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Island Explorer

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101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2306
+1 843-785-2100
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Great tour!

Absolutely loved this tour and Captain Jared was fantastic. This size boat is ideal for this type... read more

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Heather B
Great trip - lots of sand dollars

We had the best time on the boat! Captain Kelly was fantastic! Great fun! Wonderful trip! Highly... read more

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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 intimate experiences.You may choose a Sunset Cruise, a 1-Hour Introductory Tour (only offered during the summer months), a 2-Hour Dolphin and Nature Excursion, or our 3-Hour Vanishing Island Expedition. 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. 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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101 Marshland Rd, Hilton Head, SC 29926-2306
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Reviewed yesterday

Absolutely loved this tour and Captain Jared was fantastic. This size boat is ideal for this type of tour (and it’s very stable in the water, for anyone who is worried about that). Highly recommend and would do again.

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

We had the best time on the boat! Captain Kelly was fantastic! Great fun! Wonderful trip! Highly recommend! Saw a bunch of dolphins as well

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Reviewed yesterday

Our captain, Angela, was awesome! She was super knowledgeable about the area, and she was fun to chat with. The tour itself was so fun! We brought our 23-month-old, and he did great. Highly recommend!

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Reviewed yesterday

I recommend this to all who visit. Cap Jimmy was amazing! I'm 55 and this, by far, was the best field trip I've ever been on. Cap Jimmy is very knowledgeable and friendly. Within 5 minutes of leaving dock we began seeing dolphin. Spectacular sunset...More

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Reviewed yesterday

Wonderful trip to the Vanishing Island. We found tons of sand dollars, saw some jelly fish and starfish. Captain Cathy was very informative.

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This is our second time with island explorer and they did not disappoint!! This time we did the vanishing island tour and we will do again and again. Captain Kathy was fantastic. My daughter came home with 50 sand dollars and various local shells. Fantastic...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Captain Kathy at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Mary, I am so glad that we not only did not disappoint you and Sarah, but that you found your new favorite HHI activity. The vanishing island is a special place. It was a fun day, full of adventure and as you said, great, interesting...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago

This was an excellent tour!! Despite heat, the boat was nice and the cool breeze made the ride pleasant. Our tour guide was well versed in the wildlife and local culture. We saw many species of water fowl, dolphins, star fish, crabs, and possibly a...More

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Thank Megan T
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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Megan, We're happy to hear that you "loved the experience" on your Vanishing Island™ Expedition. This is the hottest time of the year, but we always try to keep our guests cool and keep a breeze on the boat. Nature provides so much to...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

We loved our trip to Hilton Head Island this July but found that the only thing lacking was shelling on the beach in front of our condo. Well, Island Explorer to the rescue!! We took the trip to the Hidden Island and found shells, sand...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Hello Erika, We are just delighted to read your kind review. While shelling on the beaches facing the ocean on Hilton Head can have it's challenges, we are fortunate that nature offers great bounty if you know where to look, and our tour to Vanishing...More

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Reviewed 3 days ago

My two teenage sons and I recently took the sunset cruise with Island Explorer. The weather was perfect and the guide was very helpful. He knew where the dolphins were hanging out and shared a lot of interesting background regarding the marine life and areas...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

Thanks for taking time to share your experience with Island Explorer. Our entire team sincerely appreciates your 5-Star review. It's our goal to offer a unique and memorable experience to guests of all ages. We hope you'll choose Island Explorer again on your next visit...More

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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We went last night with our family including our 5 year old grandson. Had a fantastic time with Captain Jarrod leading us. He explained and showed us local birds , talked about the land and water, Dafuskie Island and answered any questions. And , oh,...More

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IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer, responded to this reviewResponded 2 days ago

We couldn't be happier to hear that you got to share a special time with your grandson on the Island Explorer. There's nothing better than spending time with grandchildren, and Captain Jared, who is also a father, understands this well. With his many years of...More

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Rachel D
July 12, 2018|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hello Rachel, Thanks for contacting Island Explorer We strongly suggest our 1-Hour Dolphin & Nature Tour for families with younger children, but they are welcomed on any tour that you think you would enjoy as a family. We... More
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Ron R
July 1, 2018|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hi Ron, So sorry for the delay in responding. We do availability on every tour on July 10 and can accommodate your family of 4. You can book online at our website (no html allowed here) or call 843-785-2100 to make your... More
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Ben W
May 28, 2018|
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC | Property representative |
Hi Ben, We offer the following: 2-Hour Dolphin & Nature Tours - $45/adult 3-Hour Vanishing Island Expedition - $65/adult 2-Hour Sunset Cruise - $45/adult All of our prices, schedule and online booking can be found on our... More
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