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Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise
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Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise

By Lowcountry Watersports
Recommended by 97% of travelers
97% of reviewers gave this product a bubble rating of 4 or higher.
About
The coast of Hilton Head Island provides a prime location for dolphin-watching cruises. On this family-friendly tour, you’ll boost your odds of spotting dolphins and other marine life with the help of an onboard guide, while also learning about the local aquatic life. Plus, by planning ahead, you'll  secure a desired time slot, especially during the busy summer season.
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Ages 0-99, max of 45 per group
Duration: 1h 30m
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English
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Highlights
  • Increase your chances of spotting dolphins in the Hilton Head Island waterways
  • Ideal for first-time visitors and nature lovers
  • Learn about the coastal ecosystem from an onboard guide
  • Choose from multiple time slots that are offered throughout the day

  • 90 Minute Hilton Head Dolphin Cruise
  • Full narration by a Local Guide
  • Guaranteed Dolphin Sightings
  • United States Coast Guard Licensed Captain
  • Observe different species of local birds
  • Fun Musical Tunes
  • Family Friendly Experience
What's not included
  • Gratuities

At your chosen time slot, you’ll meet your guide at meeting point near Broad Creek, and depart on the cruise in search of Atlantic Bottlenose dolphin. You, along with a small group on board, will get the chance to spot dolphins in their natural habitat, while learning about their behaviors, feeding habits, and more from your guide. In addition to dolphins, you may also view other marine life, such as manatees, egrets, herons, sea turtles, roseate spoonbills, and osprey, as you cruise around Hilton Head Island. Plus, the area’s waterways offer the chance to check out beachfront properties, operating fishing boats, and luxury yachts along the coastline. At the end of the tour, you will return to the dock at the marina.

Start:
  • 86 Helmsman Way, Hilton Head Island, SC 29928, USA
    Look for the Black Marlin Restaurant when you arrive. We are located in that same building on the very left side. Look for the American Flag outside our office.
End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • Stroller accessible
    • Service animals allowed
    • Near public transportation
    If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 49854P2

    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 45 travelers

    • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

    How much is Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise?
    Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise price starts from $39.99. Discover and book Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise on Tripadvisor
    What is the Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise cancellation policy?
    Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise cancellation policy: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Discover and book Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise on Tripadvisor
    Which company provides Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise?
    Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise is hosted by Lowcountry Watersports. Read reviews, discover additonal experiences or contact Lowcountry Watersports on Tripadvisor. Discover and book Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise on Tripadvisor
    How much time do I need for Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise?
    On average, this experience will take approximately 1h 30m. Discover and book Hilton Head Island Dolphin Boat Cruise on Tripadvisor

