Rover Tours

Shelling & Lighthouse Cruises & Historic Hobcaw House Boat Tours
735 Front Street (on the Harborwalk) • Georgetown 843.546.8822 •

This cruise will run as weather dictates. Please refer to Lowcountry Companion’s Calendar or call for current schedules. The Carolina Rover is waiting to take you and any assortment of your favorite people on a four-hour tour that’s guaranteed distinct from any attraction along the Grand Strand. A comfy 40-foot pontoon boat cruises smooth inland waters to a blissfully uninhabited barrier island where the Winyah Bay meets the Atlantic Ocean.

Travel through a birder’s paradise by SC’s oldest lighthouse, the Georgetown Lighthouse, almost thirteen miles from the port city, on North Island. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the nation! During the Civil War, the circa 1811 brick conical structure was heavily damaged and ultimately reconstructed in 1867.

During this adventure, smack in the heart of the Winyah Bay, you will sight the Civil
War wreck of the Union flagship, the USS Harvest Moon. Upon arrival on North Island, guests can beachcomb where the sea spills her treasures on pristine shores; the shelling opportunity is exquisite. Rover Naturalists will give an informative commentary on local ecology, biology, and area history. Get excited about looking for dolphins, Bald Eagles, alligators and more!

Bring a canvas bag to collect shells. Hats, sunglasses, insect repellent and sunscreen are smart ideas, as is a small, lightweight cooler with a couple of drinks and snacks. Don’t forget the camera.

The Carolina Rover also take a cruise up the Winyah Bay toward the Great Pee Dee River, giving view to majestic oak trees and the abandoned rice fields of Hobcaw Barony, to tour Bernard Baruch’s winter hunting retreat. Step aboard in Georgetown and travel back in time to Hobcaw Barony pier where you disembark for a one-hour tour of Hobcaw House.

These cruises are wonderfully unique experiences for all ages – one that few have the opportunity to enjoy. It is a great family outing and private charters are available. Visit the website or ask questions at the kiosk on Front Street between the River Room and the SC Maritime Museum. Reservations are required.

Kimberly Duncan