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If you have ever moved to a new house, apartment, or office by yourself, you know how much of a pain it can be. The moving process can be filled with many different emotions. On the one hand, you’re probably excited about the new adventure that lies ahead of you. On the other hand, you’re probably dreading the heavy lifting, pulling, packing, organizing, and logistical aspects of moving.

At Strong Men Moving, our goal is to remove that dread so you can focus on the fun and productive times ahead. With a team of hardworking, experienced moving professionals on your side, moving to a new home or office is easy, like Sunday morning.

The best part? As local, trusted movers in Kiawah Island, you won’t have to take a loan out from the bank to pay for our moving services. We believe in hard work, friendly attitudes, efficiency, and fair pricing.

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Convenience is King

Convenience is King

Strong Men Moving is a full-service moving company in Kiawah Island. We run our trucks at 110%, meaning we go above and beyond what other movers in Kiawah Island are willing to do.

Are you moving from out of state? Is your new house hard to find? Don’t have the time or patience to pack and wrap all of your belongings? Don’t sweat it – we’ve got your back. There’s no job that’s too large or too small for our strong men to handle, and there’s no place in the Lowcountry that we won’t go for you.

When we say convenience is king, we mean it.  We’re talking nights, weekends, and availability 24-hours a day from Monday through Saturday. Our goal is to make your move as stress-free and simple as possible. That way, you have time to focus on enjoying your new home or office, while we worry about hauling your double vanity into the back of our truck.

When you bring in the Strong Men, you can rest assured that you’re getting a full-service, friendly experience from the minute we pull into your driveway to the minute we shake your hand goodbye. Unlike some moving companies in Kiawah Island, punctuality is not our poison. We strive to arrive on time to each job that we are hired to perform.

Here are some of the most popular moving services our customers use:

Residential Moving

Residential Moving

Along with divorce and the loss of a job, moving is listed as one of the most stressful experiences a person can go through in their lifetime. When you consider the packing, the lifting, the scheduling, and the general disruption that moving can have on your life, it’s easy to understand why.

As the premier moving company in Kiawah Island, our goal is to carry your moving burden, so you can stay focused on your daily life. You can rest easy knowing our movers in Kiawah Island will always show up to your home with a positive attitude, friendly smile, and motivation to work. We treat your property like it was our own and take great care in handling all the items we move for you.

In addition, we prep our team of movers for many situations and provide thorough training on the fundamentals of moving, packing, risk management, and more.

If you own specialty items such as art, antiques, or other valuables, we will take every precaution necessary to ensure your possessions arrive to your new home safe and sound.

Whether you’re moving to a new home down the street or are coming from another state, we have the experience, tools, and professional movers to do the job correctly. We even offer additional residential moving services that include packing, unpacking, overnight storage, and much more.

Call or text us today to discover the full range of our residential moving specialties.

Labor-Only Moving

Labor-Only Moving

Do you already have reliable transportation but still need a team of professional movers to handle your heavy lifting? Strong Men Moving now offers labor-only moving services in Kiawah Island for both residential and commercial moving projects.

A few benefits of labor-only moving include:

  • Reduce damage – our professional movers in Kiawah Island will make sure your belongings are properly loaded into your truck, reducing the probability of damaged or broken items.
  • Maximize Space – With years of experience in the moving industry, we have a sixth sense for space-efficient packing and loading. Our strong men will make the most out of your truck’s usable space, which can help reduce trip time and save money on gas.
  • Quicker Moves – A team of Strong Men Moving will almost always be able to load and unload your belongings faster than a group of your friends. It’s nothing personal! With our team of professionals, you can spend less time filling up your truck and more time on getting to your new home or office.
  • Save Money – Using your friends to help you move almost certainly means you will have to compensate them one way or another. Why spend your money on cases of beer and pizza when you can use it for a safer, quicker move?
Commercial Moving

Commercial Moving

Kiawah Island and the surrounding metropolitan area is a hot spot for business. Dozens of companies scout Kiawah Island each year as a new place to call home, where they can broaden their horizons and find new clients. What some businesses do not take into account is the logistics and headaches involved with moving to a new location.

Strong Men Moving has built a reputation as a leader in commercial moving services in Kiawah Island. We have the tools, team, and experience necessary to facilitate a smooth move for your business at a reasonable price.

