A Quick Introduction to Nature and Kayak Tours in Litchfield

It’s a marriage of physical activity and sightseeing: The nature and kayak tour.

It’ll become a must-do activity after one trip. The Intracoastal Waterway is a unique ecosystem of beauty and intrigue. There’s only one thing better than appreciating it from the shore.

And that’s getting into it in a kayak.

Tips for Riding a Kayak

Humans have ridden in kayaks for 5,000 years, the first made of animal skins, bones, and wood. Today’s models are less organic, and way more fun. 

  1. Bring friends

Never venture out solo. On tours, stay with the group for safety.

  1. Try it on first

Sit in your kayak on dry land to adjust the backband and footrest. (Some kayaks have many footrests and won’t need a change.)

  1. Dress right

This includes non-cotton, non-binding swimwear or shorts, non-cotton rashguard top, and neoprene footwear. Wear a hat, lightweight fleece jacket or vest, or spray and rain jacket and pants.

Going to Litchfield? Try Taking a Nature and Kayak Tour

Take in the breathtaking views of the Intracoastal Waterway in a kayak. These outfits will take you out and about for an unforgettable experience.

1. Pawleys Island Beach Service

Experienced kayakers who don’t have a vessel can rent and ride. They have friendly folks who rent bikes, paddle boards, canoes, chairs, and umbrellas. Ask about kayak delivery, too.



Did you know …

… The Intracoastal Waterway is 1,100 miles, from Norfolk, Va., to Key West, Fla.? It includes natural inlets, saltwater rivers, and man-made canals.


2. Black River Outdoors

This operation serves Myrtle Beach, but offers a special tour of the Marshwalk, too. First-timers get the experience of seasoned kayakers. This is sure to be a tour you’ll want to repeat on future visits. You’ll likely see a variety of birds, dolphins, and sea turtles.



Did you know …

… the Intracoastal Waterway connects to a network of rivers for shipping? These include:

  • Alabama
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Hudson
  • James
  • Mississippi
  • Savannah
  • Susquehanna

3. Surf The Earth

This company also rents kayaks for your own adventures. They hope to bring back eco tours they conducted before the pandemic. They also have an agreement with Hobcaw Barony to offer tours in its center for research.



Did you know …

… it’s called intracoastal because it’s within the same coast? Intra means within the same. If it went coast to coast, it’d be intercoastal, like highways that go state to state.

4. Express Watersports

You’ll have a great time and might even get to see dolphins on these tours. Your guides know the area and its history and are great about sharing that with you. Venture out with one of their naturalists for a guided sunrise tour.



Did you know …

… the Intracoastal Waterway is in two segments, the Atlantic and the Gulf? You know about the first segment, the other runs from Carrabelle, Fla., to Brownsville, Texas.


5. Crazy Sister Marina

You’ll always have a great day on the water with these guys, or take the self-guided, two-hour tour and make your own way. Affordable rates will leave wiggle room in your budget to buy T-shirts! Be sure to take a spin by Goat Island because, where else are you going to see something like that?



Did you know …

… commercial vessels first began using the Intracoastal Waterway for safety? Small ships could navigate without the threat of big ocean waves or pirates on the open seas.

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Stay on the Oceanfront at Litchfield Inn

For accommodations on the dunes in quaint comfort, choose Litchfield Inn. You’ll find clean, comfortable rooms, where you can fall asleep to the sound of the crashing waves. It’s also a wonderful spot for your next family reunion or another group event. Learn more about Litchfield Inn and make your reservations today.