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5 Amazing Boat Tours in Hilton Head SC

Hilton Head Island is famous for its fantastic boat tours! Whether you’re hoping to see the area’s beautiful wildlife, or you’re just looking for a relaxing day out on the water, Hilton Head has a cruise with your name on it. To help you make the most of your next vacation, we have put together a handy guide to five incredible boat tours in Hilton Head SC.

1. Island Explorer Dolphin and Nature ToursA dolphin jumping out of the water.

No trip to Hilton Head is complete without seeing some of the island’s signature dolphins! When you take a tour with Island Explorer, you will get an up-close view of these charming animals from an intimate, twelve passenger boat. Island Explorer offers a 2-hour dolphin cruise through Hilton Head’s salt marshes or an abbreviated 1-hour cruise, which is great for families with young children.

During the summer months, guests can sign up for a special expedition to watch dolphins “strand feeding.” This unique phenomenon occurs when dolphins herd fish onto mud banks and come up on shore to eat their prey.

2. Pirates of Hilton Head

Pirates of Hilton Head is another one of the most popular boat tours in Hilton Head SC. Designed for children ages 2 – 10, this fun adventure takes families aboard a real pirate ship for a fun cruise they’ll never forget. Your little ones will love dressing up like pirates (complete with face paint and temporary tattoos), participating in a treasure hunt, and blasting the treacherous Stinky Pete with a water cannon.

3. Sunset Dinner with Vagabond CruiseA couple enjoying a sunset cruise.

Vagabond’s Sunset Dinner Cruise is the perfect addition to any romantic escape in Hilton Head. Guests on this 2-hour cruise will enjoy a mouthwatering Low Country-inspired meal, a full-service bar, and breathtaking views of the water. Couples can either dine in the climate-controlled lower level of the ship, which features panoramic windows, or on the upper level, which boasts a canopy for shade.

4. Backwater Cat Adventure

Backwater Cat Adventure is one of the few boat tours on the island where guests get to drive their own boat! During this 2.5-hour adventure, guests will drive a mini catamaran, a small boat that has been described as a “go-kart on water.” One of Backwater Cat’s experienced guides will follow along in their own boat, so guests can feel totally secure as they explore Hilton Head’s gorgeous waterways.

A couple kayaking on the water.5. Outside Hilton Head’s Kayak Tours

Outside Hilton Head’s Kayak Tours are great for both seasoned and novice kayakers. Each tour begins with a brief paddling clinic where first-timers can learn the ropes before heading out into the salt marsh. As you make your way through Hilton Head’s creeks, you’ll have the chance to spy herons, osprey, eagles, mink, and dolphins.

When you stay with Hilton Head Properties Realty & Rentals, you will have the perfect home base for enjoying these wonderful boat tours in Hilton Head SC. Our vacation rentals come with your choice of amazing amenities, including fully furnished kitchens, outdoor grills, flat screen TVs, internet access, and private swimming pools. With everything from 1 bedroom properties to 7 bedroom properties, we are sure to have the ideal accommodations for your escape. To start planning your getaway, browse our selection of Hilton Head vacation rentals!