Hilton Head Island's Adventure Professionals

Castnets & Critters™ Eco Tour with Live Oac

Castnets & Critters Eco Tour

The waters of the Lowcountry are a soup full of living creatures. Let’s see them up close! We’ll include a seasonal assortment of educational activities, well suited to shorter attention spans and young minds, like castnetting, crabbing, and dolphin watching.

Castnetting is a Lowcountry tradition. The simplicity of the cast net makes it as much a fishing tool as a work of art. These are the things we value as a way of life on Lowcountry waters: The beauty of a great cast, the net approaching a perfect circle in the air and the soft splash as it contacts the water, encircling the bait fish.

The experienced guides of Live Oac are glad to share this "art" with you on any of our custom tours. Whether you're looking for a lesson or just want to watch it happen, let us show you how.

We often carry a cast net on board, but please voice your request during the reservation process and we'll be sure to include it as part of your custom adventure.

Shrimping-specific programs occur in late summer and early fall, but there are other things of interest we can cast net for outside that time. We have mullet year-round, best targeted near low tide. Baitfish like menhaden are usually found in open water and threadfin herring are caught along the tidal current rips at certain times of year.
  • Captain Blair throws a cast net for bait fish
  • Bait fish on deck of charter boat
  • Captain Scott shows kids a jellyfish
  • Captain Blair shows fishing cast net to kids
  • horseshoe crab shown up close to boat tour group on beach
  • cast net being thrown from eco tour boat in Hilton Head
  • atlantic blue crab held in hand on nature tour
  1-2 Hours
  Year Round
  All Ages
   Private SUV Boating™ Charter Rates

Pricing is Total Per Boat, for up to 6 people. Call for 7+

1 Hour • $178
1½ Hour • $238
2 Hour  • $288
3 Hour  • $398
4 Hour  • $508

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1½ Hr
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2 Hr
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3 Hr
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4 Hr
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Live Oac SUV Boating™ charters can accommodate up to 6 passengers per boat, and we have multiple boats available for larger groups.

Our 2 hour Dolphin Wildlife Refuge Tour™ is our most popular. It gives us plenty of time to explore, see dolphins, and learn about the backcountry waters. For private charters looking to add activities like cast netting or crabbing, the 2 hour is typically recommended.

We can get out and have a good dolphin experience in as short as a 1 hour trip, and that is definitely recommended for groups with children 3 years or younger.

A 1½ hour trip offers a nice compromise between the two if you’re not sure.

Longer trips are available, but are generally recommended when adding other activities such as watersports, fishing, beachcombing, or destination trips.

Be sure to CALL US if you have any questions about timing and for a personalized recommendation for your group. Our captains field most of our phone calls, and we’ll give you the best suggestion based on our years of experience taking out groups just like yours.