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Island Explorer

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Hilton Head, SC, USA
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About Island Explorer
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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Brandi wrote a review Oct 20
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Our family took the Vanishing Island tour on October 2 and we could not be any more pleased with our experience! Captain Jim is fantastic! He taught our family so many things about the island, the waterways, history, and ecosystems around. He is extremely professional, a great captain and tour guide, but was also very fun to spend the afternoon with. The tour was worth every single penny and I cannot recommend this tour enough. This 5 star rating is definitely earned!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
Responded 4 days ago
The entire Island Explorer team is beaming with pride from reading your review. We are delighted that it was "beyond expectations." Our mission is to offer engaging, entertaining, and educational adventures to every guest. Even with our private charter model this year, we are doing our best to make all of our tours affordable and worth your investment. We sincerely appreciate your wonderful review and recommendation, and we're sure our potential future guests will appreciate your perspective. Come see us again next time you visit Hilton Head Island.
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Cruiser521320 wrote a review Oct 19
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Best Dolphin Experience on Hilton Head. Not only did we see dolphins for the grandchildren but also saw a tremendous sunset twice in the same trip. Normal take family out in the morning to see dolphins but decided to go out in evening because we knew we would have Captain Jim as our boat captain. Best decision made on trip.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Public Relations Manager at Island Explorer
Responded 1 week ago
At Island Explorer we know that spending time with your grandchildren is a very special time for you, and we appreciate you choosing our Sunset Dolphin Cruise for your time together. Captain Jim, the owner of Island Explorer, has been sharing his vast knowledge of the Lowcountry with guests for over three decades. It's always been our goal to offer every guest a unique and memorable experience. We'll look forward to seeing you again in the future.
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Mark B wrote a review Oct 17
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Wonderful 2 hour dolphin cruise. Thad was great and informative. Would definitely recommend. Highlight of our trip.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
Responded 1 week ago
The Island Explorer team is so happy to hear that you had a "great experience" on your 2-Hour Dolphin Encounter. We strive to make every tour a unique and memorable experience for every guest. Thanks for you recommendation, and please join us again on your future visits to Hilton Head.
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Meryl McGowan wrote a review Oct 17
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We had a fantastic time! We saw many dolphins, learned about the island and were able to personalize the tour to what we were interested in. Captain Cody was a very knowledgeable and fun tour guide!
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
Responded 1 week ago
Nothing makes us happier than to hear that our guests had a "fantastic time" on our tours. We are fortunate to live and work in such a unique and beautiful environment, and we love to share it with our guests. Captain Cody thanks you for the kind words, and we all thank you for your wonderful review. Please come see us again.
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AnnDee1040 wrote a review Oct 16
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Excellent adventure. Captain Robert was great and so knowledgeable about the ecosystem, the wildlife, and the area in general. He made this a memorable experience for our young kids. We saw many dolphins and learned so much about them that morning.
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Date of experience: October 2020
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Response from IslandExplorerHHISC, Owner at Island Explorer
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We're delighted to hear that you had an "amazing experience" with Captain Robert on the Island Explorer. We strive to make every tour a safe, fun, and educational experience for guests of all ages. Thank you for choosing Island Explorer, and please come see us again.
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