In our experience as a commercial moving company in Kiawah Island, we have discovered that it can be complicated to move to a new business location. During this transition, we know that you need:

  • Your office furniture, equipment, and supplies packed and secured safely
  • Storage space
  • A detailed, efficient plan of action to ensure an organized move
  • Minimal disruptions to your day-to-day operations

To make sure we meet the requirements above, we will speak with you at length about your upcoming commercial business relocation. That way, we get a better understanding of the logistics involved. We will also provide you with a free quote, so you can plan your budget ahead of time.

At Strong Men Moving, some common commercial moving services include:

  • Pickup and delivery of your office equipment and supplies
  • Loading and unloading office items
  • Packing and unpacking your office supplies
  • Assembly of your office furniture
  • Provide all necessary moving equipment and packing materials

Whether you have to move a few office chairs down the street or need help transitioning to a new location, we are here to serve.

Refuse Removal and Disposal

Refuse Removal and Disposal

Did you find a bunch of unwanted junk after moving to a new office? Do you have an old, stinky couch taking up room in your basement? Don’t sweat it – we will remove the old junk from your home or office quicker than you can say, “trash it!”

With Strong Men Moving’s refuse removal services, we can haul away all the heavy, unusable items that your trash service won’t pick up.

A few common junk removal items that we can remove for you are:

  • Couches
  • Chairs
  • Bed frames
  • Futons
  • Dressers
  • Mattresses
Professional Packing

Professional Packing

If you’re like most average folks living in the U.S., you probably have hundreds of items lying around your house that need to be packed before you can move to a new home. Packing can be a massive source of frustration, especially for busy families and professionals who don’t have the time or patience to pack.

Why risk a sprained back or a throbbing headache when Strong Men Moving can handle all the packing for you? With our professional packing services in Kiawah Island, you can sit back and sip some sweet tea while we pack your keepsakes, furniture, electronics, clothes, and more. If you have valuable items like family heirlooms or fragile china, we will take extra care to make sure those items stay safe and unbroken during your upcoming move.

Why hire a moving company in Kiawah Island like Strong Men Moving to help you pack? Here’s why most of our clients want us to pack for them:

  • Packing is a tedious, time-consuming chore
  • Professional packing minimizes the risk of injury
  • Professional packing reduces the risk of damaged items
  • Professional packing lets you focus on the more important aspects of moving, like setting up HVAC or internet service

Don’t have many items to pack this time around? Ask us about our high-quality packing supplies like boxes, tape, furniture pads, and covers. We’re here to help in any way that we can!

Cleanout Services

Cleanout Services

If you have a large-scale cleanout project, we can help with that, too. Our home and commercial cleanout services are great if you need to dispose of a large number of items in a short period of time.

All you have to do is give us a call, and we’ll come to your location to remove your unwanted items, taking care not to damage your home or office. Once we have removed your refuse, we’ll dispose of it in an environmentally-friendly fashion to help protect the Lowcountry we love so much.

A few common cleanout services in Kiawah Island include:

  • Estate cleanouts
  • House cleanouts
  • Basement cleanouts
  • Garage cleanouts
  • Foreclosure cleanouts
  • Apartment cleanouts
  • Office cleanouts
  • Commercial space cleanouts
  • Storage space cleanouts

General Labor Services

Are you working on a project that requires a team of strong laborers? Sometimes, hiring your friends just doesn’t cut it. When you need a team that arrives on time, works hard, and does so with a smile, Strong Men Moving has got the help you need! As trusted movers in Kiawah Island, we employ seasoned labor professionals that can assist you with your next indoor or outdoor project. Ready to get started? Call or text us today so that we can get a good understanding of your upcoming project, and how our team can save you time, effort, and money.

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About Strong Men Moving

Established in 2019, Strong Men Moving has quickly become a leading moving company in Kiawah Island, SC. We have built our reputation on reliability, performance, price, and a positive attitude. We truly feel privileged to serve the residents of South Carolina. Our goal is to provide quality customer service with speed and diligence to all clients. We treat all of our customers the same, whether they hire us for a multi-facility commercial move or just need help loading and unloading a moving truck.

About Strong Men Moving

Strong Men Moving offers service in the following communities and beyond:

  • Bluffton
  • Charleston
  • Columbia
  • Daniel Island
  • Folly Beach
  • Greenville
  • Hanahan
  • Hilton Head Island
  • Isle of Palms
  • James Island
  • Johns Island
  • Kiawah Island
  • Ladson
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Myrtle Beach
  • Nexton
  • North Charleston
  • Seabrook Island
  • Sullivan’s Island
  • Summerville
  • West Ashley

Do you have questions?

