I had the pleasure of going kayaking in Fripp Inlet when visiting Beaufort, South Carolina, and there’s simply nothing better than gliding quietly through the water with a paddle in hand. It’s the ultimate relaxation.
Fripp Inlet lies between Fripp Island and Hunting Island, and it’s all part of the Sea Islands, a tidal and barrier island chain. If you’re familiar with barrier islands, you probably know that there are huge expanses of salt marsh inside them, and that means kayaking!
We took a guided tour with the very laid back and friendly Eric Gibbons of The Kayak Farm. While the bulk of his business is simply kayak rentals, he does guided tours upon request.
Eric let us paddle at our own pace, and periodically we would meet up at certain areas to chat a bit. He shared some really interesting facts about the marshland habitat and about dolphins (because we saw a TON of them). Since it was so quiet and peaceful while kayaking in Fripp Inlet, we could hear dolphins breathing every few seconds. Pretty amazing!
Eric also spotted a cannonball jellyfish in the water, and let us have a closer look before sending it back on its way. Apparently, it’s one of the most common jellyfish, but the stingers are so small, that they can’t really hurt you.
Still not touching one… just saying.
Eric also told us about the grasses that make up salt marshes. The shorter grasses are found closer to islands in the higher marshes, and the taller smooth cordgrass, called Spartina Altonaflora, is further from shore.
What I didn’t know is that it’s a deciduous perennial, so in the spring, new growth pushes up and knocks the old growth into the water where it breaks down into nutrients (making the perfect habitat for shrimp and oysters). It’s also a rhizome with subterranean stems, so what looks like lots of plants is actually one plant!
My friend Pam and I opted for a tandem kayak so we could chat while we paddled. It was really fun, but there’s one thing to note. They’re even more stable than single kayaks, but there’s a price. They’re super heavy, and even though two people are rowing, it definitely takes a lot more effort to move them through the water.
If you’re visiting Beaufort, kayaking should be on your must-do list, and I highly recommend kayaking in Fripp Inlet. It’s such a serene, natural and unspoiled place — great for the soul.
For more information on the area and kayaking Beaufort SC, visit http://www.beaufortsc.org/
Comments & Reviews
Amanda Love says
It’s been a long time since I tried kayaking and it would be nice to do again. I love the peacefulness of the place, it’s lovely!
Annemarie LeBlanc says
For me, there is always a first time. And if I do try my hand at kayaking, I would want it to be at Fripp Inlet!
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
How fun! No matter where we go on vacation, if kayaking is an option, we do it. Fripp Inlet looks like a ton of fun.
It looks like a beautiful spot to kayak. I would love to learn how to kayak someday. Good exercise too.
Wow, what a great place to visit. It is so nice that you had someone to share such great information with you. I think I would go with the tandem kayak also. I like to chat!
Susan Mary Malone says
Oh, now this is something I’d love to do! What could be more calming than paddling in such a beautiful, peaceful place . . .
We are fortunate to have many places to kayak by our house. The kids are good but I need to get better. It’s a great way to see nature & get a good workout
robin masshole mommy says
That sounds like so much fun! I have always wanted to try kayaking.
We want to go kayaking one day. It looks like a lot of fun. Great pics!
I love kayaking – it’s one of my favorite activities to do. We haven’t done it in a while since we moved to TN, but hopefully we’ll move closer to a body of water in the next few years!
Annemarie LeBlanc says
I have not tried kayaking before but I think you’ve convinced me to. Fripp Inlet looks beautiful and I love that there is an option for a guided tour!
betsy breuer says
This looks so fun! I have always heard amazing things about Fripp Island! Kayaking is such a fun thing to do!
What a great way to get your workout and see the surroundings with dolphins thrown in there. Fripp island and inlet look beautiful and Beaufort is looking more and more like a place I have to go to.
Kayaking looks like so much fun and I am sure it’s a great workout. Look at you out there smiling away, glad you enjoyed this!
We do a lot of kayaking around here. This sounds like a great spot
This looks so neat. My friend loves to kayak and would probably have so much fun there.
Pam Wattenbarger says
I was definitely sore after kayaking. My hands were pretty torn up too, but it was worth it. It was a really neat experience.
Rebecca Bryant says
You look to be having a fun time. i am always afraid of flipping those things over.
Sarah Bailey says
What a beautiful place to be pending time. You look like a pro at it.
Marcie W. says
Fun, especially in those gorgeous surroundings! I kayaked with my husband in Jamaica and it was a lot of fun! I remember being surprised by the arm workout I got from paddling.
Stephanie JEannot says
Kayaking looks like it is tons of fun but unfortunately have yet to dabble into the mystery of it. Hope to one day get the guts to do it; so adventurous!
Star Traci says
This looks like a wonderful way to spend the day. I definitely would prefer to share with a friend even if it was harder work. I had no idea that there was such a dolphin population there. I would love that.
I wouldn’t touch one of those things either!
I’ve never been kayaking, but people I know tell me it is so much fun. Maybe I should give it a whirl!
I have never been kayaking but it is definitely on my bucket list! Did you find it difficult? Looks like a ton of fun!
Cassie Tucker says
I love visiting the Beaufort area when I get the time, but I have never gone kayaking. I think I will have to check this out the next time my husband and I make the trip.
Reesa Lewandowski says
This is right up my family’s alley! My husband would be so thrilled if I showed him this! What a beautiful, peaceful time! We are going to myrtle beach in 2 months, I need to see how far this is from there.
Mary Edwards says
This looks like a great place to kayak. My husband and I are always looking for new places to take our Kayak. SC is a bit far, but next time we are in the area, we will check it out.
Seattle Travel Blogger says
I have done some kayaking before and find it to be relaxing.
You went to a neat destination and looks like you had a lot of fun.
Myrah Duque says
Kayaking is one water activity you will not find me doing! In turn my daughter is obsessed! When she visits FL from college, that is the first on her list. Fripp Inlet looks like the perfect place!
Karrie Truman says
Our family has never gone kayaking but has always wanted to. It looks like it’s such a fun adventure and what a gorgeous spot to do it in!
Louise Bishop says
We LOVE kayaking! It looks like your kayaks were much longer than ours! Were they 12-footers? I have never heard of a cannonball jellyfish before–that’s so neat!
Our Family World says
Kayaking is very fun to do! We always do that when me and my hubby are on a trip! its a great bonding!
Kayaking was one of my husband and my favorite pre-kid activities. It’s been years and years since we’ve gone out. It looks so gorgeous, especially with all the cool plants and creatures.
Julie @ Running in a Skirt says
What a beautiful thing to do! I’ll have to try to find time to kayak the next time I’m in that area.
Saidah Washington says
I live in SC and had and opportunity to review a Kyak but I am too chicken. I’m scared of any water except bath and pool water.
My brother went kayaking here in New York State last year and he loved the experience. I don’t know if I would be too afraid to do it.
Tami Qualls says
I have never been kayaking before. Hubby is wanting to do something new and without the kiddos. This might just be what we end up doing.
I always loved kayaking, it’s such a peaceful thing and allows you be active right in nature. We also go ocean kayaking, that’s so fun!!!
I havent kayak’d since I was 11 in summer camp. This looks like it would be fun at Fripp.
Cez of eTramping says
The Kayaking looks like a great time! What an awesome little jellyfellow, fantastic photo.
This sounds fun. I can’t wait for the summer season to come.
Alissa Apel says
Fun! I thought it would be a blast to take the boys out on a kayak or canoe. I think they’d love it! They did go on a canoe last year at camp. 🙂