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Hilton Head Island: 75-Minute Jet Ski Tour

1. 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 your free 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 Island: America’s Cup Sailing Yacht Cruise

2. Hilton Head Island: America’s Cup Sailing Yacht Cruise

Step aboard a former America’s Cup sailing yacht for an afternoon cruise. Discover what it takes to sail a racing yacht as you help the crew, or simply sit back and enjoy the ride. See the sights of the Calibogue Sound and learn about the history of these waters. Have your camera ready as you keep an eye out for dolphins. Drinks and merchandise are available for purchase on board.

Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

3. 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 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.

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.

Hilton Head Island: Daufuskie Island Ferry Roundtrip Ticket

6. Hilton Head Island: Daufuskie Island Ferry Roundtrip Ticket

Discover the beauty of Daufuskie Island with this ferry ticket from Hilton Head. Travel aboard a comfortable and well-maintained ship. Have 5 hours of free time to enjoy the island at your own pace before making the return journey.  Have the option of purchasing a golf cart rental at the ferry check-in desk to have waiting for you on Daufuskie to allow you to see more in less time. Depart from Broad Creek Marina on Hilton Head. Look for local wildlife like dolphins and seagulls as you sail. Arrive at Freeport Marina on Daufuskie Island where you can take a walk thorugh the historic district or along the waterfront, or go get a delicious lunch. In the afternoon, take the return ferry back to Broad Creek Marina on Hilton Head. 

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.

Myrtle Beach: Motown Tribute Show - Motor City Musical

8. Myrtle Beach: Motown Tribute Show - Motor City Musical

Motown crushed barricades, changed lives, and had all of America moving to the same beats. Follow one man’s dream that turned into everyone’s music. Bring your courage and sing along with the entire show, featuring hits from all the musical titans of the 60s and 70s. This musical cabaret revue features dynamic and exciting performances. Prepare to start “Dancing in the Streets,” celebrating the music and musicians of a powerful era, including Diana Ross, The Four Tops, Martha and the Vandellas, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, The Jackson 5, Lionel Richie, Gladys Knight, and many more! This cast ranges from 5-7 performers each evening. The show lasts for 2 hours. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to performance time for seating.

From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

9. From Myrtle Beach: Charleston Historic Tour

Leave from Myrtle Beach in an air-conditioned motorcoach. Once in Charleston, your all-day itinerary includes Palmetto Carriage Works Tour, Hop on a mule driven carriage for a historic old city tour. Learn about Charleston’s rich history from your knowledgable guide. Relish the sight of magnificent homes and gardens. See the historical sites of the old city on a mule-driven carriage ride. Visit the Charleston harbor. Board the Carolina Belle for a 90-minute tour of the harbor, narrated by your captain. See 75 points of interest including the USS Yorktown and the Battery while enjoying in a delicious deli-style boxed lunch. Explore the Boone Hall Plantation, a 738-acre plantation. See the historic brick slave cabins, a smokehouse, and a cotton gin. Receive a guided tour from a costumed hostess and learn about Southern elegance, strife, and charm. Time permitting, you'll be able to browse the open-air Market as you make your way back to the bus. See where the original settlers purchased their daily needs. Take home a souvenir ranging from hand-woven baskets to one-of-a-kind artwork before heading back to Myrtle Beach.

Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Dolphin Safari

10. Charleston: Folly Beach Stand Up Paddleboard Dolphin Safari

Learn the basics of stand up paddleboard surfing on this 2-hour introductory lesson as you explore the peaceful Folly River. Glide alongside beautiful flora and fauna while keeping an eye out for bottlenose dolphins. Following the tides and wind direction, your expert instructor will help you go with the flow for a great beginning paddle. Your instructor will point out all the amazing sights in this truly unique landscape. You can commemorate your experience with a group photo at the end of the tour. Choose your perfect experience with the morning, afternoon, and sunset tour options. Paddleboard, paddle, and a personal floatation device will be provided. Just bring your water shoes or flip flops, swim trunks, and a positive attitude and enjoy two amazing hours on the water.

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What people are saying about South Carolina

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 80 reviews

This is a rather long boat ride through the inner coastal waterway from Hilton Head to Savannah. It is interesting to see what's out there, but the ride is relatively long so not good for small children.

I loved the songs and the singers interaction with audience. I would definitely recommend this show to everyone visiting Myrtle Beach.

Very easy to book. Great communication with crew. Had a lot of fun . Great experience.

Our trip was very relaxing. It was like going back in time. We truly enjoyed it.

This was such a great experience! Very worth it. We had a wonderful time.