Need a quote on your upcoming residential or commercial move? We are here to help however
possible. You can reach us via phone at 843-830-6305 or by email at [email protected].

We hope to hear from you soon!

Latest News in Kiawah Island

Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences Sell Out

WINTER PARK, Fla., Nov. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Timbers Resorts, the leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, private residence clubs, master-planned resorts and boutique properties in the world's most exclusive ski, golf, leisure and beach destinations, is proud to announce today the closing and sell out of the highly sought-after Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & R...

WINTER PARK, Fla., Nov. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Timbers Resorts, the leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, private residence clubs, master-planned resorts and boutique properties in the world's most exclusive ski, golf, leisure and beach destinations, is proud to announce today the closing and sell out of the highly sought-after Timbers Kiawah Ocean Club & Residences in Kiawah Island, S.C.

Final prices for the three-bedroom residences sold were $675,000 at a 1/9th deeded fractional interest and $1,700,000 for the Penthouse at 1/6th deeded fractional interest.

Perfectly positioned to meet the demand for drive-to markets and beach destinations, Timbers Kiawah was the first new residential development on Kiawah Island's oceanfront in over 30 years at the time of its opening and today remains the only private residence club on the island. Since its opening in 2018, Timbers Kiawah has seen record-breaking sales with $35.3M in combined new contracts and closings this year alone.

"Our owners love the turnkey aspect of ownership and the dedicated concierge that makes living in the Lowcountry effortless. We make your arrival as seamless as possible with groceries stocked, wine chilled, and surf toys and bikes ready for enjoyment," said Chris Burden, Chief Development Officer of Timbers Resorts. "It's much more than a piece of real estate. Our owners love the intimate private residence club feel and all the programming and activities that come with buying at Timbers Kiawah, from weekly happy hours and bourbon tastings to holiday parties."

Made up of 21 thoughtfully designed residences across three oceanfront buildings, the development is the first and only residence club on Kiawah Island, offering a completely new way to approach homeownership on the highly regarded island. Each home features panoramic views of the ocean and spacious interiors fit for families. Recognized as some of the most prized real estate on Kiawah Island, the 18 three-bedroom homes total over 2,200 sq. ft. each, while the development's marquee listings—its four-bedroom penthouses—boast over 3,600 sq. ft. of interior space. All residences feature floor-to-ceiling windows, expansive outdoor terraces and a host of high-quality finishes and furnishings – most of which were custom crafted by J. Banks Design, an international firm recognized by Interior Design as among the best in hospitality design.

The sell-out of Timbers Kiawah is just one example of the luxury real estate sales booming across the Timbers Resorts portfolio. As consumers continue to seek out a hybrid living lifestyle that owning a second home offers, Timbers Resorts provides an ideal and modern approach for astute buyers.

For more information, please visit www.timbersresorts.com.

About the Timbers Company:

Timbers Company, the company behind Timbers Resorts, is the leading developer and operator of luxury hotels, private residence clubs, master planned resorts and boutique properties in the world's most exclusive ski, golf, leisure and beach destinations. Timbers Company brands include Timbers Resorts and Soleil Hotels & Resorts. Since 1999, Timbers Resorts has been committed to being authentic, unique and respectful of the destinations in which the properties reside, focusing on family and immersive experiences, offering approachable luxury and never compromising quality and service. Timbers has taken that formula for success and launched a new brand – Soleil Hotels & Resorts – a luxury collection of hotels, resorts and whole ownership residences in tried-and-true destinations, offering owners and guests authentic and family-focused experiences. Timbers has extensive experience with master-planned resort communities, including properties such as Castello di Casole in Tuscany, Italy, The Preserve at Botany Bay in the U.S. Virgin Islands, Hokuala Resort in Kauai, Hawaii and South Seas Island Resort on Captiva Island, Florida. Timbers Collection has properties found in Aspen, Beaver Creek, Cabo San Lucas, Jupiter, Kauai, Kiawah Island, Maui, Napa, Scottsdale, Sonoma, Southern California, Steamboat, Tuscany and Vail.

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The Dunlin, Auberge Resorts Collection

Auberge Resorts Collection, a portfolio of award-winning hotels, resorts and residences, today announces plans for a new coastal escape in South Carolina with ...

