South Carolina

Kayak the Lowcountry

Join experts for a relaxed kayaking adventure in South Carolina’s Lowcountry, where you’ll paddle historic waterways, learn about regional culture and enjoy traditional cuisine.
Program No. 12440RJ
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There are stunningly beautiful landscapes and waterscapes. Life Tides is a wonderful housing accommodation with comfortable rooms and delicious meals. The guides were informed, friendly, and welcoming. Even if weather cut short some of our kayaking, guides came up with inventive, interesting, revealing trips and activities in the area to compensate when our 4 days of kayaking became 2 days instead. But we loved the trips to Beaufort, including the museums, bookstores, distillery and other activities. Evening presentations were delightful, especially the Gullah basket weavers. We've now done four RS kayaking trips--Lower Columbia River (in the northwest), Eastern Shore/Chesapeake, Acadia NP, and this Low Country SC. Each was unique. All were wonderful. Kayaking the low country marshes, estuaries, rivers and sea gave us a delightful and memorable encounter with this part of the world. --Ben and Joyce Wiley (FL)

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This was a great trip. The lodging and food was outstanding. Our kayak leaders were kind, friendly, experienced, and just wonderful. We enjoyed birding, and our fascinating evening activities.... learning about sweet grass baskets and birds of prey. The entire trip was fabulous... I hope to return.


Had a great time Kayaking a variety of waters each day. The lunch stops were fun and interesting each day. The accomodations and food were excellent, we were well fed and slept well the entire trip. The weather was perfect; it was a super, active vacation!


If you only can do one trip and like kayaking, I strongly recommend that you go on this trip in North Carolina. Make sure that your instructors are Andy and Cina. The trip I attended was a 10+ from beginning to end. Everything was great: the location,facilities,food,instructors,participants,weather, and the trips to a variety of bodies of water (swamp, creek, river, historical rice fields). The evening presentations were outstanding and if you are a birder, you may add to your life list. You'll learn new kayaking skills and Southern history. I hope you have as much fun as I did.


I wasn't sure what to expect, but it surpassed 'what I hoped' ... I'd recommend it highly- but I sure wish they'd get the 'Directions' right...I spent a good hour 'wandering' around...


This was a wonderful, relaxing experience with just the right amount of challenge. The instructors, Andy and Cina Smith, were warm and encouraging. They were in tune with the interests and needs of the group and planned a variety of kayak trips and other outings. The hosts, Jan and Andy, went above and beyond in providing outstanding accommodations and meals. The cottage was charming, super clean, and spacious. The hosts offered a variety of delicious, wholesome meals that often reflected the tradition of the area. We kayaked areas unlike any other part of the country while getting instruction on technique as needed. The presentation on birds of prey was my favorite evening program.


This trip was a great way to celebrate my birthday. Our guides, Andy and Cina, and hosts, LifeTides Institute, were fantastic. The accommodations were not mere cottages, but tastefully appointed beyond my expectations. Our group bonded from the first day and the congeniality among us added to the positive experience. Kayaking, evening programs, sunrise walks, and the food are were good (I even learned I like oysters, when they are fresh and roasted on an open fire). Dolphins, alligators, and birds galore. Wildflowers and trees. Tides and currents. A bit of cultural heritage as well. Learning about and witnessing all these and more made for a great adventure. The strength of the program is underscored by the repeat customers, who continue to return to experience this program a second, a third time and more, and the newbies who are already planning to return!


I thoroughly enjoyed the program. Food, accommodations and leaders were excellent. I had a trip of a lifetime. Cina and Andy went above and beyond to make us safe, prepared and educated. The staff on site at Lifetides were very friendly and the food was great. The cottages were beyond my expectations. I enjoyed our group tremendously. I cannot wait to take my next trip.


We thoroughly enjoyed our kayak trip to the Lowcountry. From the time we arrived at Life Tides Institute to our final dinner everything was perfect!!! The staff at Life TIdes was friendly and accommodating not to mention excellent chefs of Lowcountry cuisine. Elizabeth ,our kayak guide, made us feel comfortable in the water and enthusiastically pointed out wildlife and other points of interest along the waterways. The evening programs were ineresting and entertaining. We loved seeing the raptors, watching the basket sewers work their magic and learning about Gullah culture. We look forward to participating in another kayak trip. Lorraine and Craig Lawler


This is a wonderful chance to learn and practice kayaking skills in a variety of waterways. It's also a chance to view a little-known part of the country. The location is welcoming and comfortable. I highly recommend it.


I enjoyed this program! The instructors were friendly, willing to answer any and all questions we had. I became a more confident kayaker with their help. Every day was a new adventure, and they made adjustments as needed because of weather and ability of the group. The accommodations were first rate, and the food was delicious. One of my favorite programs!


Kayak The Lowcountry is a great program ... the best Road Scholar program I have taken. Others have extolled the strengths of the program which I heartily agree with so I decided to take a slightly different tact. I'd like to address a couple of the issues/hesitations/concerns prospective participants may have when deciding if the program is right for them. 1. Do I have to have prior kayaking experience? The answer is no. I would consider my wife and I novice paddlers and there were at least 2-3 folks in our group who had never been in a kayak. The instructors do a great job of orienting all participants to the safety and technical aspect of kayaking ... everything from importance of life vest, getting in and out of a kayak to proper paddling techniques. The instructors are constantly monitoring the pulse of the group in terms of physical and technical performance and modifying the days activities to match individual and group dynamics. All of this played against a beautiful array of paddling experiences during the week. 2. What is this "cottage" I'll be staying in? Simply, it's NOT the old wooden lake cottage your parents built on a lake back in the 50"s. Think modern, well appointed townhouse type accommodations with air conditioning, large bedrooms & private bath, large communal living area, full kitchen, washer/dryer and expansive deck all overlooking a beautiful salt marsh. Modern and airy accommodations with beautiful vistas. From top to bottom, educational experience, subject matter experts, accommodations, food, this program can not be beat.

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