Little Tybee Island

Little Tybee Island

Little Tybee Island

Little Tybee, Williamson, and Cabbage islands are sparkling young jewels on Georgia’s coast, reachable only by boat and open to outdoor recreation. If you can reach these islands, you will be treated to a barrier island in its unspoiled state. On Little Tybee and Williamson islands, shelling, picnicking, nature hiking, bird-watching, and fishing are first-class experiences. Little Tybee, with 6,780 total acres including marsh, is actually more than twice the size of Tybee Island to the north. Its beach is as long as Tybee’s, but its upland is half the size of Tybee’s with only 600 acres. Williamson is a recently emerging island that has evolved from a sand bar. Cabbage Island, located south of Wilmington Island and west of Little Tybee, is mainly marsh with some beachfront.

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.

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  • DT Newton
    October 18, 2017 at 4:46 pm

    How do i book transport to Little Tybee for weekend camping, this weekend? (10-20 — 10-22)

    • Charissa
      October 19, 2017 at 10:39 am

      Hi, I would suggest contacting one of our Charter Boat companies.

  • Joanne
    September 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    My husband and I are coming next week. Where would we launch our kayaks to get to the islands? We are bringing our own.

    Thanks,

    • Charissa
      September 17, 2017 at 10:57 am

      Which Island? Little Tybee? You would leave from Alley 3.

  • Lisa Adams
    July 30, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Is there dolphin tours in October?

    • Charissa
      July 31, 2017 at 10:59 am

      Yes there are Lisa.

  • Stephanie Mungo
    July 3, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    We are staying in Tybee in August. Do you know if paddleboarding is allowed on Little Tybee Island? It looks so peaceful and breathtaking.

    • Charissa
      July 7, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Hi Stephanie, yes paddleboarding and kayaking are allowed to Little Tybee.

      • Stephanie Mungo
        July 19, 2017 at 10:12 am

        Thank you very much! I am looking forward to our trip there.

  • Marian Castillo
    June 18, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I grew up in savannah and we used to call little Tybee pettichew do you have any knowledge of this old name and how to spell it?

    • Charissa
      June 19, 2017 at 11:08 am

      Hi Marian, this may be before my time. I can ask a few folks that have been here their whole life for you though.

  • Michelle Poole
    May 16, 2016 at 8:28 pm

    I am interested in a surprise camping trip for my husband on Little Tybee. How do we get our tent and supplies to the island? I tend to travel Not So Light.

  • Esther Lee
    February 22, 2016 at 11:09 pm

    Does Little Tybee Island have wild horses?

    • Charissa
      February 23, 2016 at 4:15 pm

      Hi Esther,

      No there are no wild horses on Little Tybee. Cumberland Island is the only Georgia Island with Horses. Here’s a cool Day Trip story from Cumberland Island.

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