Cruise Comes to the Lowcountry

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Along the coastline of the SC Lowcountry are a string of wild and beautiful barrier islands. This wilderness landscape is teaming with unspoiled wetlands, beaches, dunes, and maritime forests. Book passage with the National Geographic Sea Lion to explore the history, parks, and refuges along the Lowcountry coastline.

Live Oaks - national geographic cruise
Canopies of live oaks, dripping with Spanish moss cover the barrier islands of the Lowcountry.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The trip begins in Charleston and sails down the coast to Beaufort and Port Royal. Visit downtown Beaufort, Old Sheldon Church Ruins, the Port Royal Museum and St. Helena’s Penn Center; the site of the first school for freed slaves. The day is capped off with a visit to Lady’s Island Oysters for a tasting of this local delicacy.

St. Phillip's Island - national geographic cruise
St. Phillips Island is a nature lover’s paradise.
Photo by Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The next day will be spent between visits to St. Phillips Island and Edisto Island. St, Phillips Island is an undeveloped treasure that is now part of Hunting Island State Park. It was previously owned and protected by Ted Turner. Hike trails that travel from sand dunes to salt marshes and maritime forests. The island habitat protects migrating warblers, roseate spoonbills, alligators, loggerhead sea turtles, deer, fox squirrels and much more.  

The entrance to Edisto Island’s Botany Bay is at the end of this live oak canopy.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Travel ashore at Edisto Island to see Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area. This spot was once the home of two plantations. Its iconic entrance is covered with a majestic canopy of live oaks. The 4,600-acre site is comprised of unspoiled beach, coastal forests, and historic plantation ruins. It is home to many animals and birds.

South Carolina Lowcountry - national geographic cruise
It’s always a good day for a hike in the South Carolina Lowcountry.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

The trip winds back up the coast to Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. Discover area wildlife and history. Watch for dolphins as you cruise the shore in a Zodiac or hike the trails of the refuge. Don’t forget to take pictures as you cruise past the Cape Romain Lighthouse.

Barrier Islands - national geographic cruise
The waterways surrounding the SC Lowcountry barrier islands are the perfect habitat for wildlife.
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The last day will be spent in the waterways of the Francis Marion National Forest. This black water region is home to old growth bald cypress trees, turtles, birds, sunning reptiles and much more.

Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area - National Geographic Cruise
Botany Bay Plantation Wildlife Management Area’s beach is unspoiled and covered in seashells.
Photo by Carmen Pinckney.

Book passage as for this cruise that begins in April 2022. Visit NATIONALGEOGRAPHIC.COM for dates and additional information! For more information about the South Carolina Lowcountry visit SOUTHCAROLINALOWCOUNTRY.COM.



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The Lowcountry & Resort Islands Region of South Carolina includes the four, southern-most counties in the state, Beaufort, Jasper, Hampton, and Colleton, which are bordered on the east by the Atlantic Ocean and on the west by the Savannah River and the state of Georgia.

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