Just south of Tybee Island is Little Tybee Island. It is a lush wilderness island of marches, forests and pristine uninhabited beaches.
Little Tybee, owned by the state of Georgia, is an uninhabited barrier island lying just to the south of Tybee Island. It is made up of salt marsh interspersed with hardwood hammocks and fronts the Atlantic Ocean with pristine beaches. It is an undisturbed nature preserve with no hotels or other dwellings on the island, but camping is allowed.
The only way to get to Little Tybee is by boat or kayak. Many local charter services on Tybee will take you to tour the island or to camp and kayak rental and tours are available. Rarities that have been sighted on Little Tybee include: roseate spoonbill, reddish egret, and the curlew sandpiper. Osprey and bald eagles nest on the island.
In the winter large numbers of shorebirds gather to rest on its beaches including whimbrels, dowitchers, and piping plovers. Egrets, herons, ibis, and storks are numerous and there are a few nesting spots on the island for these birds. In the summer oystercatchers, Wilson’s plover, and the endangered Least Tern nest on its undisturbed beaches. These birds are easy to see but you are requested to stay away from the posted nesting sites.
Open 7 days a week. Some areas are posted off limits. Admission to island is free.
Please Be Aware: Approaching these islands, which must be done in a boat, can be very tricky even for experts. Be very aware of the tides. Many have gotten their boats stuck on shoals and had to wait 12 hours for a rising tide to carry them out. The water is shallow and the currents can be treacherous and deadly if you try to swim to the islands. Some get as close as they can, anchor their boat, and wade ashore. If you do this, you may want to consider leaving someone in the boat who can keep an eye on the tides.
Directions: All three islands are south of Tybee Island. There are no roads to these islands, so a boat must be used to reach them. Novice boaters may want to charter a nature cruise from a charter service out of the marinas listed here. It can be confusing trying to understand where one island begins and another one ends, so a nautical chart is necessary. The islands can be approached from the north end from Marlin Marina on Tybee Island, phone (912) 786-7508; the southern end from the Bull River Marina, phone (912) 897-7300; or Hogan's Marina on Wilmington Island, phone (912) 897-3474.