A large expanse of tidal marsh stretches from the eastern edge of Savannah to the ocean: Skidaway Island and the Skidaway, Bull, Vernon and Wilmington Rivers; the small riverfront communities of Isle of Hope and Thunderbolt; and a network of smaller islands interspersed by tidal creeks and forested hammocks.
Only a few miles from downtown Savannah, the marshes of Skidaway and its vicinity provide a beautiful, sheltered place to kayak or paddleboard, or to see Georgia’s low country scenery and wildlife – including dolphins, birds of prey, and even the occasional manatee – by boat.
If you prefer to see Skidaway’s marsh environments on foot, options include the town of Isle of Hope, offering picturesque views over the Skidaway River and marsh, or nearby Skidaway Island State Park.
The information below is correct as of June 13 2017, but please check all details directly with the tour company or guide before planning your trip. Availability may vary by season, and tours may be changed or withdrawn without notice.
Skidaway By Kayak
Skidaway Tour, 2hrs30. With Moon River Kayak Tours. Kayak tour of the Skidaway Narrows and Moon River, departing from the Rodney J Hall Boat Ramp. $50 per person. Call 912-344-1310 for reservations or use online form. More details
Isle of Hope Tour, 2hrs30. With Savannah Coastal EcoTours. Kayak tour of the creeks around Isle of Hope and Skidaway Island State Park, departing from Wymberly Yacht Club. $60 per person. More details
Salt Marsh by Land and Sea, 3hrs. With Wilderness Southeast. Kayak tour of the salt marshes near Savannah; location may vary. $180 for 1-2 people, plus $30 for each additional person to a maximum of 6. Paddleboarding option sometimes available for this tour. Call 912-236-8115 or book online. More details
Skidaway Narrows, 3, 4 or 5hrs. With Savannah Canoe and Kayak. Kayak tour of Skidaway Narrows and its forested creeks, with excellent opportunities for bird watching. A longer variant of this tour, visiting the parts of the Intracoastal Waterway and creeks near Skidaway Island State Park, includes on-land hiking and a picnic. 3-hour tours $65 per person, 4 hours $75, 5 hours $85. Call 912-341-9502 for reservations. See details of 3- and 4-hour tours or 5-hour tour.
Wormsloe History Tour, 4hrs. With Savannah Canoe and Kayak. Paddling in the Skidaway River, plus a tour of the colonial-era Wormsloe Plantation. $79 per person. Limited availability. Call 912-341-9502 for reservations. More details
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Sunrise & Sunset Tours
Isle of Hope Sunrise or Sunset Tour, 2hrs30. With Savannah Coastal EcoTours. Kayak tours of the creeks or marshes (depending on the tide) around Skidaway Island State Park, at either sunrise or sunset. $60 per person. More details
Sunset Paddle, 3hrs. With Savannah Canoe and Kayak. Sunset tour of the Skidaway Narrows. $65 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for reservations. More details
Full Moon Paddle, 3hrs. With Savannah Canoe and Kayak. Maximum-tide moonlight kayak tour of the Skidaway Narrows. Limited availability. $65 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for reservations. More details
Skidaway By Paddleboard
Skidaway Narrows, 3hrs. With Savannah Canoe and Kayak. Paddleboard tour of Skidaway Narrows, including an introduction to paddleboarding. $55 per person. Call 912-341-9502 for reservations. More details
Beginner/Experienced Paddleboarding Tour, 2hrs With AOK Watersports. Paddleboard tour of Thunderbolt, which can include a lesson for beginners. $50 per person. Call 424-888-2009 for reservations or book online. More details
Boat Tours Of Skidaway & Vicinity
Numerous boat tour and charter companies operate in the Savannah and Tybee Island region. A few offer tours of the Skidaway and Wilmington River area itself (other, longer tours to the nearby barrier islands of Wassaw and Ossabaw may also include a ride through the Skidaway region), and most charter companies will be willing to arrange a tour of the area on a per-hour basis.
Marsh Tour (6 max) 3hrs. With Savannah Coastal EcoTours. Nature tours of the marshes and creeks near Savannah, from Isle of Hope. $275 for up to 6 people. Call 912-220-6092 for reservations. More details
Thunderbolt & Isle of Hope Excursion (6 max) 3hrs-3hrs30. With Isle of Lucy Boat Excursions. Boat excursion to the Wilmington River, Skidaway Narrows and Isle of Hope, from Thunderbolt (weekends only). Around $275, depending on trip duration ($125 for first hour, $60 per additional hour). Call 912-657-5692 for reservations. More details
Sunrise & Sunset Boat Rides
Isle of Hope Sunrise or Sunset Tour (6 max) 2-3hrs. With Savannah Coastal EcoTours. Sunrise and sunset cruises of the Skidaway River, from Isle of Hope. $275 for up to 6 people. Call 912-220-6092 for reservations. More details
Savannah Sunset Cruise (6 max) 2hrs30. With Isle of Lucy Boat Excursions. Sunset tour of the Wilmington and Skidaway Rivers, from Thunderbolt. Around $215, depending on trip duration ($125 for first hour, $60 per additional hour). Call 912-657-5692 for reservations. More details