Hilton Head Island
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Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

1. 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: Guided Dolphin Tour

2. 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: Private 2-hour Sunset Cruise

3. 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

4. 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

5. 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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Hilton Head Island: Guided Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

6. Hilton Head Island: Guided Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

Discover the hidden treasures of Hilton Head Island on this 1-hour stand up paddleboarding tour. Paddle through clear waters, and explore inlets and rivulets entirely inaccessible by boat. See local wildlife, and soak up unbeatable views of pristine beaches and lush greenery. After making your way to the meeting point, learn basic paddleboarding techniques with experienced SUP guides, and get out on the water in no time. Once onboard, explore the warm, calm waterways of Broad Creek, the perfect environment for paddleboarding. During your tour, absorb spectacular views of the South Carolina coastline as you navigate through serene Lowcountry marshes. Encounter a vibrant array of indigenous wildlife, including pelicans, herons, egrets, and manatees. If you’re lucky, you might even spot resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins playing alongside you. This paddleboarding adventure is perfect for all skill levels. Whether you're an advanced paddler or have never ridden on a SUP board before, you are sure to enjoy your time out on the water.

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What people are saying about Hilton Head Island

There is a bit of a walk to the boat as well as a steep ramp. This can be difficult for some people with mobility issues. There is also no bathroom on the boat which we didn’t find out until we got there. Could be an issue for some.

WHAT A THRILL RIDE! Our Captain and Mate were 1st Class. All the groups had a blast. Thinking of something to do on a hot afternoon? We were NOT disappointed! Plan to do this again on our next trip and a dolphin boating search.

Becky and Ethan was awesome tour guides, Becky was very informative and knew alot about the islands. On our tour a fish jumped up on the boat and Becky picked is up and put it back into the ocean..

The trip was all they promised. Saw many Dolphins. The guide was extremely interesting and informative. Would recommend.TH

Guide was very personable. Saw lots of dolphins. Enjoyed our trip.