Hilton Head Island
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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.

Hilton Head Island: Guided Stand Up Paddleboard Tour

8. 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.

Hilton Head Island: Skull Creek Guided Paddle Boarding Tour

9. Hilton Head Island: Skull Creek Guided Paddle Boarding Tour

Cruise the waterways of Skull creek on this guided paddleboard tour on Hilton Head Island.  Connect with nature and enjoy a family-friendly tour that is good for both beginner or advanced paddleboarders. Meet at the your guide at the Hilton Head meeting point and start your paddleboard adventure. Learn the basic paddle techniques as you explore the beautiful calm waterways of Skull Creek. Focus on creating core strength and stability as you float on top of the pristine water. Navigate through the serene Lowcountry marsh-ways. Keep your eyes peeled for endless species of indigenous wildlife, including Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, eagles, and herons. Return your paddleboard equipment to the meeting point at the end of the tour.

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What people are saying about Hilton Head Island

We had a wonderful trip to Savannah. The ride was very enjoyable, with plenty to see. The captain and crew were great. There is a snack bar with alcoholic and non alcoholic drinks and coffee, and rest rooms below deck. I wish we would have known they sold trolly tickets on the boat at a reduced rate, and the trolly is waiting for you when you get off the boat. We wasted a little time trying to find our prepaid trolly. There isn’t a whole lot of time in Savannah, about 3 1/2 hours. It gives you about enough time for a narrated trolly ride that has about 14 different stops, and lunch. The trolly drivers are very informative and tell interesting stories. The houses and squares (little parks) are gorgeous. If you really want to see the city, you need a couple of days there.

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.

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.