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Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Nature Cruise

1. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Nature Cruise

Take a sightseeing cruise to explore the incredible nature around Hilton Head Island and the surrounding waterways. Hear about the island’s history from your expert crew as you search for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Admire the coastal landscape as you learn about the lifecycle of these mammals. Discover why this region is the perfect place for dolphins to settle. With sightings guaranteed, this tour is sure to be a highlight of your vacation.

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Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

2. Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

Marvel at breathtaking views only seen by helicopter. Spot a range of wildlife from dolphins and sharks to sea turtles and manta rays. See Hilton Head, Daufuskie, Tybee Island, and downtown Savannah by air. Choose between 3 options: Ocean View – 3 minutes Get views of Folly Field Beach and the Port Royal Sound on an 8-mile loop around the northeast corner of the island. This flight is designed as a discovery flight to experience what it is like to fly in a helicopter. Beach Cruiser – 6 minutes Fly right over the sandy shores of Hilton Head. Depart out of the Hilton Head Airport and head east, right down the busiest beaches on the island. This tour offers great views of Folly Field Beach, Broad Creek, Port Royal Sound, and Shelter Cove. Beach Bum – 10 minutes A combination of the Ocean View and Beach Cruiser tours, this tour takes you along the most active stretch of beaches to Coligny Beach, Hilton Head's most popular beach park. Keep an eye out for marine life as you fly low along the beach. As you turn around you will begin to climb high in the sky giving you the best view of the island along with Parris Island and Downtown Savannah.

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Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

3. Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

Search for sunken treasure with this incredible pirate cruise. Head to the docks, where you'll be given a new name and learn to speak like a real pirate. Then board the Black Dagger and set sail on the Calibogue Sound. Stinky Pete, the island’s smelliest pirate, knows about the treasure map and he stole the key. The race is on, to find Stinky Pete before he gets to the treasure. The crew will man the water cannons and blast Stinky Pete until he gives back the key.

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Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dolphin Cruise

4. Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Sail towards the open ocean in search of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins on an amazing sightseeing cruise. After seeing these animals in open water, travel to Daufuskie Island and up Bull Creek to Dolphin Hole to watch the setting sun. Admire the incredible landscape of salt estuaries at sunset. Listen to live commentary from your expert captain, and ask the crew any questions you might have. Beer, wine, snacks, and drinks are available for purchase throughout the trip.

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Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Savannah

5. Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Ferry Ticket to Savannah

Cruise through stunning intracoastal waterways from Hilton Head Island to Savannah with this round-trip express ferry ticket. Board from inside the Sea Pines Resort, then travel to the city in a comfortable air-conditioned boat. Sit back and admire the view as you sail through old shipping channels. Enjoy over 4 hour in Savannah to explore the city, before heading back to the ferry. On the return trip, benefit from happy hour pricing on selected drinks.

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Hilton Head Island: Guided Dolphin Tour

6. Hilton Head Island: Guided Dolphin Tour

Take in the beauty of Hilton Head from the perspective of the water on a 1.5-hour, fully narrated boat tour. Delight in up-close encounters with dolphins, and find out about their habits, eating patterns, and more with a local guide. As you explore the island's waterways, learn about the history of the area and the surrounding islands from your guide's narration. Hear about oysters, spartina grass, tides, mud, and more. As well as dolphins, keep on the lookout for other wildlife including pelicans, osprey, stingrays, herons, turtles, and many more besides.

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Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Daufuskie Island Ferry

7. Hilton Head Island: Round-Trip Daufuskie Island Ferry

Step back in time with a trip to Daufuskie Island and get a feel for the Low Country. This express ferry service departs from the Sea Pines Resort and arrives in Daufuskie just 30 minutes later, giving you more time to explore. Learn the island’s history from your captain and hear about interesting landmarks and sights to see. Bring your bike on board the ferry at no extra cost, or rent a golf cart on arrival. After exploring the island, hop back on the ferry to return to Hilton Head.

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Hilton Head: Private 2-hour Sunset Cruise

8. Hilton Head: Private 2-hour Sunset Cruise

The private sunset cruise is the perfect way to end a day on Hilton Head Island. Enjoy 2-hours sailing around the ocean front surrounding Hilton Head as you marvel at the color drenched sunset sky.  As you sail into the ocean enjoying the scenic waterfront views and marine life from afar, there is nothing quite like a low country sunset. You will enjoy the vibrant oranges, reds, and multiple shades of pink from the boats deck.  This private sunset cruise holds up to 14 passengers making it great for any occasion. It is perfect for a romantic evening, family time, friends gathering, bachelor or bachelorette parties, and team bonding.

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Hilton Head Island: High-Flying Parasail Experience

9. Hilton Head Island: High-Flying Parasail Experience

Enjoy beautiful views of Daufuskie Island, Calibogue Sound, Harbour Town Lighthouse, Harbour Town Yacht Basin, South Beach Marina, and all the other breathtaking sights the Lowcountry has to offer. Don’t forget to keep your eyes open for Hilton Head Island’s famous bottlenose dolphins. Flyers get to take off and land on the flight deck of the 31-foot Ocean Pro parasail boat powered by a diesel Volvo Penta engine. Tandem and triple flights are available based on weather conditions. Flyers also have the option to stay dry or get wet — will you make a splash? Time on board is approximately one hour and 30 minutes with a full boat of 12 passengers. Each flight lasts between 8-10 minutes.

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Hilton Head Island: Self-Drive Pontoon Boat Rental

10. Hilton Head Island: Self-Drive Pontoon Boat Rental

Rent a pontoon boat on your trip to Hilton Head Island and explore this luscious landscape at your own pace (note: somebody in the group must have prior boating experience). Choose the rental time that suits you and hop onboard a vessel with capacity for up to 10 passengers. You will receive professional orientation on navigating Hilton Head Island’s waterways, as well as recommendations for some superb lunch spots. Once you’re ready to go, sail through the beautiful waters of Skull Creek, pass Daufuskie Island, travel through Cooper River, or head up May River to check out the sand bar and Palmetto Bluff. Along the way, keep an eye out for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins and other native wildlife. You can also anchor up and take a dip in the refreshing waters, or stay on deck and soak up the glorious South Carolina sunshine.

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 498 reviews

We had a great trip!! Our captain was super friendly and he had a great eye for dolphins. We saw some right away and learned about a lot of great history for the area!!

my husband and I really enjoyed this boat ride. Eventhough we went on 10/31, the weather was really nice that day and we got to see a couple dolphins!

The Ferry was easy to book. Lots of parking. Very friendly and helpful staff. Really enjoyed the scenery in the inner coastal waterway.

We were able to see a lot of dolphins, the ride was great, and the crew was very nice.

Great dolphin excursion! Tons of dolphins seen! Would definitely do it again..