Water activity

Hilton Head Island: Crabbing Expedition Boat Tour

Activity provider: Vagabond Cruise

Hilton Head Island: Crabbing Expedition Boat Tour

Activity provider: Vagabond Cruise

From US$ 47.65 per person

Join a thrilling crabbing expedition aboard the Tammy Jane. Learn about the industry, and take the day's catch home with you.

About this activity

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Duration 2 hours
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Live tour guide
Private group available


  • Learn how commercial crab pots work are how they are deployed off a fishing vessel
  • Learn about the commercial crabbing and shrimping industry in the Low Country
  • Keep the day's catch to cook at home
Full description
Depart from just below the iconic Lighthouse in Harbour Town. As the boat makes its way towards Crabbing waters, learn what it takes to bring these tasty treats from the sea to the table. Hear about the inner workings of a commercial crabbing vessel, and about the daily life of local "crabbers". Arriving at the crabbing waters, you will learn how to properly bait a crab pot, and see how the crabs get caught inside. After a few baited pots are put in position, the crew will start bringing in pots that have already been pre-baited the day before. The crew will then pull the pots up with a winch to lay the catch out on the sorting table. At this point, the crew will be going over the different types of crabs or by-catch pulled up that day. They will teach you about what's legal to keep, along with the different species of crabs that can be found in the area. Any guests aboard that would like to keep the day's catch are welcome to, as it will be divided up evenly between the parties aboard. Make sure to ask your captain for some delicious crab-based recipes.
  • The day's catch shared between participants
  • Food and drinks
  • Tips for the crew

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Meeting point

Please arrive at the Vagabond Cruise reservation office located just below the Harbour Town Lighthouse 45 minutes prior to departure for check-in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Cash

Know before you go

  • If you are staying outside of the Sea Pines Resort, there is a $9 fee per vehicle entering the resort, that you will need to pay in cash. This pass is good for an entire day, so make sure to hang onto it

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