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Reviewed September 14, 2015

My fiancee and I went out with Captain Scott and another couple for the Salt Marsh Discovery on Monday, September 7th. The boat was small and a little bumpy at times, but this was also its strength--we were blown away by how many dolphins we got to see up close.

Captain Scott was a great storyteller and he seemed to genuinely love being out on the water. His enthusiasm included explanations of the marine ecosystem, but also extended to history of the island, with some funny stories mixed in.

Our initial dolphin sightings came when we parked behind a shrimp boat and watched as the dolphins (and birds!) gobbled up the non-shrimp catch that the boat was throwing back. It was amazing to see whole families (well, mother/son pairs at least) gleefully hanging out in the shrimp boat's wake.

But the real treat came when Captain Scott took us back into the salt marshes to observe "strand fishing". This is where dolphins pin fish up against a mud bank in the marsh, forcing them to jump out of the water. This "strands" the fish, and the dolphins then proceed to jump onto the mud bank and scoop up their prey.

We only got to see it briefly, but it was an unforgettable and unique experience. In fact, Captain Scott explained that this particular marsh near Hilton Head Island is the ONLY place in the world where this type of dolphin-fish hunting can be observed.

One of the other passengers remarked that he had seen the strand fishing on National Geographic, and Captain Scott grinned, saying that said footage was most likely filmed from his boat :)

If you want to see something a little different from your typical dolphin watching expedition, this is it.

Date of experience: September 2015
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CommanderZodiac, Owner at Commander Zodiac, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2016

Thank you for joining Commander Zodiac. We are happy you had such an amazing experience and we really appreciate your review. Hope to see you this summer! Thanks again!

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Reviewed September 5, 2015 via mobile

This is a "must-do"! We have taken this tour twice and loved it each time. They take you out in the sound on the little zodiac boats and you get up close and personal with dolphins. It's great with couples and tons of fun with kids. You will not be disappointed with this tour. You must make reservations in advance if you want to do this!

Date of experience: September 2015
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CommanderZodiac, Owner at Commander Zodiac, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2016

Thank you so much for joining us again and again!! We really appreciate your patronage and your review! We are so happy your experiences have been so wonderful! Hope to see you soon! Thanks again!

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Reviewed August 29, 2015

Fabulous boat trip and guide, Matt! We saw a lot of dolphins and had a lot of fun collecting sea shells on the disappearing sand bar. Bring a sand pail for collecting shells! Our kids are 2.5 and 4.5 - they loved it! But I would reco that they wear swim suits if you go to the sand bar - they got wet because they wanted to go in the water.

A fabulous experience - totally worth it for all ages.

Date of experience: August 2015
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CommanderZodiac, Owner at Commander Zodiac, responded to this reviewResponded April 23, 2016

Thank you so much for joining Commander Zodiac. We are happy to provide such a great family experience! Hope to see you soon and thanks again!

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Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

We have visited with Commander Zodiac for the past two years. Their Water Fun Day camp for kids (9:30-12:30 on Thursday) is one of the few camps for kids that accommodate kids age 4-10/11 or so. They kids loved it last year and wanted to return this year. Last year kids were 4/6 and this year still enjoyed it at 5/7.

Separately, we did a 1 hour dolphin trip with them, private just for our family. It was wonderful. It was just fun to zip around in a Zodiac, it was just our family and was very reasonable, we were able to go virtually anywhere in the area we wanted and could stop, hang out or keep going and they were happy to do it. Also, in a small zodiac it is a far more exciting dolphin experience because you can get much closer and you are much closer to the water in these boats.

Last year, we did the standard dolphin tour with another company where you are on a standard, large boat with 20 people. Complete waste of time, very hot and not interesting. At commander zodiac, we were speeding around and having a wonderful time.

Overall, highly recommend kids camp and private dolphin sightseeing.

Date of experience: August 2015
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Reviewed August 22, 2015 via mobile

We had a wonderful time on the dolphin cruise with Captain Scott. Gorgeous views, and getting that close to the dolphins was a highlight of our trip.

Date of experience: August 2015
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