Murrells Inlet Shelling & Bird Watching Eco Cruise in South Carolina

Murrell's Inlet4079 US 17 BusinessMurrells Inlet, SC 29576
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Explore the stunning saltwater marsh estuary of Murrells Inlet on a two-hour Myrtle Beach shelling and bird watching tour. Led by a naturalist guide, observe native and migratory birds and sea life. Join a live demonstration featuring a touch tank. Enjoy a walkabout on a local beach to explore dunes and search for shells and treasures along the shoreline.

up to 2 hrs 1 or more people

Good To Know

  • Enjoy a 2-hour bird-watching and shelling tour that explores Murrells Inlet's saltwater marsh estuary.
  • Tour takes place aboard The Explorer, a 54′ vessel certified by the United States Coast Guard, which includes a bathroom for convenience.
  • Please arrive at least 30 minutes before scheduled departure to allow time for parking, check-in, bathroom use, and boarding.
  • Complimentary parking is available in the gravel lot across the street from the ship’s store.
  • Check in at the ship's store located in the front parking lot of Dead Dog Saloon.
  • Light snacks and drinks, including alcohol, are available for sale at the onboard snack bar.
  • All ages are welcome to participate in this educational and engaging experience.
  • Tour sails through a light rain or drizzle. Wear weather-appropriate clothing and flat-soled shoes.


from Murrells Inlet Shelling & Bird Watching Eco Cruise
Experience Murrells Inlet and its picturesque saltwater marsh estuary on an exciting eco cruise on a spacious catamaran. Glide along its tranquil waters and witness the coastal area's natural beauty and wildlife in Georgetown County, South Carolina.

Located and departing approximately 12 miles south of Myrtle Beach International Airport and five miles north of Brookgreen Gardens, SC, guests will embark on a captivating bird-watching and marine life expedition aboard The Explorer, a United States Coast Guard-certified and inspected vessel with ample seating and unobstructed views of the surrounding marshlands.

Guests can also take advantage of onboard amenities, including a restroom and snack bar offering refreshing drinks and light snacks for purchase, allowing everyone to fully immerse themselves in nature's beauty while cruising comfortably on The Explorer.

Led by a knowledgeable naturalist guide, participate in a live demonstration that includes local crabs and pulling a sample dredge from the bottom of the creek bed, directly into a touch tank for up-close inspection. This exciting excursion also includes a shelling walkabout. Upon docking at a local beach, guests can explore the scenic shore and dune areas and enjoy searching for shells and other treasures along the shoreline.

Whether you're a seasoned enthusiast of birds and underwater wildlife or simply curious about the natural wonders of Murrells Inlet, the eco tour offers a delightful and educational experience suitable for all ages. Don't miss this remarkable adventure that blends relaxation, exploration, and appreciation of the vibrant biodiversity along the South Carolina coast. Book now!
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Frequently Asked Questions about Murrells Inlet Shelling & Bird Watching Eco Cruise

Where does the shelling and bird watching eco cruise depart from?

The cruise departs from the Visit Murrells Inlet ship's store and ticket booth, located next to the big red chair by the front stairs of the Dead Dog Saloon restaurant on the parking lot side in Murrells Inlet, Georgetown County. It is approximately 10-12 miles south of Myrtle Beach International Airport and five miles north of Brookgreen Gardens.

Is parking provided?

Yes, absolutely! Guests can enjoy complimentary parking located in the gravel lot across the street from the ship's store.

What is the duration of the eco cruise?

The eco cruise lasts approximately two hours.

Are there any age restrictions for the tour?

The tour is suitable for all ages!

What will I experience during the tour?

You'll observe local wildlife, including birds and underwater creatures, and participate in a live demonstration. There is a touch tank where you can safely observe and touch sea life.

Who will guide the tour?

A naturalist will guide the tour, providing expert commentary on the wildlife and ecosystem.

Can I take pictures?

Yes, definitely! Take as many pictures as you like to capture the fun and share your amazing experience with your friends and family.

What should I bring on the tour?

It's recommended to bring a camera or smartphone for pictures, binoculars for bird watching, sunscreen, cash for purchasing snacks or drinks and crew gratuity, and a valid photo ID if you plan to buy alcohol onboard.

Are there any items prohibited on the tour?

Yes. Guests are not allowed to bring food, drinks, coolers, and large items like luggage on board due to limited storage space.

What should I wear?

Please dress appropriately for the temperature, wind, and weather conditions. Remember that the water is typically cooler than the land. The cruise operates in light rain or drizzle, so plan accordingly. Wear flat-soled shoes and avoid heels or platforms for comfort and safety.

Will I experience seasickness?

The cruise remains within the tranquil and protected waters of Murrells Inlet, so there is no possibility of experiencing seasickness. However, everyone is different, and if you are prone to seasickness, please remember to bring your medication and take it before boarding.