    If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 49854P2

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    • Lowcountry Watersports
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      Joined in February 2017
    • U9817SLjoshual
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Awesome Experience!
      Highly recommended for visitors and residents of Hilton Head. Tons of fun. Always felt safe. Excellent supervision and guidance from Christian, Candler, and Jack. Made us consider buying our own jet skis :)
      Written April 18, 2024
    • stefanmX9034ZG
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great Experience! Would definitely do again!
      Our dolphin tour was amazing! Spike and Wendy were informative and extremely helpful in spotting all the dolphins! Wendy even went above and beyond to give all the kiddos a certificate and prize at the end. Would definitely recommend to others, even on a windy not so warm day like ours ended up being. Thanks for a great time!
      Written April 4, 2024
    • alehtonen6
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Our captain Chuck and first mate Paige were great!! Dolphin views were were great too!! 🐬 definitely recommend!!
      Written March 28, 2024
    • matthewtH1575IQ
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Went on tour of disappearing island
      Great tour, knowledge and skill. Everything they promised happened. All you can ask for... as advertised, no surprises. We saw dolphins, we got shells and sand dollars.
      Written March 27, 2024
    • Dawson R
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphin tour in Broad Creek
      All the staff were friendly, laid back, and appeared to sincerely try to make the tour enjoyable... which they did. I learned more in the first twenty minutes about the area than the previous couple of decades.
      Written March 25, 2024
    • rebeccabramley04
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Fantastic experience!!
      Captain Kate and our guide (sorry forget her name!) were fabulous and made this trip even more enjoyable for our family! Highly recommend.
      Written March 16, 2024
    • jrcaphomes
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience
      Every step of the process was handled professionally. I set up excursion for my grandchildren and my daughter and son in law. The staff setting up boat ride was exceptional and the staff on boat kept the adults and children engage. Watching the faces of the 4 year old twins come off the boat with smiles beaming was priceless. They could not wait to share their joy with me.
      Written February 29, 2024
    • lhm311
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great trip
      Had a great tour. Saw dolphins and some great birds. Would recommend this tour for families. Crew was very enthusiastic and entertaining.
      Written February 29, 2024
    • jessicajazbec17
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Dolphin cruise
      We visited in January from Ohio for birthdays. Decided to suprise my husband and daughter with the dolphin cruise. It was a little chilly but a beautiful day.(way better than 9° back at home). Was worried we wouldn't see any but low and behold we saw a pod of 4 dolphins. The guides were very entertaining and knowledgeable and super friendly. Will definitely do this again when we visit in the summer.
      Written January 20, 2024
    • dpc1569
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Audra and Spike did a fantastic job!
      We had over a dozen sightings of Dolphins and the guide made it interesting and fun. Next time we’re in Hilton Head we’re going to do it again!
      Written December 31, 2023
    • Q8131CXstevenb
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Top Notch Experience!
      We booked the afternoon "Creek Cat" tour and had n absolute blast! C.J. was an awesome tour guide, gave clear instructions and had good local knowledge. The boats were all clean, well maintained and ran well. Often times rental equipment is not kept up and especially in a marine environment, show significant wear and tear. This was not the case. We will recommend and return!
      Written November 8, 2023
    • kidzpastorpa
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      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Great experience!
      Tour Guide Audra and captain Spike were super awesome! the info Audra provided about all the houses and locations and wildlife kept us excited the whole time. They got us to the disappearing island with enough time to explore for plenty of time. and... we saw plenty of local dolphins.
      Written November 1, 2023
    • Andrew j
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      great ride
      Fun ride, got to see some dolphins, the captain and crew were all very kind and respectful. Ride left on time and was perfect for capturing the beautiful Hilton Head sunset on the water. 10/10 would definitely do again.
      Written October 30, 2023
    • 761jennifer
      0 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Small group kayak tour
      What a wonderful experience! Our guide, Amber, was incredible - very knowledgeable of the area and several fun facts. Highly recommend it for any age group or experience level.
      Written October 15, 2023
    • dolly0212
      0 contributions
      4.0 of 5 bubbles
      Needs updating
      The boat could use some cleanup, refurbishing. We did see dolphins and narration was good. That’s all I have to say for now.
      Written October 8, 2023
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    5.0
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    shellshell0
    New York City, NY10 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Oct 2020
    The tour delivered on the dolphins - we saw a ton of them - so the 3 stars are for that. However if you care at all about COVID-19 safety, do not take this tour. I understand that masks are not required on HHI for outdoor activities, however there was zero social distancing on this tour and the guides did not do anything to try and keep people safe. The guides were not wearing masks, and they were delivering the tour narrative/lecturing/loud talking while 2 ft. apart from us and the other passengers. Half of the passengers were not wearing masks, and they invaded my personal space, standing/breathing over me and pushing me to take videos of a dolphin that was on the side I was sitting on. Again, I understand the mask rule doesn't apply for outdoor activities, but that is assuming social distancing and people are being careful. The tour company could have acted more responsibly by having their guides wear masks (again the guides were NOT 6 ft. from the guests at all), and by having the guides announce that people should try to respect others' personal space as best as possible while also enjoying the tour. Another passenger even said "no social distancing on this tour" and laughed. There was also no mention if the boat had been sanitized or any other safety measures. Hope this helps anyone considering this tour who cares about staying safe.
    Written October 4, 2020
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    GrandTour94715
    1 contribution
    1.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dec 2020
    I purchased a Groupon in early December to use during our New Years trip to Hilton Head. I checked the website and there was no indication that they would be closed during the holiday. In fact, there were links to book Dolphin tours on the exact days that we would be in Hilton Head.
    A week before the trip I reached out to schedule our tour using the Groupon for 10 people. I received a text back from the company saying that they would try to make it happen. Texting with customer support went well for several days, and then absolute silence.
    I paid $180 for a Groupon to HHI for Dolphin Tours and will not be able to use them, even though the website never indicated they would shut down.
    I have reached out by phone, email and text to resolve this issue and have not heard anything back in over a week.
    Very disappointed with this company. Beware of purchasing Groupons with them as they are not dependable.
    Written January 12, 2021
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    Christen A
    Albemarle, NC232 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had Captain Ben and a very nice young lady as our tour guides. We got to see plenty of dolphins on the very relaxing ride. "Pickles", a resident dolphin and her baby gave us a great show. I would highly recommend!
    Written July 8, 2020
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    The McGowans
    Louisville, KY211 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Sep 2020 • Couples
    We were lucky to have Captain Mark and Monica lead our Dolphin tour. We went September 10, and it was a perfect amount of patrons on our boat. There was plenty of space for distancing, and plenty of opportunity to walk around the boat. Mark & Monica were very professional, engaging, and knowledgeable about the waters/waterfront properties/dolphins. Best part is seeing plenty of dolphins up-close, and learning many fun facts. Worth the money, plus some, and I say this as someone who has gotten to swim with dolphins in the wild!
    Written September 19, 2020
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    Aubrey G.
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jan 2020 • Family
    Brought our family of five to the dolphin tour experience and we were welcomed with the nicest captain and helpers. Absolutely 100% recommend, just bring a light jacket if you’re coming at January, a little chilly. We saw around 8-10 dolphins, we can’t wait to come back as we adore HHI and everyone on it!!!! 🐬💛
    Written January 7, 2020
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    So amazing! Glad your experience was top notch and that you saw dolphins in their natural environment! Can't wait to have you back on your next HHI vacation.
    Written January 8, 2020
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    Richard V
    Greenville, SC36 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We enjoyed our time on the boat watching dolphins and learning about the local area. Becky was our tour guide, she has a degree in Biology, since I’m a science teacher, I completely enjoyed the information about the salt flats, oysters, and she answered every question I had. She also told us about the islands, the million dollar houses, and the best places to eat seafood, especially Oyster Happy Hour at the Poseidon restaurant. Please make sure you tip Becky and the captain, they work very hard to insure you have a good and informative time.
    Written July 25, 2021
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    4RonPaul2012
    North Truro, MA94 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nov 2020
    The tour was great! Kelly & Captain Ben were entertaining and shared a lot of information about dolphins and the local area. We had many dolphin sightings including a Mom and her baby. It was an enjoyable boat ride.

