Itching to Go for Nature Tours?

In the winter season of 1997 three senior high school friends, Shane Ziegler, Jose Hernandez, and Maximum Sparwasser, were roasting oysters over a cedar fire on Capers Island when the three of them developed the idea of forming Obstacle Island Eco Tours. The 23 year olds had actually spent much of their youth boating the tidal creeks of the Charleston area fishing, shrimping, crabbing, and exploring the undeveloped barrier islands. They felt that site visitors to Charleston were losing out on the very best part of the lowcountry, its undeveloped barrier islands and back creek salt marshes. They wanted to expose people to Capers Island and its surrounding salt marsh ecological community, however in a helpful method so guests entrusted a higher regard and gratitude of this remarkably pristine location.

Nature Tours

In the summer of 1997, after receiving approval from the SCDNR to take site visitors to Capers Island, Hernandez and Ziegler started business taking instructional nature tours to Capers on a 6 traveler watercraft. In 1998 they purchased the Callinectes, a Coast Guard Certified 40 traveler tour watercraft. 2 years later they added a 23 ft. fishing watercraft for inshore fishing charters. 2 years after that, a 16 traveler skiff outfitted for smaller sized personalized eco-tours, kayaking, and fishing excursions was contributed to the fleet. In 2006, Ziegler purchased out Hernandez’s share of business and added a 22 traveler pontoon which he leases from his head naturalist, Robert Hopkins.

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