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Island Explorer

101 Marshland Road, Hilton Head, SC 29926
843-785-2100
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Ranked #12 of 121 activities in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Tours
Owner description: With over 30 years experience in dolphin and nature cruises around Hilton Head Island, Capt. Jim Harkins and Island Explorer offers unique and... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2014 NEW via mobile

It was a great experience and an amazing tour. We saw dolphins and vanishing island. Captain Cathy is a very experienced guide and she told us very interesting stories about the island, oysters, dolphins, etc. This tour is interesting as for grown ups so as for younger and older children. We highly recommend it!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 via mobile

We saw tons of dolphins. Captain Jerry was extremely knowledgeable and was extremely nice! The sunset tour was amazing and I would recommend it to everyone!!!!

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

Thanks for the kind words. All of our captains at Island Explorer work hard to you and all of our guests amazing tours. We'll look forward to seeing you again. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014 via mobile

We had a great adventure with Captain Kathy. So pleased with her knowledge of the area. The kids had a great time. Would definitely recommend to anyone.

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

Thank you for sharing your positive comments about your tour on Island Explorer. Captain Kathy appreciates your kinds words. Making our guests happy is our number one goal. We're glad to know we succeeded with your family. More

Kerhonkson, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We had a wonderful time - Captain Kathy was very informative and always had the interest of her passengers in mind. She learned our names right away and helped us learn about the history and culture of Hilton Head Island. We saw area fauna & flora and she gave us lots of info about the natural seascape & landscape of... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014

Our family took the 3 hour Sunday morning tour with Captain Kathy, and had a terrific time. She is fantastic - so much knowledge about Hilton Head and its history, local wildlife, and the geography of the area. Also, very easy going and willing to make changes in the planned itinerary based on our group's desires. She made the day... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 via mobile

We took the 3 hr vanishing island adventure. What an awesome experience! Capt Jared explained so many interesting facts to us from oyster farming, salt marshes, dolphins, and shelling. We saw tons of dolphins up close to our boat. Many wanted to "play." When we arrived at the island Capt Jared showed us how to find sand dollars. We got... More

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Cortland, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2014

had a great time with cap'n cathy on the vanishing island tour at 5pm. def will do again when we come back. dolphin tour, beachcombing and sunset cruise/ history lesson and nature tour all rolled into one!!!

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Milwaukee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014

Thanks captain Kathy for a great tour today. We appreciated your friendliness and knowledge during our tour! You made our group of 10 feel right at home.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

My family and I went on the sunset cruise on Sunday ....I really did not expect much but, we seen plenty of dolphin and we had such a history lesson from Captain Kathy about Hilton Head. I would do this again but it would have to be with Kathy she made everyone feel like family and what an enjoyable trip... More

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

We went out at noon with Captian Cathy on the 3 hour vanishing island tour. We saw many dolphin on our way out of Broad Creek and learned a lot about the island and the locals. Unfortunately, the weather turned for the worse and we got stuck in the creek. Captain Cathy made her way to a friend's dock where... More

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