The best way to see the island


Coastal South Carolina is home to some of the most unique wilderness ecosystems in the country, teeming with diverse wildlife and untouched shorelines.  The Dominick House on Bulls Island, inside Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, will serve as our expedition headquarters and lodging on this weekend adventure as we explore miles of undeveloped beachfront and over 4000 acres of pristine maritime forest.

In addition to boat excursions, our primary opportunities will be hiking the beaches and dense coastal forests, home to a myriad of wildlife including over 290 species of birds. We will explore the estuaries of Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge, focusing on Bulls Island.  Join us on this engaging weekend excursion as we provide an in-depth study of one of the most stunning and diverse coastlines on the planet.

© Jennifer Heisler

General Itinerary

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.

DAY ONE
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.



DAY TWO

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.

 

DAY THREE

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.




Price Includes:
Professional guiding; meals as noted in the daily itinerary; 2 nights accommodations; boat transportation to and from island

Not Included:
Transportation from your hometown to the Sewee Center in Awendaw, SC; additional snacks; guide gratuities; items of a personal nature.  A packing list will be provided prior to the trip.

Cancellation Policy:
The following fees apply and are due to Coastal Expeditions at the time we receive written notice of your cancellation.
  • 30 or more days: $0
  • 15 to 29 days: 50% of trip cost
  • 0 to 14 days: 100% of trip cost




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2015 Trip Dates:

ALL DATES ARE FULL
If you would like to be put on the waiting list, call us at (843)884-7684


2016 Trip Dates:

January 16-18
February 19-21
March 18-20
April 15-18
May 20-22
October 21-23
November 18-20
December 16-18


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Price:

$415/person
($200 deposit at time of booking)
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Departure Point:
Sewee Center
5817 Highway 17 North
Awendaw, SC 29429
(843) 928-3368

Meet Friday at 10 a.m.
Return Sunday at 2 p.m.
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Total Days: 3

Group Size: 8-15

Activity Level: Participants should be ready to walk several miles on inland trails and shoreline each day.  Motor transport is limited to boating to the island and vehicle support for luggage to the Dominick House.

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Activities Include:
  • Hiking
  • Shelling
  • Birding
  • Photography
  • Crabbing & Oystering
  • Sunrise on Boneyard Beach
  • Stargazing
  • Historical & Natural Interpretation

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Read About Your Guides

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Accommodations:

1920's era manor house with six bedrooms, showers, kitchen and comfortable gathering spaces.  Rooms are double occupancy, and we will work with you to accommodate your room assignments.

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This is an exclusive outing made possible only through the leadership of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service within Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

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