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Hilton Head Island: Pirate Cruise on the Black Dagger

1. 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: Sunset Dolphin Cruise

2. 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

3. 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: 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: Dolphin Watching 3-Course Dinner Cruise

5. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Watching 3-Course Dinner Cruise

Cruise thorugh the the intracoastal waters on Hilton Head in search of frolicking dolphins. Enjoy a mouth-watering Lowcountry-themed menu, which is freshly cooked each day by the Sea Pines Resort's award-winning chefs. Choose from a private table on the upper or lower deck. Hop aboard a spacious and comfortable ship and take a seat at your table. Stay comfortable with climate-controlled indoor seating or shaded outdoor seating. Have the option to purchase a bottle of wine or champagnes from the large onboard selection or a cocktail from the full-service bar. Admire views of the verdant shore and keep an eye out for wild Atlantic bottlenose dolphins. Travel past Daufuskie Island and hear local stories and history from the narration provided by your captain. Savor a first course of southwest Caesar salad with chipotle Caesar dressing, romaine lettuce, roasted corn, parmesan cheese, and lime salt tortilla strips. Choose from main dishes like two Mahi Mahi tacos with flour tortilla, fennel cabbage slaw, Baja sauce, cotija cheese, and cilantro, or a plate of jerk chicken with pineapple salsa. Pick the veggie option for two grilled veggie tacos with fennel cabbage slaw, Baja sauce, cotija cheese, and cilantro. Dig into your main dish which is served with rice and beans, crema and pico de gallo (fresh salsa). End your culinary adventure with a sweet raspberry coulis, and fresh whipped cream. Keep the kids happy with menu options like chicken tenders, mashed potatoes, and fresh veggies, or chicken alfredo pasta with parmesan cream and roasted chicken. The kids menu includes a salad and desert.

Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Cruise & Nature Tour

6. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Cruise & Nature Tour

Set sail on a 14 passenger boat cruise in the surrounding waters of Hilton Head Island and encounter bottlenose dolphins and other coastal species such as osprey, egrets, pelicans, bald eagles, a variety of shorebirds, and more. Get scenic views of Broad Creek and admire the private residential homes in Long Cove, Wexford Lock System, and Spanish Wells Plantations. See famous attractions including the Harbor Town Lighthouse, Daufuskie Island, the Atlantic Ocean, Tybee Island, and the Savannah River Bridge.

Hilton Head Island: 75-Minute Jet Ski Tour

7. 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: Dolphin Tour at Sunset & Fireworks Show

8. Hilton Head Island: Dolphin Tour at Sunset & Fireworks Show

Once you've met your group at the meeting point, travel first around the Hilton Head coast and take in stunning views of the shoreline. Look out for resident Atlantic bottlenose dolphins as they play, feed, and swim around the boat, and make the most of this incredible opportunity to see these friendly creatures in their natural habitat. Along the way, pass by the iconic Harbour Town Lighthouse, an impressive, 90-foot (27.4-meter) tall beacon renowned for its candy-striped exterior. Learn about the rich history and diverse ecosystem of the island from your expert tour guides as you soak in the scenic views and sail past breathtaking landmarks. Then, sit back and relax as the sun begins to set, painting the water’s surface in a vibrant array of hues. Find out why Hilton Head has been named one of the best destinations for sunset viewing along the East Coast of the USA. Finally, after the sun has fully sunk below the horizon, get ready for Hilton Head’s weekly fireworks.

Hilton Head Island: America’s Cup Sailing Yacht Cruise

9. 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

10. 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. 

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What people are saying about Hilton Head Island

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 808 reviews

A very enjoyable experience with knowledgeable and friendly staff! We saw plenty of dolphins and rode along with them for awhile too. I would highly recommend this tour. You’ll learn some fun unique facts about Hilton head island too.

Devan was amazing. It was a beautiful night and our group of 11 loved the cruise. Beautiful night and sunset. First time we did something like in our many HHI vacations. We def do it again!

Such a fun dolphin tour! We saw a couple different pods of dolphins and enjoyed the beautiful cruise. A friendly crew member also took our order for snacks and drinks from the boat bar!

Great tour. We saw a few dolphins and learned information about the area and all the things that we saw while on the water. It was very interesting and a relaxing boat ride.

Excelente, disfrutamos mucho viendo a los delfines y no a los tiburones, muy buena guía del capitán y su tripulación muy agradecida.