have 1/3 of the salt marsh on the Atlantic coast - 100
miles of coastline and thousands of miles of tidal
waterways. Much of this rich ecosystem is protected or
undeveloped and there are many beautiful and interesting
places to explore.
Maybe you want a relaxed skiff or kayak cruise
through the winding salt marsh creeks to photograph
and learn a bit of natural history?
to explore an undeveloped barrier island by hiking
across tall storm- event sand dunes and maritime
forest to walk and explore on a pristine beach?
duck under Spanish moss as your kayak glides
soundlessly through huge thousand-year-old bald
cypress trees in a blackwater swamp?
explore, experience and learn about the fascinating
natural and human history on
Or…you tell us!
Savannah Coastal EcoTours specializes in custom
powerboat and kayak tours for your private group. Our
tours generally start from Isle of Hope, only 15 minutes
from downtown Savannah and a great destination itself,
with antebellum homes and beautiful live oaks lining
Bluff Drive by the Skidaway River. Check out the
District to learn more about our area and other cool
things to do while you’re out this way.
Captain Fran Lapolla,
boats for the Skidaway Institute of Oceanography and
acts as part-time on-island naturalist and host for
Ossabaw Island Foundation. Fran spent 35 years as a high school
science teacher and 7 years as a marine educator
and boat captain at UGA’s Marine Education Center on Skidaway
a Georgia native and an avid kayaker. She is an
Level 2 instructor and has completed UGA’s coastal “master naturalist”
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