Auberge Resorts Collection, a portfolio of award-winning hotels, resorts and residences, today announces plans for a new coastal escape in South Carolina with The Dunlin, Auberge Resorts Collection. Located along the Charleston coastline in the waterfront community of Kiawah River, the property offers 2,000 acres of picturesque land with 20 miles of riverfront, scenic nature trails and abundant marshlands set amongst native flora and fauna. With the groundbreaking planned for January 2022, The Dunlin, Auberge Resorts Collection, will be a charming, family-friendly getaway that invites guests to take in the simple pleasures of an authentic sea island lifestyle upon its opening in 2024.

With a commitment to quality and sustainability, The Dunlin, Auberge Resorts Collection was thoughtfully designed to be consciously harmonious with the ecosystem that Kiawah River calls home. Renowned architect Robert Glazier was chosen to design the resort. His repertoire of hotels, resorts and spas carefully respect both the local architectural character and natural site features. Acclaimed designer Amanda Lindroth of Lindroth Design has been selected to lead the interior design of the property. Lindroth will inject a whimsical, layered aesthetic through classic, island-inspired interiors, sunny batik prints and soothing undertones to create accommodations reminiscent of the most elemental sea island homes of another era. The Dunlin's serenely hospitable resort and community embody the vision of Kiawah River's development partners, The Beach Company and McNair Interests, to curate a one-of-a-kind experience at one of South Carolina's most cherished destinations.

Currently planned with 72 cottage-style guest rooms and suites and 19 villas, the scenic grounds will feature a main lodge with a spacious wraparound porch, great rooms designed for unwinding and a library lounge. Resort amenities will include a pool with inviting cabanas, a full-service spa, a community farmstead providing dining destinations with local bounty, nature excursions, access to the community's Spring House and a riverfront swim and fitness facility.

Guests and locals will delight in inventive new culinary experiences at The Dunlin, Auberge Resorts Collection. The signature riverfront restaurant will include an expansive outdoor deck overlooking Kiawah River's waters and natural vegetation. The resort will offer two event spaces for gatherings, meetings, and celebrations, including a 10,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor event hall for life's precious moments.

Its namesake honoring the beautiful local shorebird, The Dunlin's surroundings at Kiawah River showcase the region's abundance of natural offerings. A preserved estuary, the destination is vibrant with sea island life such as roseate spoonbills, great blue herons, redfish and oyster beds among moss-covered oaks and pines, creeks, ponds, and wide spans of marsh grasses along the water. One-of-a-kind experiences and activities for all ages include fly fishing, crabbing, and boating excursions, revealing the sea island's paradise that attracts paddle boarding on Kiawah River and hiking or biking on 20 miles of nature trails.

Kiawah River offers the rare opportunity to live in a vibrant, new waterfront community near historic Charleston. As the region's only agrihood, Kiawah River features multiple working farms, including a goatery, heirloom beef cattle and a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that delivers fresh local food to residents and resort restaurants. Life at Kiawah River offers the simple pleasures of quiet country life while still being a short drive to the famed restaurants and attractions of downtown Charleston, voted #1 city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure. Offering residences featuring classic sea island architecture, Kiawah River's master plan and amenities are designed by a world-renowned team specializing in sustainable designs. For more information, please visit www.kiawahriver.com.

The Dunlin, Auberge Resorts Collection's construction financing is provided by United Bank's Charleston, S.C. offices. "As United Bank is new to the market, we are excited to play a part in the development and construction of The Dunlin at Kiawah River and we look forward to its grand opening," said Clay K. Hughes, SVP commercial lending. The resort is expected to open in 2024. For more information, please visit aubergeresorts.com/the-dunlin.

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Auberge Resorts is a luxury hotel collection of exceptional resorts, residences and private clubs, each with a distinctive personality that assures a memorable guest experience. While Auberge Resorts nurtures the individuality of each establishment, all are characterized by a set of communal elements: intimate, understated elegance; captivating locations that inspire exceptional cuisine and spa experiences; and gracious yet unobtrusive service.

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Influential SC environmental group’s director is leaving after 4 years at helm

The director of one of South Carolina’s most influential conservation groups is leaving the organization, four years after replacing the group’s founder and long-time chief.Laura Cantral, director of the Coastal Conservation League in Charleston, announced Wednesday she is stepping down for personal family reasons. She and her family will move to Atlanta in January 2022, according to a news release.In late 2017, Cantral ...

