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A Kiawah Kayaking Adventure

One thing I've always wanted to do on Kiawah but hadn't checked off the bucket list: kayaking!

Somehow I made it through the first 30 years of my life without ever attempting to kayak.

There are several different kayaking companies that you can take a tour with, but we went with Tidal Trails and our guide, Ryan. I cannot possibly recommend them enough if you want to kayak on Kiawah! We had such a great experience, especially since two of us had never kayaked before and two of us had only limited kayaking experience.

It was a great morning to be out on the water. It wasn't incredibly hot, there was a little bit of a breeze, and plenty of blue skies. After sunscreening up and going over a few kayaking basics, we were in our kayaks and ready to explore.

I'm not sure how far we ended up paddling, but we wound our way through the tidal creek for around two hours. Our guide told us plenty of interesting things along the way about the area and the wildlife to keep us entertained. We also saw a dolphin! She popped up out of the water three times - once at a distance, once like 5 feet in front of us, and once right behind us as she continued on.

I'm happy to report that nobody went overboard! I ran into everyone's kayak at least once {including our guide} and I think each of us ended up in the grassy part of the marsh at one point or another, but we all survived.

If you're planning a kayak adventure on Kiawah, you definitely need to look into Tidal Trails. They've been leading daily tours around the island for over 20 years so they know what they're doing! Before our kayaking fun was even over, I was already plotting to purchase kayaks for Patrick and myself. We live near a lake and a river, and spend enough time at the beach to where we could definitely get our use out of them.

1 comment

  1. What a great day! I love anything that combines water and friends!


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