    I was thankful they said we were sailing without a group of 8 that hadn't arrived yet. With covid, they need to leave some of the seats empty.
    Written November 27, 2020
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    Chelsie K
    Lexington, KY1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2023
    We had a great time! Our original booking had to be rescheduled because there was thunder that morning, but they rescheduled us for a couple of hours later on the same day, which worked out great! We saw several small pods of dolphins and really appreciated the ample time they gave us to watch them. Captain Jack let all the kids who wanted to drive the boat on the way back, which my son thought was the coolest thing ever! All children also received a "dolphin expert" certificate, which was cute. First Mate Ginger did a great job telling us about the dolphins and other plant and animal life as well as the homes we passed on our tour. I would highly recommend this tour!
    Written June 21, 2023
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    SimbaFamily
    Holt134 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Feb 2021
    We took the day time dolphins tour, only saw a couple dolphins but the captain was good to make sure he kept following the, and moving the boat so everyone saw them and got photos. Kelly did a great job narrating and answering questions. She provided some restaurant recommendations Nd places in Hilton Head to visit as well.
    Written February 18, 2021
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    Amy C
    Wake Forest, NC76 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jun 2020 • Family
    Relaxing on the water and seeing the PGA golf tour happening! Captain Mark and Kaitlyn were very informative about the island and answered every question I had. We didn’t see too many dolphins but that is the risk you take with a dolphin tour. A few did go up to a nearby boat and let the people onboard pet them! It was a relaxing hour and a half on the water. The price is a little high, but after doing other tours it seemed to be the norm for 11/2 hour tours. The Blue Marlin Restaurant next door was amazing as well!
    Written June 20, 2020
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