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Island Hopper Boat Charters

3 Mariners Cay Dr, Mariners Cay Marina, Folly Beach, SC 29439
+1 843-906-4656
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Ranked #5 of 16 Activities in Folly Beach
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Island Hopper Boat Charters is a family owned and operated charter company serving Charleston and...
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Type: Boat Tours, Adventure
Owner description: Island Hopper Boat Charters is a family owned and operated charter company serving Charleston and Folly Beach since 1997. We offer private boat charters including shelling trips, dolphin watches and sunset cruises. Capt. Randy Smith is native to the area and places great emphasis on safety and fun.

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Charleston, South Carolina
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2014

Captain Randy not only lives in the immediate area but has boated, fished and been a part of the maritime scene for many years. He knows his way around the islands and beaches, which creek the Dolphins will be feeding in today, where are the best views, what happened to make the lighthouse sit in the ocean and so many... More 

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Thank you for all your kind words. We are so blessed to live in such a beautiful area and I love to show it off . It is my sincere wish that you look us up if you were to return to our area and look forward to serving you and your family again in the future. More 

Charleston, South Carolina
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014

Great experience on the water with Cap'n Randy, a skilled mariner and affable guide. Seeing Morris Island Lighthouse, watching the dolphins and shelling on the isolated beach is an authentic experience, both in history and ecology. Randy's charter tour is the real deal.

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Ms Gale and her friends were a true pleasure to have onboard. I look forward to having her back on my boat. She is a true Southern belle and I felt as relaxed with her and her friends as I would with my family onboard. Thanks Ms. Gale ! Capt. Randy More 

Wharton, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

My daughter arranged this tour for us on our first day on Folly. What a great way to see a different side of the island and the Morris lighthouse. Captain Randy is a great guy and very knowledgable. He gave us a fun, informative tour and we even had several dolphin grace us with their presence! I would highly recommend... More 

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Thank you Darla for the great review. I look forward to serving you and your family again on your next trip to Folly ! Capt. Randy More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

My family and I have been going to South Carolina for a number of years now. We discovered this attraction in one of the first years of going down south. We have continued to go back to Island Hopper Boat Charters once we found it. It is a lot of fun and the Captain Randy is a great person. He... More 

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Kyle, it is the biggest complement when someone returns for multiple charters. Your kind words are appreciated and I look fwd to serving you and yours in the future. As always , had a blast with you guys. Capt. Randy More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

A must do when visiting Folly Beach. Experienced captain zips you through the marshes to an old lighthouse . Dolphins are everywhere.

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Susan, thank you for taking the time to write a review. I truly hope you and your family enjoyed yourselves on the boat. Please come back and see us and I look fwd to zipping you around our waterways again ! Capt. Randy More 

Greensburg, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

Our family was so happy to find Captain Randy! Not only was it a relaxing trip on the water, we were also able to experience seeing many things Folly Beach had to offer. We were able to pick shells on Morris Island and see the beautiful lighthouse. Be sure to bring a bag for your beautiful shells and a camera... More 

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Melissa , thank you for all the kind words. On behalf of myself and all the other businesses on Folly, it is people like your family that make us the happy to go to work everyday. Hope to see you next summer and thanks again for the awesome review !! Capt. Randy More 

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70 reviews 70 reviews
18 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

My husband and I have gone out with Capt. Randy 5 times now. It just isn't a trip to Charleston without it. Our trip is different every time since the coast line changes all the time. The first time we went out with him, many years ago, we were able to go to the little island that the lighthouse was... More 

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

It is always a pleasure to have Patrick and Karen onboard ! In almost 20 years of running boat charters,, I had something happen , that had never happened before. I mistakenly double booked their charter time, and instead of being upset, they were kind enough to offer the young couple and their puppy to join us. We all made... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014 via mobile

Captain Randy was awesome! Would definitely recommend using his service. Very knowledgeable, experienced and a joy too travel with! Very reasonable for a private 2 hour tour, will be back again!

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Thank you Faith for the nice review. It was a pleasure to meet you all, and I look fwd to serving you again in the future Capt. Randy More 

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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014

Thanks Captain Randy for a wonderful afternoon!! Captain Randy took very good care of us,especially caring for our six year old. She was so excited to see the dolphins and we enjoyed the tranquility of Morris Island. There is a peace there that can't be compared to anywhere we've been. Captain Randy treated us like family sharing all the knowledge... More 

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

It was truly a pleasure to have the Worrix family on the boat. Tim , Marseille , and baby Macy are the cutest family. People like them, who truly appreciate our area, make my job the best job to have in the world. Thank you for the kind review and hope to see you again. Capt. Randy More 

Tempe, Arizona
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

We tried a couple other charters first as we were working on short notice and didn't plan well in advance. Captain Randy had just had a cancellation due to weather but was happy to check the radar for us and confirmed that we had a break in weather that ought to suffice. Within a half hour of calling, we were... More 

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Randy S, Owner at Island Hopper Boat Charters, responded to this review

Thanks Heather Thanks for the kind words. . I am glad the weather cooperated for our trip. You have a wonderful family, and it was my pleasure to have you guys on board. Hope to see you all in the future, Capt. Randy More 

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