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Hilton Head Island Water sports

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Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Cruise & Nature Tour

1. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Cruise & Nature Tour

Set sail on a 14 passenger boat cruise in the surrounding waters of Hilton Head Island and encounter bottlenose dolphins and other coastal species such as osprey, egrets, pelicans, bald eagles, a variety of shorebirds, and more. Get scenic views of Broad Creek and admire the private residential homes in Long Cove, Wexford Lock System, and Spanish Wells Plantations. See famous attractions including the Harbor Town Lighthouse, Daufuskie Island, the Atlantic Ocean, Tybee Island, and the Savannah River Bridge.

Hilton Head Island: 75-Minute Jet Ski Tour

2. Hilton Head Island: 75-Minute Jet Ski Tour

Discover Hilton Head on a thrilling 75-minute jet ski adventure. Depart from Palmetto Bay Marina`with your guide and cruise past beautiful mansions, spartina grass, oyster beds, and luxury boats on the way to the large open riding area. Once in the designated area, let loose and zoom around on your very own jet ski or simply take in the beautiful surroundings. Try to spot some of Hilton Head's wildlife including dolphins, birds, and the occasional sea turtle.

Hilton Head: Guided Kayak Tour

3. Hilton Head: Guided Kayak Tour

Get out onto the water with this 90-minute guided kayaking tour - perfect for all ages and experience levels, from first-time paddlers to veteran kayakers.  First, arrive at the meeting point at Hilton Head and get kitted out with a kayak, paddle, and life jacket. Both double and single kayaks are available. Then, launch your kayak into the water and glide through the waters of Skull Creek. Listen as your tour guide enriches your mind with historical and wildlife knowledge of Hilton Head Island. Then, begin to paddle through the rich ecosystem of the saltwater marshlands, observing many indigenous species of bird wildlife. Try to spot brown pelicans, egrets, herons, osprey, bald eagles, and many more. Also, get up close and personal with beloved Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Hilton Head is home to over 100 local dolphins, living here year-round, and is also located on the migratory path for these spectacular mammals. Don't be surprised to see these curious creatures swimming right alongside your kayak.

Hilton Head Island: 1.5-Hour Guided Small-Group Kayak Tour

4. Hilton Head Island: 1.5-Hour Guided Small-Group Kayak Tour

Learn about the rich history and diverse ecosystem of Hilton Head Island from an expert guide as you paddle on this 1.5-hour kayak tour. As you cruise through these pristine saltwater marshlands, your guide will tell you about spartina grass/cordgrass, oysters, and other local wildlife, while answering any questions you may have. Enjoy the opportunity to observe many indigenous bird species, including egrets, herons, ospreys, brown pelicans, and bald eagles. Also, make sure to keep an eye out for the beloved Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swimming playfully. Benefit from a small-group experience for up to 10 people.

Hilton Head Island: Guided Kayak Tour with Coffee

5. Hilton Head Island: Guided Kayak Tour with Coffee

Learn about the rich history and diverse ecosystem of Hilton Head Island from an expert naturalist guide as you paddle a kayak along Broad Creek and through the saltwater marshes. Observe indigenous bird species and keep an eye out for bottlenose dolphins as you sip your local coffee. Meet your guide, put on your life jacket, grab your paddle, and hit the water in a kayak. Get some paddling tips from your guide. As you cruise through the pristine saltwater marshlands, learn about spartina grass/cordgrass, oysters, and other local wildlife, and ask any questions you may have. As you paddle, enjoy coffee with a cause (every cup brewed donates to help manatee rescue and health). Observe many indigenous bird species, including egrets, herons, ospreys, brown pelicans, and bald eagles. Make sure to keep an eye out for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swimming playfully.

Hilton Head Island: High-Flying Parasail Experience

6. 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.

Hilton Head Island: 2-Hour Guided Creek Cat Tour

7. Hilton Head Island: 2-Hour Guided Creek Cat Tour

Zip around Hilton Head Island on a 2-hour guided adventure. Ride one of these little boats, known as Creek Cats, on the water and look out for local bottlenose dolphins. Tour the most popular spots at speeds of up to 30 mph. Pass by the Harbour Town Lighthouse, an iconic beacon with a red and white candy-cane exterior. Sail past Bull Island, an uninhabited stretch of land where, according to legend, a host of exotic animals (including zebras) used to roam. Learn more about Hilton Head Island, its wildlife and ecosystem from expert guides throughout the tour. Exploring Hilton Head by Creek Cat allows you to travel through smaller marshes filled with abundant wildlife, areas that are inaccessible in larger vessels. Look out for egrets, eagles, ospreys, and otters along the way.

Hilton Head Island: Pontoon Boat Rental

8. Hilton Head Island: Pontoon Boat Rental

Explore the waters off the coast of Hilton Head Island with this pontoon boat rental. Have the option of renting the boat for 2 or 4 hours. Get a professional orientation on navigating Hilton Head Island’s waterways and access to life jackets.  Arrive at the rental shop and fill out the necessary rental paperwork. Listen to an engaging introductory briefing on how to make the most of the boat's features. Chart your own course that can take you all the way up to the mouth of the Atlantic Ocean.  Blast through the waters of Broad Creek. Go behind Daufuskie Island through the Cooper River or up the May River to check out the Sand Bar and Palmetto Bluff. Ask for some superb lunch recommendations on the water. Return the boat at the end of the rental period. 

Hilton Head Island: Self-Drive Pontoon Boat Rental

9. 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.

Hilton Head: Guided Kayak Sunrise or Sunset Tour

10. Hilton Head: Guided Kayak Sunrise or Sunset Tour

Experience nature with this guided kayak tour. Paddle at the calmest parts of the day as the sun rises or goes down in the low country. Explore the untouched beauty of Skull Creek. Meet your guide and get in your life vest. Follow the guide's instructions to ensure the safest tour. When ready, hop aboard your kayak and take off. Glide through the waters of Skull Creek as your tour guide enriches your mind with historical and wildlife knowledge of Hilton Head Island.  Travel through the rich ecosystem of the saltwater marshlands, observing many indigenous species of birds, such as the brown pelican, egrets, herons, osprey, bald eagles, and many more. After your tour avail of the restrooms on-site, and the food and drink available at an additional cost.

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I would highly recommend getting to the event 30 minutes early instead of 15 minutes as recommended. The reason why is Google Maps sent us to the wrong location. And this happen to 2 other families. But the staff at the tour were really helpful. They called us while we ran around looking for their location and helped guide us to the event. Matt & John were our captain and tour guides and very pleasant and good natured. We even hit a snag where a rope got caught on the engine which delayed us a little. Matt asked if everyone was OK staying a little longer to compensate for the delay. All good. We had a great time. We got to see some dolphins, but it is recommended to go during the summer where there are more dolphins to see.

It was a relaxing activity and gave a different of a view of the island-from the water! The guide was great at pointing out different birds and points of interest. Also, it was great getting in and out of the kayak on a platform and launching off from that. It made it easy to get in and out.

The captain and his partner were awesome! We had a great time and experience. Oh.. and please don't forget to tip your guide/captain. As we got off certain tours no one was tipping. Really? Please tip your ppl. They make your vaca or experience worth the memory! Enjoy! These guys are great!

Captain Matt was great! We encountered so many Dolphins! He really showed us a fantastic time. Weather was great and we couldn't have asked for a better day.

Parasailing was a blast. The two host were awesome.