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Hilton Head Island: Guided Dolphin Tour

Hilton Head Island: Guided Dolphin Tour

From US$ 35 per person

Explore the waters of Hilton Head Island and see Atlantic bottlenose dolphins up close. Learn more about the local ecosystem with a local guide. Enjoy an experience sure to delight the whole family.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 1.5 hours
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  • Observe Atlantic bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment
  • Enjoy a fully narrated tour by a local guide
  • Find out about the local ecosystem and the area's history
  • Have the chance to see other wildlife, such as pelicans, stingrays, and turtles
Full description
Take in the beauty of Hilton Head from the perspective of the water on a 1.5-hour, 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, mud, and more. As well as dolphins, keep on the lookout for other wildlife including pelicans, osprey, stingrays, herons, turtles, and many more besides.
  • 1.5-hour boat ride
  • Narration by local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks
  • Gratuities
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned

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Meeting point

The meeting point is on the left side of the large plaza (the same plaza as the Black Marlin and Carolina Crab Company restaurants). Look for Suite 101 above the door. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the scheduled activity time.

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Important information

Know before you go

  • This tour will not take place in bad weather. Your captain will make a decision based on the weather and inform you of any changes to your itinerary.
  • Please arrive at the meeting point 15 minutes prior to the activity start time.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.8 /5

based on 104 reviews

Review summary

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Great, relaxing boat riding experience and we got a chance to spot about a dozen or so dolphins during the 90-minute trip. We took the tour to close out our week and it was a memorable experience for the whole family. Very easy to book online the morning of the event to make sure the weather was clear first.

August 28, 2021

Overall we had a good time. The ship did it's best to find us dolphins, but the dolphins didn't get that memo. We did eventually see a nice pack of them and got fairly close. The boat is big enough that those on board sort of fight for position to take a photo. It wasn't a bad trip. Still probably good for the money, as it was cheaper than done others we looked at. But next time I'd spend more to get a private, smaller boat.

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August 5, 2021

We thoroughly enjoyed the trip. Our captain and our first meet were outstanding. We saw mini dolphins and learned a great deal about the history of the island as well as the ecosystem. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone interested in a good time at a very reasonable price. In addition, they gave some very good tips about local places to eat and do things that are not necessarily in the “what to do” books that are at every restaurant on the island.

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June 9, 2021

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