The director of one of South Carolina’s most influential conservation groups is leaving the organization, four years after replacing the group’s founder and long-time chief.

Laura Cantral, director of the Coastal Conservation League in Charleston, announced Wednesday she is stepping down for personal family reasons. She and her family will move to Atlanta in January 2022, according to a news release.

In late 2017, Cantral replaced group founder Dana Beach, who ended a more than three-decade run as the league’s director. Beach started the league in the late 1980s.

In a note to the league’s governing board, Cantral said the group had faced challenges during her time.

“It has been an honor to lead this incredible organization,’’ according to a news release quoting Cantral. “When I arrived in late 2017, I knew I was stepping into a unique role — one of leader, manager, strategist, advocate, fundraiser, and steward all rolled into one.

“I could not have known the challenges and opportunities we would face over the course of the last four years, and I’m grateful for a wonderful staff and a supportive board of directors who, together, made all of our work possible.”

The board will be launch a nationwide search for a new executive director in coming weeks, the news release said.

The news release praised Cantral’s work with the organization. The Coastal Conservation League advocates for environmental protection in coastal South Carolina and at the State House in Columbia. It has a network of full-time workers, with offices in Charleston, Georgetown, Beaufort and Columbia.

Ceara Donnelley, the board’s chair, praised Cantral, saying the organization is financially sound.

“Working alongside Laura as she led the most dynamic and effective conservation advocacy organization in the Lowcountry has been an immense pleasure,’’ Donnelly said in the league news release. “Thanks to her leadership and efforts, the organization is financially and structurally sound, with an extraordinary staff that is poised to continue its essential work while the board works to identify her replacement..’’

This story was originally published December 1, 2021 11:08 AM.

Coastal Storm to Deliver Significant Coastal Flooding in Florida, Georgia, Carolinas

High pressure is building into the Northeast. Low pressure is now organizing and will soon track from the Gulf of Mexico to off the Southeast coast by Saturday. This difference in pressure will drive northeast winds along the Southeast coast.Tides will be higher than normal at the same time onshore winds are blowing due to the alignment of the new moon with the moon's closest approach to Earth. These tides are known as the perigean spring tides.Fortunately, this coastal flooding will be minor in the mid-Atlantic from New Jersey...

High pressure is building into the Northeast. Low pressure is now organizing and will soon track from the Gulf of Mexico to off the Southeast coast by Saturday. This difference in pressure will drive northeast winds along the Southeast coast.

Tides will be higher than normal at the same time onshore winds are blowing due to the alignment of the new moon with the moon's closest approach to Earth. These tides are known as the perigean spring tides.

Fortunately, this coastal flooding will be minor in the mid-Atlantic from New Jersey to Delaware. In these areas, it will be nothing close to the magnitude of last week's coastal flood event.

However, major coastal flooding at high tide is forecast at times into the weekend from parts of the North Carolina coast to Georgia. Significant coastal flooding is also forecast to occur as far south as northeast Florida, including the Jacksonville area. The southern end of the St. Johns River will also see some flooding.

Coastal flood alerts (warnings, watches and advisories) have been issued by the National Weather Service (NWS) for all of these locations.

Beach erosion, high surf and dangerous rip currents will also affect much of the Southeast coastline the next several days.

Charleston, South Carolina, is forecast to see major coastal flooding with the Saturday morning and Sunday morning high tides.

At these levels, widespread flooding occurs in downtown Charleston leaving numerous roads flooded and impacting some structures, according to the National Weather Service.

At least minor to moderate flooding is forecast in Charleston with each other morning and evening high tide through Monday.

Along the Georgia coast, flooding the next few mornings may reach levels high enough to inundate some parts of Tybee Island.

Saturday morning's high tide at Ft. Pulaski could near levels measured during an October 1947 Category 2 hurricane, possibly inundate highway 80 between Tybee Island and Savannah and flood buildings on Tybee Island, according to the National Weather Service.

Significant coastal flooding is forecast along the northeast Florida coast, including around the Jacksonville area. Moderate to major coastal flooding is expected along the Atlantic coast of northeast Florida with the Saturday morning high tide. These areas could see an inundation of 3 to 4 feet above normally dry ground, according to the NWS.

Farther north, water levels will peak on Sunday or Monday.

