you wish in the "Add'l Info/Comments" box.  Once what you need is established, we will quote a price for that specific excursion.

 Here are some group suggestions:

---Scout Troops may wish to plan a “learn about the marsh/Barrier Islands” weekend.  We can help with activity agendas, accommodations, setting up instructors, and boat trips for this type of adventure.

---USPS and USCG Aux—Just finish P or AP and like some on water practice?   We offer a weekend (or weekdays if you wish) Accommodation and Navigation boat trip package.  We keep a sextant aboard for any JN or N folks that wish to practice sights (we attempt to enhance this experience by finding fair sized swells and laying beam on). 

---Birding or Photography Organizations---Warsaw and Blackbeard / Wolf Island are excellent areas to observe numerous species or get good landscape shots.    You have considerable flexibility to arrange your transport, activities, and schedule to suite your trip

Your Comments, Suggestions, or Questions are welcome. 
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Capt. Robert Hunter
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