The best way to see the island
Every trip into Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge has a general itinerary, but daily excursions will vary based on the season and weather. During your time on Bulls Island, your guides will take you on wooded trails, down a glimmering shoreline and alongside freshwater impoundments to share the story of Bulls Island and the surrounding refuge.
Meet at the SEWEE Visitor & Environmental Center @ 10:00 am
Following a brief introduction to the SEWEE Center and trip orientation, everyone will convoy to nearby Garris Landing to board the Bulls Island Ferry. As the boat winds through the salt marsh estuary, you’ll get your first glimpse into one of the most super bio-diversified ecosystems on the planet. During the 30-minute naturalist-led trip to Bulls Island, you can expect to see many different avian species, bottlenose dolphins and experience some of the 29,000 acres of Class 1Wilderness.
Once we arrive at the Dominick House, we’ll unpack and make ourselves at home before we convene for the first forest and beach hike of the island.
In the evening, you’ll have plenty of time to relax, chat with new friends, enjoy locally-sourced appetizers and skim a bird guide before a Lowcountry-inspired meal in the dining room.
The day begins with an optional excursion to Boneyard Beach to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic Ocean. Even if you do not consider yourself to be an early riser, you will want to experience this event.
Upon return to the Dominick House, a hot and delicious breakfast (with plenty of coffee) will be waiting for everyone to enjoy.
We’ll pack a lunch and head out to the freshwater impoundments for some possible alligator spotting and birding. During the exploration of these dynamic edges, your guide will share some of the history of the island that includes Sewee Native Americans, the settlement of Charlestowne, pirates and more.
Upon returning to our island lodge, you’ll once again have time to relax in and around the house while dinner is prepared. Another local, fresh Lowcountry dinner cooked by your guides awaits you followed by a well-earned slumber.
Our last day on the island begins with another opportunity to see the sunrise at Boneyard Beach.
After breakfast, we will set out for our last excursion into the island, focusing on barrier island geology and the progressive migration of the landmass towards the mainland. While we are hiking we will explore the intimate relationship between island, estuary and ocean.
Following our morning hike, we will return to the house for lunch, pack up and board the Bulls Island Ferry for our return to the mainland. Ending time will be no later than 2:00 pm.
- 30 or more days: $0
- 15 to 29 days: 50% of trip cost
- 0 to 14 days: 100% of trip cost