Charleston Boat Tours: Unforgettable On-the-Water Experiences

Charleston is a captivating vacation destination for travelers year-round. Here, you can find just as much to enjoy on land as you can on the waves! When you’re the type of traveler who is looking forward to adding a sailing adventure to your itinerary, there are plenty of boat tours available to book in the Charleston area that speak to travel preferences and interests of all kinds. The following are just a few of the many to consider enjoying the next time you’re in town.  

2 of Best Charleston Boat Tours

1. Sandlapper Water Tours

Sunset Cruises

When you’re looking for exciting boat tour options in Charleston, Sandlapper Water Tours has it covered. They proudly offer guests access to sunset cruises, ghost and pirate boat tours as well as outings with an emphasis on nature and dolphin watching. Headquartered at the Charleston Maritime Center found at 10 Wharfside Street, those who choose to book a sunset cruise through this company can enjoy stepping onboard a 45-foot catamaran known as the Palmetto, and make the most of Charleston waterway vistas. Vessels are designed to carry 49 passengers and your sunset spotting will be paired with views of the barrier islands, lighthouses, Ravenel Bridge, and the historic Battery as well. Onboard refreshments are provided and there’s a cash bar as well to enjoy. 

Haunted Boat Tour 

When you’re hoping your Charleston boat tour comes with a spooky twist, opting for the ghost tour is the way to go. This paranormal version of a boat tour invites guests to come aboard and enjoy a spine-chilling experience as you sail around Charleston Harbor enjoying narration regarding some of the city’s haunted landmarks along the way.


  • Tickets:
    • Adults | $40
    • Children (12 and under) | $30 each.
  • Tours:
    • An hour and a half, and it’s recommended to show up at least 30 minutes early.  

Enjoy a Dinner Boat Tour with SpirtLine Cruises 

Sometimes, there’s nothing more refreshing than pairing a sensational boat tour with a delicious moment. That’s exactly what you can expect when you book a dinner cruise on the Charleston Harbor through SpiritLine Cruises. You’ll be wined and dined in style onboard the Spirit of Carolina which offers up a one-of-a-kind sailing experience with every booking. Guests are treated to either a three or four-course dinner depending on the cruise they choose. As you sail, you’ll pass Fort Sumter, the Battery, and Ravenel Bridge—all options for further exploration after you disembark too! From the full-service onboard bars to the delightful dinner options, it’s sure to be an unforgettable evening on the water.

Cruises typically last 2.5 hours with boarding beginning at 6:30 pm at 40 Patriots Point Road. Dining decks are climate controlled and there’s live entertainment to enjoy as well.  

Book Today 

When a trip to Charleston is calling your name, there’s no reason to wait! Reach out to Charleston Coast Vacations to learn more about our exciting rental property options available that keep you close to the fun and living in luxury and style while you’re here.  

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