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Little Tybee Island: A Hidden Gem

Just a short distance to the south of Tybee Island lies an uninhabited nature preserve named Little Tybee Island. Despite the name, it’s actually twice the size of our barrier island and only accessible by boat! While it may be larger than Tybee, visitors often overlook it as a great place for a day trip while on vacation. And, if you’re looking for an adventure there’s no better spot! A trek to this natural paradise tucked away on the Georgia coast is well worth it with its magnificent sunsets, wildlife watching opportunities, fishing, and so much more. Whether you’ve been to Tybee before, or it’s your first time, visiting Little Tybee is an opportunity you don’t want to miss!

Kayaking to Little Tybee Island is one of the "outdoor activities near me" on Tybee Island
Kayaking To Little Tybee Island

Cruise Across Tybee’s Back River

Little Tybee is located to the south, just across Tybee’s Back River. Despite being able to see it from Back River Beach, guests are often unaware of it and rarely take the trek. Hop on a boat, kayak, or stand-up paddleboard to make the voyage to the untouched retreat! Check out North Island Surf and Kayak for your kayak and paddleboard rental needs. You can launch right from their dock on the Lazaretto Creek and head to the uninhabited island. They even offer guided tours and can help with camping on the island! Kayaking is the ideal way to spot all of the wildlife along the marshes, including dolphins, sea otters, osprey, and a variety of wading and migratory birds.

Sea Stars Off the Coast

Outdoor Enthusiasts Will Love Little Tybee Island!

Little Tybee makes it easy to get in touch with nature! It’s truly the perfect location to experience much of what makes the lowcountry so unique. Appreciate the coastal wetlands, stunning salt marshes, maritime forests, and rolling dunes all in one location. Leave the comfort of your vacation home to camp for a night on the shore, where you can stargaze and listen to the sounds of crashing waves. The island is also a fisherman’s dream. Cruise the inshore waterways around Little Tybee for a fresh catch! Be sure to contact Southern Saltwater Charters for any of your inshore fishing needs. In addition to guided fishing trips, they have sunset cruises, backwater excursions, and shark tooth hunts!

Learning from Little Tybee Island

If you’re looking for an educational opportunity while on vacation, a boat trip to Little Tybee is definitely in order. Sundial Charters has a wonderful boat trip to the island where you can land on the preserved beaches that are littered with sand dollars and whelks. Maybe you’ll even get to catch a glimpse of a bald eagle as they nest all over the island! The trip is ideal for any age and perfect for a family excursion!

Back River Sunset

Stunning Sunsets

The Back River Beach is home to some of the most stunning sunset views on all of the island. So, it’s no wonder that those same sunset views can be enjoyed from the seclusion of Little Tybee Island! Watch pelicans soar across the water or enjoy a nice evening picnic on the beach while the sun dips below the horizon.

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