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Hilton Head Eco Tours
Hilton Head Island is a unique environment consisting of protected wetlands, marshes, dunes & beaches. Make your stay on Hilton Head a truly unique vacation by participating in an Eco-Tour. The choices are endless: you can relax and enjoy the scenery on a dolphin cruise, take a fishing tour, witness our spectacular sunrises or sunsets or explore our beaches in search of a Loggerhead nest.
A favorite of both locals and visitors is a kayak tour. They require no prior experience and are led by experienced guides. From the calm waters of our tidal creeks and salt marshes you can experience the true beauty of the Low Country and its wildlife. Dolphins, otters and snowy egrets are just a few of creatures that you are likely to encounter.
Here are some of the local eco-tour companies we would recommend!
Hilton Head Island Tours
Outside Hilton Head
Hilton Head Boat Tours
Kayak Hilton Head
Coastal Discovery Museum
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Discovery Eco Tour
Unveil Nature's Secrets on our Discovery Eco Tour
- User Ages: All Ages
- Hour Glass Duration: 1hr
- Tag Capacity: up to 12 people
Discover the Secrets of the Island on our Eco Tours on Hilton Head Island!
This family-friendly dolphin tour in Hilton Head is perfect for those with small children, senior citizens, or anyone that wants a shorter time on the water. It’s easy on the budget, too. Usually scheduled around the low tide, this trip gives you the small boat experience for the big boat price — including a great tour guide with lots of interesting information. Book your eco tours on Hilton Head Island online today!
- Our Most Popular Tour!
- up to 12 people
- Hour Glass 3hrs
- User 12yrs & below , 13yrs+
Our Expeditions: Vanishing Island Tour
Discover the enchanting Vanishing Island with Island Explorer’s guided tours in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Experience the awe-inspiring phenomenon of a sandbar known as Vanishing Island, emerging only at low tide.
- Hour Glass 2hrs
- User All Ages
Sunset Dolphin Cruise
Embark on a breathtaking sunset dolphin cruise with Island Explorer in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Experience the magic of the low-country as the sun paints the sky with hues of orange and pink, providing a stunning backdrop to your dolphin-watching adventure. Book online!
Dolphin Encounter & Nature Tour
Get up-close and personal with these marine creatures while our expert guides share their knowledge of the local wildlife and ecosystem. This immersive experience is not just about dolphins; it’s a deep dive into the heart of Hilton Head’s natural wonders. Book your Hilton Head dolphin and nature tour online!
- Hour Glass 2.5hrs
Tuesday Night Sunset and Fireworks Cruise
As the sun sets in a blaze of colors over the Lowcountry waters, embark on a journey that combines the serene beauty of a sunset cruise with the exhilaration of a fireworks spectacle. Glide along the tranquil coast, witnessing the sky ablaze with vibrant hues.
- User 12yrs & below , 13yrs up
Daufuskie Island Beachcombing Tours
Embark on an exciting Daufuskie Island beachcombing tour with Island Explorer in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Discover the hidden treasures that await along the pristine shores of Daufuskie Island, a coastal gem renowned for its natural beauty and seashell abundance. Book online today!
Dolphin Strand Feeding
Experience the awe-inspiring phenomenon of Dolphin Strand Feeding with Island Explorer in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Witness the sheer brilliance of nature as dolphins showcase their unique feeding technique in shallow waters.
Hilton Head Eco Tours with Live Oac
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Hilton Head Guided Kayak Eco Tour
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Enjoy a 1.5-hour guided tour of Hilton Head Island by Kayak. Explore the waterways and inlets around the island for a calm experience. Choose from one of four departure times when you book. With a group limited to 12 travelers, you will have personal service during your tour.
Operated by: Lowcountry Watersports
- Professional guide
- All Fees and Taxes
- Kayak, life jacket, paddle
- Hotel pickup and drop-off
- Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
- Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
- Suitable for all physical fitness levels
- Children must be accompanied by an adult
- Minimum age is 5 years
- Weight restriction - 250lbs for single kayak & 350lbs for tandem kayak
- Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled activity for check-in.
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Regular temperature checks for staff
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Dolphin Eco Tour
Hour Glass Duration: 1.5 hours
Calendar Availability: Year-round, daily
Map Marker Departure Location: Shelter Cove Marina
Users Ages: All ages
Explore the Marsh and Search for Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins!
