Paradise Resort provides the modern luxuries you love in a location that will take your breath away. But the sparkling ocean and sandy beaches you will enjoy at the resort are just small slices of the naturally stunning Myrtle Beach area. Eco-tourism is a great way to explore the Grand Strand and learn more about its environmental offerings.
The South Carolina coast is a magnificent stretch of land. One of the best ways to appreciate its wildlife and history is from the water. Blue Wave Adventures offers scenic tours that emphasize the ecology, wildlife and beauty of the area. The company’s 1.5-hour tour through Murrells Inlet and along the majestic Atlantic coastline gives visitors the opportunity to search for dolphins, turtles, jellyfish, rays, sharks and more. The onboard marine biologist provides interesting facts about wildlife, local history and points of interest. In general, morning tours offer the best conditions to see wildlife.
The Express Watersports Ocean Sightseeing and Dolphin Watch cruise also gives visitors a chance to learn more about the area’s aquatic wildlife. The 1.5-hour tour departs from Murrells Inlet in a 46-foot Newton vessel. As you cruise toward the ocean, the onboard naturalist reveals the history of Murrells Inlet and shares aquatic facts. Guests may see wild dolphins and other aquatic life, feeding and playing in their natural habitat.
The ocean isn’t the only body of water to explore on the Grand Strand. Black River Outdoors provides a hands-on look at the beautiful rivers, marshes and creeks that lie a few miles inland. Guests partake in naturalist-guided eco-venture kayak tours of the Black River preserves, Waccamaw River, Sandy Island and the 18th century Chicora Wood Plantation. As you paddle along the black water of the Waccamaw River, you’ll see a side of the Myrtle Beach area that most visitors miss. Black River Outdoors offers 2-hour and 4-hour kayaking tours of the Waccamaw and surrounding swamps, Georgetown Harbor, Huntington Beach State Park, and more. On select dates, patrons can watch the full moon rise over the ocean while the sun sets over the mainland. Bird-watching tours and fishing trips are also available for visitors who want to experience the local wildlife in other ways.
After seeing dolphins in the Atlantic and birds nestled among the trees along the Waccamaw River, you might be searching for another bucket-list experience. The Experience T.I.G.E.R.S. attraction at Myrtle Beach Safari offers a unique way to expand your horizons. By visiting Preservation Station at Barefoot Landing, visitors will experience a free, living tiger exhibit. Watch Bengal tigers, Royal White Bengal tigers and the rare Golden Tabby tiger playing together and relaxing in an outdoor environment. The purpose of this exhibit is to raise funds for the Rare Species Fund, which provides support to international conservation efforts. Guests can support the Rare Species Fund by participating in the photo encounter. Cuddle up with a baby tiger and a young ape to support the RSF and the animal ambassadors! The price of the photo encounter includes one 8”x10” photograph per group; additional prints can be purchased after the encounter.
There’s no end to the natural wonders of the Myrtle Beach area. Whether you’re watching dolphins jump in the Atlantic, listening to a warbler’s song by the Waccamaw River, supporting animals at Preservation Station or just lounging on the beach in front of Paradise Resort, you’re taking part in the one-of-a-kind Myrtle Beach experience.