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Address: 3 Mariners Cay Dr, Mariners Cay Marina, Folly Beach, SC 29439
Phone Number: +1 843-906-4656
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Description: Island Hopper Boat Charters is a family owned and operated charter company...
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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The highlight of our trip to Folly beach!

My husband and I took a two hour boat tour to Morrris island with Captain Randy. We highly recommend! He was a gracious host and taught us a lot about the area, civil war history... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 21, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015 NEW

My husband and I took a two hour boat tour to Morrris island with Captain Randy. We highly recommend! He was a gracious host and taught us a lot about the area, civil war history, dolphins, oysters and birds we had never seen! Thank you Randy!!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Took the Sunset tour with Randy and had a wonderful time. He was very interesting and knowledgeable. He knew where the dolphins would be feeding and took us there, where we were able to see lots of dolphins. Took a stroll on Morris Island where I found a perfect sand dollar. Would definitely recommend this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2015 via mobile

Absolute must! We had an amazing time. We came all the way from Colorado and this was perfect. He has so much knowledge of the area and really took his time showing us around and providing details of the history and wildlife. His passion for his job is obvious which made the trip even more fun. If you ever visit... More 

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

Thank you so much for the awesome review. I feel very fortunate to have crossed paths with these charming newlyweds. Best of luck with your future and hope to see you again on you next visit ! Captain Randy More 

Austin, Texas, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2015

Captain Randy is a wealth of knowledge not only about the history of the barrier islands, but the ecology and importance of the marsh and barrier island environments. His humorous style will have you laughing while at the same time enjoying and appreciating the beauty of the area. It will be a most memorable trip for anyone wanting to get... More 

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

Thank you so much for the awesome review ! I really hope you enjoyed your stay on Folly, and hope to see you again in the future More 

Grand Haven, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

My wife and I booked a shelling tour on the island hopper website and we went out on a Sunday morning with Randy. We were lucky and saw a bunch of dolphins and other wildlife. Randy was a super nice very knowledgeable as other have said. This was an anniversary trip and it was one of our main highlights of... More 

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

Thank you so much for the kind words ! I am so happy you and your wife had a great anniversary weekend at Folly, and allowed me to be part of it. We hope you will come back to visit our beach More 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

Second trip to the Charleston area, and second boat ride to Morris Island and beyond with Captain Randy. His passion and knowledge of the islands and the backwaters has to be unmatched, but its his efforts to make sure your ride is the highlight of your trip is what sets him apart. To borrow from him... if you can't relax... More 

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

It was a pleasure to have Mike and Sheila on board. They are very relaxed people that made my job easy. Mike elected to take an extended tour and got to see some of the most beautiful waterways our area has to offer. I hope to see you guys again in the future and truly thank you for your return... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

We booked a tour with Island Hopper Tours in late March, 2015 for myself, my wife and two daughters. Captain Randy is awesome; he made it such a fun trip through his intimate knowledge of the inhabitants of Folly Beach, humans and wildlife alike. His deep experience as a true local figure enriched our understanding of the lowcountry. His stories... More 

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

I am so happy you all enjoyed our time out on the water , despite the ever changing weather March can provide in the lowcountry.. Also delighted the girls got to see the dolphin and take home a few treasures from our beautiful island. Hope to see you again if you return to the area and thanks for all the... More 

Bellingham
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2015

Captain Randy is the best. He is so knowledgable about the area and will provide a fun, relaxed experience. To our amazement we were able to witness dolphins strand-feeding. Highly recommend!

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

Thank you Lisa for the kind words and I am so happy that you guys enjoyed your boat charter. Even after watching the dolphin strand feed all my life, I get just as excited about it as my passengers ! More 

Charleston, South Carolina
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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
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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 

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