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Address: 101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head, SC 29926
Phone Number: +1 843-785-2100
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Description: With over 30 years experience in dolphin and nature cruises around Hilton...
With over 30 years experience in dolphin and nature cruises around Hilton Head Island, Capt. Jim Harkins and Island Explorer offers unique and memorable tours. With both 12-passenger and 6-passenger boats, Island Explorer can accommodate large families or groups and still offer initmate experiences.You may choose a 1-Hour Introductory Tour, a 2-Hour Dolphin and Nature Excursion, or one of our 3-Hour and 3.5-Hour Expeditions. On our popular expedition to "Vanishing Island" you'll view the dolphins, cross the Calibogue Sound, and have the opportunity to disembark on a secluded sandbar to search for sand dollars at the low tide. We offer Lowcountry Backwater tours and even a special Nature Photography tour guided by a professional photographer. Evening Sunset Cruises will bring you to beauty of the Hilton Head sunsets along with scenic views of the marshlands, birds, and dolphins that make the Lowcountry special. During the summer months join us for a Tuesday night Fireworks Cruise. Our captains are experienced, friendly, and informative. Our mid-island location is convenient to every resort on Hilton Head. Parking is always free, and there are no gate fees. Our boats are docked at the popular island restaurant, The Old Oyster Factory Restaurant at 101 Marshland Road. With years of experience on Hilton Head Island and variety of unique cruises, Island Explorer will treat you to a memorable experience for your family or group.
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Fun trip on the water!

Captain Cathy led an informative two hour cruise through Broad Creek. She made it a point to learn everyone's name and involved each of the passengers in her narrative. Being on a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 27, 2015
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Falmouth, Maine, USA
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Falmouth, Maine, USA
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26 reviews 26 reviews
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33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Captain Cathy led an informative two hour cruise through Broad Creek. She made it a point to learn everyone's name and involved each of the passengers in her narrative. Being on a small boat is definitely more fun than juggling for a seat on the larger dolphin tour vessels. Definitely recommend taking this tour.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW via mobile

This was by far the highlight of our memorial trip to Hilton Head. From start to finish Piper helped us find a tour that was perfect for our family and young grandchildren. Jim bent over backwards to get us on the perfect boat. On our boat ride, Captain Kathy did a great job of keeping the children entertained. Seeing lots... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

What a wonderful experience! Captain Kathy was extremely knowledgable and fun. We were very lucky to have wonderful weather and saw several dolphins as nature decided to cooperate. My 8 year old was thrilled with the entire trip as were the adults. I very highly recommend Island Explorers!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

Captain Bobby was an excellent host as we cruised the inlets of Hilton Head. Our kids were so excited to see all of the dolphins as we took in the great evening views of the island. You are sure to have a great time with this company!

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Kate and Captain Bobby are the best! We scheduled a tour several days in advance, but nobody else was booked, so the tour was canceled. The entire time, Kate could not have been nicer or more enjoyable to talk to, even though we were disappointed about the trip. You could tell she felt badly that it did not work out.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

What a Great time for all of us, even Grandma! Captain Bobby was absolutely First Class! He knows so much about the eco-system and the changes to it over the last 20 years. We left out at low tide and were able to see the oyster beds and learned so much about the important role they play to the river.... More 

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Brentwood, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

This is the second year in a row we've done a tour with Island Explorer and we will keep going back, probably with a different type tour each year. This year, we did a two hour tour from 4-6pm with Captain Jim and it was fabulous -- informative, fun, and relaxing. Saw lots of dolphins and birds and learned a... More 

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Boardman, Ohio, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

I found Island Explorer right here on Trip Advisor. When I called to schedule the 1-hour dolphin tour for a Wednesday, I was told that there was no tour scheduled for that day but that they would try to fit us in between other tours scheduled for that day. That's how my group of 4 ladies ended up having a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Had so much fun. Got to see plenty of dolphins on the tour. Will go again next time I'm on the island. Ask for Bobby.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

Our family of 4 went out with Captain Bobby for a private sunset cruise on the island excursion last night. Everything was perfect!!! Maybe it was the luck of the day since it was Mother's Day, but we saw several mom and baby Dolphins swimming together. Captain Bobby was so knowledgable and interesting. He was great with our boys (ages... More 

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Guest Relations Manager at Island Explorer, responded to this review

Thanks for your kind words about Island Explorer and Capt. Bobby. Every captain and our entire staff work hard to ensure that you and your family have the best possible experience on our tours. Sometimes Mother Nature gives us even more than we hoped for, and we're glad to know that you had an especially memorable tour. We'll look forward... More 

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