South Carolina

Charleston Kayak Rental: The Best Companies

by Paul Joseph  |  Published February 28, 2023

Dotted with blackwater swamps, saltwater creeks, calm rivers and coastal waterways,. Charleston and its surroundings make for a great kayaking adventure.

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Part of the Lowcountry geographic and cultural region along South Carolina’s coast, the city draws huge numbers of kayak enthusiasts every year. If you’re coming to the region in pursuit of some kayaking action, there are a wide number of companies offering both kayak rentals and guided kayak tours that let you explore the area’s waterways as part of a group. Here are 3 that we’d recommend.

Nature Adventures

With a focus on creating experiences and memories to last a lifetime, Nature Adventures offer multi-day kayak rentals for all experience levels and for aged 4 and up. You can choose from single or tandem high-end Wilderness Systems and Perception kayaks, with both “Sit-in” and “Sit-on” kayaks available depending on your confidence. The rental price includes kayak paddle instructions, PFDs, a map with recommendations, and help getting you into your kayak properly before you set off. They also offer delivery across Daniel Island, Mount Pleasant, Dunes West, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island, Downtown, James Island, Folly Beach, Johns Island and Kiawah Island.

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Charleston Outdoor Adventures

(Photo: Charleston Outdoor Adventures)

A renowned guiding and rental service company, Charleston Outdoor Adventures have all the gear you need for a fun and safe time exploring the area’s waterways independently. Whether you’re looking for a short adventure or multiple days of kayaking, they cater for every need, offering a wide range of the newest-available model kayaks. Staff will fit you into a kayak that’s comfortable and appropriate for your skill level. All rentals include detailed paddling instruction, kayak, paddle, personal flotation device, map of the area, dry bag, tidal information and updated weather forecast. There’s also secure parking, restrooms, and a private kayak launch from which to embark on your adventure.

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Charleston Kayak Company

With offices in central Charleston, the Charleston Kayak Company offer kayak rentals for delivery to private homes, and launch sites around the low-country for group outings or multi-day rentals. Adventure-seekers and then  free to explore the area’s beautiful waterways, including the tranquil upper Ashley River. Single kayaks are available for ages 13 and up and double/tandem kayaks are open to anyone aged 18 or over. Under 18s can also use a double/tandem kayak if they are accompanied by an adult. Kayak rental rates start at $25 per person.

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