Dolphin & whale watching in Hilton Head

THE 10 BEST Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hilton Head, SC

Dolphin & Whale Watching in Hilton Head

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Sailing
2 hours
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$465.00
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Sailing
2 hours
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$495.00
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Sailing
2 hours
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Day Cruises
2–3 hours
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$56.00
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Adventure Tours
5–6 hours
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$58.88
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Catamaran Cruises
2 hours
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$49.00
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Adventure Tours
2 hours
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$53.00
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Night Tours
1–2 hours
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$38.00
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Adventure Tours
1–13 hours
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$14.00
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1–2 hours
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$35.00
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  • Nolan B
    Knoxville, TN3 contributions
    Tour guides super helpful and got the audience involved and engaged. Beautiful scenery and great history lessons. Would most likely return for another tour!
    Written August 16, 2022
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  • Karen W
    2 contributions
    We did the Vagabond dinner cruise and it was EXCELLENT! The staff, the food, the service, the views! Highly recommend. The meals were delicious and it was a great evening!
    Written August 14, 2022
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  • ImaPickyTraveller
    Memphis146 contributions
    We found dozens of sand dollars, and saw hundreds of starfish on the beach of Disappearing Island. Our captain, a retired policeman, and the tour guide, a retired school teacher, were great! The captain let all the little kids "steer" the boat for a few minutes each. For us the two-hour time of the tour (with 30 minutes on Disappearing Island) was perfect. Other companies do a slightly longer tour, so you get more time on the beach at Disappearing Island, but 2 hours was plenty for us.
    Written July 31, 2022
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  • Sharon M
    17 contributions
    We chose the late afternoon Dolphin Sightseeing Cruise this past week and saw multiple dolphins. The captain narrated as we cruised, and we learned a lot about the dolphins in addition to observing a pod.

    My family would recommend this cruise to other families and parties interested in dolphins. Of course we needed refreshments after watching the dolphin activity and there is a snack bar (and restrooms) on board.

    If you are on the fence about a cruise, I'll just say that we really enjoyed our cruise and learned a bit about the dolphins and surrounding area as well. Try Vagabond Cruises.
    Written August 8, 2022
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  • masc_erra
    1 contribution
    We had a great experience sailing. Captain Paul and Trent helped us feel so comfortable and relaxed. We always felt safe and really loved the views. They were very knowledgeable and fun as well! Highly recommend!
    Written July 26, 2022
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  • Gay O
    Odessa, DE3 contributions
    Great day on the water .. saw lots of dolphins .. landmarks and learned about local fisheries … we all enjoyed our time w Paul… we will be back!
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • mrchap808
    6 contributions
    We booked the sunset sail for my party of five but, unfortunately, Paul called to let us know that there wasn’t enough wind for the sail. So he offered to take us out on a 24 foot powered boat instead. Kevin was our captain and we had a great time. The boat looked brand new. We saw tons of dolphins and the teenagers had plenty of Instagram worthy sunset photos. The highlight of our trip.
    Written July 19, 2022
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  • Nicole K
    2 contributions
    We extended to 3 hrs plus a boat meet us for 2 hrs of tubing. Awesome!!! Those who didn't tube chilled on the other boat to swim and relax. Great. Would even recommend longer. 4 hr boat plus 3 hr tubing if large group. We were 9.
    Written July 5, 2022
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  • Carola D
    Hilton Head, SC10 contributions
    Highly recommend the Tuesday night sunset & Fireworks cruise on the Ohana. Family vacation of 13 had a wonderful time.
    Written August 18, 2022
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  • deecee727
    New York186 contributions
    Captain Trent was amazing. Friendly, informative and professional. He knew exactly where to find many dolphins, an unbelievable view of sunset and he shared island history as well.
    He also drove that beautiful boat exactly as we had hoped, fun and fast.
    The boat was immaculate, soda and water was provided, along with souvenir cups! I highly recommend this boat tour and will do it again!
    Written October 12, 2021
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  • Karan S
    Edgewood, KY11 contributions
    Awesome time!! Did as a family and so much fun. Definitely recommend. Shout out to captains Trenton and Dave! Loved sailing and seeing the dolphins.
    Written August 9, 2022
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  • Jonathan D
    Lexington, SC2 contributions
    We went shark fishing and had a great experience. We caught several species of sharks up to 3 feet(inshore trip). The Captain was Knowledgeable and fun!
    Written October 20, 2020
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