Purple Martins on Bomb Island, SC

What are the Purple Martins?

The Purple Martins are a migratory bird about the size of an adult human hand. They flock in mass numbers to Bomb Island most summers. Over 750,000 Purple Martins have been reported at Bomb Island, Lake Murray during peak season. Enjoy a beautiful sunset as the Purple Martins flock back to Bomb Island.


Purple Martin Season is from Late June - Late August

Purple Martin Public Cruises usually start early July and run until late August. All Private Charter clients are encouraged to go view the Purple Martins if sailing during late June - late August.  Whether booking the entire yacht or participating in a public cruise, this amazing natural phenomenon is not to be missed. This is truly one of Mother Nature's Gifts.

Want to add the Purple Martin Experience to your Private Charter Cruise?

In order to add the PURPLE MARTIN EXPERIENCE to your Private Charter Cruise a couple things need to happen...


  1. You must have at least a 2.5 hour cruise in order to reach Bomb Island. Most Packages include a 2 hour cruise. $200 for an extra 30 minutes, $300 for an extra hour, $500 for an extra two hours.
  2. You must plan your sailing time around the sunset. The Purple Martins flock back to Bomb Island at Sunset. Most cruises will need to cover at least 7:00 - 9:30 time frame.  After Mid-August sailing time will need to cover 6:30 - 9:00.  Reach out to our office with questions.

Adding the Purple Martin Experience to your cruise & special event is a sure way to make these memories last a lifetime.

Purple Martin Public Cruises

Public Cruises & Tours to view the Purple Martins at Lake Murray begin in early July and will run until late August. Most of the Spirit of Lake Murray's calendar gets booked full with Private Charters, so Public Cruises are planned around those.

Due to the limited availability Purple Martin public cruise tickets usually sell out quickly.  Don't be left at the dock!


You can purchase seats and tickets to Public Cruises at the "Book Now" button below.


Visit the Purple Martin Conservation Association's website for more information. Click HERE for website.

Purple Martins on Bomb Island, Lake Murray

This is a video from the back deck of the Spirit of Lake Murray. Everyone is relaxing while they view the beautiful Purple Martins at Bomb Island on Lake Murray in South Carolina.  Come visit Lake Murray and let Lake Murray Cruises take you out on the water.  Whether you are out on the Spirit of Lake Murray or out with Lake Murray Adventures, you are sure to have a fun and safe time.  Visit LakeMurrayAdventures.com for more information about Private Guided Pontoon Tours & Island Hikes. One Love.

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