In North Carolina, major flooding is possible with Sunday morning's high tide in the northern Outer Banks.

And in Virginia, moderate coastal flooding is possible Sunday and again on Monday in the Virginia Tidewater area around Norfolk and Newport News as northeast winds push water toward those areas.

Coastal flooding should gradually subside early next week, however, swells generating high surf and rip currents at the beaches could last into Tuesday or even Wednesday from the Virginia Tidewater to Florida's Atlantic beaches.

Rainfall could only add to the flood threat in some areas. The low pressure system will deliver a soaking for much of northeast Florida, the eastern Carolinas into Georgia this weekend.

Parts of northeast Florida and eastern North Carolina could pick up over an inch of rain through Sunday. With water pushing from the ocean toward beaches, rivers won't be able to drain heavy rain as well, potentially leading to additional flooding.

The Weather Company’s primary journalistic mission is to report on breaking weather news, the environment and the importance of science to our lives. This story does not necessarily represent the position of our parent company, IBM.

How South Carolina’s Kiawah Island strikes a balance between tourism and conservation

From inside of Voysey’s, the private restaurant that overlooks Kiawah Island’s Cassique course, a diner might be tricked into believing that this country club island is just like any other luxury destination. The windows that frame the course betray swaying grasses, moody greens and nearly imperceptible stick-figure golfers enjoying the splendor of one of the country’s most celebrated golf courses.But the barrier island of Kiawah, some 25 miles south of Charleston, S.C., is more than a golf destination with premier b...

From inside of Voysey’s, the private restaurant that overlooks Kiawah Island’s Cassique course, a diner might be tricked into believing that this country club island is just like any other luxury destination. The windows that frame the course betray swaying grasses, moody greens and nearly imperceptible stick-figure golfers enjoying the splendor of one of the country’s most celebrated golf courses.

But the barrier island of Kiawah, some 25 miles south of Charleston, S.C., is more than a golf destination with premier beachfront homes. Kiawah Island has solidified itself as one of the most eco-friendly residential areas and tourist destinations in the United States, with conservation efforts dating back nearly half a century. Visitors are the beneficiaries of these extensive efforts, and the island is a rare example of how tourism and ecological concern can coexist.

In 1973, Kiawah Island established the Kiawah Turtle Patrol, an organization that tracks and protects the island’s native population of nesting loggerhead turtles. Soon after, Kiawah Investment, a Kuwaiti-owned company, purchased the island from heirs to a lumber company operator and, in 1975, conducted an environmental inventory of the island over the course of 16 months, studying natural habitats, wildlife and archaeological history, said Donna Windham, executive director of the Kiawah Conservancy.

The widespread inventory led to a master plan, which has since been enacted by the town of Kiawah, that combines environmental activism with tourism and leisure. “It was a whole new environment for them,” Windham said of the Kuwaiti effort. “They took it very seriously that this island was special.” Today, Windham said, the Kiawah Conservancy operates as a nonprofit land trust for the island, encouraging the protection of the environment by working in conjunction with landowners.

The conservancy, established in 1997, can hold land and issue easements. It has, to date, preserved “2,273 acres of Kiawah’s 10,000 acres,” according to the island’s website. In January 2000, Windham said, 152 acres of land known as Little Bear Island — a nesting destination for coastal birds such as the piping plover, peregrine falcon and osprey — were preserved by the Wetlands America Trust, part of the Ducks Unlimited nonprofit conservation group. The easement was updated in 2007 to include protection from the trust and the Kiawah Island Natural Habitat Conservancy.

As a traveler, you may see no concrete indication of the infrastructure that governs the island’s conservation. Yet the influence is everywhere, evident in the clamoring hermit crabs at the shoreline, the robust oyster beds that climb upward on the riverbanks, and the petite raccoons that scale trees at dusk in search of their next meal.

Close to the island’s Ocean Course, where a strip of cerulean is just visible beyond the marsh, a passerby might be privy to any number of natural encounters: alligators with snouts just visible in the pond water; hook-necked blue herons staring out into the palmettos; white-tailed deer bedding down beneath the drapery of Spanish moss. These moments, despite their frequency, arrive as a surprise in a place where golf clubs and impeccable architecture are the local currency.

