May River Excursions
May River Excursions
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Boat ToursEco ToursFishing Charters & ToursDolphin & Whale WatchingNature & Wildlife Tours
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
May River Excursions operates out of Old Town Bluffton, SC on Calhoun Street. We offer a variety of boating excursions ranging from dolphin watching and shark fishing to heart-pounding watersports rides and instruction. Although excursions vary by interest you can expect to see all of the beautiful wildlife and learn about the local waterways on each trip.
Bluffton, South Carolina
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travelers' Choice
2024

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Jill D
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
I can't say enough great things about our excursions! We did the inshore fishing excursion first, and had such a blast that we came back to do the crabbing excursion. The captains were absolutely great, and answered all the kid's questions and taught us so much about crabbing. Best of all, we caught a solid dozen to keep! The kids haven't stopped talking about how much fun it was, and it's so affordable for a fun activity while on vacation. Lots of memories made today - we will definitely be back!
Written May 28, 2020
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Tyna E
The Cincinnati Region68 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020
We had a wonderful time with Captin Allick. He made sure we enjoyed our time. He listenened to what we wanted to catch, made all the adjustments and bait needs, and allowed us to sit back and make a wonderful memory for my 10 year old grandson. My grandson wanted to catch sharks, especially a blacktip. Allick took us first to a spot where there has been successful catches in the past since there were 7 other boats fishing in this same area. After about 12 minutes, Allick decided to move us since no boat has caught anything. We then moved to a "creek" area for the remainder of our 3 hour trip. My grandson caught an Atlantic Sharpnose shark about 2 feet long first. Then he was lucky enough to catch a Bonnethead shark just shy of 4 feet. This one required skill from Capt Allick since the shark went around the anchor. However, Allick allowed my grandson to reel it in. Then with only 10 minutes left to our fishing time, my grandson was elated to catch a Blacktip. Wow!!!! What a day. Benjamin was over the moon and I looked like a hero. Highly recommend. My grandson said this is a new family tradition when his "Gema" comes to visit. I totally agree. I recently had shoulder surgery and didn't have to do anything but smile and cheer Benjamin on.
Written June 19, 2020
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cjltraveler
Charlotte, NC12 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
My extended family of 9 had a wonderful time inshore fishing with Captain Matt. He was pleasant, helpful, and knew all the right places to go to catch fish. We caught trout, a stingray, and a rare triplefin fish. We even saw a few dolphins along the way. The 4 teenage children enjoyed the fishing, the sun, taking pictures, and the boat ride. I highly recommend taking your family fishing with May River Excursions.
Written July 7, 2020
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Benjamin K
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2021
We booked rides to and from Daufuskie Island with May River Excursions, and I highly recommend that you do the same. We had two different captains who were both personable and good at their jobs. The receptionist was *very* communicative, and even called when the boat was running 10 minutes behind. Remember some cash for a tip! We failed to do so on the way out there. I would love to take a fishing excursion with them next time.
Written June 1, 2021
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mizzougalfromtx
Texas136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2021
did a sunset cruise with Chris, which was pleasant. It was just two of us, since no one else booked a shared group that night, so was pretty pricey (they charge a minimum). They had said they would contact me a day or so before if no one else booked to let us know, which they did not do. Also told us to be on dock at 6:45 for 7pm departure. They didn't show up until 7:05 and no answer to multiple calls.

Saw a couple of birds and one dolphin, so was hoping to see more in the 1 hr 20 minute tour. Chris was very nice and knowledgeable and a good captain. If you're looking for a relaxing boat ride, they do a good job. If you're hoping to see more scenery, dolphins and wildlife, I'm not sure I would recommend.
Written June 6, 2021
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Cynthia C
Rockville, MD25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This was our 2nd trip with May River Excursions and I was impressed with the professionalism of all the staff. Captain Steve, two years ago, showed us the river and just last month, Captain Austin took us fishing. Both were right on time for departure and extremely knowledgeable. Their boats were clean and suited to their purpose. Capt. Austin took us right to where the fish were biting and we actually caught a few. Thanks to all the staff for some great family memories.
Written August 4, 2020
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Haley W
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2020 • Family
I was referred to May River Excursions from my family that lives in Hilton Head, SC. These are all local captains, raised on the May River.

I wasn’t sure of what type of trip my family wanted to do so I called up May River excursions and the sweet girl at the store, Molly, recommended a day of crabbing. Captain Chris even threw the cast net for the kids to show them how to shrimp. Our trip was very hands on and extremely interactive for all ages. Everyone had a blast. Afterwards, we got dropped off in Old Town Bluffton, just in time for the local Farmers market and lunch at Cahills! We all can’t wait to book our next trip with May River Excursions!!
Written May 16, 2020
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Eureeka80
Charlottesville, VA9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2021 • Family
We used May River Excursions to book a morning fishing charter trip while staying on Daufuskie Island. Captain Chris took us to some beautiful undeveloped areas of the intracoastal waterway. It was so calm and peaceful - I could have stayed out there all day! I was with my husband and our two sons, ages 9 and 10, and collectively, we all caught tons of fish. All future catches will be compared to the ones we caught with Captain Chris. Some days the fish are biting and some days they aren’t, and maybe we were just really lucky. But, he knew lots of spots to try out to find the fish, and he was patient with the kids! Plus he fileted what we caught for us — those that we could keep that is! What a fun morning!
Written April 10, 2021
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Terrence
Hilton Head, SC20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2020 • Family
Good times had by our party of 6 ! Lucked out with a high tide and warm weather sunset in mid June. Captain John was able to answer any topical question and kept the scenery rolling along beautifully. Wonderful break from the HHI beach crowded scene and more environmentally focused on Mother Nature’s gift to us right on the May River. Rotating from fast to slow boat speeds kept all of us marveling at the River magic. Definitely will do this again.
Written June 19, 2020
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Sydell16
Atlanta, GA8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2020
Excellent experience. We used May River Excursions for several outings during our vacation on Daufuskie Island including the water taxi, shrimping, and shark tooth island. They were professional, knowledgeable and responsive. The booking process was so easy and we received immediate confirmation via email. The captains were on time to meet us and their experience was evident by the amount of shrimp we caught and the shark teeth we found. I highly recommend them.
Written October 10, 2020
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