Boating Information in Edisto Beach, SC

Boating Information in Edisto Beach, SC


When visiting a coastal community, there’s no better way to take in the sights than to do it by water. Luckily, visitors to Edisto Beach can take advantage of the boat tours offered by Edisto Watersports and Tackle (EWT) and Botany Bay Ecotours.

Both tour companies are located along Big Bay Creek, which takes visitors directly into the mouth of St. Helena Sound, which is located in the ACE Basin. Also, with the tour companies being locally owned and operated, visitors obtain a truly authentic Edisto experience.

Interested in viewing dolphin and marine life? There’s a tour for that. Want to explore the ACE Basin and learn about the culturally rich history of the island? There’s a tour for all of that as well.

From the moment visitors begin their Edisto Beach boat tours in Big Bay Creek, it’s common to see active marine life before even leaving the dock. Big Bay Creek and the surrounding waterways are home  to some of the most active marine life in the area including dolphin, sea turtles, jellyfish, and sharks..

With each tour, guides discuss the nature and marine life in the area, go over the rich culture and history of the lowcountry, and discuss the island’s unique waterways and position within St. Helena Sound.

If you’d rather get out on the water just to relax and take in the sights, plan a sunset cruise. These cruises provide visitors with the opportunity to watch the sun as it sets over the Atlantic Ocean. The vibrant colors of the sunset as they contrast with the deep blue of the ocean are truly unforgettable.


While there are no motor boat rentals on Edisto Beach, visitors can rent kayaks from EWT, Island Bikes and Outfitters, and Edisto Essentials. Rent for a few hours, a day, or the length of your stay, depending on how frequently you want to be on the water.

Boat Ramps & Landings

Edisto has four public boat ramps and landings for launching boats. There is the Marina at Edisto Beach, Live Oak Landing in the Edisto Beach State Park, Steamboat Landing, and Dawhoo landing.

The Marina is located in the town of Edisto Beach and is frequented by locals, visitors, and commercial fishermen. Live Oak Landing is along Big Bay Creek and a part of the South Carolina State Parks.

Steamboat Landing is approximately six miles from Edisto Beach and offers direct access to the North Edisto River via Steamboat Creek.

The Dawhoo Landing is located adjacent to the McKinley Washington Jr. Bridge and provides direct access to the intracoastal waterway.


The Marina at Edisto Beach is the only public marina offered in the town of Edisto Beach. This full service marina provides a ship store and fuel. Dock slips are privately owned and docking is only permitted with permission from owners.

Rules & Regulations

All motorized watercraft can be launched from the Marina at Edisto Beach or any of the public landings on the island. Sailboats, kayaks and non-motorized watercraft can be launched and recovered from the beach. However, no watercraft is permitted to be stored on the sand dunes (some of which are currently in a state of repair after Hurricane Matthew) or carried over the dunes.

State law prohibits any vessel from operating in excess of idle speed within 50 feet of a person, dock, pier, or anchored vessel. In addition, vessels are not permitted to operate in excess of idle speed within 100 years of the Atlantic coast.