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About Us

Meg Hoyle

Our founder and owner, Meg Hoyle, graduated from Davidson College with a B.S. in Biology. She was a COSEN-Pew Scholar and the recipient of a Thomas J. Watson Fellowship. She obtained her master’s degree in Wildlife Ecology and Management at the University of Georgia. Her classroom and field training have given her a special perspective on the coastal environment and she is a born educator. Meg wanted to share the wonders she saw during her career as a biologist with others and started Botany Bay Ecotours. Partnering with the Gullah/Geechee community on Edisto Island to tell of their rich culture and history is a priority for Meg and Botany Bay Ecotours. Today she works behind the scenes of the business and delights in training new guides who can open up the natural world for our customers.

Landon Seigler

a person standing next to a body of waterLandon Seigler joined the Botany Bay Ecotours’ team in 2018 and brought his know-how and enthusiasm! His specialty is Fisheries Biology and this is a perfect spot for him in the rich estuarine waters of the ACE Basin. Landon’s countless house on the water and work as a commercial crabber combined with his Biology degree give him a fantastic base to help our customers connect to this ecosystem.

If you would like to join our team, send us an email.

Our Boats

We choose a Carolina Skiff for touring because they are designed to access the shallow creeks that run through the salt marsh. Their flat bottom design allows us to get off the beaten path without damaging the area. The Skiff is wide and very stable and allows our customers to be close to the water so they can see the action!

For fishing, Capt Landon uses a Sea Pro for inshore and a Cobia for offshore. Both allow 4 people to fish and 2 observers.


How a tour can make your visit to the South Carolina Lowcountry special

We will allow you to see the area in a way you may never have imagined. Our guides delight in sharing its unique coastal ecosystem with others.  Our local knowledge is enhanced by in depth study in biology, wildlife ecology, and natural resource management. Our founder, Meg Hoyle, credits her extensive field work abroad with teaching her to fully appreciate the wonder and diversity of the area she calls home. She studied wildlife utilization on the savannahs of Kenya and Zimbabwe, tropical ecosystems in the Australian rainforest and conducted sea turtle research in the Caribbean. Meg carefully selects other trip leaders who share her passion for interpreting the natural world.

The South Carolina coast as “every bit as exciting as exotic locales such as the Great Barrier Reef or tropical rainforests. There is something for everyone to learn from areas like this.” – Captain Meg Hoyle

Edisto Ecotourism

One of the guiding principles of Ecotourism is partnering with the local community. As a business we support Edisto non-profits that support student achievement. As individuals we volunteer as mentors and with Edisto conservation projects.