Hilton Head Island Nature & adventure

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Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Watching Guided Tour by Boat

1. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Watching Guided Tour by Boat

Take in the beauty of Hilton Head from the perspective of the water on a 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, pluff mud, and more. As well as dolphins, keep on the lookout for other wildlife including pelicans, osprey, stingrays, herons, turtles, and more which may be seen along the way.

Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Nature Cruise

2. 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.

Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dolphin Cruise

3. Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Discover the incredible wildlife of Hilton Head Island with a dolphin spotting cruise at sunset. Search for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in open water before watching the sunset on Daufuskie Island. Sail towards the open ocean in search of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins on an amazing sightseeing cruise. Dolphin sightings are guaranteed on this 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.

Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Cruise & Nature Tour

4. 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: Scenic Helicopter Tour

5. 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.

Hilton Head: Guided Kayak Tour

6. 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: Fun Group Segway Tour

7. Hilton Head Island: Fun Group Segway Tour

Start at Palmetto Bay Marina and meet your expert guide who will assist you on your group Segway tour of Hilton Head Island. Ride down well-maintained bike paths and boardwalks to Hilton Head’s south end and hear all about the facinating history of the island. Listen as your guide tells you about Spanish moss, tourism, wildlife and much more. Make stops at picturesque locations in 2 of Hilton Head's parks. Search for wildlife, discover nature, and learn a little bit about Hilton Head on this fun Segway tour.

Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Tour at Sunset & Fireworks Show

8. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Tour at Sunset & Fireworks Show

Discover the wonders of Hilton Head Island on a guided cruise. Spot resident bottlenose dolphins playing in the water and learn about the landmarks you pass, including the Harbour Town Lighthouse. Enjoy a memorable sunset and fireworks show. Once you've met your group at the meeting point, travel first around the Hilton Head coast and take in stunning views of the shoreline. Look out for resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins as they play, feed, and swim around the boat. Along the way, pass by the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, an impressive, 90-foot (27.4-meter) tall beacon renowned for its candy-striped exterior. Learn about the rich history and diverse ecosystem of the island from your guides as you soak in the scenic views and sail past landmarks. Later, sit back and relax as the sun begins to set, painting the water’s surface in a vibrant array of hues. Find out why Hilton Head has been named one of the best destinations for sunset viewing along the East Coast of the United States. After the sun has fully sunk below the horizon, round off your trip with Hilton Head’s weekly fireworks show.

Hilton Head: Private 2-hour Sunset Cruise

9. 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.

Hilton Head Island: Dolphin and Nature Tour

10. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin and Nature Tour

Bring inquisitive minds and cameras on this private dolphin tour with a Master Captain and Low Country Master Naturalist. Explore the Calibogue Sound by boat and have the opportunity to observe wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swimming, feeding, and socializing. See these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, and learn about the history of the island, the ecology of the low country, and particularly the salt marsh. Watch the dolphins and learn about their social habits, physiology, diet, and more. Enjoy an opportunity to view other marine animals like rays, sea turtles, manatees, and sharks, who make cameos throughout the season.

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What people are saying about Hilton Head Island

From beginning to end, this was an excellent choice!! The crew were wonderful! We learned so many new facts about dolphins. The only somewhat negative comment I could say was that the captain had a clear view of the sunset at one point but didn’t stop the boat until it was behind some trees. I love seeing the sun setting straight to the water. Other than that, we would highly recommend!! Especially for families!

Great tour. Really enjoyed just riding in the boat. Seeing the dolphins was an added bonus and we did see a lot of dolphins. The boat just has 2 steps in and out so it would work for travels using a cane as long as they can do the 2 steps. Also, the boat seating is all covered so it is not nearly as hot as a boat where you are in the sun for 1 1/2 hours. Highly recommend.

Captain Mark was an amazing guide. He made my 9 year old daughter feel like every time she saw a dolphin it was an exciting thing. He stopped multiple times to let us see the dolphins and never made us feel rushed to move along. Would highly recommend!

The tour was a lot of fun, we saw many dolphins, and the tour guides were excellent

Staff were so nice and fun and we saw so many dolphins!!