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“Great experince for the whole family”
Review of Island Explorer

Island Explorer
Ranked #2 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 July 21, 2009

Our family took the 3 hour beach combing excursion during low tide. Watching dolphins in their natural setting was fun and enjoyable. Jim Harkins made it especially enjoyable with his explaniation of the coastable ecology. He also had a lot of good stories about the area that was a bonus to the tour. Our grandchildren were completely entertained. Highly recommend for all ages. Next time back to Hilton Head we would like take the tour during high tide.

Thank BearcatDad
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Reviewed July 13, 2009

My husband and I took the "Vanishing Island" excursion on July 4th, 2009. I had high expectations and the tour guide exceeded all of them.
They are a little pricey, in comparison to the other tours that I looked into, however; you get what you pay for. I plan on taking my two boys next summer and doing one of the excursions with them.
I will be recommending Island Explorer and their guides to everyone I know going to the Savannah/Hilton Head area.
Thanks again for helping make our trip unbelievably memorable.

Thank BPabst
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Reviewed June 24, 2009

Recently returned from 4 days at Hilton Head. We took a 3 hr sunset cruise with Island Explorer and really enjoyed it! Captain Rick was very knowledgeable, and shared many tidbits about the area, marine life, birds etc. Especially enjoyed the small group (5) tour made it much more personal. Awesome sunset pics, dolphins, and seeing the inland area you can't see from driving. Easy to locate and you can even enjoy a cocktail or dinner at The Old Oyster Factory restaurant, before or after your cruise.

Thank Flagstick
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Reviewed May 29, 2009

Captain Jim is a native from Hilton Head and knows the island and water like the back of his hand. We had a great excursion in Broad Creek and out into Calibogue sound. We saw great water birds and many dolphin up close and personal. We highly recommend Island Explorers when you are in Hilton Head!

Dale and Becky Carlson

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Reviewed April 22, 2009

We looked at several different boat/dolphin cruise options, but decided to go with Island Explorer. We are SO glad that we did. Our captain, Clint, was friendly, local, and knew so much about the island. The boat was small, but not too small. We were able to move along the waterways and see things the larger boats were missing. We took the three hour Vanishing Island tour, and it was fantastic! We saw many dolphins, great views of the island you can't see on land, and had a grand time walking along the sandbar looking at all of the ocean life in the tidal pools. We felt the price was fair, and it was a wonderful trip. Make this a part of your trip-we will definitely be back!

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