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Island Explorer

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Hilton Head, SC, USA
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About Island Explorer
Now offering Premium Private Tours for your comfort and safety, Island Explorer is a great choice for your family or group. 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 three 12-passenger boats Island Explorer can accommodate larger families or groups and still offer intimate experiences. Choose a Sunset Dolphin Cruise, a 1-Hour Discovery Tour , a 2-Hour Dolphin Encounter, or our 3-Hour Vanishing Island Expedition™ to disembark on a secluded sandbar to search for sand dollars at the low tide. Every cruise will explore Hilton Head Island with scenic views of the marshlands, birds, and dolphins that make the Lowcountry special. Our captains are experienced, friendly, and informative.
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mknutson5 wrote a review Today
Brownsburg, Indiana1 contribution
This was the highlight of our trip to Hilton Head. Very well run. Capt. Cody was awesome! Informative and great with our young kids. We saw dolphins, starfish, sting rays and lots of sand dollars. I would highly recommend. We would do again in a heartbeat.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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bkc97 wrote a review Yesterday
Troy, Ohio1 contribution
Cody was excellent and taught us a lot about the waterways and animals. We seen dolphins within the first 5 minutes of leaving the dock. Highly recommend
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
Responded yesterday
Captain Cody and the entire Island Explorer crew sincerely appreciate your kind review and recommendation. It's our goal to offer every guest a unique and memorable experience on the waters of Hilton Head Island. "Dolphins within the first 5 minutes of leaving the dock" , what a treat ! Come see us again on your next visit.
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czharris wrote a review Jun 2022
Yardley, Pennsylvania1 contribution
Captain Thad did a great job finding dolphins to the delight of our grandchildren. His information and history were interesting to the adults. The private tour allowed us the opportunity to spend quality time alone in a small group. Other tours in the area were large groups.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your 5 star review with Captain Thad and Island Explorer! Our private tours were designed to allow friends and family the opportunity to "spend quality time alone in a small group." There is no better way to see dolphins and nature up close and hear about the history of our island. We hope to see you again on your next visit to our amazing island!
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Holly P wrote a review Jun 2022
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All ages loved the boat ride and visit to the island, ages 2-66!!! Reasonable accessible for us old folks, the website prepared us honestly and straightforwardly. Except, we were so surprised at how much fun it was, and everyone wants to go next year too.
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Date of experience: May 2022
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
Responded 2 days ago
Our tours are designed with you in mind and we work hard to provide a safe ,educational and fun trip for all ages! We appreciate your 5 star review and are happy you found our website to be user friendly and "straightforward." We will see you again next year!
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Phiss wrote a review Jun 2022
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We are family of 6 and joined a private dolphin/vanished island tour with caption Jim and Robin. They are very knowledgeable and friendly. We have learned a lot about the island. We saw few dolphins here and there throughout the trip. Highly recommended to anyone who doesn’t like dealing with the group tour hassles.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
Responded 2 days ago
Thank you for your 5 star review ! The team at Island Explorer and Captain Jim work hard to make your tour exciting and educational with conversation based around your interests. Our private tours are a great alternative to the "crowded and more impersonal tours". We hope to see you again on your next visit to our beautiful island!
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