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Reviewed April 3, 2016

My family of six fit perfectly on the boat, which was private, and closer to the water than the other large tours. We had Todd as a guide and he was VERY knowledgeable about the dolphins/area. He answered all of our questions patiently. He even let my smaller kids sit closer when one of the dolphins was "showing off" for us. We got to see many dolphins up close!! A wonderfully fantastic experience that my husband, kids, and I will always remember!

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

Thank you for taking an excursion with Commander Zodiac! We are so happy to be able to provide a wonderful family experience. Thanks again and hope to see you soon!

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Reviewed March 22, 2016

We had a really nice time with me and my two kids. The captain (Darrell?) was flexible in having our time spent as made us happy. We did see dolphins and learned a lot about them and the areas we were seeing. It was really COLD and I wish they had better prepared us with dressing for the weather on the water, but despite that we had a really good time. I think if we are ever back in the area in the warmer weather when there is a larger dolphin population we'll go again. We liked the size of the boat making it easy to navigate in the channels where they were playing.

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

Thank you for joining us! We are happy your Captain provided such a great experience. Join us in the summer for warmer tours. Thanks again!!

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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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