But you’re more likely than not to encounter a wild animal during your visit, and that’s because Kiawah Island includes 3,000 acres of tidal salt marsh and 10 miles of shoreline, providing shelter for a variety of wildlife. According to town of Kiawah Wildlife Biologist Jim Jordan — his position was created in 2000 and, eight years later, Assistant Wildlife Biologist Aaron Given arrived — there are 315 species of birds, more than 30 species of mammals, more than 40 species of reptiles, more than 20 species of amphibians, and thousands of invertebrates that call the island home.

“It’s pretty unique,” Jordan said. It is, he said, “a functioning, intact ecosystem that’s working the way it would have worked if there were no houses there.”

One of the island’s most fascinating predators is the bobcat; the current bobcat population, Jordan said, is between 15 and 20. Four to six bobcats are collared by the biology team each year, so their movements can be tracked via GPS. “Visitors and residents can look at the tracking maps online and see where they’ve been,” he said.

Take a boat out onto the serene Kiawah River — you can book tours through the island’s sole resort, the Kiawah Island Golf Resort — and you’re bound to see a dolphin or two, gray fin slipping in and out of the water. These are the island’s bottlenose species, and they’re friendly, tracking vessels and providing the occasional show, flippers aflight. They also engage in a unique behavior known as “strand-feeding.”

“In a coordinated effort, they will basically force a school of fish or a school of shrimp up toward the bank,” Jordan said. “They beach themselves.” The western end of the island makes for good viewing of this behavior, although he warned that disrupting dolphins during their strand-feeds can be harmful. “It’s a learned behavior,” passed down from generation to generation, Jordan said. Should a strand-feed get interrupted, dolphins could abandon the behavior entirely, thus keeping future generations from learning how to eat in this location-specific manner.

The serenity experienced on this island oasis is thanks to more than just the work of the conservancy. At the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, for instance, an AAA five-diamond resort that was built in 2004, live, mature oak trees were transplanted to help promote the maintenance of the natural environment. “This really wasn’t required. It was just something that we did voluntarily, because we thought it was the right thing to do,” said Bryan Hunter, director of public relations for the Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

The resort, he said, places a premium on conservation efforts, encouraging guests to immerse themselves in the local environment through organized boat trips to other barrier islands, alligator safaris and dolphin-viewing excursions. Visitors can also tag along with the Turtle Patrol in the morning in search of hatching and migration patterns (although that program has been greatly restricted because of the coronavirus pandemic). Some may even get to assist hatchling turtles, Hunter said. Those who join the Turtle Patrol outings look for nests, take notes and record observations about the year’s hatch.

One conservation effort enforced by island residents — including hoteliers — is the Lights Out for Sea Turtles initiative, which requires that beach-illuminating lights be turned off in the evenings during loggerhead nesting season. As Jordan pointed out, artificial light confuses hatchling turtles, often accidentally guiding them away from the ocean.

Low light pollution, Hunter said, is “vital.” “The resort, along with the rest of the island, through town ordinance, makes sure that we really carefully monitor light pollution along the beach, so that it doesn’t disorient nesting sea turtles or hatching sea turtles,” he said.

As the sun descends at dusk, there is a vibration in the air. Is it the cicadas, on their 17-year cycle? Or maybe just a faraway flock of birds? Whatever the origin of the ambient noise, it calls to mind a soothing bedtime melody, the kind you might slip into as you wind down into sleep.

Potential travelers should take local and national public health directives regarding the pandemic into consideration before planning any trips. Travel health notice information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's interactive map showing travel recommendations by destination and the CDC's travel health notice webpage.

This AAA five-diamond property has 255 guest rooms and suites, as well as multiple dining venues and direct beach access. Rooms from about $240.

Run by the Kiawah Island Golf Resort, this 1.5-hour boat excursion takes guests through creeks and marshes in search of the island’s native bottlenose dolphin population. $450 for up to six passengers.

Situated on the west end of the island, this ocean beach offers the only public access on Kiawah. Amenities include lifeguards, chair and umbrella rentals, restrooms, outdoor showers, a snack bar and a picnic area with grills. Parking $5 to $15 per vehicle.

Guests can ask resident wildlife biologists about the local ecology and visit with some of the native and nonnative species, such as diamondback terrapins and a 10-foot-long Burmese python. The center’s gift shop sells handcrafted items made by local artists. Free.

Walk or bike this one-mile scenic trail that extends over the marsh to a lookout tower. Part of the larger Kiawah Island bike trails system, which covers about 30 miles, this trail is suitable for all ages.

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