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“Wonderful experience!”
Review of Island Explorer

Island Explorer
Ranked #1 of 87 Tours in Hilton Head
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed September 22, 2013

My husband and I went out for a sunset cruise with our 3 year old daughter this weekend and Captain Jarod was a terrific host. We saw a huge pod of dolphins but also learned a lot about the intercoastal waterway and its inhabitants. He took some great pictures and made sure we all had fun. Boats were very clean and well maintained. My daughter loved it - but I wouldn't have gone longer than 2 hours with her.

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Reviewed September 16, 2013

This dolphin tour was the highlight of my entire trip! Three of my girlfriends & I did the 3-hour Vanishing Island tour and it was fantastic!! Captain Kathy was the PERFECT tour guide. It ended up it was just us 4 girls & Captain Kathy... so we had the girlfriend trip! So much fun!! Saw oodles of dolphins and many came up close to the boat. Then our time on Vanishing Island was so peaceful. If you go, you've got to ask for Captain Kathy... she's the best!!! Tell her the GGG sent you!

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Reviewed September 15, 2013

Perfect sized boats, well maintained, professional staff and beautiful scenery. We saw a whole bunch of dolphins up close and the 1 hr tour was both long and short enough for our 2.5 year old. Would highly recommend!

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Reviewed September 12, 2013 via mobile

Had a very enjoyable tour with Jack, our captain. He is very knowledgeable. We didn't feel awkward asking our landlubber questions. He was very patient with the kids, and kept all of us very interested. The tour is in a beautiful area, and your get to see the sound, marshlands, and if course the dolphins up close!

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Reviewed September 11, 2013

Kathy was a fantastic captain! She was knowledgeable about the area and wild life. She took time to make sure we all had great views of the dolphins and my daughter loved steering the boat for a short time. Kathy was friendly and thoughtful bringing extra water for guests and taking time to answer questions. The boat was perfect for the amount of guests which made it comfortable and easy to see all of the wonderful views. Exploring on the vanishing island was the highlight of our trip. We found so many amazing creatures and shells. Definitely a time I will never forget. We are a very frugal family and felt that the money we paid for this excursion was well worth it. Thanks Captain Kathy!

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