There are so many ways to take in The Lowcountry’s natural beauty. You can hike, bike, paddleboard—the list goes on. One of our favorite ways to get out into the great outdoors is to hop in a kayak and paddle around! There are several Bluffton and Hilton Head kayaking outposts to try, so there’s always somewhere new to explore. Below, we’ve listed everything you need to know about this fresh-air pastime. Don’t forget to access our complimentary Vacation Guide for more of The Lowcountry’s best-kept secrets!
Hilton Head Kayaking: Your Local Guide
There are few places in the Lowcountry better for kayaking than Hilton Head Island. Here, you’ll encounter calm currents, stunning marsh views, and even dolphin sightings! Whether you plan to paddle in a group or enjoy an adventurous date, we know all of the best places to begin kayaking on the Island.
Where to Rent a Kayak on Hilton Head
Outside Hilton Head
50 Shelter Cove Lane
Looking to go on a guided tour through the Lowcountry’s most scenic waterways? Outside Hilton Head has just what you need in a kayaking outpost. This outdoor sports store in Shelter Cove doubles as a guide service, so you can pick up everything you need before paddling off. Be sure to check out their offerings—you can even do some fishing from your kayak with this company!
Kayak Hilton Head
11 Simmons Road
Kayak Hilton Head specializes in tranquil and interactive guided tours of Broad Creek! Spotting dolphins and marsh birds is common on these tours, which are held in one of the Hilton Head area’s calmest waterways. The folks at Kayak Hilton Head say that their tours offer more wildlife sightings than their competitors!
Jarvis Creek Watersports
104 William Hilton Parkway
Have you ever explored a tidal estuary? If not, you need to put it on your bucket list! Jarvis Creek Watersports is an ideal place to cross it off. Discover this outpost behind The Crazy Crab restaurant on the north end of the Island. Then, paddle past maritime forests draped with Spanish moss! You’ll likely see crabs, fish, marsh birds, and maybe even an alligator on your adventure. Wary of kayaking and prefer something a little more familiar? This outfitter also offers hydro-cycling (think of pedaling a bike, but on water).
After a day full of Hilton Head kayaking, you’ll want to rest your sore muscles in comfort and luxury. There’s no better place to return at the end of a fun day than The Promenade, where you’re just steps away from Bluffton’s best shopping, dining, and events (like the Bluffton Farmers Market). That’s why we welcome you to escape the ordinary at Old Town Bluffton Inn, the area’s only boutique hotel. Located on the corner of Bluffton and May River Roads (just 25 minutes away from most Hilton Head kayak outposts), our beautiful, uniquely decorated accommodations position you in the heart of the Lowcountry. Each of our guest rooms features unique, French Eclectic decor and comfortable beds. Plus, you’ll enjoy premium amenities found nowhere else in the area. It’s a simply stunning lodging experience you won’t soon forget!