Wild South Carolina Escape: Beaufort and the Barrier Islands

The Sea Islands stretch along the southeastern shores of the United States, a string of barrier and tidal isles that carve South Carolina’s Low Country into a maze of waterways and wilderness.  Sail among these islands during a short, enriching getaway, discovering sites that tell history of South Carolina and exploring wetlands, wild beaches, dunes, and maritime forests in parks and refuges along the coast.

Round trip out of Charleston, SC including visits to Beaufort, Port Royal, St. Phillips Island

Cruise Details

Clock6 Days & 5 Nights

Double Occupancy from $3,990 pp/do*

Single Occupancyfrom $5,990 pp

CalendarNovember 22, 2022 | April 29, 2023 | May 4, 2023 | May 9, 2023 | May 14, 2023 | May 19, 2023
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November 23, 2023

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*Per person/double occupancy. Special single rates apply where listed. Excludes port fees.
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Your Itinerary

    1Charleston, SC / Embark
    Arrive in Charleston and settle into your cabin aboard the Nat Geo Sea Lion. This evening, sail out of scenic Charleston harbor and follow the coast southwest, skirting the barrier islands that shelter the mainland.

    2Beaufort / Port Royal Island
    We round Bay Point Island early this morning and enter the mouth of the Harbor River. Be on deck as the South Carolina coastline awakens. We'll make our way along the coast of Port Royal Island to the historic town of Beaufort. This beautiful area was alternatively settled-and sometimes fought over-by English, French, and Spanish colonists as well as its original Native Americans. Dive into this diverse heritage today, visiting Old Shelton Church; the Port Royal Museum; and the Penn Center, the first academic school for freed people. See opulent historic mansions, and then head to Lady's Island Oysters for a tasting of oysters raised in the nearby estuary.

    3St. Phillips Island / Edisto Island
    Spend today exploring several of the barrier islands. On pristine St. Phillips Island, which was never developed and is now part of a state park, hike trails that weave from sand dunes to salt marshes to maritime forest. We'll go ashore at Edisto Island to visit Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area. Originally two plantations that played a role during the Civil War, this protected area now compromises 4,600 acres of wild beach, pine, forests, and freshwater ponds, dotted with plantation ruins.

    4Exploring Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge
    Trace the coast north past Charleston to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, which spans 104 square miles from Bull Island in the south to Murphy Island in the north. We have an entire day to explore the refuge and discover its wildlife and history. Hike one of its many trails, or cruise close to shore in a zodiac, watching for dolphins & seabirds. Have your camera ready as we pass the Cape Romain Lighthouse.

    5Francis Marion National Forest
    Today we set off into the waterways of Francis Marion National Forest. Dotted with towering old growth bald cypress trees, this black water region draws all manner of wildlife, from turtles and birds to reptiles sunning on the rocks.

    6Charleston, SC / Disembark
    This morning we disembark in Charleston where we transfer to the airport for your flight home.


Cabin Categories

Cabin Single Price Double Price
Category 1$5,990$3,990 pp
Category 2$6,830$4,550 pp
Category 3$5,110 pp

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Wild South Carolina Escape: Beaufort and the Barrier Islands

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