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10 Fun Water Sports to Enjoy Near Pawleys Island

By Marissa Polascak • April 26, 2016

It's no secret that the Pawleys Island is surrounded by water, and, thankfully, there are tons of awesome water-related activities to do in the area. From relaxing waters ports like stand up paddleboarding to more enthralling activities such as jet skiing, here is a list of 10 fun water sports to enjoy while visiting Pawleys Island:

Banana Boating

If you take a short drive to Murrells Inlet, Express Watersports can help you with all of your banana boating needs. Banana boating is a family-friendly water sport that consists of being pulled on a banana-shaped raft behind a jet-ski or boat. Express Watersports offers ocean rides if you want to experience a more thrilling ride, or rides in the Inlet for a smoother experience. Crazy Sister Marina also offers this service.


Have you ever wanted to rent your own boat? Next time you’re in Pawleys Island, why not give it a shot? Pawleys Island Outdoors offers Jon Boats for one day all the way up to one week rentals. Or, if you’re looking for a different kind of boat, Beach House Boat Rentals offers a variety of different boats like skiffs, pontoons, and more.


When visiting Pawleys Island, head on over to Black River Outdoors to rent a canoe! Canoes can be rented from here for $45 for one day, plus $35 for any additional days. Plan to canoe for a whole week? You can rent a canoe from here for $150 as their weekly deal. Pawleys Kayaks also offers canoe rentals for paddling in the creeks of Pawleys Island and Litchfield.


The South Carolina coast is known for amazing fresh seafood; especially in the Lowcountry area of Pawleys Island, Murrells Inlet, Litchfield, and Georgetown. If you love to fish, or if you want to try fishing for the first time on your vacation, there are several fishing charter companies in the area. Some of these fishing charter companies include: Carolina Guide Service, Inshore Xtreme Fishing Charter, Tide Drifter Charters, LLC., and more!

Jet Skiing

Feeling adventurous? Go for an enthralling jet ski ride in the Pawleys Island area! Express Watersports and Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet both offer jet ski rentals for you and your family to enjoy. Renting jet skis with either of these companies allows guests to experience riding the waves in the ocean, or going for a smooth ride in the Inlet waters. If you haven’t been on a jet ski before don’t worry; safety guides will accompany each group of riders.


The Lowcountry surrounding Pawleys Island is home to marshes, rivers, creeks, and inlets that allow for great canoeing. Black River Outdoors offers two, four, and six hour guided kayak eco tours that will take you through different parts of the Pawleys Island area. You can also rent kayaks from Surf the Earth or Pawleys Kayaks.


Enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the beautiful Lowcountry coast during an exciting parasailing adventure! Parasailing is a fun activity for the whole family, as kids as young as 5 years old can ride with an adult as long as they reach the weight limit. Join Express Watersports or Crazy Sister Marina in Murrells Inlet for some parasailing fun, or drive a little further to Garden City to parasail with Shoreline Watersports.

Scuba Diving

Before (or after) you’ve experienced the Pawleys Island area from a bird’s-eye view while parasailing, why not take the plunge and view the coast from down under? If you’ve never been scuba diving before, Express Watersports offers scuba diving certification classes to get you rolling in the right direction towards you first scuba diving experience. Experienced scuba divers can enjoy a scuba diving charter with Express Watersports, too!

Stand Up Paddleboarding

Stand up paddleboarding (SUP) is a relaxing activity that is definitely worth trying when you’re visiting Pawleys Island. This water sport is relatively easy and is fun to do in the Inlet or along the channels of the Pawleys Island salt marshes. Places like Surf the Earth will deliver SUP rentals to you in Pawleys Island, or you can head over to Express Watersports and rent one to paddle around the Murrells Inlet Marshwalk area.


If you want to ride some waves in Pawleys Island, then Surf the Earth is the place to check out, Whether you want to learn how to surf, rent a board, or buy a board, Surf the Earth has you covered. Surf the Earth will deliver a surfboard to you for free, or you can stop by their shop and pick it up yourself..