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Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dolphin Cruise

1. Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dolphin Cruise

Sail towards the open ocean in search of Atlantic bottlenose dolphins on an amazing sightseeing cruise. After seeing these animals in open water, travel to Daufuskie Island and up Bull Creek to Dolphin Hole to watch the setting sun. Admire the incredible landscape of salt estuaries at sunset. Listen to live commentary from your expert captain, and ask the crew any questions you might have. Beer, wine, snacks, and drinks are available for purchase throughout the trip.

Hilton Head Island: Guided Dolphin Tour

2. Hilton Head Island: Guided Dolphin Tour

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.

Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dinner Cruise

3. Hilton Head Island: Sunset Dinner Cruise

Board the luxury Spirit of Harbor Town ship for an evening of mouthwatering cuisine and the island’s best sunsets. Admire unbeatable views as you enjoy a delicious dinner and watch as the sun slips behind the horizon. Choose to dine on the shaded topside deck, or select a table in the collimate-controlled cabin with panoramic windows. Relax with a drink from the full-service bar (at your own expense) as you look out for dolphins. Sunset Dinner Cruise Sail early enough to catch the sunset and return after dark to the lights of Harbour Town. Whether a warm summer evening or a cozy November night, the Sunset Dinner Cruise is a perfect way to end any day of the year on Hilton Head Island. Keep your eye out for dolphins as they typically make an appearance during the sunset dinner cruise. Menu: • Heirloom tomato panzanella salad Choose an entree: • Fish: blackened mahi-mahi • Chicken: roasted chicken breast • Pork: Berbere spiced pork loin • Vegetarian/vegan: fresh pasta primavera Dessert: • Key lime pie or layered chocolate mousse

Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Nature Cruise

4. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Nature Cruise

Take a sightseeing cruise to explore the incredible nature around Hilton Head Island and the surrounding waterways. Hear about the island’s history from your expert crew as you search for Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Admire the coastal landscape as you learn about the lifecycle of these mammals. Discover why this region is the perfect place for dolphins to settle. With sightings guaranteed, this tour is sure to be a highlight of your vacation.

Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

5. Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

Search for sunken treasure with this incredible pirate cruise. Head to the docks, where you'll be given a new name and learn to speak like a real pirate. Then board the Black Dagger and set sail on the Calibogue Sound. Stinky Pete, the island’s smelliest pirate, knows about the treasure map and he stole the key. The race is on, to find Stinky Pete before he gets to the treasure. The crew will man the water cannons and blast Stinky Pete until he gives back the key.

Hilton Head Island: Scenic Helicopter Tour

6. 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: America’s Cup Sailing Yacht Cruise

7. 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: Daufuskie Island Ferry Roundtrip Ticket

8. 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 Ferry Ticket to Savannah

9. 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: Dolphin and Nature Tour

10. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin and Nature Tour

Bring inquisitive minds and cameras on this private dolphin tour with a Master Captain and Low Country Master Naturalist. Explore the Calibogue Sound by boat and have the opportunity to observe wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins swimming, feeding, and socializing. See these beautiful creatures in their natural habitat, and learn about the history of the island, the ecology of the low country, and particularly the salt marsh. Watch the dolphins and learn about their social habits, physiology, diet, and more. Enjoy an opportunity to view other marine animals like rays, sea turtles, manatees, and sharks, who make cameos throughout the season.

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 808 reviews

It was a relaxing activity and gave a different of a view of the island-from the water! The guide was great at pointing out different birds and points of interest. Also, it was great getting in and out of the kayak on a platform and launching off from that. It made it easy to get in and out.

Great narration and fun to see a lot of dolphins. The ship was clean and easy to navigate from spot to spot.

Had a great time! Lauren was very informative and fun. Enjoyed the sunset , while learning about shrimping.

Definitely saw dolphins and the sunset. Very informative on the dolphins and history of the area.

Very enjoyable. The staff was professional and courteous. A unique and exciting experience.