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Tour de Sandy Island

Guided Boat/Island Tour

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$35.00

This tour provides a unique perspective of both sightseeing and historical insight. Sandy Island is approximately 12,000-acres of beautiful Lowcountry landscape. Some 3,000-acres is private property belonging to the local residents – descendants of enslaved Africans who proudly carry on the traditional Gullah way of life. The remaining 9,000-acres is a wildlife preserve and overseen by the Nature Conservancy.

  • Reviews 3 Reviews
    2/5
  • Vacation Style Holiday Type
    Culture, Discovery, Family, Guided Tours, Wildlife
  • Activity Level Leisurely
  • Group Size Medium Group
    10
All about the Guided Boat/Island Tour.

This two-hour tour will begin on mainland, at the Sandy Island Boat Ramp. It is here where you will board our newly acquired Prince Washington school boat for a brief ride to Pyatt’s General Store – visible on the bank of the Waccamaw River. Our store, which opened in 1986, provides a small selection of African heritage gifts, Gullah Sweetgrass baskets, a few necessities, and the only public restroom on the Island.

We will then board a 21-passenger van and begin exploring the Island. Our tour will take us past the best and worst of the Island—beautiful, well-maintained homes, and those that are abandoned or in serious disrepair. We will visit the Sandy Island firehouse, with its one operational fire truck, several old gravesites, the church, and the community center and library, which once served as the Island’s school.

You will experience a diverse and unique eco-system that has evolved on top of a prehistoric, giant sand dune—a rare hill in this coastal plain. Calmer waters and the tall sand bluffs help draw hundreds of revelers on any given summer afternoon, even more on weekends. Sandy Islands’ natural beauty makes this a photographer’s paradise. Bring your camera and take as many pictures as you like, but we ask you to please respect the privacy of the Island’s residents.

The tour package inclusions and exclusions at a glance
What is included in this tour?Items that are included in the cost of tour price.
  • Transportation to and from the Island
  • Guided tour
What is not included in this tour?Items that are not included in the cost of tour price.
  • Insect repellant
  • Drinks or snacks (available for purchase in general store)
  1. Day 1 Arrival at Location

    The two-hour tour will begin on mainland, at the Sandy Island Boat Ramp. It is here where you will board our newly acquired Prince Washington school boat for a brief ride to Pyatt’s General Store – visible on the bank of the Waccamaw River. Our store, which opened in 1986, provides a small selection of African heritage gifts, Gullah Sweetgrass baskets, a few necessities, and the only public restroom on the Island.

    We will then board a 12-passenger van and begin exploring the Island. Our tour will take us past the best and worst of the Island—beautiful, well-maintained homes, and those that are abandoned or in serious disrepair. We will visit the Sandy Island firehouse, with its one operational fire truck, several old gravesites, the church, and the community center and library, which once served as the Island’s school.

    You will experience a diverse and unique eco-system that has evolved on top of a prehistoric, giant sand dune—a rare hill in this coastal plain.

Each tour is different, but we recommend that you dress according to the weather. Wear suggest wearing good walking shoes.

  • Summer hours are Tuesday through Friday – 9:00 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Saturdays, upon the captain’s availability, tours times start from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Winter hours are the same during the week but will only go out Thursdays – Friday.
  • Winter weekends are from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. also upon the captain’s availability.
  • We ask that you arrive 15-min prior to the tour start time.

No, pets are allowed. Only exceptions are animals that assist.

Currently, we unable to accommodate wheelchairs.

Overall Rating
2/5
Trenton Chestnut
Reviewed On 05/02/2020
5/5

Took this tour last Friday and it was a blast! Captain Rommy has a unique blend of humor and historical knowledge that play really well together. The island is beautiful and the locations are fascinating, the time just flew by while we were there. It doesn't matter if you're in the area for a vacation or if you're a local like me, everyone can learn something from this tour. 10/10 Would tour again.

Marty Richardson
Reviewed On 26/01/2020

Absolutely wonderful tour this morning with Rommy, a very knowledgeable and personable guide to the island his family has called home for generations. Thank you, Rommy, for sharing your slice of history and life. I now have a greater understanding of the history and culture of South Carolina. If people are looking for an opportunity to understand low country culture this is the right tour for you. Highly recommended! Marty Richardson, Silverthorne, Colorado

Holly Poteet
Reviewed On 26/01/2020

Took a small group on a tour today with Captain Rommy. I had a wonderful time and learned some history of Sandy Island. Everyone has lived here for a long time but few had been on the river & none to Sandy Island- Rommy is knowledgeable & proud of his heritage and it shows. I highly recommend you take this trip to learn about the culture & the community of Sandy Island.

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