• Coastal Georgia Eco-Exploration Tour

    2.5 - 3 hour cruise, Turners Creek through the creeks and marshes. Travel through marshlands to discover the wonders of the Georgia coast. Narration will include history, ecology and relationship of various parts of the Coastal Georgia ecosystem.

    Vessel Information:
    The "Island Explorer", a 45 foot trihull excursion vessel, seats 40 passengers comfortably and will accommodate 42 passengers. Vessel was designed and built for coastal Georgia waters. Boat Features: padded seating, restroom, stereo, cordless PA system, USCG safety equipment; is handicap friendly, and more. Boat is ultra stable - no seasickness.

    Typical Cruise Scenario:

    • Load passengers at Hogan's Marina’s dock.
    • As we leave the dock, talk about floating docks and tidal issues; expound on tides, how they are influenced and their cycles.
    • We’d cruise the river and creeks towards Isle of Hope and Skidaway State Park
    • Hammoch Walk, weather permitting.
    Topics of discussion would include:

    • The marshland ecology, Georgia has 400,000 acres saltwater marshes. A vital nursery for many forms of life in the area.
    • Variety of bird sightings and discussion of interesting facts on those birds.
    • Sightings of Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin (98% success rate), discussion of “dolphin” facts. Interactive discussion of information concerning dolphins and their habits.
    • The river itself and the life contained in it; sharks, mullet, shrimp, soft corals, etc.
    • Discovery Trawl; we haul a trawl net through the water to see what type of exotic species we can find. Usual examples include shrimp, squid, jelly fish, puffer fish, Blue Crabs, Stone Crabs and many small fish... but, you never know. We’ll talk about these finds.
    • Variety of local history: Tuner's Creek,Paula Deen's homes, Wilmington River, Blackbeard, pirates, freed black villages, barrier island inhabitants and more.
    • Isle of Hope, Skidaway Island State Park and Wormsloe Historic Site
    • Coastal Islands, how they are formed, change and what is found on them. (we will be cruising within feet of them) Talk about Georgia’s 14 barrier islands and how only four have causeways to them, the rest are protected and unique in their own way.

    As we cruise the waterways of the low country, we will talk about what we see and answer questions of the passengers, there will be times of just enjoying the scenery.

    Each cruise is different, we try to gauge your interests and give you what you want. Call us with your interests or questions. We do cruises that range from 1.5 – 8 hours. From Savannah Refuge to Ossabaw Island, we’ll explore the areas you want.

  • Students & Scouts

    • Explore the rivers, marshes and coastal islands aboard our 42 passenger US Coast Guard certified vessel. Watch dolphins at play and egrets catching fish. See what is under the water when we pull our trawl net. Learn about the marshland and the barrier island ecosystems.
    • True educational experiences - not just a "Dolphin Tour"
    • Floating classroom for Tybee Island Marine Science Center, Burton 4H Center, Savannah State University, Wilderness Southeast and more educational organizations.
    • While visiting Savannah be sure to experience the coastal waters on our 45ft US Coast Guard certified vessel, the "Island Explorer"
    • Padded seating, restroom and guaranteed no seasickness.
    • Bull River Cruises offers more than just a Dolphin Cruise, we offer a learning experience in the Coastal Georgia ecosystem
    • Certain tours qualify Girl Scouts to earn the Coastal Georgia Badge.
    • Special Girl Scouts and School Group Rates.
    • Private customized tours available: Savannah Refuge, Daufuski Island.

  • Eco-Adventure Cruise Call for Availibility

    This signature cruise travels Coastal Georgia's waterways through the salt marshes down to the barrier islands.
    Along this narrated cruise, we'll enjoy and learn about marshland and tidal river ecology.
    Viewing and exploring the barrier islands and learning the history of these pristine wonders is always a treat.
    We'll watch dolphins at play and egrets stalking along the oyster beds.
    Another activity is pulling the trawl net and seeing the undersea life dwelling in the river.
    This educational trip is fun for all ages and qualifies Girl Scouts to earn the Coastal Georgia Patch.
    Call 912-898-1800 for cost and reservations.

  • Harbor to Refuge (Wilderness Southeast) Call for next trip

    Join a naturalist and crew aboard the 45-foot "Island Explorer" for a journey back in time. Beginning
    amidst the bustle of the harbor, you'll proceed upriver looking for wildlife at historic Mulberry Grove Plantation and the serene expanse of the Savannah National Wildlife Refuge.

    Group size: 12-25.
    $45/person fee.

    Meet at River Street Public Pier.

    Reservations required!

  • Savannah River Expedition

    Bull River Cruises hosts a two hundred mile, 2 day, river expedition to promote the ecological
    and historic importance of the Savannah River.
    This excursion will explore this alluvial river from Augusta to Savannah.
    We will be traveling aboard the vessel “Island Express”, a 25 foot USCG inspected 20 passenger vessel.
    2 days of nature will combine with history as we wander the winding beauty of the Savannah River.
    Kayaking, natural and cultural history and birding are just a sample of the activities that will be enjoyed while on this path of the Savannah.

    We invite those who want to learn and explore this wonderful wilderness to join us for this trip.
    A variety of packages are offered and include camping or lodge accommodations, meals, and ground transportation.
    This trip can accommodate up to 10 passengers.

    Michael Neal, Bull River Cruises, (912)898-1800 for information and reservations.

  • Savannah River Discovery Cruises - Next Cruise....Call

    Explore the Savannah River with and discover the diversity of the river’s shoreline.
    We’ll depart from Historic Ebenezer Landing, explore the Savannah Wildflife Refuge, wander alongside Mulberry Grove Plantation, then through the harbor with its massive container ships, experience the river’s view of historic downtown Savannah and then coast on into the estuaries, where the river meets the ocean.
    This will be a 45 mile river trip filled with nature and history.

    Dates of upcoming events soon to be posted.
    For available cruises, call Michael Neal @ (912) 898-1800