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“Wonderful Boatride Full of History”

Harborview Charters
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Soak up the sun while exploring Historic Charleston the way the locals do... from the water! Indulge in our city's marine wildlife, history and barrier islands on one of our scheduled tours or on your own private tour boat with Harborview Charters! Maybe you want to relax, go shelling, fishing, on a sunset cruise, girls day out, or spend the day at the beach with the kids swimming and looking for buried treasure. We can accommodate and customize any private boat charter to fit your needs.
Flower Mound, Texas
Level 6 Contributor
165 reviews
35 attraction reviews
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“Wonderful Boatride Full of History”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Since the forts were all closed due to the government shutdown, we were so glad that we had planned to take the harbor tour (we purchased our tickets from Zerve at the same time we purchased the harbor tickets). It was a wonderful boat ride and we were able to ride aside all of the major forts and defense locations that protected the harbor. The captain spent the entire time informing us of what each location meant to the history of the area and told us many stories of each island and fort that we passed by. We also saw great views of the merchant and military shipping in the area and the bridges and their history. We took many wonderful pictures and saw many of the beautiful homes that surround the coastline. It was a trip well worth the money.

Visited October 2013
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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“A way to make Charleston truly memorable!”
Reviewed October 6, 2013

This was an enjoyable experience from start to finish. Captain Bret was pleasant and easy to deal with from the very first phone call. He was very accommodating, helpful, and flexible...letting us build the kind of daily excursion that best suited us. Now, clearly, not everyone will rent out his services for an entire day, but it was money well spent. We wanted to experience as much as possible during our stay in Charleston. We opted to do the shelling first. Captain Bret showed us what kind of shells were the most common and helped us find some sand dollars and shark's teeth. We then explored the beach to our heart's content and he met us on the other side near the lighthouse to pick us up. He was very thorough in trying to pinpoint dolphins for us and explained their characteristics and behavior. We were able to spot quite a few of them during the course of the day. The tour of the waters around Charleston and some of the inlets was also very fun and enjoyable. Captain Bret is very knowledgeable and made sure to point out some of the more interesting landmarks as well as provide the history behind them. We were able to see the Arthur Ravenel Bridge from the ocean and underneath it. The best part of the tour was seeing the sunset from the water. Captain Bret planned the outing very well and the experience was unforgettable. I cannot say enough good things about the Captain or the service he provides. When we make it back to Charleston we will definitely book some time on his boat again.

Visited October 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina, United States
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“Such a unique activity”
Reviewed October 5, 2013

There's a zillion options to charter a boat to go fishing for the afternoon but how many options are there, to charter a boat to go shelling or just chill at the beach? Captain Brett's got the right idea with his service. We had a great time.

Visited October 2013
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Charleston, South Carolina
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“Fun trip felt much longer than it was!”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

It is hard to get closer to dolphins than we got on this tour. Very personal service. Knowledgeable captain. Had back up plans just in case the harbor was too choppy. Best 90 minute tour. Would love to have posted a photo, but was so involved in the dolphin siting that I forgot to get out the camera.

Visited September 2013
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Montgomery, Alabama, United States
2 reviews
“A perfect afternoon”
Reviewed September 4, 2013

We had the most wonderful time on our 5.30pm dolphin-watching tour with Capt Brett. Booking the trip was easy and convenient. Capt Brett was a pleasure to deal with and responded quickly to all my emails. We were a group of 4 girls in town for a bachelorette, and this was a wonderful highlight of the trip. It was hot hot hot in downtown, but out on the water it was absolutely perfect. The sun was setting, and the dolphins were easy to find. The price is extremely reasonable, and Capt Brett is competent and knowledgeable about Charleston's history and its dolphins. It's also a lovely perk that you can bring drinks on the tour, although we chose not to as we had enjoyed a liquid breakfast and were going out to dinner afterwards :)

Visited September 2013
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