Outside Hilton Head’s Dolphin Eco Tour is one of the most popular tours on Hilton Head Island, providing an unforgettable experience for nature lovers, families, and anyone looking for a fun and educational adventure on the water. This tour is led by experienced guides who are passionate about the local ecosystem, ensuring that guests have an unforgettable experience while also learning about the region’s unique wildlife and marine habitat. Atlantic bottlenose dolphins are a must-see while staying on Hilton Head!
Explore Broad Creek, venture through the tidal marsh system, and learn about the island’s history. Join us for a tour on Broad Creek watching for birds and dolphins in the salt marsh ecosystem. Along the way, your interpretive naturalist captain will entertain your group with fun facts and stories of the Lowcountry.
Our boats are stable, comfortable, and ideal for viewing wildlife.
Overall, the Dolphin Eco Tour is a must-do activity for anyone visiting Hilton Head Island. Whether you’re a nature lover, a family with children, or just looking for a unique adventure on the water, this tour will leave you with lasting memories of the beautiful Lowcountry and its incredible wildlife. Book your tour today with Outside Hilton Head and discover the magic of the dolphins and the Lowcountry ecosystem.
About Your Guides
The guides leading the Dolphin Eco Tour are experienced and knowledgeable, with a deep passion for the local ecosystem. They have undergone extensive training and have a strong commitment to safety and guest satisfaction. They are certified by the United States Coast Guard and have completed training in environmental science and natural history, ensuring that guests receive a fun, comprehensive and engaging experience while on the tour.
What to Bring
Guests should bring water, sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat to protect themselves from the sun. Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing is recommended, as well as a camera to capture memories of the tour. Outside Hilton Head provides all necessary equipment, including life jackets and binoculars.
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- Most Popular Boat Trip
- Users All Ages
- Hour Glass 1.5 Hours
Private Dolphin Eco Tour
It’s no wonder this is our most popular boat trip! Hilton Head and the surrounding areas boast an active population of Atlantic Bottlenose dolphins, with great viewing opportunities year-round.
- Hour Glass 4.5 Hours
Daufuskie Island History & Artisans Excursion
Tucked between Hilton Head Island and Savannah, and accessible only by boat, come experience the rich history on Daufuskie Island.
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Dolphin and nature tours
Your premium tour operator, us coast guard certified 12-passenger boats, 843-785-2100.
1 hour tour, april - sept. only, up to 12 guests.
2 hour tour, dolphins & nature.
Vanishing Island Expedition
3 hour tour, beach combing.
Sunset Dolphin Cruise
Sunset Fireworks Cruise
2.5 hour tour, summer tuesdays.
Daufuskie Island Beach Combing
Driftwood beach, summer sunset & fireworks cruise, see dolphins and nature up close.
Island Explorer conducts personalized dolphin and nature eco-tours specializing in intimate, small group excursions. Our custom-built 12-Passenger Carolina Skiffs will accommodate large families or groups. View our fleet of boats. Watch our videos or read an article about Island Explorer by Discover South Carolina. During the summer and early fall we occasionally offer a special expedition in search of dolphin "strand feeding."
Dolphin Strand Feeding
The Perfect Family Adventure
Kids of all ages, parents, and grandparents can share the experience of a family adventure on Hilton Head Island with Island Explorer. Your safety and comfort are our primary concern. And we make it fun! Our Captains are among the friendliest, most knowledgeable, and most entertaining you'll find anywhere, and they all have years of experience in waters around Hilton Head Island.
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Join an Expedition!
Spartina will be running private group charters in 2023 with some exceptions
See calendar for details or call with special requests
Or call for availability 843-338-2716
Spartina Marine Education Charters offers an "In depth revelation of the Lowcountry waterways". Different from a sight-seeing tour, Captain Amber will spend two hours guiding a scientific expedition! Local crabs, shrimp, and fish make a temporary appearance on board.
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Hilton Head Dolphin Tours with
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Our Dolphin Tour Options
- A certificate for a second outing of equal value,
- Or a time extension (as schedule allows)
- 3hr Grand Tour of Islands ™ Tour
- 2hr Dolphin Wildlife Refuge ™ Tour
- 90min Dolphin Adventure ™ Tour
- 1hr “Out & Back” ™ Dolphin Tour
- 4 hour Dolphin Shark ™ Charter
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